Model of the Year 2014 – 12 Plastic Kits that Define the Shape of the Hobby Industry
Held every February in Nuremberg, Germany, Spielwarenmesse is the world's leading fair for the toy and hobby industry with about 2,800 exhibitors from 60 nations.
One of the highlights in the hobby section of the show is the announcement of Modell des Jahres (Model of the Year). . Sponsored by leading German modeling magazine ModellFan, Modell des Jahres is considered to be the world's highest award for a model kit manufacturer.
Awarded to "outstanding models that had gone on sale in Germany during the previous year", Modell des Jahres is given with "particular attention paind to the criteria of innovation, scale fidelity, precision fit, creativity, attractiveness and complexity, with the aim of identifying the top kits that exemplify the technical ability and creative skills of an entire industry."
Let's have a look at this year's results in the aviation, armor and ship categories.
Aircraft, 1/32 and larger
1/32 B-25J Mitchell series by HK Models
Airfix 1/48 Gloster Javelin FAW.9/9R
Cyber-Hobby 1/72 Aichi Type 99 Val Dive Bomber
Special Hobby 1/48 Fairey Firefly series
Armor, 1/48 or larger
1/35 ATF Dingo 2 GEA2 PatSi by Revell
Armor, 1/72 or smaller
Dragon 1/72 Churchill Mk. IV NA75
1/35 Feldumschlaggerät 2,5t by Y-Modelle of Germany
1/35 D9R Armored Bulldozer by MENG Model
Bronco Models 1/35 German Type XXIII U-Boat coastal submarine
SMS VIRIBUS UNITIS 1:350 Kombrig Models of Russia
1/20 LUM-168 Camel by Hasegawa
This year there was also a special award, given to HK Models' 1/32 B-17G Flying Fortress.