50 Years of Apollo Theme Award

50 Years of Apollo Theme Award

Sponsor Philosophy:

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.    It was the first human landing on another world, the one that made good on President Kennedy's vow to put a man on the moon and return him safely within a decade, the one that won the “Space Race”, the one that the whole world watched like none that followed, the one that first turned science fiction into science fact, the one people best remember. The Apollo Program was a massive effort in every way and affected many aspects of American life. In sponsoring this award, the Huntsville Plastic Modelers Society seeks to recognize this by making eligibility for this Special Award as broad and inclusive as possible, opening it to as many modeling genres as possible.

Special Award Eligibility: Any subject associated with the Apollo Program up to and including the Apollo 11 mission:

·       Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft

·       Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo launch vehicles, i.e. Mercury Redstone, Mercury Atlas, Gemini Titan, Saturn series

·       Test vehicles i.e. Little Joe, Lunar Module Training Vehicle, etc.

·       Figures i.e. astronauts

·       Structures i.e. VAB, crawler, launch pad

·       Support vehicles i.e. emergency M117, Hornet etc. recovery ships, helicopters, barges, Super Guppy, NASA T-38 (in period markings), other civilian vehicles in NASA markings as used by the agency from that time period

·       Other i.e. Redstone rocket, astronaut private cars (Corvettes), industry-developed concepts, and others that can be shown to be inspired by the Space Race.

·       Ineligible:

·       foreign spacecraft such as Vostok, Soyuz, etc.

·       astronauts’ pre-NASA military aircraft

·       What Ifs’, ie. Saturn Rockets, LEMs etc. with Starfleet, Nazi, Confederate, etc. symbology on them.

·       Fictional spacecraft or your individual concepts based on Apollo subjects

·       Movie science fiction spacecraft from that era

·       Subjects in markings or configurations dating to after Apollo 11

Documentation: Proof of your subject and/or its details is always appreciated. Proof of obscure subjects is required. (The judges know what an Apollo capsule looked like. Not all will know what a particular astronaut’s Corvette looked like. Documentation would be advisable for “Other” subjects the judges may not be familiar with.

Criteria for winning the award

Primary criteria will be basic construction and craftsmanship of a model entered that matches the eligibility criteria outlined above.  IPMS/Huntsville will be the sole judge of this award and their decision will be final and not related to any other award in the contest.