Surely the whole idea of the Shocker of the month thread is that the best Shocker entered that month wins. If that happens to be a custom anodised, PL model, so be it - the fact remains that it was voted as being the best entry that month. Isn't that the point?
You devalue the SFT, because you are implying the winner of the SFT of the month couldn't have won Shocker of the month.
What comes next? "Entirely stock SFT of the month - choose your favourite stock anodising colour" Seems fair, as an entirely stock SFT won't win the Shocker of the month *or* SFT of the month. Shego of the month thread? Shoebox of the month? The list could go on and on.
Talking of SFTs, if you look back through old Shocker of the month threads, a number of SFTs have actually been finalists.
Shego on a stock SFT body: -
A winner no less: -
Now, if you compare some of the above finalists (admittedly, one or two got in due to it being a slow month), to our recent SFT entries, is it really any wonder that the SFT's didn't get chosen by the judges? They didn't get chosen, because they weren't competitive. Simple as that. As the above finalists prove, if your marker is good enough, it will compete.