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

 Show & Theme Awards

The following special awards will be presented at the show.
These awards represent the best of the models present, as decided by a team assembled by the Chief Judge. If you have any questions concerning eligibility for an award, please contact .

Best Commonwealth

Best Russian/Soviet

Best German

Best United States

Best Small Army

Best Figure

Best Junior

Best Vignette

Best Diorama

Best Basic

Theme Award

Best Master

People's Choice

Best Braille Scale

Best USMC

Best Wheeled Vehicle

Judges' Best of Show

 Contest Categories

AMPS Judging Philosophy:
"Models are not just technical scale miniatures of their prototypes, but also artistic representations of historical, hypothetical, or imaginary subjects. While mechanical precision and fidelity to detail are highly desired, there are few other absolute rights or wrongs with most of the aspects of our builds. There are many different construction and finishing techniques and methods that can be employed to create the artistic representation of our subjects. These combine to create each model-builder's unique "style." Although judges are expected to assess and score the models, they are also expected to do this within the context of the individual modeler's style and not their own."

Most categories contain three skill-levels. The exceptions are those where major conversions or scratch building is required; these are not basic skills, and it is unfair to both the modeler and to the judges to expect one to be so entered.

I - Closed Top Tracked Armor to 1899-1934 (based on markings)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

II - Closed Top Tracked Armor 1935-1945 Axis (based on markings)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

III - Closed Top Tracked Armor 1935-1945 Allied (based on markings)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

IV - Closed Top Tracked Armor 1946-1991 (based on markings)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

V - Closed Top Tracked Armor 1992-Present (based on markings)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

VI - Open Top/Open Hatches AFVs with interiors & halftracks - All eras

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

VII - Wheeled Vehicles and Armored Cars - All eras

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

VIII - Ordnance (with prime movers in travel) - All eras

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

IX - Major Conversions (INT & ADV ONLY)

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

X - Scratchbuilt (INT & ADV ONLY)

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

XI - Figures

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

XII - Dioramas

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

XIII - Vignettes

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

XIV - Fictional, Futuristic or Proposed Vehicles

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

XV - Juniors

  • Junior

XVI - Masters

  • Master

XVII - Display Only

  • Advanced