Three students from BA (Hons) Modelmaking have grabbed first, second and third prize at this year’s Association of Professional Model Makers Student Model Making competition.

Tom Anderson, Tom Hughes and Sadie Stanton took first, second and third place respectively in the competition, which took place at the 21st Association of Professional Model Makers conference in San Jose, California.

The models were exhibited at the conference by Course Leader Paul Johnson and Senior Lecturer Will Strange who arrived at the conference with a container of 13 carefully-packed entries from students across the course.

First place in the competition went to Tom Anderson’s Moby Dick and the White Wale — a posable character for stop-frame animation. Second prize went to Tom Hughe’s with his traditional scale model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Sadie Stanton’s large scale model of a Mantidfly gained third place.

Course Leader Paul Johnson said: “The Association of Professional Model Makers stage a conference every two years in the USA. The event is attended by professional modelmakers and students from all over the USA and a few from other parts of the world. It provides the modelmaking team with a unique opportunity to promote the course abroad and gain further insight into their current working practices. As part of our promotion of our students and the course we decided to enter the student model competition.

We took 13 individual pieces of student work on an 11,000 mile round trip to San José and back! The work included both digital and physical work and demonstrated our students ability to apply everything from beautiful traditional craftsmanship to high end engineering. The work was extremely well received and we were commended throughout the event for the high standard and diversity of the work on display.

Having won 1st 2nd and 3rd place the students were thrilled to have made such a good impression on what is our first entry into the competition. They were equally pleased to have their models returned in one piece after such a long journey. Following the event many opportunities for employment and internships have been offered and a number of students are now actively seeking work abroad.”

Richard Coleman, member of the Association of Professional Model Makers, said: “I was very impressed with the student projects you brought with you. Having been involved with aspiring artisans for the last thirty years I was blown away by the quality of the students’ works.”