2nd Annual Southern California Gundam Model Competition (SCGMC part deux!)

Attention gunpla modelers as well as all anime/scifi related model builders!

The 2nd annual Southern California Gundam Model Competition is nearing in a few weeks. This year we have a bigger room and hopefully the word spread about last year’s competition and we’ll draw more folks this year.

Saturday November 17, 2012
9:00AM – 4:00PM
Royal Ballroom
Holiday Inn Fullerton
2932 East Nutwood Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831

The theme for this year’s competition is the Master Grade Zaku. This means ANY variant of the MG Zaku from the first Zaku’s released back in the 90’s, Zaku I, Zaku II, the S, the Hi Mobility, the ver. 2, the cannon, minelayer, White Ogre, Johnny Ridden, Shin Matsunaga, Char’s, the resin and plastic conversions. If it’s a Zaku, it qualifies. The theme award is an additional competition category that runs in addition to what ever category your entry is placed. So think of it as entering two categories with one kit!

General Admission: $5.00
– Admission includes 1 model entry. Additional model entries will be $1.00 for each additional model.

We will follow the same format as last year with the competition registration and set up starting at 9 and running until 11:30. Then follow that with the judging which will be done while the room is open. Please do not bother the judges while they are at work, it will help speed up the judging process. Save your questions for after the awards if you are interested in how your models were critiqued.

Competition Schedule
Model registration times: 9:00AM – 11:30AM.
Judging: 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Awards Presentation: 3:30PM – 4:00PM

This year, we are adding a top tier category split: Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced. Under these two categories will be the following sub-categories. And depending on the participation in each category, the categories may be further split or combined.

Beginner and Intermediate

  • Universal Century (CCA, 0079, 0080, 0083, F91, etc)
    • 1/100 and larger (1/60, 1/48, etc)
    • 1/144 and smaller (1/220, 1/400, etc)
  • Alternate Universe (seed, 00, Turn A, X, Wing, etc)
    • 1/100 and larger (1/60, 1/48, etc)
    • 1/144 and smaller (1/220, 1/400, etc)


  • Universal Century (CCA, 0079, 0080, 0083, F91, etc)
    • 1/100 and larger (1/60, 1/48, etc)
    • 1/144 and smaller (1/220, 1/400, etc)
  • Alternate Universe (seed, 00, Turn A, X, Wing, etc)
    • 1/100 and larger (1/60, 1/48, etc)
    • 1/144 and smaller (1/220, 1/400, etc)

Non Gunpla Categories

  • Mecha General (Macross, Star Wars, Star Trek, Starblazers, FSS, etc)
  • Anime Figures
  • Diorama (any scale, any anime/Gundam related subject)
    The entry must tell a story. Entry must have a minimum of 2 kits.

Special awards:
Below are special awards that applies to all the above categories. The entry form will have boxes for the entrants to check if their kits qualify for the special awards. Additional notes under each category will give more details on qualifications.

  • Best Master Grade Zaku
    – Any variant of the MG Zaku(I, II, Cannon, Minelayer, Ridden, Char’s, etc etc) including all conversion kits related to the MG Zaku.
  • Best of Show
    – The best entry as agreed upon by the judges.

Like last year, we will be hosting some live demonstrations. We would like to present an airbrushing demo with actual hands on learning for those new to airbrushing or those considering the investment. We will also present a basic base and diorama building demonstration. Schedule is also a decal design demo and a gunpla mods demo that will touch on various types of modifications and possibly focus on specific mods such as metal parts and LED modification.

Live Demos Schedule

  • 10:00AM – Airbrushing (paint types, mixing paints, thinning paints, preshading, airbrush care)
  • 11:00AM – Diorama Building
  • 1:00PM – Decals Designing
  • 2:00PM – Gunpla Mods

We will also try to have a mini theater set up to show select episodes from various Gundam series, such as Unicorn, Seed, 0080, 0083, Zeta, etc.

To make things a little different from the usual IPMS competitions and similar contest, we’ve created a challenge coin trophy. Here are a few sample pictures of the trophies. There’s a black metal that will represent the 1st place, followed by silver for 2nd, and bronze for 3rd.

Tatsu Hobby

Vendor setup will be from 8:00AM – 9:00AM

There will be raffles for special kits such as a Master Grade Sinanju signed by the father of the Master Grade line of kits, Mr. Kawaguchi; a real grade kit signed by Bandai staff, and a bunch of yet to be revealed brand new kits. This year, thosegundamguys are also building a special TGG Gundam that will also be available as a raffle prize – it will be a one of a kind finished product made specifically for this competition.

Contest Entry Forms
Contestant Entry Form
Model Entry Form

Contest Flyer


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