From the cluttered mind of the AMPS Grand Poobah:
Members and Friends of AMPS,
I would like to invite you all to the 2017 International Convention, which is being held in Danbury Connecticut at Danbury Crown Plaza Hotel, 18 Ridgbury Road, Danbury, CT 06810, from 20-22 April. Show chair, Mike Del Vecchio, has done an outstanding job choosing the venue and negotiating special room rates that will end on 21 March, so if you plan on attending, make your reservation now. To speed the registration process for the convention, AMPS has opened on line show registration, which allows you to register your entries, pay and print your entry forms, thus avoiding the lines at the registration desk and filling out forms at the door vice chasing down that “must have” item in the vendor room. To pre-register, click here.
Mike D. has lined up a great vendor room, with the assistance of another AMPS Mike, Mike Reaves, the AMPS Vendor Coordinator, assembled over 20 vendors which will cover over 90 tables which armor related goodies which will range from the newest kits to collector kits to diorama and weathering supplies. If anyone is interested in participating as a vendor, contact Mike Reaves (firstname.lastname@example.org) as there are still a limited numbers of tables still available.
Noted WWII Soviet armor author, Neil Stokes, has gathered a unique set of seminar speakers that will increase the armor modeler’s knowledge and hone their building skills. Speakers include several AMPS Masters: Steven Zaloga, Cookie Sewell and yet another AMPS Mike, Mike Roof, who will share their modeling secrets in order to make you a better modeler. On the research side of modeling, Mike D. has coordinated for an “Open Hatch Day” at the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury. Modelers are welcome to visit the museum on their own and can crawl inside and photograph the display vehicles Thursday through Sunday (20-23 April). Normal museum admission prices will be in effect for all that visit. Visit their website at: http://www.usmilitarymuseum.org/exhibits.php.
AMPS Raffle Coordinator, Henry Milton, is working hard to present a deeply stocked raffle for show attendees. As commercial sponsorship of the raffle continues to be down as it has been in the past several years, I have asked the members of AMPS to show their generosity by donating those “like new condition” kits that are defined as kit boxes are still in the cellophane or kits with open boxes with their sprues still in the cellophane. Small monetary donations would also be accepted. We all have those kits that we purchased that have found a home in our stash that we will never build, so either bring them with to the show or coordinate with Henry (email@example.com) for mailing instructions or if there are any questions about the raffle.
AMPS Chief Judge Mike Petty, damn, we have too many Mikes in the Society, needs volunteer judges and model runners to support the labor intensive judging during the show. You can sign up to judge by clicking here. For those who are new to AMPS judging, Mike will hold classes on how to judge on Thursday night. If you choose to attend and judge during the convention, you will become a better modeler. If you judge for two two hour shifts, you will get a highly prized AMPS Crew shirt. Mike has also posted a couple key documents/ guides, one being the updated AMPS Competition rules as well as a Modeler’s guide to the contest rules, to the AMPS home page as well as notifications on the popular Armor websites as well as the two AMPS Face Book pages.
Finally to close things out, the AMPS Annual General Meeting will occur on Friday evening, 21 April. At each Annual General Meeting, the Executive board announces election results, conducts a “State of AMPS” presentation, a question and answer period, as well as identifies the following year’s convention site and theme. If you are an AMPS member, please attend to assist in shaping the future of AMPS.
John Charvat AKA the Grand Poobah