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KFMagee
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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - 05:11 AM UTC
This is the area for the "official" and "most up-to-date" clarifications for the Armorama Winter Dio Contest.

PLEASE DO NOT ADD MESSAGES to this particular folder... we don't want any clutter or counter information in this area.... if you need clarification, or want to make a contest rule suggestion, please do that in the thread entitled Armorama diorama contest ?" ...which is found in the Diorama Forum.

Jim's Note: Please select the group "Campaigns".

You may also email me directly with your questions at [email protected]

i also suggest you "subscribe" to this folder subject by clicking on the "subscribe to this thread" in the upper right corner of this folder... that way if I add any further clarification or information, you will automatically be notified via email.

So here we go...
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Official Rules for the Armorama.com "Winter Diorma Contest"
Official Rules for the Armorama.com "Winter Diorma Contest"


THEME: "Single Figure with Window"

- Single Figure in 1/35 scale - Allies or Axis, but your scene must contain ONE figure, and NO MORE than one figure... it could even be a civilian if you prefer! If your submission has more than one figure, you will still be shown in the contest photos, but you will not be eligible to win the prizes. We do not consider animals or other "non-human" items to be a figure. What we are restricting in this contest is that you must have one, no more-no less, human in your diorama.

- You are NOT required to do a "sniper scene", although this was initially discussed proposed. As the limitation of a "single figure" lends itself to a sniper diorama, we expect to have several submissions under this theme. You may choose other activities if so desired... to give you ideas for subjects by example, all of the following might make excellent subject story lines:

* a soldier drinking a cup of coffee
* a civilian reading a newspaper next to his destroyed home
* a wounded prisoner petting a stray dog...

- WWII - any season or locale.. military or civilian. You are not required to do a "Winter Snow" scene. Any time of year is acceptible, as long as the period would fall roughly between 1938 and 1945. This is done to encourage newcomers to try their hand, and "snow" is an advanced technique. If we force snow, then we would lose a lot of potential entrants. We can do contest just for advanced modelers later on, if this prototype contest proves successful.

- Your final scene MUST involve "a window". For example - if you want to put a sniper in a window, fine... if you just want to have a backdrop of a building that has a window, that works to... but somehow you must work a window into your scene. It could even be something as simple as a window frame laying on the ground, blown out of a nearby building, A door is not acceptible to substitute for a window. As judges, we will be looking first and foremost to see if we can locate your window. If we don't see one, then you don't have one!

- All element of your submission must be permanantly mounted on a base no larger than 4x 6 inches. If you wish to use a round base, the diameter must be no greater than 6 inches. No portion of the dio can extend beyond that base. There is no restriction on height.

- Total cost of whole scene must be less than $30US and you must document or estimate your costs in your submission. If there is a "tie" in the mind's of judges, then the tie-breaker will be overall costs. The CHEAPER entry would win. We will accept your estimates of cost, because you may be using a piece you've had for years - but don't stretch things too far... don't try to put the SOL Wehrmacht Marching Band (24 resin figures with an MSRP of $190) in your dio, and say you got it for six dollars!

JUDGING & ENTRY:
- One entry per person - if more than one entry is submitted, then the first entry will be considered the official entry for that person.

- The judges would be Jim, Ken, and I (the moderators of the Diorama forum). As judges, we can't enter to win, although we can enter the contest as "exempts".

- Start date is whenever you are ready to begin... the last date you may submit photos for your entry is Friday, January 10th, with judging due by January 31st.

- Entrants must supply 5 photos to any judge electronically by January 10th. If you would like to compete in this contest, or want further details just email me, or post a message in the DIORAMA forum .

- When you email your entries, please place the subject line using the following format:

"Contest Submission - Title of Work".

For example, if I was doing a diorama called "smoking a cigar", i would email the photos with the following subject line

"Contest submission- Smoking a Cigar".

Send no more than 5 Photos of your completed work direcly to my email address [email protected] and I'll archive everything, and arrange for a folder to be created to show all finished works when the contest is complete.


PRIZES & AWARDS
- Keith Magee will be awarding a first place prize valued at $100 to the winning contestant. No postage is due- it's all paid for. I will need your complete physical mailing address ... sorry, no po boxes allowed, as the product will ship via UPS.

- All participants who submit photos will receive a new Campaign Ribbon next to their online avatar, commemorating your participation in the Winter Contest. These ribbons ("The Winter Sprue 2002") will all look the same, except for those coming in First, Second, or Third - these will be colored differently than the general participants ribbons.

MISCELLANEOUS

-If you are going to enter this particular contest, I suggest you print out a copy of this message for reference! You may also want to "SUBSCRIBE" to this thread, so you are made aware of updates or clarifications automatically.

If you have any questions about eligible ideas or points of clarification email me directly at [email protected] with the phrase "CONTEST QUESTION" in the subject line.
KFMagee
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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - 11:37 AM UTC
UPDATE ON SUBMITTING & POSTING PICTURES

This just in from Our Fearless Leader, "Lord jim"....
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PS: Somewhat contrary to Keith's rules on submissions (which I see to be fully correct for the actual competition part of the contest), I will be setting up albums in the Gallery area for those users who believe they can process and upload images that meet site guidelines (file size less than 50kb). Please send requests through the site contact form (link below).

Jim Starkweather
Site Owner - Webmaster
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KFMagee
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 - 06:47 PM UTC
Further Clarifications:

QUESTION #1: "If I have a kit that costs $8.00, but I only use a piece of that kit, how much should I include in my estimate of the costs of my kit... can I just estimate the fractional cost as a fractional weight of the piece compared to the cost of the overall kit?"

ANSWER #1 : This seems fair enough... if you have an $8.00 kit (for example, the Tamiya Allied Weapons" kit,) but use only a single item from the kit (for example, a rifle). then I think you could fairly estimate the actual costs by either figuring out the percentage of PIECES of the kit you used, or in the case of a larger kit, by the weight. Since you have not consumed the full value of the $8.00 kit, you shouldn't have to take the full cost into consideration. The same would hold true if you used a single figure from a DML kit that costs $6.00 for four figures... in that case, then a simple calcuation of "1/4th the value of the kit", or $1.50 would be fair.

QUESTION #2 "If I cast my own pieces for this project, what must be included in the costs estimate?"

ANSWER #2 : You must certainly include the estimated costs of the plaster or resin used, and also the estimated costs of whatever you used to create the mold itself... A fair value if you are using RTV would be something like $12.25 per pound (or roughly $25 per kilo) of RTV. This is the price I include on estimates to my customers - I buy 8 lbs of RTV at a time, and it costs$98.00). I work in estimates of 1/4 of a pound, so for the sake of judging this contest, the MINIMUM cost to account for RTV will be set at $3.00.

QUESTION #3 "As a judge, would you consider bribes to influence your voting?:

ANSWER #3 : OF COURSE! ... but don't forget to include the value of the bribe in your cost estimates! :-)



KFMagee
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2002 - 10:24 AM UTC
I have been asked by several people to give an example of how to estimate your costs for this contest. Let me do this by example.... below is a simple diorama I completed a while back which I will simply call "The $7 Diorama". The picture is shown for reference sake, and the detailed cost estimate is below:

COST BREAKDOWN: (with "running totals")
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- Soldier - part of an 8 figure Tamiya set (Allies, Western Theatre). Cost was $12 for the set of 8 figures, so I will take a charge of $1.50 (1/8th of $12)

- Base - this was made by pouring about a half-cup of plaster of paris into the plastic lid of a McDonald "Salad Shaker" I found in the trash. Cost of plaster $0.25 estimate. Running total is $1.75

- Wooden Fence - this was made by glueing together a handful of "Starbucks wooden stiring sticks".... The cup of coffee I bought was $4.00, so I'll take the full hit for that... Running total is $5.75

- Ground cover - I smeared wall spackle across the surface of the base, and sunk the fence and the soldier into this. The spacke is $3.00 per tub, so hit me for 50 cents... running total is now $6.25

- Grass - I used about two teaspoons of static grass over a dilution of white glue. The Static Grass runs $8 per bag, so my estimate is I used 1/16th of the bag... another $0.50. Running Total is now up to $6.75.

- Paint - I used DecoArt hobby craft paint on the entire project... but there isn'tmuch to paint... so hit me for 25 cents, and that brings my running total up to $$7.00 and we are done!

We only want to include the costs of CONSUMED items... things like paint brushes or snips and Xacto blades that are NOT "consumed and remain a part of the project" should not be counted in your estimate.

Also, things like glue are so inexpensive and so little was used, it is too negligible to mention.

Guys - just give us a good idea of what was expended to build your dio... how much would it cost "ME" to go out and build the same scene you show? Hope this helps! If you need further clarification, just drop me a line at [email protected]




KFMagee
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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2003 - 07:30 PM UTC
The closing date for the Winter Campaign diorama contest is now passed You can view submissions received to date in the

GALLERY->DIORAMAS->SUBMIT CONTEST PHOTOS HERE folder.

If you don't see your photos, you have to get them to me by THIS SATURDAY (zip and email them to [email protected])... I'm still posting images to the site now, but judging will begin on Sunday - so get them in now folks.

As a reminder, I will be awarding the winner a "box full of resin diorama goodies" to the winner... value is $100. Even the postage is FREE!

And the SPRING CONTEST? Well - I already have the gift siting in my studio... a brand new COMPLETE CORDLESS ROTARY TOOL kit, complete with case, and 50+ attachements, gizmos, and useful stuff! But I need an idea for the contest.... so share a few ideas with me for our Spring 2003 Campaign! I'm thinking a FOUNTAIN (or other source of water), plus one civilian, plus two soldiers in a 5 x 7 base... Any takers? If not, send me your suggestions!

KFMagee