Welcome to the Buffcon 35 homepage!
will be presented on Sunday, April 8, 2018 by IPMS Niagara Frontier.
Please note that the schedule
has changed to allow more time for judging. Registration now closes at 1:30PM, not 2:00PM.
The show flyer is available
A copy of the contest entry form can be found
If you are interested in sponsoring BuffCon, information is available
If you are interested in being a vendor at BuffCon, information is available
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7:45AM - Doors open for setup.
9:00AM - Admission and Registration open.
9:00AM - Coffee and donuts available for purchase.
10:00AM to 11:30AM - Demo (TBA).
11:30AM to 1:00PM - Demo (TBA).
12:00PM - Food available for purchase.
1:00PM - Judges meeting.
1:30PM - Registration closes.
1:30PM to 4:00PM - Judging (Vendors open).
4:00PM - Awards presentation.
5:00PM - Teardown and cleanup.
General Admission - $7.00, under 12 FREE.
Admission free (for entrant only) with contest entry.
Senior entries - 1-3/$10.00, $2.00 each additional.
Junior (ages 11 - 17) - $1.00 each entry.
Bantam (under 11) - free.
(Sales tax included with admission fee.)
BuffCon Judging Notes
IPMS Niagara Frontier is proud of its reputation for fair and impartial judging at our annual
BuffCon shows. We would like to extend an invitation to show attendees and entrants to volunteer
as judges. Experienced judges will fit right in, and those who have never judged before are welcome,
too! If you've never judged at a model show, don't be concerned - you'll be assigned to a team with
experienced judges who will show you the ropes and guide you through the process. The more judges
we get, the shorter the judging process and the sooner we can start handing out trophies. Here are
some notes on our judging process and rules.
There is a judges meeting held at 1:00PM on the day of the show. You MUST attend the meeting if
you want to judge. Procedures will be explained, and you'll be assigned to a team and category.
You cannot judge a category in which you have entries, so you must notify the Chief Judge if you
have models entered in the show when team assignments are being made.
BuffCon judging is based on modeling fundamentals: seams filled, no glue marks, quality of paint
and decal application, application of added detail, proper alignment of model components, and
generally clean assembly. Models are NOT judged on historic accuracy, but on the construction and
finishing of the model.
As a result of the previous note, you do not need to be an expert in a particular category to be
able to judge that category. Feel free to volunteer for any category that interests you, or
categories that need more judges.
All major categories, e.g. Aircraft, Automotive, Ships, etc., will have a Category Coordinator
assigned by the club. For large categories, multiple teams will be formed. The goal is to have teams
of three judges, to break ties when opinions differ. We try to assign a club member to each team to
help ensure conformance to our guidelines and process.
Any issues with model classification, resolution of disagreements within teams, or any other
questions will be decided by the Chief Judge.