Every year, people come from all over the world to the AMPS International Convention and Armor Model Show to experience what most consider the ultimate in armor modeling and history.
AMPS has been hosting annual conventions every year, usually during the third weekend of April, since 1995. 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.
One of the highlights of every AMPS International Convention has been the seminars and talks given by some of the leaders in the armor modeling field. In the past, these seminars have made the convention the most important show of the year for armor buffs and historians alike. Previous presenters have included Cookie Sewell, Steven Zaloga and Tom Jentz.
No AMPS International Convention would be complete without the legendary tables and tables of kits, accessories and conversions specially oriented to armor modelers and historians. With so many tables in the vendors area, just about anything available is there to peruse, evaluate and purchase. Whether it be books, plastic or resin, it's sure to be on those tables. You won't just wander here, you will be in armor heaven all day! You won't find any aircraft or ships at this convention - this one is for Tread Heads only! Interested vendors can write to AMPS, or send email to the AMPS Public Information Officer.
Possibly the most important aspect of the AMPS International Convention is the Modeling Contest. As anyone who has been to the show knows, the AMPS judging system has led the way in terms of fairness and credibility. Judging is done by a group of four judges, who evaluate each entry - not by what is wrong with it, but by what is right with it! To ensure fairness, the lowest score of the four is removed, and the other three are added. The system is a modified open system, allowing an unlimited number of medals to be awarded to entrants who achieve a certain point total. There is no actual competition, the entrants are competing only against themselves using a defined schedule of values for comparison. Experience levels are established to eliminate the intimidation factor so often associated with most shows.
The AMPS Difference
Every year, people come from all over the world to experience what most consider to be the most fair and honest judging system available. As described above, AMPS judging is based on an open system, designed to reward the modeler for good work. To enable the modeler to present his most positive points to the judges, the system establishes five different classifications with which the modeler identifies himself, based on his own skill level. When the entry comes to be judged, it is reviewed to establish the skill level of the competitor and then judged accordingly. The classifications are described as follows:
- Specifically set up for the younger modeler, this class gives the modeler the best chance to grow in the hobby and experience the AMPS philosophy.
- This group is set up for the beginner modeler, and those of us who are just getting back into modeling after a long layoff (i.e. school or family).
- By far the largest group, it includes modelers of varying skill levels who do not regularly enter competition or do not regularly win or place.
- For the more skilled modeler, these modelers regularly win or place in local and regional competitions.
- Modelers who have won ‘Judges’ Best of Show’ at the AMPS International Convention. These modelers consistently demonstrate themselves to be the very best in all aspects of armor model building.
If you have any questions about the AMPS International Convention and Armor Model Show, email the AMPS Public Information Officer