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DMOM Model of the year 2011 Entries

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Armorama is proud to present the entries for the 2011 Model of the year contest sponsored by Dragon Models, please take a moment to view them and then vote for your favourite. You can still submit your models ready for the January 2012 contest.

And to remind you all of the prizes:-
First Place
The prize will be a Latest or Upcoming release of a Dragon Model Kit (1/35 scale).
Second Place
The prize will be a recent release of a Dragon Model Kit (1/35 scale).
Third Place
The prize will be a recent release of a Dragon Figure Kit (1/35 scale).

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About the Author

About Keith Forsyth (docdios)
FROM: ENGLAND - WEST MIDLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM

Keith Forsyth (docdios) comes from the small town of Stafford in the United Kingdom. He began his interest in modeling at an early age with armor being the main focus. It was not until finding himself between jobs in 1995 that he really got hooked. It was during a shopping visit to another town when...


Comments

I don't wish to be obtuse, but I'm afraid I don't follow. Every month has a gold, silver and bronze winner, for a yearly total of 36 winners. Who chooses the fourth model to compete, and on what basis? And if every month had four entrants, there'd be 48 to choose from at the end of the year, not 44. As to the failure of categories to be filled, it all depends on how you define each category. For example, if artillery includes self-propelled as well as conventional tubes (and missiles as well), then this year has at least a dozen qualifying entrants in that category. (In fairness, I'm sure a little huddle among those who so capably run this fine website would probably arrive at better and more equitable categories that the ones I threw out off the top of my head for discussion.) Your concept of an end-of-year round-up showing two or three images of each of the 12 monthly winners is an excellent idea. Among the 44 we have to choose from this year, several are in my judgment not portrayed to their best advantage. Image 28, for example, has a blue fabric background that appears to fascinate the figure in the halftrack, who has his back to us; meanwhile, image 41 alone has two views of the very detailed model. Multiple views of all competitors would tend to level the playing field. Finally, I agree with that dioramas or models with figures and backgrounds may enjoy an advantage (among some modelers, at least) over a model alone, just as the setting can enhance a fine gem in a beautiful ring. However, I disagree that submission rules should be followed strictly. Rather, such submissions should be categorized and considered separately. Many (most?) modelers, certainly including myself, enjoy a diorama that tells a story even as we appreciate a well-rendered vehicle alone, and we have plenty of both to enjoy this year. The key is to judge apples against apples, and oranges against oranges, not to eliminate either one. If Dragon, which very generously supplies the models that have long been the fine prizes in this competition, would rather not do so for dioramas, Armorama has many other fine supplies of figures, decals, photoetch and diorama-related aftermarket items. I'd imagine one of them might be interested in backing an annual award for the best diorama, don't you?
JAN 04, 2012 - 11:15 AM
There was no contest in December, that's why 11 months x 4 models each. As it is now - it is a single model contest and single models must compete against single models. It worked fine without subcategories since in some months we had only 7 or 8 entries. If there will be a company that sponsors vignette or diorama contest - I don't know.
JAN 04, 2012 - 11:33 AM
While all great models, 44 was a lot to wade through and do them all justice. I cast my vote but I have a feeling that you're going to see votes heavily diluted among so many choices and it will be a major challenge for any one entry to acheive a plurality of votes nevermind a majority and thus legitimately be considered "the best" or even the top 3 best. A run-off of some kind may be in order if that turns out to be the case?
JAN 04, 2012 - 11:34 AM
Hi all let me answer a few of the questions although most of the answers are available in the rules section 2011 DMOM contest rules The DMOM runs from January to November with the December contest being the Model of the year. The entries are recieved during the month say January and the voting done the Beginning of Feburary and so on. Now it was decided back at the end of 2010 that the top 4 voted models every month would go through to the Model of the year, so 11 month x 4 models = 44 models in the Model of the year. This is the first year we have tried this and in hind sight (a wonderful thing) 44 models may just be to many, but these are the models the readers have decided each month as there Models of the month so this year we have 44, for 2012 we may review it and take the top 2 each month, i will decide once i see how this months results are going. I know it will be difficult to decide which is your Model of the year from the outstanding models available but these didnt win model of the month for no reason, this could mean we have some tie siturations and if this is the case the models that tie will go forward to a seperate vote to narrow it down until we get the three winners. As to seperate categories sorry not going to happen, we have one contest that is sponsored by Dragon Models and that is currently the way it will stay, they supply the prizes and ship them directly to the winners once we give them the details for which i am very grateful for, on top of that the current set up take up most of my spare time to sort out and produce with out adding any extra work load. I have currenty yet to finalise the 2012 rules, but this year i will be far stricter on the entries, with no figures,or decorated bases allowed I will allow models that are presented on a plain base (i.e. plain wooden or similar). I will continue to allow picture in picture but this will be limited to only one additional picture in the same frame as your main entry. so good luck to all the entries cheers Keith
JAN 04, 2012 - 01:03 PM
My vote is in. A large, excellent field of entrants, which makes choosing one very difficult. Good Luck to all!
JAN 04, 2012 - 01:22 PM
My vote is in, what a stunning collection to have to select from ! I must say, as an aircraft modeler I am DEEPLY offended by the number of anti-aircraft vehicles represented though Cheers, D
JAN 04, 2012 - 01:42 PM
Sounds like a plan Keith, look forward to seeing the outcome of the 2011 voting as well as potential changes for 2012!
JAN 05, 2012 - 11:24 AM
Votes in! All very impressive builds and extremely inspirational. Hard to chose just one 'but it is, what it is'. Good luck to all of those who have participated throughout the year, hoping to see more of your work here again this year. Thanks so much for sharing your builds with all of us and for keeping our hobby a fun and enjoyable one. ~ Eddy
JAN 07, 2012 - 07:18 AM
Fantastic range of super well made models. It is just awesome to look at. Voted - although it was a difficult one. Good luck to all
JAN 13, 2012 - 06:18 AM
so, which one is model of the year?
JAN 15, 2012 - 07:03 AM