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Design of the Month...
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...What's it all about?

Design of the month contests are not all that uncommon.  They exist in many industries, but are most prevalent in the hobby/model industry.  They first appeared in the model rocketry hobby with the help of Vern Estes of Estes Industries in 1967 and have appeared, in one form or another, in model rocket companies ever since.

So why have a "Design of the Month" contest?  There are an endless number of reasons why a company would begin such a contest.  It could be to promote the hobby; to promote sales of model parts or just to have fun.

FlisKits, Inc. decided to start a Design of the Month contest for several reasons, the biggest being that we frequently encountered model rocketeers discussing the lack of such contests in the industry today.  In private mail, in web-forums, newgroups and at club launches we were hearing the same desire for a company to come up with a Design of the Month contest.  It is important to note that FlisKits is not using the DOM contest as a method of "collecting designs".  ALL designs submitted to the FlisKits DOM contest remain the intellectual property of the designer.

Another key reason would be to promote the hobby.  Our belief is that if want to design, then you clearly have a sincere interest in your hobby.   Further, you need the skills necessary in order to express that interest in new and creative designs.  A contest, specifically one that offers valuable prizes and public recognition, makes designing a fun and exciting activity.  All of this will help to encourage beginning rocketeers to see additional "value" in staying with the hobby and allow that early interest to evolve into the skills and experience needed to design.  That alone promotes growth in the hobby.  By publishing the designs, we help to promote the hobby further by providing those who like to build, but may not be interested in designing, more variety of designs from which to choose.

The other reason (to be frank) is that providing a dynamic contest (new entries and winners every month) we are providing a fun and exciting reason for our customers and friends to frequent our web site to see what's new.

And, as with all that we do, this is your contest too.   We encourage you to contact FlisKits at feedback@fliskits.com if you have any questions or comments about this, or any of our contests or promotions.


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