The governing goal of GSL is the promotion of the highest standards of scale automotive modeling, in the context of conviviality and respect. To that end, GSL encourages the
development and display of the greatest diversity of building skills and techniques in the presentation of each competitor's complete scale model. Ideally, each GSL competitor will enter a scale
model of a complete vehicle that will demonstrate his/her mastery of a full range of craftsmanship, fabrication, construction, painting, and related building techniques and skills. However, while there is a
strong preference by the judges (in all Classes and Master Awards) for scale models of complete vehicles exhibiting a full range of building skills, a sufficiently complex and exquisitelyrendered scale automotive
component, or autorelated subject (e.g., a diorama), will be eligible for any award, including Best of Show. For example, if a model of a complete vehicle (entered in any Class except Miscellaneous) and a
model of a component} of a vehicle (entered in the Miscellaneous Class) are equivalently rendered, the model of the complete vehicle would prevail.
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GSL entrants should carefully reconsider the common assumption that successful entries must display either
a pristine factory/show car appearance or a heavily weathered appearance. Carefully-crafted entries, in any
GSL Class, that display evidence of occasional or regular street use (e.g., light stone chipping, modest road
debris, or fluid leaks) might present some unique challenges and competitive opportunities for entrants.
Entrants are reminded that the first goal of the GSL Championship is the mastery of excellent basic
craftsmanship. An expertly-rendered "basic" model will prevail over a more aggressively constructed model
that displays less care, effort, and expertise in meeting basic craftsmanship objectives. Contestants are also
reminded that only the entrant} may apply the finish (paint, decals, foil) to any part of an entry. Also note: The style of a model doesn't guarantee competitive success.
GSL-XXIV: THE CLASSES, AWARD SELECTION & CLASS AND MASTER AWARDS
SECTION A: CLASSES AND DEFINITIONS.
The following Classes will be presented at the Twenty-Fourth GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship &
Convention. Please read the Class rules and definitions very carefully - there have been some important
changes to the "If I Had Styled It." Of course, there are new subjects for the COMMON KIT and GROUP 13 Classes.
The intent of this Class is to encourage competitors to display their basic and advanced craftsmanship skills by constructing an entry using only parts from a single, specific
edition of a model kit in the way that the kit manufacturer intended, along with limited additional construction materials and techniques. Each entry must be constructed as defined by that
specific kit's instruction sheet; "box art" illustrations are not acceptable construction guidelines. Parts shown placed incorrectly
on the instruction sheet may be installed in the correct location(s). No "parts-swapping" of any kind (even between different versions or
issues of the same kit) is permitted, and no aftermarket parts or materials may be used except as noted in the next paragraph. No wiring or similar additions to the basic kit
are permitted except when the materials are included in the kit and are used only as shown in the instruction sheet. Any adhesive may be used to assemble "snap kits."
Any "aftermarket" body putty or filler may be used: i) to fill "sink" marks, seams or other manufacturing flaws
(including the removal of kit manufacturer logos and copyright announcements), and ii) to finish a body modification expressly intended by the kit manufacturer as shown on the instruction sheet (e.g., an old AMT
Styline customizing kit). However, putty or filler may not be used to mold in parts or to create or correct
shapes (including door/hood/trunk lines or any other details or shapes), unless specifically shown on the instruction sheet for that kit.
The competitor may not remove molded-on "chrome" trim, drip rails, or window trim. Additionally, bodies,
panels, parts and components may not be modified, altered or reconfigured to "correct" design inaccuracies in
the kit. For example: fender lines, hood contours, window frames and all other body shapes must be maintained as the shapes created by the kit manufacturer, regardless of their accuracy. However, material
may be removed to enhance or achieve realistic detail in a particular part. For instance, a competitor may
drill out exhaust pipes and carburetor venturies, and remove material to "open" a grille or enhance any detail
present in the kit, but may not remove material where the effect of that removal is to: i) change the basic
shape of the part, or ii) to change the part from one kind of item to another (changing a starter into an
ignition coil, for instance), or iii) introduce a shape not presented in the original kit. A competitor may
customize any part of the kit part if such changes are expressly identified in the kit instructions and if the parts for those changes are included in that specific edition or issue of the kit.
Additionally, parts from other kits may be used if shown on the instruction sheet (vintage AMT Styline kit, for example).
Any adhesives, paints, decals and/or metal foil products may be used to assemble and detail the kit, but no
three-dimensional structural parts or functional details (body, mechanical, electrical or hydraulic) may be created with paint, glue, putty, sprue and/or metal foil products. However, any painting or abrasive
technique(s) may be used to create surface textures on any part. Color and painting guides shown on the
instruction sheet do not need to be followed. Manufacturer-painted kits (e.g., the ProFinish kits, and other pre
-painted models) are permitted in this Class. Pre-painted bodies may be repainted, clear-coated, and/or polished, but only by the builder. An decals from any source (any kit, aftermarket or self-produced) may be
The builder may remove any surface flaws (e.g., a parting line on a bumper) on any vacuum-metal plated kit
part and have that part re-plated in the original finish only. However, a part not originally plated may not be plated. Additionally, the builder may strip and paint any plated part.
The correct instruction sheet (or a photocopy) for that specific issue of the model kit MUST be displayed with
the model; otherwise the model will be disqualified from this Class and placed in the next most appropriate Class.
COMMERCIAL & MILITARY, LIGHT DUTY: This Class is for models of any job-specific pickup, light van, public service, law enforcement or firefighting-related vehicle, bus, construction equip
-ment, medical equipment, qualified military or similar vehicle, representing any vintage or era, with a gross vehicle weight of less than 10,000 lbs. Models entered in this Class must display
commercial or official markings, where required by its use. "Full-track" military-only use vehicles (such as tanks) may not be entered in this (or any other) GSL Class.
COMMERCIAL & MILITARY, HEAVY DUTY:This Class is for models of any job-specific truck, van, law-enforcement, firefighting, medical or emergency equipment, bus, construction equipment,
qualified military or similar vehicle over 10,000 lb. minimum gross vehicle weight, representing any vintage or era, which are exclusively intended for commercial or official use. Models entered
in this Class must display commercial or official markings, where required by its use. "Full-track" military-only use vehicles (e.g., tanks of any description) may not be entered in this (or any other)
: The Common Kit for GSL-XXIV is any release of the Monogram 1958 Thunderbird hardtop/convertible kit. The entrant may build this kit in any style (e.g., factory stock, custom,
NASCAR etc.). Builders may modify the kit body shape, swap parts from any other kit(s), and can use any aftermarket parts (except for complete aftermarket resin bodies), can use any building
materials, techniques or technologies, subject to the "single builder" rules of the Championship. The intent of this Class is for each
entrant to start with the same kit, then display their widest array of individual creativity, craftsmanship, building skills, and technical innovations.
COMPETITION: CIRCLE TRACK/ROAD COURSE: This Class is for any model of a vehicle, representing any vintage or era, used in road course, circle track, IROC, NASCAR, Can-Am, Trans-Am, etc.,
competition, and includes "monster trucks" configured for sanctioned competition. Vehicles must be constructed in accordance with applicable 1:1 competition rules of the sanctioning
organization for the appropriate era or year(s).
COMPETITION: DRAG This Class is for scale models of vehicles intended exclusively for one-eighth and one-quarter mile straight
-line acceleration competition. Qualifying models may be of any vintage, style, or class, and must be built in accordance with the applicable 1:1 competition rules of a sanctioning organization
(NHRA, UDRA, NDRA, etc.) for the vintage of the scale model depicted. Where the quality of two models is equivalent, preference will be given to models displaying information authenticating the
technical details of the entry.
COMPETITION: LAND SPEED RECORD. This Class is for scale models of vehicles intended exclusively for land speed records on the dry lakes (Muroc), Salt Flats (Bonneville), beaches (vintage
Daytona) or in any other recognized setting or venue. Qualifying models may be of any vintage, style, or class, and must be built in accordance with the applicable competition of a sanctioning
organization for the vintage of the scale model depicted. Where the quality of two models is equivalent, preference will be given to models displaying information authenticating the technical details
of the entry.
: This Class is for any model of a vehicle, of any vintage, description or style, where the primary modifications are aesthetic, and include changes in the shape of the body and other visual
aspects of the scale vehicle, with the goal of creating a vehicle with a unique or personalized appearance. These modifications may range from minor (trim removal, custom paint) that create a
"mild" custom, to extensive (chopping, reshaping body panels, sectioning, frenching, molding, etc.) that create a "full" or "radical"
custom. Models entered in this Class may represent any era or style of customizing, including "lowriders." Models do not necessarily
have to display so-called "street legal" equipment to be eligible for this Class, but models in this Class must display basic ergonomic and functional designs that would enable the
car to be driven if all street legal equipment were added.
This Class is for displays or scenes containing vehicle(s) or subjects with an automobile, truck, motorcycle, or related theme as the principal focus. It is suggested that the competitor
include a brief statement - the story of the diorama - if there are specific details that the competitor wishes the judges to consider, or
if the "auto" theme is unclear. Entrants in this Class are reminded that they must assemble and finish all individual elements of the
entry themselves. Please note that dioramas containing "full-track" military-only use vehicles (e.g., tanks of any description) may not be entered in this (or any other) GSL Class.
FACTORY STOCK: This Class is for any model representing any typical, factory-built vehicle, including all foreign and exotic
vehicles (excluding motorcycles and factory concept/dream cars for which there are other Classes) that is not a replica of a specific vehicle. This Class also includes production vehicles that are
performance or visually modified by a dealer or an aftermarket company or "tuner" (e.g., Yenko Camaro, AMG Mercedes, Saleen Mustang), camper conversions, motor homes, and so forth, and sold
as completed vehicles through authorized factory dealerships, or conversion reseller, but do not represent "one-off" modifications by the dealer or by an aftermarket company or individual. The
competitor is strongly encouraged to provide the authenticating documentation (copies of dealer brochures, books, magazine articles, etc.) which were relied upon to create the
subject vehicle, and which are sufficient to establish the accuracy of each element of the entry. In the case of two equivalently-executed models, the entry with the most comprehensive documentation, accurately
reproduced in the model, will prevail.
This Class is intended to revive and celebrate vintage kits and building styles, to create a low-key, fun and challenging forum for creative and enthusiastic building, and to celebrate the
way models were built in the "good old days."
For GSL-XXIV, the "Group" kit is any release of the AMT 1949 Ford coupe kit. Entries may be built from any original or re-issue
release of the AMT kit, in any style, with the skills and craftsmanship you have today, but using only parts, materials and supplies (except current putties, adhesives and paints) available 35
years ago (1978 or earlier), including Bare Metal Foil. There are just three additional limitations: no one-off machined or photo
-etched parts not fabricated entirely by the entrant; no aftermarket products not available in 1978 or earlier; and no resin bodies or resin body parts (regardless of who made these resin parts).
Fourth through First Place Awards are selected by popular-vote ballot, and announced during the Awards
Presentation on Sunday morning. No entry in this Class is eligible for any Master Award. A model entered
here may not also be entered in another Class. A builder may enter any number of 1949 Ford models in this Class.
"IF I HAD STYLED IT": Imagine that you are the styling chief for your favorite foreign or domestic vehicle manufacturer for any
specific model year that you desire. Assume that you alone will make the final decisions about how that vehicle will appear when it goes into production. How might it have looked and what styling
decisions would you have made that differed from the actual production vehicle? What design and mechanical features would your design have had? Models entered in this Class must generally
resemble vehicles produced by the designated manufacturer during the selected year or era. The model cannot replicate any
actual concept car. The model must also reflect the speculative styling, ergonomic, and production
considerations and conditions that "might have been" made for the year of the vehicle modeled. Making ONLY
mechanical changes (e.g., swapping one engine for another, adding disc brakes and the like) does not satisfy
the intent of this Class and will result in disqualification. Each competitor must present a brief written statement specifying the year and manufacturer of the vehicle represented, and explaining the styling
changes and why those changes were made. Please go here for examples of vehicles that could compete in this
Class if the depicted vehicles represented the original designs of GSL Championship competitors.
: This Class is for modelers 16 years of age or younger, who build any style or scale vehicle, including motorcycles and dioramas. (If a Junior Class builder wishes to compete in an adult
Class instead, he or she may do so, but the Junior competitor must then pay the Adult competitor registration fee).
: This Class is for any model of any motorcycle of any vintage or era, in any scale, including a replica of a specific motorcycle, whether kit-based or scratch-built. Competition- type
motorcycles must be constructed in accordance with the rules of the sanctioning bodies for the appropriate era or year(s). Military motorcycles also qualify for this Class. A replica of a specific
motorcycle must be accompanied by sufficient documentation.
This Class is for any model built as a precise replication of a specific automobile, truck, factory "concept" or "dream car" of any
vintage, or a specialty vehicle of any description, excluding motorcycles. The vehicle must actually exist, or have existed, in three-dimensional form at one time. The competitor must display,
with the entry, the authenticating documentation, photographs, copies of brochures, magazine articles, etc. upon which he or she has relied to replicate the subject matter, and which is sufficient to
establish the accuracy of each element of the entry. In the case of two equivalently-executed models, the entry with the most
comprehensive documentation accurately reproduced in the model will prevail. A "styling studio" or other
artist's conceptual rendering, or a cartoon, will not be acceptable as a source for documentation. Any replica of a scene that would otherwise qualify for this Class must be entered in the Diorama Class.
SMALL SCALE: This Class is for any model, of any description or any style (except dioramas) in 1/43 or smaller scale. (All models in scales larger than 1/43 shall be entered in another appropriate
Class. Also note that the Junior Class encompasses all scales). The builder of a 1/43 or smaller scale vehicle may choose to place the entry in any other appropriate Class if they wish.
SPECIALTY: This Class is for all subjects reasonably related to the automotive focus of the Championship, but which do not fit in any other GSL Championship Class. These subjects include auto engines
of any vintage, automobile components, models of "T-shirt monster/car depictions" and cartoon vehicles, drag boats when powered by "auto" engines adapted for marine use,
futuristic/fantasy vehicles, and so forth. Each entry will be evaluated for a general automotive theme, in addition to the standard judging criteria.
This Class is for any scale model of any vehicle that is: i) based upon a recognizable factory-production vehicle, manufactured from 1949 to date, that has been modified
primarily for performance, or ii) a "kit car" such as a Cobra replica or a VW-based dune buggy. Changes may include some, but not necessarily all, of the following: a modified power train, suspension,
interior, some minor custom bodywork, and/or other elements. Models entered in this Class may represent any "era" or "style" of
construction, from a street driver in daily use showing mild road rash, to an off-road-ready four-wheel-drive or SUV, to the altered
wheelbase "pro-freak" cars of the late Sixties, to contemporary "pro-street" or "pro-touring" styles. However, each qualifying entry must be a scale model of a vehicle that: a) is
capable of being street driven, and b) is street-legal with full exhaust, four wheel brakes, all lighting, four treaded tires, license plates, and so forth.
STREET ROD: This Class is for any model of any vehicle manufactured through 1948 that features a modified power train, suspension, interior, and/or other elements, and may include
modifications to the body configuration. Models entered in this Class may represent any era or style of construction, from a vintage "hot rod," to a stock-bodied street or resto-rod style from the
early Seventies, to contemporary "billet rods," "retrorods," or "rat-rods." The entry must be a scale model of a vehicle that: (a) is
capable of being street driven, and (b) is street-legal for its era with full exhaust system, brakes, all lighting, at least one license plate, and so forth.