Well, I did my best to make a decision, but I just couldn’t do it. All the participants did a great job as far as I’m concerned and the effort they put into their offerings was clear and in some cases, amazing. In any an event, because I “know” what the subjects of the models are “supposed” to look like, I was forced to rely on the advice of more objective advisers. Those advisers had a little trouble designating a “Grand Prize” winner based on the specific “rules” of the contest, but I believe the compromise they came up with was fair. The next contest will evaluate the models on a simple “best,” “second best,” scale, regardless of how they are made. “best” will be based on the quality of the model, and how well it represents its subject.
For the current contest, the “scratch-built” category still exists, but compromises were made.
There were 3 “runners up” to the “Grand Prize,” and all three artists will receive 2 signed books–the 2 most recent, unless they have a preference.
Todd Garrepy must be rewarded for his imaginative use of LEGOS???!!! to make a model of USS Walker. Building anything that looked like a ship, much less something that was clearly a 4-stacker out of LEGOS must have been like planning and executing a sphere made of Rubik’s cubes!
Rick Essert made an outstanding model of Walker sinking a Grik Indiaman. I don’t know why it seems to have disappeared from the website, but it IS very nice, and I had the pleasure of seeing it in person while on my book tour on the west coast. I will try to figure out why I can’t find the picture, and if necessary, re-post it.
Wayne Hawkins built a virtual fleet of ships, entirely from scratch. Very nice. His detail–particularly on non Destroyermen specific ships, is amazing for the scale he chose.
By unanimous agreement of the “judges” and myself, the “Grand Prize” must go to Bill Early, whose model was almost perfect for its depiction of USS Walker as she appeared in “Rising Tides.” The foundation of his model was the 1/240 Revell kit, but he went to a tremendous amount of effort to “personalize” it. Ultimately, the detail he included on the scratch-built “Nancy” was sufficient to take the cake, and make him the overall winner, regardless of category.
Congratulations to you all! Give me a shout and send me your contact information and I will send your prizes! Thanks for participating, and I hope everyone had fun!
New model contest begins!
Based on how many contacts I had from people who were “building” Walker, or some other subject in the series–but couldn’t finish in time–I decided to “re-boot” the contest! I don’t have a “finish” date just yet, but I will give plenty of warning. Let’s get them started ASAP and when posted, we’ll try to make sure they are all together this time so they’re easier to find and compare. I hope the “winners” of the previous contest will join me as judges for the next–unless you choose to compete again! Prizes will be the same, but will be based on absolute “Best,” with two “runners up.”