The gloves are off at marine model championship

National Junior Marine Model Championship of 2018 raised its curtain at China Maritime Museum on July 24.

The National Junior Marine Model Championship of 2018 raised its curtain at China Maritime Museum on Tuesday.

Altogether 46 teams from 15 different provinces and cities all over China gathered to contend for championships in 35 projects.

A battleship model fleet performed a simulated landing on the opening ceremony. Though they're just models, the ships can shoot mini missiles and park model helicopters.

The performance drew a large audience, most of whom would soon start their own contest.

Lin Zijian, an 8th grade student from Wenzhou of Zhejiang Province, said he has been preparing for the championship for a month. Before that, it took Lin and his teammates a year to assemble and test the model.

“My ship just had a contest last week, so I’m still on my game,” Lin said with confidence. “And my ship is faster than others for sure.”

Zhao Wenkuan, team leader of Tianjin, said playing with marine models has made the kids more confident and strong.

“Rome is not built in a day, they will experience both frustration and thrill whilst making their own ships,” Zhao said. “The models teach them a lesson that can’t be learned in class.”

The championship will last for five days.

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A battleship model firing mini missiles into the sky in a performance carried out on the opening ceremony of the National Junior Marine Model Championship of 2018 at China Maritime Museum on July 24.

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Players testing their ships before the game started in the afternoon on July 24.

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