The GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention was created to provide serious scale vehicle modelers, of all ages, an opportunity to compete
in an hospitable setting where basic and advanced craftsmanship, innovation, and risk-taking are rewarded, and where the friendly exchange of modeling information, ideas and techniques are encouraged. Additionally,
attendees can enjoy and learn from a wide range of seminars, evening discussions, a day of tours of the International Model Car Builders' Museum, the Museum-benefit Auction, and our Trade Show.
1. Date/Place. Same Hotel! The Twenty-Fourth GSL Championship will be held on Thursday, May 2 through Sunday May 5, 2013 at the Salt Lake Sheraton Hotel, located at 150 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Be sure to reserve your room at the Salt Lake Sheraton at least thirty (30) days before the start of GSL-XXIV (May 2, 2013). You should call 1-800-325-3535, toll-free, to make room
reservations; room rates (single and double) are $107 per night (single or double-occupancy) plus room tax of 13.48 which equals $120.48 per night. Please stay at the Sheraton because this helps us defray the
cost of the Championship. Note that the Hotel does not guarantee this discounted room rate later than twenty-one days before the Championship start.
If you book your room(s) at the Sheraton Hotel through one of the discount reservation services, please let us know so that we can get "credit" for your room stay. If you stay
at another hotel to save a few dollars, our costs go up because GSL doesn't get credit for your room against the cost of the facilities. We need your support!
2. Two Topic-Specific Classes. At each GSL, we feature two topic-specific Classes. Take a look at the following descriptions for the Common Kit and Group 13 Classes for GSL-XXIV:
COMMON KIT: 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.
GROUP 13: 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 anyrelease 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.
3. GSL Schedule. While it is still too
early to present all the details, we can tell you the overall schedule:
Thursday morning, May 2, 2013:
- General Opening Meeting to distribute the final schedule, talk about developments in scheduled activities, get acquainted and get better acquainted. (This session
will be repeated Thursday evening for late-comers).
- Thursday morning 11:00 a.m. – Registration for competition (through Saturday afternoon)
- Thursday 11:00 through 4:00 p.m. – Seminars
- Thursday Evening – Seminar
Friday: May 3, 2013: 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
- Friday Evening Seminar
Saturday May 4, 2013:
- Trade Show
- Museum tours
- Saturday Night : Museum-Benefit Auction
- Saturday Afternoon/Evening: Judging
Sunday Morning, May 5, 2013: 9:00 a.m.
Awards Breakfast. All GSL attendees (adults and juniors) who wish to eat at the Awards Breakfast will need to purchase a meal ticket at
the Registration Desk Thursday through Saturday. This cost is in addition to the Registration Fee (regardless of the level of your participation). Those not purchasing an Awards Breakfast meal ticket may be admitted
to the room to view the Awards ceremony and other morning activities on a space-available basis, but space is limited.
4. GSL Publication Schedule: GSL will no longer print and distribute "hard copy" documents because of the very significant cost of doing so. Rather, GSL will present all information by PDF. To sign up to receive documents by e-mail, go here.
5. Other Details: We will continue the early Adult Registration Procedure.
1. No Change in Adult Competitor Registration Fees. We've been able to keep the adult competitor registration at $35. Contestants,
or others attending GSL, who are entering a model in competition for another builder, by proxy, must pay the adult registration fee for that person. Please note that this Registration Fee does notinclude
the cost of the Sunday morning Awards Breakfast.
2. Adult Convention Attendees. There will be a $15 per person charge for individuals 17 and older who: A) will not be competing but
will be placing models on display-only models on the Display section and also wish to attend all Convention activities, or B) just wish to participate in all Convention activities. Note that Convention-only
participants are not eligible to receive the special premiums available to adult competitors, and the $15 fee does not cover the cost of the Sunday morning Awards Breakfast. Adult Attendees will not receive the
Commemorative Kit which is reserved for Adult and Junior competitors only. There is no early registration for adult attendees.
3. Registration: Junior Contestants and Attendees:
Junior contestants and junior attendees (those 16 years of age and younger) may register early by downloading the form when it's available, and will not be required to pay any fee. Junior contestants (but not junior convention attendees) will receive special premium packages containing tools and other items.
Note that no Junior-Class entrant will pay any entry fee, nor will any young person (who would qualify as a Junior-Class entrant) who
displays his or her models be charged any fee. However, if an entrant 16 years of age or younger wishes to compete in any Adult Class(es), he or she must pay the $35 Adult Registration fee. Junior contestants and
attendees will be required to purchase a ticket if they wish to attend the Awards Breakfast held on Sunday morning, May 5, 2013.
Please Note: Admittance to all GSL activities will only
be by GSL Badge that will be issued at the registration desk when the Registration fees are paid: adult competitors, adult attendees and junior competitors/attendees all must get a GSL badge.
Please remember that there are no more printed GSL documents!
GSL no longer prints and distributes "hard copy" documents because of the very significant costs of doing so. Rather, GSL will present all information by PDF through this website. Please Participate in "GSL Online!" so you can receive GSL publications and regular updates via the Internet. Here's how it works: Whenever GSL headquarters is ready to publish a document, you will be notified by an e-mail note to which will be attached a document in Acrobat PDF format. To view an Acrobat document, you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is a free application available from Adobe Systems. GSL Publication Schedule. Go
here to get your name on our e-mail distribution list.
Make your plans now to attend GSL-XXIV, and start building your entries! See you here!