JANUARY, APRIL & JULY - THE BIG MOUTH CONTESTS These are annual events, judged every January (Auto), April(Aircraft), July(Armour), that focuses on basic model building skills. IPMS rules for “Out of the Box” models apply. Scales for the "Big Mouth" are usually dictated by popularity. For example aircraft are usually in 1/72 and 1/48 - 1/32 is cool, but way too big for most of us. Theyear’s winner chooses the subject that will be modelled for the next year. This is your chance to show your buddies what a great modeller you are. 
Below are the rules we go by for “Big Mouth” competition. Note these are our show rules for OOB as well. 

Out of the Box

Out of the Box is meant to provide a forum for modellers who do not wish to make alterations or add additional details to a model. 

Out of the box means that you have built the kit using only the parts in the box without alteration or addition, following the assembly instructions provided by the kit manufacturer. 


OUT-OF-THE-BOX entries will be governed by the following rules: 

A)
 KITS. Any commercially available kit may be used. 

B)
 FINISH. All finishing techniques are allowed. 
Decals other than those included with the kit may
be used. Insignia, markings, and instrument
panels may be hand-painted instead of decaled. 
Weathering is permitted. 

C)
 CONSTRUCTION. The modeller may: 

- fill seams, gaps, sink holes or ejection pin holes. 
- sand off rivets and imperfections in the moldings
- drill out gun ports, gun barrels, air intakes, vents, exhaust pipes or other appropriate openings
- thin to scale such parts as trailing edges, flaps, hatches and doors, etc. 
- add rigging and antennas
- add simple tape or decal seat belts in the cockpit of an aircraft
or the interior of a vehicle (NO commercial or modeller-manufactured hardware
e.g., buckles etc.). 

D)
 IT IS NOT PERMITTED TO: vacuform, manufacture, or replace any part, 
or substitute parts from another kit; cut or separate canopies,
surfaces, hatches, doors, etc. (no major surgery); 
combine a standard kit with a conversion kit; add
anything other than specified on the instruction
sheet except as shown in paragraph C above. 

E) I
NSTRUCTION SHEETS: Modellers must attach
the kit instruction sheet to the entry form to provide evidence of compliance with the rules of the category. 



The subject for the coming Big Mouths are: 

.     Automotive - January 2017 - Mini Any Scale
·     Aircraft - April 2017 - Beaufighter any scale
·     Armour - July 2016 -  sdkfz 251
·     Naval - November 2016 - Any 1/700 scale Dragon/Cyberhobby/DML Post WW2 Cruiser





Previous Big Mouth Winners and Subjects

Armour
2000 - M20 - Ross Hillman
2001 - Panzer III - Ross Hillman
2002 - Sherman - Greg Harker
2003 - Stuart - Michael Szpakowski
2004 - T34 - Greg Harker
2005 - Pz.Kpfw. IV - 
2006 - Russian KV Chassis - Greg Harker
2007 - Panther - Talino Bruno
2008 - T38 Chassis - Talino Bruno
2009 - Sd.Kfz 23 series - 8 wheel - Talino Bruno
2010 - Jeep - Robert Sitek
2011 - Sturmgeshutz III - Robert Sitek
2012 - Staghound - Robert Siteck
2013 - Tiger 1 - Justin Deng
2015 -
2016 -  SDKFZ 250 -  George Tufnail 
2017 - Any M113 chasis

 

 

Aircraft
2000 - P -47 - Thunderbolt - 
2001 - Ju-87 - Warwick Wright
2002 - Hawker Harrier - Warwick Wright
2003 - Hawker Typhoon - Ross Hillman
2004 - P38 Lightning - Ross Hillman
2005 - F104 Starfighter - Brian Birk
2006 - F5 Airframe - George Tufnail
2007 - Mosquito - Ross Hillman
2008 - P39 Aircobra - Brian Birk
2009 - North American/ Canadair F-86 Sabre - Brian Birk
2010 - P-47 Thunderbolt - Gary Jackson
2011 - F4 Phantom - Gary Jackson
2012 - FW 190 - Jack Pawlick
2013 - P-51 Mustang - Jack Pawlik
2015 - Macchi Folgore - Robert Latimer
2016 - F-16 - Robert Latimer
2017 - Bristol Beaufighter in any scale

 

Automotive
 2000 - Open Wheeled Race Car - Brian Birk
 2001 - Closed Wheel Race Car - George Tufnail
 2003 - GM Mid Sized - Brian Birk
 2004 - Corvette - 1954 - 1962 - Wayne Holmes
 2005 - 1940 Willys - Ross Hillman
 2006 - GT 40 - Ross Hillman
 2007 - Mustang - any year - Gary Dycke
 2008 - Camaro - 1967 - 1969 - Gary Dycke
 2009 - 1949 Mercury - George Tufnail
 2010 - 1970's Dodge Challenger - Peter Hickey
 2011 - Corvette - Race or Street - Gary Dycke
 2012 - VW - Brian Birk
 2015 -  67 Ferrari - Lars Laugesen
 2016 -  Porsche 911 - Brian Birk