Wednesday, November 2, 2016

2017 ODO Rule Clarification: Canopies in Out of Box Category

Out of Box (OOB) Categories Eligibility
d.) The modeler may fill seams, and gaps; sand off rivets; drill out gun ports, exhaust pipes, or other appropriate openings; thin to scale such parts as trailing edges, flaps, and doors; re-scribe panel lines lost in construction; and add rigging and antennas. Cutting kit canopies are allowed. Tape or paper belts are permitted but seat belt buckles must be made of paper or tape.

IF A CANOPY IS PART OF THE ORIGINAL KIT, IT MAY BE CUT OR OPENED AND THE MODEL MAY REMAIN IN THE OUT OF BOX CATEGORY.

e.) It is NOT permitted to: vacuum-form, 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.

THIS SECTION APPLIES TO AFTER-MARKET CANOPIES OR CANOPIES NOT PART OF THE ORIGINAL KIT. AS THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED AT ALL UNDER THIS RULE, THE USE OF ANY CANOPY NOT PART OF THE ORIGINAL KIT WILL RESULT IN THE MODEL BEING REMOVED FROM THE OUT OF BOX CATEGORY.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

I hate to say this but the way rule E.) is written leads to the confusion. How would a person cut or alter an aftermarket canopy when the modeler is not allowed to substitute the original part? The first part of the rule states that the person can't use the part and then the blurb that says "cut or separate canopies" right after that only adds to the confusion. I'd recommend that part of the text be removed to avoid the confusion. MHO...

IPMS Richmond said...

Correct on all counts. We will rewrite this section (removing the reference to "...canopies..." in e.) for the 2018 ODO. Truth be told, only two people (including us!) have noticed this conflict in the past five years, and both of those have been in the past two weeks. Thanks for your suggestion and we look forward to seeing you on February 25th!