1/144 = 1/2000 to 1/101
1/72 = 1/100 to 1/60
1/48 = 1/59 to 1/40
1/32 = 1/39 to 1/1
- Biplanes and Rigged Types - 1/72 & smaller
- Biplanes and Rigged Types - 1/48 & larger
- Single Engine Prop - 1/72
- Single Engine Prop - 1/48 - Allied
- Single Engine Prop - 1/48 - Axis
- Multi Engine Prop - 1/72
- Multi Engine Prop - 1/48
- Jet Aircraft - 1/72
- Jet Aircraft - 1/48
- All Except Civil - 1/32 & larger
- All Except Civil - 1/144 & smaller
- Civil & Civil Use - all scales
- Rotary Wing - 1/48 & smaller
- Rotary Wing - 1/32 & larger
- Scratchbuilt & Major Conversions - all scales
- Out of Box - All Aircraft - all scales
1/48 & larger except as noted
- Fully Tracked - 1/72 & smaller
- Softskin, Wheeled Vehicles, Personnel Carriers, Cargo Carriers, Unarmored Vehicles - all periods - 1/72 & smaller
- Fully Tracked, Closed Top AFVs - Allied - pre 1946
- Fully Tracked, Closed Top AFVs - Axis - pre 1946
- Fully Tracked, Closed Top AFVs - Modern - post 1945
- Fully Tracked, Visible Interior/Fighting Compartment AFVs - Allied - pre 1946
- Fully Tracked, Visible Interior/Fighting Compartment AFVs - Axis - pre 1946
- Fully Tracked, Visible Interior/Fighting Compartment AFVs - Modern - post 1945
- Softskin, Halftracks & Armored Wheeled Vehicles - all periods
- Ordnance & Prime Movers Under Tow - all periods - all scales
- Major Conversions & Scratchbuilds - all periods - all scales
- Out of Box - All Military Vehicles - all periods - all scales
all scales except as noted
- Factory Stock
- Custom & Show Cars
- Street Rods & Hot Rods, 1949 & older
- Hot Rods & Street Machines, 1950 & later
- Competition, Open Wheel
- Competition, Closed Wheel
- Dragsters, including Funny Cars & Pro Stock
- Light Trucks, Pickups, SUVs, Car-based Police & Emergency Vehicles
- Heavy Trucks, Commercial; Heavy Fire, Rescue & Emergency Vehicles
- All 1/32 & smaller
- All 1/20 & larger
- Out of Box - All Automotive
- Oars and Sail - all scales
- Powered - 1/401 & smaller
- Powered - 1/400 & larger
- Submarines - all scales
- Out of Box - All Ships - all scales
- Foot & Mounted - 30mm & smaller
- Foot - 31mm to 90mm
- Mounted - 31mm to 90mm
- Foot - larger than 90mm
- Mounted - larger than 90mm
- Busts - all scales
- Fantasy, Science Fiction, TV, Movies & Comics - 200mm tall & smaller
- Fantasy, Science Fiction, TV, Movies & Comics - larger than 200mm tall
- Vignettes - Figures Only, No Vehicles - all scales
SPACE & SCIENCE FICTION
- Science Fiction, Fictional Subjects, including Spacecraft, Hypothetical, and Powered Suits
- Real Space, Real Spacecraft, Vehicles and Equipment
- Military Vehicle Dioramas
- Aircraft Dioramas
- Ship Dioramas
- All Other Dioramas
- Collections - Five or More Related Subjects - all scales
- Miscellaneous - All Other Entries Not Included Above - all scales
HUMOR IN MODELING
- Humor in Modeling - all scales, all subjects
- Master Modeler - Models which have been first place winners at previous BuffCons
- Bantam (ages 10 and under) - all entries
- Junior (ages 11 to 17) - all Aircraft
- Junior (ages 11 to 17) - all Military
- Junior (ages 11 to 17) - all Automotive
- Junior (ages 11 to 17) - all Other Subjects
- Modified / Customized Die-cast - all scales, all subjects
FANTASY WARGAMING AND SCI-FI
New Categories for 2016
- Fantasy - Single Model up to 40 mm (fantasy/non-historical)
- Fantasy Unit - Collection 2-10 models up to 40 mm (alternate history/steampunk)
- SciFi - Single Model (weird WW2/near future/SciFi)
- SciFi - Collection 2-10 models (weird WW2/near future/SciFi)
- This contest is open to all registrants. IPMS membership is encouraged, but not required.
- Neither Niagara Frontier Chapter, the proprietors of the contest site, or the judges assume liability for loss or damage to entries.
- Models which have been First Place winners at previous BuffCons may ONLY be entered in the Master Modeler category.
Please do not abuse this rule. We like to see new models!
- Models may be displayed on simple bases. Except for Diorama categories, bases will not be considered during judging.
- The Chief Judge may combine or split categories prior to judging. The Chief Judge is responsible for all judging issues.
All decisions of the Chief Judge are final.
- Models built to scales other than those listed shall be placed in the nearest appropriate scale category.
- Out of Box entries (including "Hi-Tech" kits) are to be constructed from the contents of the kit per the kit instructions,
with the following exceptions: you MAY fill seams; sand off rivets and panel lines; restore lost surface detail; drill out guns,
exhausts or other appropriate openings; thin edges; add rigging, antennae and simple tape or decal seat belts; and choose
alternate color schemes and decals. Weathering is permitted. You MAY NOT make or replace any part; add details; or separate
such parts as doors, canopies, surfaces or hatches; except as listed above.
THE KIT INSTRUCTION SHEET MUST BE DISPLAYED WITH YOUR ENTRY.
- Entries made from commercial vacuform kits shall be registered in the appropriate standard category.
- Conversions must constitute a major change of version, model or mark. Conversions must be accompanied by a description
of the changes involved. ENTRIES THAT USE A COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE CONVERSION KIT (OR KITS) WILL BE PLACED IN THE APPROPRIATE
- A scratchbuilt model shall comprise 25% or less of commercially available or kit supplied parts, with the remainder
fabricated by the modeler.
- Bantam and/or Junior modelers may enter Adult categories.
- All disputes will be referred to both the Category Coordinator and the Chief Judge for resolution.
- All awards must be picked up at the contest.
- Die-cast models - Out of the box die-cast models are not allowed in any category. Modified or
customized die-cast models may only be entered in Category 71. Models in this category will be judged
only on the extent of the modifications/customizations as described in detail on the entry form and on
the related workmanship. ENTRIES IN THIS CATEGORY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR BEST IN SHOW.
HANDLING OF MODELS
- It may become necessary for IPMS Niagara Frontier members (under the direct supervision of the Chief Judge) to adjust
placement of models on the display tables due to the varying amount of entries received in the contest categories.
- During judging, some judges may find it necessary to pick up a model to inspect its underside. If a modeler does not
want his/her model to be handled by the judges, he/she is to note this on the entry form that accompanies every model in
- Although not required, it is strongly recommended by IPMS Niagara Frontier that models be firmly attached to a base.
- Handling of models by contest personnel will be kept to an absolute minimum.