Armorcon 2021 is fast approaching on October 1-2, 2021. For more info on the show itself, go to: Northeast Military Modelers Association - Home . In 2019 things worked pretty well, so since it isn’t broken, we’re not going to try to fix it. First, my sincerest thanks to all attendees who allowed the judges to work unimpeded with the doors open at 2019’s event. I think everyone appreciated this change and we’ll be doing it again this year. Second, model handling will be the same as 2019. In order to facilitate the public being able to view the maximum number of models at any given point, the models will be moved from the Ram-Rod table to the model room, with the tray underneath them. The model will then be moved from the model room to the “pit” and back when it is judged. If it still has a tray under it, the model has not been judged, please give the judges time to get to it. We’re in a new venue this year, so this may have to be juggled a bit. So please be patient if we need to change things to fit the space. Third, we will continue with Category XVIII: Classic kits. This is defined as: Out of the box only, 25 years or older, must show proof with instruction sheet. If you have any questions, email me to discuss it.
In addition, I’d like to turn your attention to the Special Awards we have for this year:
Best 911 (Rescue)
Best Commonwealth Subject
Best Scratchbuilt/ Conversion
Best Sci-fi / Fictional
Best Small Army
Missing “E” Award
Silk Purse Award (formerly the “Rolls Royce” Award)
Best in Show
Please make sure you check the boxes on your forms in order to be considered eligible for award(s). Some of these awards are donated by various people/businesses and groups, so take a moment to see if your model qualifies. Hey, you never know!
WE NEED JUDGES! For those of you who have attended the extravaganza, you’ll remember we have had 250+ models at this show. For the AMPS system, that requires 4 judges for every piece, that’s a lot of man-hours. If you are coming and you are competing, I would strongly suggest you consider a judging tour. They’re 60 minutes long this year, down from 90 last year. We’ll see how this goes. Any assistance will help us out a lot and it doesn’t have to be judging, if you aren’t comfortable doing that. There are a bunch of other tasks that need doing including ACJ’s, runners, data entry and Ram-Rod. The judge’s meeting is at 9:00 am on Friday and 8:00 am on Saturday. Traditionally, a “thank you” for the judges has been first crack at the vendors. However, this will ONLY be done on FRIDAY morning. Ideally, I’d like to have manpower for 4 tables to start the show (16 judges and 2 runners). So please, if you are planning on coming to the show the night before, and staying at the hotel, I’d really appreciate it if you would come and lend a hand early on. As this worked so well in past years, I’m turning to the web to sign-ups for working the show: I have created a sign-up sheet for helping out at the show. Just follow this link: Northeast Military Modeling Association: Armrocon 2021 and you will be good to go. You can sign up at your leisure and I’ll be able to print it out before the show, with the available slots left for the taking at the judge’s meeting on the respective days.
In the past, we have had people who brought a lot of models for competition and then did not help with the show. This year, because of the COVID-19 craziness, we are limiting the number of entries to 3 judged models. I don’t know about you, but I’ve built a gazillion models while on lock-down. Coupled with a potential of having a hard time filling judging slots, we decided to make the limit of judged models 3. Don’t worry this limit is for THIS YEAR ONLY. With luck, we’ll be back to something resembling normalcy next year (fingers crossed). Further, I know some people are not vaccinated, for whatever the reason. Anyone who feels uncomfortable being in such close proximity to others, please feel free to wear a mask. To the other judges at the table, please respect your colleague’s choice and don’t make a big deal out of it. If you don’t feel qualified to judge (for whatever reason), there are plenty of administrative jobs to be done in running the show.
So, to recap: go to the link above and pick out the available time(s) you want to judge or work at the show. Also, if you would like to be enrolled in the Judge’s certification class, please let me know. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 1st and 2nd of October and I look forward to working with you at Armorcon 2021.
Chief Judge Armorcon 2021