The wait is over. The results are in! The first inaugural grand all-star Mobile Frame Zero Support Frame design contest and tea dance is complete!
On behalf of the judges, I’d like to note how difficult this contest was to assess. There’s been lots of behind the scenes discussion and wrangling over the results and honourable mentions. In the end, it was an exceptionally tight contest with little to separate the top designs. What was interesting was the wide range of choices that the judges made. No two judges presented the same top ten lists in the same order. The standard of the contest was exceptionally high and we’d like to thank everyone who submitted an entry (or entries.)
So without further ado, we present the top three. Let me reiterate, there was precious little between these builds, a many of one or two points in our scoring system.
In third place, the Tarantula by Pasukaru76:
This entry was commended for its simplicity, it’s use of colour, and the sense of fun. As always, Pascal’s presentation of the build was top notch.
In second place we have the EXPD009 recon frame by 256 ImageWorks:
The judges considered this an exceptional build. The tiny piece of insulating tape on the head was a great finishing touch. And again, the presentation was first class.
And in first place, the king of the hill, the top of the heap…
The XMF-91L ‘McCoy’ Medical Frame by XGundam05:
Rated highly by all the judges, the McCoy was found to be interesting, imaginative, and well designed. The frame was relatively simple, but made good use of colour to indicate what the purpose of the design was. The ‘jaws of life’ attachment was a fun and appropriate addition to the overall build. So, well done to XGundam05 for winning the first ever MFZ contest. I’ll be in touch shortly to sort of the prize.
The judges would also like to highlight some frames that didn’t make it into the top three, but that were felt worthy of a special mention.
Joe said: “Nice work from Cruelcynic whose two entries (the Hare and the Harvester) showed an imaginative range of support functions, and used *all* the transparent bricks to great effect. Frames have never looked so shiny.”
Joshua said: “The Recovery Frame helicopter by Onosendai2600 is an amazing combination of animal shapes and a Chinook chopper that work really well together. While I’d like to see it scaled up just slightly, the cramped cockpit has a certain charm.
The CF-kkp frame by Milt69466 is really showing the outer edge of mobile frame design. I’m really pleased to see something that is not only weird, but also coherent. The pilot’s head is what really sells me on it.”
Malcolm said: “My honourable mention is for Lt. Col. Thorin, who brought a colourful sense of humour to his designs. Both his Peach Picker and Helmet Head offer wry takes on idea of a support frame, and the Helmet Head especially uses setup and backdrop to illustrate its purpose and amuse the viewer.”