AMPS is all about armor modeling and the preservation of armor and mechanized heritage.

AMPS International Convention

AMPS has been hosting annual conventions every year since 1995 and most consider it the ultimate in armor modeling and history. Each convention includes interesting and educational seminars presented by some of the leaders in the armor modelling field, tables and tables of vendors selling kits, accessories and conversions specially oriented to armor modelers and historians, and the renowned AMPS modeling contest. The convention is always held near a site of historical interest to armor modelers.

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AMPS Judging Principles

AMPS created a unique system to both judge the model and honor the modeler for artistic achievement and historical accuracy. It is a peer evaluation and mentoring and not a performance critique by experts. The system groups modelers that have similar skill levels and talents and rates the model in relation to the ability of the modeler rather than against the work of another modeler. The skill levels are Junior, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Master.

Each model is reviewed and evaluated on its own merits and never compared to another one. Established criteria determine the scoring of the model and qualify the modeler for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Models are judged by a team of judges that score each model independently. The lowest score among the team is dropped. Constructive feedback is provided that sets a path to becoming a better, more skilled modeler.

 AMPS Masters

An AMPS Master has been the recipient of the "Judges' Best of Show" at an AMPS International Convention. These modelers consistently demonstrate themselves to be the very best in all aspects of armor model building.

2016Zadro Tony , IDF M2 w/20mm Orlekon Gun

2015David Vickers , Victory and Contempt

2014Chris Durden , Special Forces LMTV "Warpig"

2013John Kesner , 17cm K. 18 Matterhorn

2012Jim Wechsler , Israeli Nagmachon

2011Cesar (Manny) Rodriguez , Spanish Panzer I

2010Mark Corbett , Smoke 26, M1059 Smoke Carrier

2009Tom Jett , Buck, M4 HST

2008Steve Milstone-Turner , Bergpanther

2007Mark Hazzard , IDF M2 Halftrack

2006Don Barclay , ARV Mk1 - Fort Garry Horse

2005Alexander Deleon , Let's Make a Deal - Diorama

2004Doug Lee , End of an Era - Diorama

2003Jason Jennings , C7P tractor with 155mm howitzer

2002Charlie Pritchett , Iraqi T-72

2001Lynn Kessler , The Frozen Chosin - Diorama

2000Roger Lange , K-5E Railway Gun

1999Mike Siggins , Grizzly Combat Engineer Vehicle

1999Chris Mrosko

1998Bob Clifton , Semovente SP Gun

1997Dave Dean , Opel Radio Van

1996Bob Collignon , Marine DuKW

1995Dave Lockhart

1995Dave Kahn

1995Mike Roof

1995Tony Englehart

1995Ken Davis , RNAS Rolls Royce Armored Car

1994Stephen (Cookie) Sewell

1994Steve Zaloga

1994Mike McFadden

1994Mark Muller

1994Mark Ford

1994Dan Tisonick

1994Paul Gaertner