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AMPS 2018 International Convention

Thu May 3, 2018 to Sat May 5, 2018
Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, Dayton, OH

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AMPS 2018 International Convention

Greetings from Dayton, Ohio -- The Birthplace of Aviation!

On behalf of AMPS and Wright Field Scale Modelers, we are looking forward to seeing you at the 2018 AMPS International Convention, May 3-5, 2018, here in Dayton.

Hotel Reservations:  We have hotel room rate and reservation info posted.  Please make your reservations early...our room block is already starting to fill up

Local Attractions:  We've also started to list some of our more notable local attractions.  There's plenty to do in the Dayton area for all ages.  Consider bringing the family along for an extended weekend.

Check Back:  We are well into our planning cycle and will be updating this website on a regular basis as plans solidify.  Please check back periodically for updates.

Best Regards,
Dave

Dave Koukol
2018 AMPS International Convention Chairman

 

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The AMPS International Show could not take place without the generous support of these and other sponsors.

 Schedule

Thursday, May 3, 2018

04:00 PM
05:00 PM
ACJ Meeting
05:00 PM
06:00 PM
Table Captain Training
05:00 PM
07:00 PM
Judging Certification Class
05:00 PM
07:00 PM
Pre-Registration
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
Model Room Open

Friday, May 4, 2018

08:00 AM
09:00 AM
Diorama/Vignette Judges Training
09:00 AM
07:00 PM
Raffle Open
09:00 AM
07:00 PM
Registration Open
09:00 AM
07:00 PM
Contest Area Open
09:00 AM
07:00 PM
Vendor Area Open
09:00 AM
10:45 AM
Tanks A Lot European Military Tour by Pascal Zandt
11:00 AM
12:45 PM
Painting Figures with Acrylics with Dave Youngquist
11:00 AM
07:00 PM
Guest Lounge Open (P-51 Mustang Room)
01:00 PM
02:45 PM
USMC Armor in WW II with Jim Mesko
03:00 PM
04:45 PM
Mystery Topic with Glen Broman
07:00 PM
09:00 PM
AMPS Business Meeting
09:00 PM
11:00 PM
AMPS Social Hour (Tentative)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

08:30 AM
12:00 PM
Registration Open
08:30 AM
04:30 PM
Contest Room Open
08:30 AM
04:30 PM
Vendor Area Open
08:30 AM
05:00 PM
Guest Lounge Open (P-51 Mustang Room)
08:30 AM
04:00 PM
Raffle Open
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
TF 3-69AR and the Invasion of Iraq with Rock Marcone
10:30 AM
12:15 PM
Seminar - Topic and Presenter TBA
12:30 PM
02:15 PM
Seminar - Topic and Presenter TBA
04:00 PM
04:15 PM
Last Chance Raffle Pull
05:00 PM
06:30 PM
Awards Ceremony
 

 Seminars

Tanks A Lot European Military Tour by Pascal Zandt

5/4/2018 - 9:00 AM - F-86 Sabre Room

 

Painting Figures with Acrylics with Dave Youngquist

5/4/2018 - 11:00 AM - F-86 Sabre Room

 

USMC Armor in WW II with Jim Mesko

5/4/2018 - 1:00 PM - F-86 Sabre Room

 

Mystery Topic with Glen Broman

5/4/2018 - 3:00 PM - F-86 Sabre Room

 

TF 3-69AR and the Invasion of Iraq with Rock Marcone

5/5/2018 - 9:00 AM - F-86 Sabre Room

 

Seminar - Topic and Presenter TBA

5/5/2018 - 10:30 AM - F-86 Sabre Room

 

Seminar - Topic and Presenter TBA

5/5/2018 - 12:30 PM - F-86 Sabre Room

 This Year's Show Theme

Despite relentless drilling and training, not every military operaton goes off without a hitch.  This year's theme, Mishaps (and Oh...) celebrates the bloopers of field manuevers by showcasing depictions of documented mishaps involving military vehicles.  As they say, "It's all fun and games until something gets broken...then it's hilarious."

So, join us in the fun of modeling and displaying a scale interpretation of your favorite armor mishap at the big show in Dayton this coming May.  Looking forward to sharing a good chuckle at someone else's misfortune!

 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
Adults:
$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.

 Directions

Hope Hotel

The Hope Hotel is offering a special $99.00/nite rate for AMPS attendees, This includes breakfast buffet.  
This rate may be obtained by calling (937) 879-2696 and asking for the "Armor Modeling" rate.  It is not available via the website

The venue is easily accessible from I-75, I-70, and I-675, and is quickly accessed from Dayton International Airport.

 

 

 Vendors

 Raffle Donors

 Other Hotels

Hope Hotel

The Hope Hotel is offering a special $99.00/nite rate for AMPS attendees, This includes breakfast buffet.  
This rate may be obtained by calling (937) 879-2696 and asking for the "Armor Modeling" rate.  It is not available via the website.

 Local Attractions

Make your trip to Dayton a great time for the whole family!  There's plenty to see and do here in the Birthplace of Aviation for all ages and interests.  

National Museum of the US Air Force

America's Packard Museum

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball (Class-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds)

Dayton Performing Arts

Dayton Visitors and Convention Bureau

Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Kings Island

Scene 75 (Indoor Amusement Park)

Young's Jersey Dairy (Homemade Ice Cream and Family Fun)