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AMPS 2019 International Convention

Thu May 9, 2019 to Sat May 11, 2019
Buffalo Grand Hotel (formerly the Adam's Mark Hotel), Buffalo, NY

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AMPS 2019 International Convention

The 2019 AMPS International convention will be held in Buffalo, NY on May 9-11, 2019.  Planning for the show has begun, and more details will be posted to the site as they become available.

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 This Year's Show Theme

Snow…love or hate it…it can make for some pretty “cool” armor models (see what I did there?).

Snow is the theme for the 2019 AMPS International Convention.  To qualify for the theme award a model must have some sort of winter camouflage scheme and/or replicated snow.  That means there is an all-whitish tone of paint or a pattern of whitish-tone paint with the intent to give the model a winter camouflage in a snowy environment.  It can also be a model that does not have a winter camouflage scheme but it must convey some sort of snow related indications on the model.  For example, snow, slush or icicles on the model.

Figures considered will need to be in some sort of winter gear and in a winter environment. The same requirement goes for dioramas and vignettes.

If it is unclear if a model meets the theme the Chief Judge makes the final call using the above criteria and after conferring with the Assistant Chief Judges.  So, get your winter coat on and start building that snowy model.

If you have any questions, please click here and contact David Vickers, the AMPS Chief Judge.

 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. Each model is judged by a team of judges that score the model independently and the lowest score among the team is dropped. Constructive feedback is provided that sets a path to becoming a better, more skilled modeler.

Read more about the AMPS judging principles here.

 Entry Fees

Registration fees

Current Adult AMPS Members:
$35.00 USD for 1 to 3 model entries.  $5.00 USD additional one-time fee for all additional models entered.
Renewing Adult AMPS Members:
(you must have an AMPS member ID to qualify)
$60.00 USD for one year AMPS Membership renewal and Show Registration with 1 to  3 models entries.  $5.00 USD additional one-time fee for all additional models entered.
New Adult AMPS Members:
$60.00 USD for a new one year AMPS Membership and Show Registration with 1 to  3 models entries.  $5.00 USD additional one-time fee for all additional models entered.
Junior Modelers:
(AMPS Membership is not required)
$15.00 USD for all model entries.
$25.00 USD for a new or renewed one year AMPS Membership and all model entries.

Walk-in Fees:

(non-contestant) covers the entire event
$10.00 USD.
Spouse and up to 3 children of entrant:
$15.00 USD.
Youth (7 to 17):
$5.00 USD.
Child (under 7):
Must be accompanied by an adult
No charge USD.


120 Church St
Buffalo, NY, 14202
Phone: 716-845-5100
Fax: 716-604-9937



 Other Hotels

The show will he held at the Buffalo Grand Hotel (foremerly the Adam's Mark Hotel), 120 Church St, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA. The hotel has set up a special rate of $119 per night. This rate includes parking (which is $15 per day if you book with a different discount code). To reserve, go to or call 716-845-5100 and mention that you are with AMPS.

We have also arranged a special rate of $119 per night at the Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown, across the street from the Buffalo Grand. To book, go to or call the reservation line (877) 999-3223). Use the group code 050719AMP or block ID 341957 when booking.

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