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award ceremony - by Engin
Award ceremony was held in a congress hall near the show hall. The hall was crammed full and many were standing on both sides. Organization, once again, proved perfect, as everything was nicely planned and performed. The whole staff of the club (that is important as they all worked for the Show), were on the podium, sharing the delivery of the medals and special prizes to the modelers.

After an inauguration speech of the CSMS President, a high rank officer of the Carabinieri, dressed in official uniform, made a short speech and that was important to show the support of local authorities. Then the judges are introduced to the audience one by one and awarded by the special prize of CSMS Show.

As the show was judged in Open System which is always the best in my opinion, many painters were awarded in gold, silver and bronze. Diego Ruina's Chinese General Guang-Yu won the Best of Show in Master Category as Fausto Marletta won Best of Show in Standard Category with his Russian Ballistic Missile Transporter SS 1C SCUD B. 25 gold, 26 silver and 21 bronze awards are given in total. In addition ; sponsor companies presented special awards. A full list of winners can be seen at CSMS Show Awards.

Besides our usual special award given to Best painted Ottoman/Turkish figure which is well deserved by Alessandro Carlino with his Aitna Janissary figure; we started a new project to be given once a year on a Mediterrenean Figure Show named Brotherhood of Mediterrenean. This year ; this Turkish Award is prized to an Italian Club- CSMS for their extremely well painted Greek colection ;Sicilian Hoplites.

After the ceremony ; staff, judges and winners are invited to the stage for photos.

Left to right : Second row - Lorenzo Romeo, Engin Kayral, Bill Horan, Mike Blank, Renato Scuterini, Fabio Nunnari, Costas Rodopoulos
First row - Diego Ruina, Salvo Platania- CSMS President, Fausto Marletta, Enrico di Maria-CSMS Secretary
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About the Author

About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...


Rudi i passed Nefeli the congrats, and she is really too proud !!!!! Algu next time you must be there !!!!!
DEC 27, 2007 - 01:59 AM
Great stuff guys. Thank you for the article, I really enjoyed reading it and it felt like I was there with you two... It is really a special thing that two of our own HFM figure gurus have been selected as judges on such a big show. You should be proud. Congrats to your young one, Costas! Good to see your "figure" genes found their way to your daughter... Mario.
DEC 27, 2007 - 07:33 AM
Thanks a lot Maki for your commnets. I wish she will still like it as growing up .
DEC 28, 2007 - 06:20 PM
Wow... now this is a Show Report! You both have really outdone yourselves on previous reports. Thanks for the insight into this show and all that went on there. Really great job! (and a nice x-mas present) Cheers, Jim
DEC 30, 2007 - 08:03 AM
though for different reasons as yours i really like your "Some people tend to say to me , “you are just painting toy soldiers, nothing more”. Well I have to inform you that is not exactly like that. " Hey, nice in depth article I must say, huge work but really great to know all those little side details I really like 2 scenes there: the first one with the French (?) Black Tirailleurs, and the second one, the Isla etc... can't remember the name of that famous British defeat against the Zulu! thanks for sharing!
JAN 02, 2008 - 05:50 AM
Hi guys, Going through the pics again now that I have a faster connection (back at work) and really enjoying the article even more this time round... quick question though... This piece really caught my eye (how could it not) and was wondering who manufactures it? http://photos.kitmaker.net/data/20964/cat63.jpg Not showing pic as it may offend some folks... Rudi
JAN 02, 2008 - 06:14 PM
Rudi , i was sure that you d like this one . Is an 80mm piece from Andrea Miniatures RUDI'S dream
JAN 02, 2008 - 06:59 PM
Thanks bro. Love that Harpy... but ouch... 44 EUR is a bit too much for me right now Maybe one day....
JAN 02, 2008 - 07:34 PM
Possibly the best, in depth article yet published on the kitmaker website. I started out attempting to quickly 'have a look' with the intent of actually 'reading' it later. First page I was hooked. The subject, the personalities, the show, behind the scenes (not even mentioning the miniatures themselves) All tied together with a flowing commentary. One can tell the love and passion that Costas and Engin have for this subject. Congratulations to the both of you for a fine piece of work. If there were a contest for articles submitted, this one gets my vote. Cheers, Charles
JAN 09, 2008 - 02:52 AM
Charles thanks alot for your compliments The pleasure was ours tobe there and prepare the article !!
MAR 17, 2008 - 12:12 AM