21st National Competition of Ship Modelers

Roland Vlahović beat his competitors

Award-winning ship modeler from Lovran, Roland Vlahović, has completed his medal collection with five more medals from 21st National Competition of Ship Modelers. He has won two gold, two silver, and one bronze medal.  

At the formal opening of Croatian evaluation exhibition of model ships „Rijeka 2016“, that was held in the Educational-exhibit space in CTC Rijeka, this year competition’s best ship modelers had been announced, and afterwards, the exhibition was officially opened for public.

21st National Competition of Ship Modelers, that is traditionally organized by Croatian Association of Ship Modelers, Croatian Association of Technical Culture, and Centre of Technical Culture Rijeka, has been held according to NAVIGA rules. All the ship modelers that have been sailing the world’s seas and under the flags of every country in the world, had the right to participate in the competition. The members of the jury commission, Luciano Keber (main judge), Mladen Mitić, and Krešimir Šurina, had been estimating 20 competing models. 

The ship model that has been awarded the highest score of 97 points is Sloops HMN Pegasus, by the artisan Roland Vlahović. The second ship model Naval Cutter Alert brought him the second gold medal, awarded with 95 points. He also won two silver medals for his warship model Warspite (93 points) and the French school ship L'etoile (92 points). 

Five ship modelers have won bronze medals: Mario Bičić for Brigantino goletta (88,33 points), Željko Fredotović for his French schooner Jacinthe (86 points), Roland Vlahović again for warship called USS Indianapolis (86 points), Goran Todorović for the brigantine model Newsboy (85,67 points), and Edi Šimetić for the boat Vinka (85,33 points).

According to the jury's selection, the highest rated ship models from the National Competition are given the right to participate and compete in the world's competition organized by the international organization NAVIGA. This year's world competition will be held in September in Kaliningrad in Russia. Vlahović already has one gold and two silver accolades in his collection from the Ship modeling world championship, which took place in Bulgaria two years ago.

Assessment rules 

Competitions of ship modelers are organized in a way that ship modelers compete in several categories, and the value of each modelers' work is evaluated by the jury’s members, which award points according to the predetermined criteria. The maximum number of points each model could get is 100. The models, which are rated from 85 to 89,67 points, are awarded the bronze medal. Models rated from 90 to 94,67 points get silver medal, and the models rated from 95 to 100 get gold medal. 

You can visit the exhibition on 6th of May in the Educational-exhibit space in CTC Rijeka

Besides the competing ship models, at today's opened exhibition, 21 uncompetitive ship models are exhibited. Croatian Association of Ship Modelers has used the exhibition to emphasize the importance of contributing to preservation of maritime tradition, especially the maritime of the island of Rab, as well as of the late ship modeler from Rab Toni Miknić. As in previous years, visitors of the exhibition have an opportunity to take a look at the drawings of children from six kindergartens from Rijeka, with maritime and ship themes.

Visitors of the exhibition can vote for the best ship model by playing tombola and giving their vote. The audience award will be announced on Friday, 6th of May 2016, at 1 p.m., following the closing of the exhibition.

The entrance to the exhibition is free for the public. It is open on working days from 9 a.m. do 8 p.m., and on Sunday, 30th of April, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibition will be closed on Sunday, 1st of May.

Croatian Association of Ship Modelers and Centre of Technical Culture Rijeka together have organized 20 national competitions of ship modelers, as well as two world competitions, in 2006 in Dubrovnik and in 2012 in Rijeka. Also, Croatian ship modelers have won 63 accolades, out of which 5 gold, 14 silver, and 44 bronze.

This year's manifestation is also financially supported by the City of Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski kotar county, and Croatian Association of Technical Culture, as well as sponsored by the President of Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. 

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