Osprey is well known for their various series of small but informative books aimed at the modeler, wargamer and history buff. Their Duel series was launched in 2007 with volumes on the P-51 vs. Fw 190, Firefly vs. Tiger and U-Boats vs. Destroyer Escorts and has proven very successful. Giving the reader technical and historical information about the machines encompassed , these books are naturals for an interesting and educational group build. And the variety of subjects covered in the 39 published or announced volumes so far makes an excellent opportunity for builds ranging across the KitMaker network.
So, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the series in 2012, let's have a Duel campaign! The idea is to build two models to depict a duel as described in one of the Osprey books (this can include books that will be published during 2012). You could build any two subjects as long as they fit the parameters of the book. Thus any USN carrier and Japanese carrier from 1942, not necessarily the specific ones on the cover, but not (say) Essex and Taiho from 1944.
The Rules and Regs
1. Entry must be based on a volume of the Osprey Duel series
2. Any scale, any type of subject as long as they’re from one of the books.
3. Campaign will run from 1/1/12 – 12/31/12.
4. Each entry must have at least two models (stand-alone or in a diorama OK).
5. Models must depict subjects of the type specified in the chosen book’s main title (though they do not need to be subjects specifically pictured in the book nor does the modeler need to prove that they actually met in combat nor do they have to comply exactly with the book’s subtitle, if any). For instance, the models could be any King Tiger and IS-2 that might realistically have met in combat, not just those from Operation Solstice; also any Confederate Ironclad vs. Union Ironclad, not just Virginia and Monitor. But no SPAD VII vs. Fokker D.VII as the main title specifically says “SPAD XIII vs. Fokker D.VII.
6. Two modelers can team up to build one entry, in which case both models should be new builds. In this case, modelers are encouraged to use the campaign thread to find a partner but it’s up to the modeler to do so (the campaign leader isn’t going to team people up). If you’re doing it this way, be sure to indicate who you’re teaming with each time you post a picture (so I don’t get too confused!)
7. Alternatively, one modeler can do both models in an entry, in which case the models can be up to ¼ started in the aggregate (e.g. each model is ¼ started, or one model is unstarted and the other is ½ built. Something like that.)
8. Either method used in rules 6 or 7 will count as one entry and each modeler involved will get a ribbon. If a team is set up and each modeler makes some progress on their build, failure of one team member to finish will not disqualify the other team member (who DOES finish) from receiving a ribbon.
9. Enter as many as you like and you can use different entry methods but each modeler will only get one ribbon and each model can only be part of one entry.
10. At least one in-progress shot of each model should be posted in the campaign thread and at least one finished shot in the campaign gallery (if you’re teaming up, be sure to indicate in the campaign gallery which models go together.)
11. The idea here is to honor the 5th anniversary of the Duel series, maybe learn something, and have fun!
There will be a ribbon for each successful modeler to add to their profile page and a banner to display on their postings if they'd like.