This year I decided to go to Hungary to visit one of the most respected model shows in Europe. Between 27 and 28 April a little town near the Slovakian and Austrian border is invaded by the best modellers around the world.
I’m not much of a competition modeller, I don’t thing it’s the most important thing in this hobby. But I really wanted to be a part of such a big event, meet some friends and take a look at some inspiring models.
I was surprised with the high quality of contest entries. No matter the category, the models were really, really good. Check out the pictures below. These are some of the models that caught my eye. In fact – it’s only a fraction of the interesting works. I wish I had taken more photos.
Inside the show
The event takes place in a sports hall belonging to a local school. The main floor holds the model expositions. The gallery around is reserved for the market stands. The whole school nearby is also full of modelling merchandise. So…If you’re there make sure you have time and prepare a lot of cash… 😛
Here’s some tanks, dioramas and civilian model that I found interesting. Again, just a sample of many, many wonderful models.
The figures where another exciting category. There where literally dozens of top notch pieces of art. I really wish I had that much skill in this field… I guess I need to spend more time with the brush…
And finally, aircrafts. Totally not my thing but I can appreciate mastery when I see it…
The organization of the event was very professional. I spent some time watching the judges at work. In each category there were 3 guys examining every model thoroughly. Sometimes a flashlight was needed to get to some hidden details. The judges would assign points that summed up to a final score. The score needed to be high enough for you to get a bronze, a silver, or a golden medal. This means there could be more than one medal of each kind within a category.
There were also two classes: hobby for amateurs and master for ‘professionals’.
Apart from the official trophies, there were also special awards sponsored by modelling clubs or companies. Some of the guys got really creative with their rewards. 🙂
The awards ceremony gathered a lot of people on the main floor. It really felt like a major event.
See you next year Moson! I’d love to come back in 2020.