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Build a Model Month Online Show and Contest 2022

The FineScale Modeler BAMM contest goes live November 1!
Welcome to the BAMM Online Model Show and Contest! We at FineScale Modeler started Build a Model Month to help scale modelers to celebrate this incredible hobby we share. Additionally, we want it to bring the enjoyment of the hobby to a wider audience. And one of the best ways to do that is to display great models built by hobbyists from all over the world. Enter photos of your models for a chance to win awards and recognition for your work in the pages of FineScale Modeler magazine!

How to Enter

Submit five (5) photos of your model in one of the seven categories from November 1 until November 30, 2022. Photos required:

  • 3/4 front
  • 3/4 back
  • right side
  • left side
  • beauty or detail shot

Submitting fewer or more than five images, as specified, will result in disqualification from the contest. Do not alter photos except for cropping. You can submit photos for as many models as you wish!

Need help photographing your models? Watch FineScale Modeler's video about how to set up a good background, position lighting, choose a location, adjust camera settings, and more!

Click here to enter now or scroll down to read about judges and the BAMM Show and Contest Sweepstakes!

The Categories

  • Aircraft/Real Space
  • Armor/Military Vehicles
  • Automobiles/Motorcycles
  • Figures/Gundam/Mechs
  • Sci-fi/Fantasy
  • Ships
  • Juniors (15 and younger; make sure to get a parent or guardian’s permission before entering)


Editors Tim Kidwell and Aaron Skinner, along with the judge for each category, will inspect the entries, confer, and decide upon the winners for each category, as well as choose one overall show winner from the category winners. From December 1-8, voting will open to everyone for the People's Choice award.

The winners will be announced on Friday, December 9, 2022.

Category Judges

  • Spencer Pollard, full-time modelmaker and author (Aircraft/Real Space)
  • Rick Lawler, professional scale modeler and author (Armor/Military Vehicles)
  • Jim Kampmann, president of the RPM Model Club and award-winning car modeler (Automobiles/Motorcycles)
  • Annya Shetinina, award-winning figure modeler (Figures/Gundam/Mechs)
  • George Seletas, WonderFest contest chairperson chief (Sci-fi/Fantasy)
  • Toni Levine, director of The Nautical Research Guild and ship modeler (Ships)
  • Kendra Bell, FineScale Modeler assistant editor (Juniors)

Awards and Prizes

The model chosen as the overall FineScale Modeler Build a Model Month contest winner will be awarded:
  • $500 cash prize
  • cover position on FineScale Modeler
  • Spotlight article in FineScale Modeler
  • 1-year subscription to FineScale Modeler magazine

The six other category and People's Choice winners will each be awarded:
  •  $50 gift card to
  • 1-year subscription to FineScale Modeler magazine

 All winners will be announced in a future issue of FineScale Modeler and on

Click here to enter now or scroll down to read about the BAMM Show and Contest Sweepstakes!


The FineScale Modeler Build a Model Month Model Show and Contest Sweepstakes is open to anyone in the United States (except Rhode Island) and Canada.

Everyone who enters a model into the contest or votes for the People's Choice award is automatically entered into our sweepstakes for a chance to win amazing prizes. Entering the contest or voting for People's Choice will enter you to win.

Prize packages include:

• Tamiya 1/48 scale McDonnell F-4B Phantom II, 1/48 scale Lockheed P-38 Lightning ($86), 1/35 scale U.S. Medium Tank M4A3E8 Sherman “Easy Eight” — $240

• Tamiya 1/12 scale Team Suzuki ECSTAR GSX-RR ’20, 1/24 scale McLaren Senna, 1/24 scale 1989 Sauber-Mercedes C9, 1/35 scale U.S. Tank Destroyer M18 Hellcat — $254

• Tamiya 1/32 scale Vought F4U-1A Corsair and ICM 1/48 scale Bristol Beaufort Mk.I — $332.99

• ICM 1/48 scale “The Ghost of Kyiv” plastic model, “The Ghost of Kyiv” acrylic paint set, 1/48 scale Stearman PT-17/N2S-3 Kaydet, 1/48 scale OV-10A Bronco, OV-10A Bronco and other Vietnam aircraft acrylic paint set, 1/24 scale Model T 1911 Touring — $275.94

• ICM 1/48 scale AH-1G Cobra (early production) U.S. Attack Helicopter; Cobra AH-1G acrylic paint set, 1/48 scale D.H. 82A Tiger Moth, 1/35 scale Unimog S 404 — $250.97

• Airfix 1/48 scale North American F-86F-40 Sabre, 1/72 scale Blackburn Buccaneer S 2 RAF, 1/72 scale De Havilland Mosquito, 1/72 scale Hawker Tempest, 1/48 scale Curtis P-40B Warhawk — $188.95

• Airfix 1/48 scale Canadair Sabre F-4, 1/72 scale Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, 1/48 scale De Havilland Chipmunk T 10, QUICKBUILD Ford Mustang GT ($19.99), 1/48 North American P-51D Mustang — $198.95

• AK Interactive “Technicals: Modeling Modern Light Vehicles from the 1950s and Beyond” (book); Rust paint set; 1/35 scale FJ43 pickup with DShKM — $171.22

• AK Interactive “Technicals: Modeling Modern Light Vehicles from the 1950s and Beyond” (book); Rust paint set; 1/35 scale FJ43 SUV with hard top — $174.22

• Arma Hobby 1/72 scale P-39Q Airacobra, 1/72 scale PZL P.11c Expert Set, 1/72 scale Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate Expert Set, 1/72 scale P-51B Mustang, 1/72 scale FM-2 Wildcat Expert Set, 1/72 scale Hurricane M.II B/C Expert Set, and ICM Acrylic paint set (80 pcs.) — $249

• Atlantis Models 1/16 scale “Green Elephant” Funny Car, 1/25 Glow-in-the-Dark King Kong, 1/24 Mack Logging Truck, and ICM Army of Ice and TRY ME acrylic paint set — $199.99

• Revell 1/8 ’79 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am — $249.99

Click here to enter now


A huge thank you to Tamiya, ICM, Airfix, AK Interactive, Arma Hobby, Atlantis Models, and Carrera-Revell for donating this year’s sweepstakes prizes.

We would also like to thank IPMS/USA for supporting Build a Model Month.

Please consider visiting the following model clubs and podcasts who have supported and run events for Build a Model Month!

IPMS Toronto

IPMS Lakes Region Scale Modelers Club

Youth in Model Railroading

ModelGeek's Podcast

Scale Model Podcast

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