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AMPS 2020 International Convention

Thu May 7, 2020 to Sat May 9, 2020
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill, PA

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 This Year's Show Theme

AMPS 2020 show theme Last Battles. We are defining this as any model, diorama, vignette, or figure representing a vehicle, scene, or combatant from the last year of any major conflict involving armor. Notice the words "major conflict" and "involving armor."   Some conflicts are ongoing, and some are debatable as major conflicts, so to clear things up, these are the conflicts and their last years that are acceptable for the theme:

World War I - 1918

Spanish Civil War - 1939

World War II - 1945

Israeli War of Independence - 1949

Korean War- 1953

French Indo-China War-1954

Vietnam War (end of US troop involvement) - 1973

Gulf War - 1991

Bosnian War - 1995

Gaza War - 2009

Iraqi War (withdrawal of US Forces from cities)- 2009

This list represents enough eras to cover armor involved in quite a few last battles. Any battle that occurred in these conflicts in these years meets the criteria. If this is debated, the head judge will have the final say after conferring with the assistant chief judge(s) to determine eligibility for the show theme entry.

The modeler must provide documentation of the battle being represented from at least one source, and at least one photo of the vehicle(s) and/or figures (if used) from that battle being represented. The vehicles should have appropriate markings for the battle depicted. 

I hope you have a great time building for this theme and we'll see you in Harrisburg in 2020!

David Vickers
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.


The show will be held at the Radison Hotel Harrisburg, in Camp Hill, PA. The hotel is located at 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011. To make your reservation you can call the hotel at call 717-763-7117 and reference the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society Room Block, or click on this link: Click here to reserve a hotel room.



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