Open System Judging

Wings & Wheels Modelers, in an attempt to further recognize good modelers and encourage promising ones, will use an Open System to judge entries in many categories during ValleyCon (see the category list).

The Open System does not represent a fixed number of First, Second, and Third Place awards.  In traditional competition some categories may be overloaded with excellent work, causing a high quality piece to receive nothing. The opposite may happen with categories with few entiries, allowing a mediocre model to take top awards.

The Open System eliminates this and levels the competition across categories by judging each entry on its own merits.  No entry wins an award at the expense of another. Therefore the number of of awards will vary and support the goal of no deserving model will go unrewarded.

In Open System competition an exhibit (one or multiple entries from a single competitor) is judged on its own merit of workmanship and modeling skill.  It is not judged against other exhibits in the competition.

A jury of three Operational Judges and one Head Judge will be used to determine the award (if any) for each exhibit based on the QUALITY of an entry in that exhibit.  This is determined using the following five criteria as a guideline.  It is recognized that Judges are people complete with their own bias, skills and expectations.  Judging cannot be dictated, hence the use of guidelines to provide some level of guidance.  The follow are in no particular order or importance, but all are a factor.

1. Degree of Difficulty
2. Creativity
3. Workmanship
4. Paintintg Skills
5. Presentation and overall effect

The Judging is broken into three phases, The Selection Phase, the Scoring Phase and the Tallying Phase. The three Judges will each participate in the first two phases while the Head Judge does the tallying.

PHASE ONE - SELECTION: If there is more than one entry in the modeler's exhibit,  the three Judges decide as a group which entry is the best piece.  This, then, will be the judged piece for the entire exhibit.

PHASE TWO - SCORING:  The three Judges now work independent of each other and score the selected piece between 0 and 4.  The Judges may not consult or compare notes but may consult with the Head Judge.

PHASE THREE - TALLYING:  Judges submit their scores to the Head Judge for tallying.  Scores are combined for a maximum of 12 points. The three judges will not participate in the this and will have no idea of the award value until the medals are presentation at the end of the show.

Gold Medal value -- 11 - 12 points
Silver Medal value -- 8 - 10 points
Bronze Medal value -- 5 - 7 points
Certificate of Achievement value --  1 - 4 points