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Local science teacher wins model-making award

Eighth-grade science teacher Scott Conner's model tank beats out hundreds of submissions from around the world to claim $1,000 award from FineScale Modeler magazine.
Published: August 6, 2008
World War II-era German Tiger I tank
Scott Conner's "Be an author" contest-winning Tiger I Ausf E tank. Conner used scratchbuilt and store-bought details to decorate his 1/35 scale Tiger I as a veteran of the Battle of Kursk. Along the way, he did a bang-up job on his story and photos to win FineScale Modeler's author contest.
August 6, 2008
WAUKESHA, Wis. — Scott Conner of Leawood, Kan., wins the grand prize in FineScale Modeler magazine's "Be an Author" contest. The contest required readers to submit an article related to the scale-modeling hobby. A panel of magazine editors selected Conner's project — building and detailing a 1/35 scale World War II-era German Tiger I tank (pictured) — for the top prize from among hundreds of submissions.

Conner, an eighth-grade science teacher at Yeokum Middle School in Belton, Mo., receives $1,000 for his effort. His article is the cover story of FineScale Modeler's September 2008 issue, available now.

"When we saw Scott's project," says Matthew Usher, editor of FineScale Modeler, "we knew it was going to be a front runner. In the end we were sure it was by far the best entry, and we're really excited to share Scott's work with our readers."

Conner, 50, started modeling during the 1960s, building cars, planes, and movie monsters before settling on tanks. He dropped the hobby after high school until his son got him back into the hobby in 1996. Now Conner spends about 10 hours a week working on his models and visiting his favorite local hobby shop, Hobby Haven in Overland Park, Kan.
Scott Conner
Scott Conner of Leawood, Kan., wins our "Be an Author" contest (not to mention $1,000 plus our regular author rate) with a superdetailed model and a manuscript of equally grand proportions.
Conner, a University of Missouri in Columbia alumnus, says he loves modeling because "there are always things to figure out even if you are not at the workbench."

To speak with Scott Conner or Matthew Usher, please contact Matt Quandt at 262.798.6484 or

Produced by Kalmbach Publishing Co., FineScale Modeler is the world's leading magazine for the scale-modeling hobby. It has a circulation of more than 50,000 and is distributed in more than 47 countries.
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