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iModeler Awards – July

August 21, 2017 · in News · · 23 · 1.9K

I hope that all readers enjoy checking back at iModeler as much as I do, with so many cool and interesting updates filling the headlines every day. Thanks everyone, what’s not to love about modeling? Let's keep that feeling and have a look back at the notable contributions from July.

New and would-be members of iModeler please note: Every month, all articles posted among the Headlines are included in our traditional honorary prize draw. We're awarding the Best in Show title to the entry that in the eyes of the jury represents the month's highlight in terms of modeling quality and presentation. In additional to this, we allot a second award to a randomly chosen article. We think that all contributions to this site deserve recognition, so this second prize is a token of appreciation to all authors and all levels of modeling experience that can be encountered here at iModeler.

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July brought us 94 new headline articles and 1634 comments.

iModeler Best in Show - July 2017

The jury's was unanimous in award the month's Best in Show title. This goes to David Powell's 1/20 scale figure of the Heian Period Samurai Archer.

Through some of the best examples of brush painting that we've ever seen, this figure is feeding the viewer with so many details, shades and contrast that the effect is simply outstanding. As one of the readers rightly put it, we could watch it all day!

David has also thoughtfully documented his technique of painting fabric patterns - in case you missed the last 4 shots of his article, make sure to have a second look!

But wait, there is more...

We are also awarding a prize as a token of appreciation to all our contributors. This is selected through an entirely random draw among all the entries of the month. This time, our lucky winner is David Leigh-Smith with Leyte Gulf; the Orphans of the USS Princeton.. We always admire modelers who take that bit of extra care and patience to put their models in the diorama setting, and this is a fine example of the genre. Thanks for sharing!

Honorable Mentions: Our Extraordinary Finalists

(in no particular order)

1. Paul Nash - Monster Triplane Wit a bit of Tinkering
2. Won-hui Lee - 1/700 BB-35 USS Colorado 1944 (Trumpeter)
3. Andreas Fey - Tamiya BF-109 E 4 1/72 with little Luftwaffe Hangar
4. Kitti Tatsumaki - 1/72 USAF 173rd FW A-10a Thunderbolt II “Warthog”
5. Jim Wasley - Skoda 30.5cm
6. Alan Price - The new Airfix Me 262 in 1:72
7. Vjekoslav Ranec - P-36A Hawk (Academy 1/48)
8. Julian Shawyer - Mitsubishi A5M4 Claude
9. Brad Bronov - Airfix 1/72 C-47
10. Emre Tuzun - 1/32 F-4F Jabo G35 20 Jahre Special
11. Stephen Leslie - Tamiya Mustang IV
12. Nguyen Huy Hoang - L-39ZA 1/32 HPH Models

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23 responses

  1. Congratulations to Davids²

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    Well deserved. Good stuff.

  3. Here it is the 3rd week of August and we're just now seeing the July awards. It's obviously becoming more difficult to select "winners" from all of the entries. And it's also easy to see why that is. Personally, I've never seen any models on these pages that DON'T deserve at least an 'honorable mention', much less pick one or two builds that could garner a prize from the judges. So much talent on this site. It's a pleasure to just sit and view everyone's hard work put forth every day. Love this forum!

    By the way, any progress on the much anticipated shirts/hats/mugs promotion mentioned a couple of months ago? We wanna spend our money on 'em! 🙂

    • You are right that picking the award nominees is slowly but surely becoming more difficult, but the reason for late announcement this month is also that we've been intensely working on other projects to get iModeler better - the t-shirts (just ordered our 2nd "test run", fingers crossed!), kit reviews (first kits underway to our reviewers) and no least at something that we'd call iModeler 2.0 - to be revealed later this Autumn... so we felt kind of busy 🙂

  4. I am utterly amazed. I'm editing the fact it a random prize; to win anything amongst this fantastic band of brothers is a wonderful honour.
    Thank you, from the very heart of a humble modeler!

  5. Deserved picks.

  6. Congratulations to the two David's for unbelievable, outstanding work; the breadth of your modeling skill is extraordinary. Congratulations to all the honorables who were considered, but, as we all understand, "There can be only one". Thanks to the staff and judging panel for an extremely difficult job in selecting these fine winners

  7. I am always amazed at how many amazing modelers live on this planet. We are all lucky to have such a forum to see this great work!

  8. Congratulations everyone! Every on a marvel in its own right!

  9. Being a new member, I never noticed the Monthly Awards. I think it's a great idea.
    Congratulations to both the Davids.
    The Heian Period Samurai Archer is painted superbly.
    The Leyte Gulf; the Orphans of the USS Princeton article, is not only an excellent diorama, but also gives a great insight into the history of the article.

  10. I been there for a year more or less and I'm still amaized by the quality and the quantity of models pouring in sometimes by the hour

  11. Nice picks, all well deserved. Still the premiere modeling site, in my humble opinion, that's on the web.

  12. Fanatstic builds all over again! Good to see that a figure nicked the first place award. I've been modelling for years and I still can't figure out how to paint figures. Just excellent artwork, nothing else.

  13. It´s hard to beat such a fantastic figure as the archer. Anything near it will look pale in many ways. If placing a figure next to a machine all will look so much more...understandable? Congratulations, David & David!

  14. Great work all - another entertaining month!

  15. Wow, thank you so much, everyone. And congratulations to all of the other finalists. I have tried my hand at vehicles and it has never turned out well. So believe me, I am in awe of all the beautiful work that is shown on this site!

  16. Amazing models, all prizes richly deserved

  17. Fantastic work and well deserved! Congratulations to all finalists!

  18. Completely brush painted?! Fair play, a well deserved win!

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