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iModeler Awards – October

It is the first time I am doing the traditional iModeler Awards article and actually, as far as I know, it is the first time that anyone else than Martin does it. I am excited.

Let me give you some insight in the work of this jury. The guys who have a vote are @editor, @raikisan, @halvarvonflake, @aisak, @magnusf and @rickard-malmborg. It is normally Martin who reminds us that another month has passed and who sends us a list of all articles posted. What follows is a battle of nerves, because one of us has to take the job to short-list the potential winners. This job is not an easy one and the longer you wait, the higher the likelihood that someone else will do it, but the higher also the risk that you get a serious dressing-down from Martin that jury work is late. Shortlists are sometimes short (“I hope you see as clearly as I do only this and that model can be the winner”), normally they are quite long (“Can anyone do a shorter shortlist please?”), never undisputed (“Thanks for the shortlist, but you forgot to include …”) and they are always considered as an attempt to manipulate the rest of the jury (“I do not agree with this shortlist, please find mine attached”). Silent sigh.

Nevertheless there is a time when after some exchange of arguments the list of potential winners is reduced to two or three, sometimes four. It has become a habit recently that you give your vote to your favourite model and mention who else you could live with as a winner. If nothing else helps to achieve the majority of four votes, the “I could also live with vote” is counted as half a point and that procedure until now has never failed to determine the winner. Being six European guys (one Austrian, one German, one Pole, three Swedes) we would be happy to license the scheme to the EU if there is interest.

And now let me announce the winner of the September iModeler Award: it’s Tomas Pelej’s magificent MiG-15.

Tomas has convinced us with a flawless construction (we all know that bare metal paint schemes uncover all the flaws), an excellent paint job, and extremely convincing riveting to improve a fairly old kit, the latter with almost frightening precision. Apart from all these virtues, the model shows the one thing that is so difficult to achieve: character. I shall not leave unmentioned that Tomas’ other models presented this month, all of them on an extremely high level, have made the decision to elect the MiG even easier.

But wait, there is more!

September’s random award goes to Julian Shawyer (, as always selected by the random algorithm provided by the service

Our Extraordinary Finalists

An impressive 16 models have made this month’s list of honorable mentions, demonstrating what an excellent month October 2017 has been for iModeler.

1. George Johnson – 1/144 KC-135 refueling a B-2 Spirit Bomber
2. Michal Walusz – 1/48 Tamiya Brewster Buffalo USN
3. Hongseob Choi – C-17 Globemaster II, 1/144 Revell + Flap down set
4. Paul Carpenter – Eduard Airco DH-2. 1/48 Profipak. 14SQN RFC
5. Hongseob Choi – Eiffel Tower, H:14cm, nonescale, 3D metal puzzle
6. Tomáš Pelej – F-4B Phantom II, VF-111 Sundowners, Eduard (Academy) 1/48
7. Hongseob Choi – F-4J Phantom II ‘Showtime 100’, 1/72 Academy
8. Julian Shawyer – F84G Thunderjet
9. Won-hui Lee – Iwo Jima Amphibious operations
10. Bartek Karpiński – KW-2 “Winter Colossus” / Trumpeter 1:35
11. Rob Pollock – London Gunbus (Post-Apocalypse Time War)
12. Tomáš Pelej – Mark IV male “Hyacinth”, Tamiya 1/35
13. IT Lahtinen – Return of The Revenge of The Son of The Cardboard Box feat. Autonomic Assistant Antti
14. Terry Schuler – Tamiya 1/48 scale Nakajima, Gekko Night Fighter Type 11 Late version
15. Ugur Kenel – Turkish Air Force F-102 Delta Dagger – Encore Models – 1/48
16. Stephen Leslie – WingNut Wings Fokker E.II.

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16 responses to iModeler Awards – October

  1. Congratulations to Tomas for his award, and to all the others who were recognised for excellence this month. Thanks again to the staff who diid such a super job selecting, and judging, these fine entries ( a truly difficult job, indeed).

  2. Congratulations to all! This gets said every month, but the bar just keeps being raised! 16 honourable mentions says it all.

  3. Bravo, everyone! all winners!

  4. I do not envy those charged with compiling a list of potential “winners” – even a SHORT list – 🙂
    The ultimate “designee” for the month is indeed an excellent choice, however…and big thumbs up to ALL finalists.

  5. Congratulations Johannes, when I first saw your Mig, I said it was absolutely superb. Looks like the judges agreed with me. Well done.

  6. I’m sorry, I apologise. Congratulations Tomas. Well deserved win.

  7. Outstanding work to all! 3 thumbs up!

  8. I loved the Mig, well done Tomas.

  9. Congratulation. Very good job on your MiG.

  10. I love your MiG, too, Tomas, an excellent choice for winner.

  11. Excellent choice, and excellent models all the way around!

  12. Another bunch of fine builds to choose from.
    Congratulations to all.
    Fine job.

  13. All truly remarkable. Kudos to each and every artisan!

  14. Well done and congratulations Thomas. Bare metal finishes with all that subtle texture are very difficult indeed. Super job!

  15. Congrats Tomas and well done everyone

  16. I would like to thank you for this award. I really appreciate it. Thank you once again

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