Grand Rapids Student Model Competition Winners

submitted by Will Strange, VP of Education

For APMM student members and professionals, a highlight of any APMM conference is the Student Model Contest. We'll take a look at the winners from the Grand Rapids 2018 conference. 












At the Grand Rapids conference in March of 2018, the Art Hedlund Student Model Making Competition 2018 saw entries from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College ( and Arts University Bournemouth (

The overall winner was Steve Ward, a final year student of AUB. His ‘Pooper Scooter’ is a model made for stop-motion animation, a popular career choice for UK model making graduates as there is a surprising amount of work in this area. Aardman Animation, famous for the ‘Wallace & Gromit’ stories and ‘Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists!’ movie, employs graduates of AUB and offers internship opportunities for final year students.
















Photo: Pooper Scooter by Steve Ward


Joint second place winners, both from AUB, were Julia Hartwanger for her ‘Blériot Monoplane’ and Sarah Crystal for her 1:5 scale model of Marc Newson’s iconic ‘Lockheed Lounge’. Both of these models were made for projects that focused on researching a subject thoroughly and making accurate replicas. The fine detail of Julia’s plane suffered a little from being checked in for a transatlantic flight, but was repaired on arrival. Sarah’s ‘Lockheed Lounge’ showed good understanding of a complicated shape, and the tricky-to-model polished metal finish was captured well with a paint finish.













Photo: Blériot Monoplane by Julia Hartwanger
















Photo: Lockheed Lounge by Sarah Crystal


Third place was awarded to Harry Quarendon, of AUB, for his realistic replica of the Motorola cell phone used to make the first mobile call. His model combined CAD modeling, 3D printing, traditional machining and sprayed cellulose paint finishing.

















Photo: Motorola Cell Phone by Harry Quarendon 


Students received prize money of $500, $250 and $100, for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places respectively, and a set of digital calipers. Each winner will be proudly displaying an APMM certificate at the upcoming ‘New Blades’ show in London. (More details at




  Association of Professional Model Makers Summer 2018 Newsletter