Young modelers sought for contest

Youngsters encouraged to get involved with model building with new contest

Greater Victoria scale model builders are looking for the most promising young model builders.

And there will be plenty of prizes when the winners are announced at the annual Island Classic Model Contest and Exhibition on Sept. 27.

The Island Classic is open to all categories of scale models including automotive, aircraft, nautical, military, space, science-fiction and figures.

Although there have always been classes and categories for junior and intermediate modelers at the annual contests, this year an extra effort is being made to encourage youngsters to get involved with model building.

The initiative for this was the death last spring of local model builder Harry Page whose wish was to have young people enjoy the hobby he loved.

A new annual award has been created by Page’s family and local model builders for the top young modeler under 19.

The prize includes the young modelers name engraved on a perpetual Harry Page Memorial Trophy. After the Island Classic this trophy and the winning model will be displayed in the window of B.C. Shaver and Hobbies. The top young modeler will also take home a smaller trophy to keep, receive a $50 gift certificate, a small model building workbench and a one-year subscription to a modelling magazine.

The winner will be chosen through balloting by all the entrants at the Island Classic.

The trophies are currently on display in the window of B.C. Shaver and Hobbies at 742 Fort St.

The Island Classic Model Contest & Exhibition is open to the public at 9 a.m. on Sept. 27 at the Salvation Army Citadel Auditorium 4030 Douglas St., off MacKenzie Street.

More information can be found online at islandclassic.shawwebspace.ca.

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