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Build a Model Month 2023 online model contest and sweepstakes

Celebrate BAMM all month long in November, and don't forget to enter the online contest!
November is Build a Model Month--what we at FSM affectionately call BAMM--and we're celebrating this year with another online scale model contest and sweepstakes! Make sure to check back here frequently as November approaches. We'll post rules for the contest and sweepstakes as well as a link to the contest page when it opens on November 1, 2023.
Round 2 is a platinum sponsor of the FineScale Modeler Build a Model Month 2023 online model contest.
CultTVman's Hobby Shop is a gold sponsor of the FineScale Modeler Build a Model Month 2023 online model contest. 
BAMM is a celebration of the scale-modeling hobby. Over the course of the entire month, we encourage scale-model hobbyists to not only their own models, but to build with others, and, in particular, to introduce someone who isn't currently a modeler to the hobby. That could be family members, friends, or people in your community. Grab a model, sit down at workbench or other horizontal surface with enough space to work and build a model kit together.

We also encourage those new to the hobby to stick a toe in and find out what it's all about. Scale modeling isn't the solitary hobby popular media has made it out to be, but thrives with communities, both locally and online, enjoys support from creators globally, and, yes, there are even magazines, books, videos, and other media devoted to the hobby. 

In celebration, FSM will hold the 2nd annual Build a Model Month online model contest and sweepstakes during November 2023. The contest winner will receive a cash prize along with a cover position and story about their winning model in a future FSM issue. This year we're excited to announce Round 2 (maker of AMT, MPC, Polar Lights, and Lindberg kits), CultTVman's Hobby Shop, and Tamiya America as sponsors of the BAMM online contest.

Tamiya America is a gold sponsor of the FineScale Modeler Build a Model Month 2023 online model contest. 

How to Enter

First, choose your submission category (Aircraft/Realspace, Armor/Military Vehicles, etc.). Then submit five (5) photos of your model in one of the eight categories from November 1 until November 30, 2023. 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 up to three models.

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 judging 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 1-15, voting will open to everyone for the People's Choice award.

The winners will be announced on Monday, January 8, 2024.

Category Judges

  • Darren Roberts, FineScale Modeler contributor (Aircraft/Real Space)
  • Rick Lawler, professional scale modeler and author (Armor/Military Vehicles)
  • Tom Nowak, president of the Auto Modelers Group of Milwaukee, and Scott Koch, founding member and treasurer of the Auto Modelers Group of Milwaukee (Automobiles/Motorcycles)
  • Annya Shetinina, award-winning figure modeler (Figures)
  • Don Suratos, award-winning professional mecha and figure painter, and Nico Suratos, Gunpla Builders World Cup Philippine champion (Gundam/Mecha)
  • 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 seven 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 find out 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 (except Quebec).

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 an amazing prize package donated by Doll & Hobby, Tamiya America, ICM, Carrera-Revell of Americas, Atlantis Models, Eduard Models, and Arma Hobby. Entering the contest or voting for People's Choice will enter you to win.

The prize package includes the following:

From Doll & Hobby, one each 1/48 scale Land of the Giants, “Lost in Space” Cyclops and the Chariot, The Guillotine, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and 1/35 scale The Chariot from “Lost in Space”  

From Tamiya, one each 1/12 scale Honda CBR1000R-R Fireblade SP 30th anniversary, 1/48 scale F-4B Phantom II, 1/48 scale P-38J Lightning, 1/24 scale Nissan Fairlady 240Z, 1/20 scale Porsche 935 Martini, 1/35 scale German Jagdpanzer IV/70 (A), 1/35 scale M18 Hellcat, 1/32 scale F-51D Mustang/Korean War, 1/48 scale F-35A Lightning II, and 1/72 scale F-35A Lightning II

From ICM, one each 1/72 scale ''Radar Hunter', MiG-29 '9-13' Ukrainian Fighter with HARM missiles; 1/32 scale WWII training biplanes (Bücker Bü 131D, DH.82A Tiger Moth, Stearman PT-17); 1/48 scale Mistel 1, WWII German Composite Aircraft; Acrylic Paint Set for WWII German aviation; 1/72 scale OV-10А Bronco, US Attack Aircraft; Acrylic paint set for OV-10A Bronco and other Vietnam aircraft; 1/35 scale AH-1G Cobra (late production); Acrylic paint set for Cobra AH-1G; 1/35 scale Typ 320 (W142) Cabriolet WWII German Staff Car; 1/72 scale BM-21 'Grad', MLRS of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; 1/72 scale Ki-21-Ia RTAF, Thailand's Heavy Bomber; 1/35 scale Chernobyl 6 “Feat of Divers” (3 figures); 35599 - WWII US Military Patrol (G7107 with MG M1919A4); Acrylic paint set for WWII US Infantry; 1/35 scale "To be ahead,  to save the life", Sappers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (3 figures and a sapper dog in a protective mask); Acrylic Paint Set Armed Forces of Ukraine (Pixel camouflage uniform); 1/35 scale Fierce battle American Civil War (Union Infantry Set 2 and Confederate Infantry Set 2); Acrylic Paint Set for American Civil War; and Acrylic Paint Set TRY ME 

From Carrera-Revell of Americas, one each 1/8 scale L.A. Street Chopper; 1/8 scale Evil Iron; 1/16 scale ’87 Pontiac Firebird; 1/24 scale “Gone Fishing” 1980 Ford Bronco with bass boat and trailer; 1/24 scale Jaguar XK-E; 1/25 scale 1981 Camaro Z28; 1/24 scale Audi RS E-Tron GT; 1/25 scale Kenworth W-900 dump truck; and 1/32 scale Chevy Bison

From Atlantis Models, one each 1/32 scale Tom Daniel RRRip Off Funny Car, 1/32 scale Tom Daniel Whiplash Funny Car, 1/25 scale Fireball dragster, Monitor and Merrimac – Battle of the Iron Clads, and 1/24 scale 1926 Mack AC Bulldog logging truck

From Eduard Models, one each 1/48 scale A6M3 Zero Typre 32, 1/48 scale Bf 110G-4, 1/48 scale “Mighty Eighth” 66th Fighter Wing, 1/48 scale A6M2-N “Rufe”, and 1/72 scale Bf 109F-4

From Arma Hobby, one each 1/48 scale Hurricane IIc Trop, 1/48 PZL P.11c, 1/72 Hurricane IId, 1/72 Ki-84 Hayate, and 1/72 P-39N Airacobra

This sweepstakes prize retails for $2,800!

Click here to enter now!


FineScale Modeler thanks Round 2, CultTVMan's Hobby Shop, and Tamiya America for sponsoring this year's contest and sweepstakes. Thanks to Doll & Hobby, Tamiya America, ICM, Carrera-Revell of Americas, Arma Hobby, Atlantis Models, and Eduard Models for donating this year’s excellent 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!

Richard I. Bong IPMS/USA chapter

Auto Modelers Group of Milwaukee

IPMS Toronto

IPMS Lakes Region Scale Modelers Club

Youth in Model Railroading

ModelGeek's Podcast

Scale Model Podcast

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