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Sumter, South Carolina
Apr 07-09, 2016
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New Reviews

Aug 30Master Box Volkssturm: Ammunition to the Frontline
Aug 28Meng – 1/35 Soviet T-10M Heavy Tank – First Look
Aug 28Tankograd: Dingo 2 GE A3.3 Pat.Si
Aug 27Dragon 'Black Label' - 1/35 M6 Heavy Tank
Aug 25Value Gear - 1/72 Jerrycan/Tarp Roll Set - Allied (37 Pieces)
Aug 25Value Gear - 1/72 Allied Truck Loads #3 "AT3" (2 Pack 6 Pieces)
Aug 25Dragon - 1/35 JagdPanzer IV L/48 - July 1944 Production w/Zimmerit
Aug 25Legend Productions - 1/35 M1078 Late Conversion Set ( for Trumpeter 01004 )
Aug 24Dragon - 1/35 Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel-Wespe
Aug 24Ammo by Mig - WWI German Tanks - Smart Set
Aug 24Tankograd - Panzerhaubitze 2000 A1/A2
Aug 21Tankograd - Warrior FV510 TES(H) In Detail: Fast Track #11
Aug 21Abrams Squad #11
Aug 19Legend Productions - 1/35 M60A1 Basic Detailing Set (For AFV Club)
Aug 18Value Gear - 1/35 LDRG Truck Loads and Bits Set #1
Aug 18LZ Models - 1/35 D7 Bulldozer and Tractor Crew - US Army Mechanic Cleaning Track
Aug 16Dragon - 1/35 Tiger I Ausf. H2 7.5 cm KwK 42
Aug 8Osprey Publishing Panzer IV vs Sherman France 1944
Aug 5Ampersand - Flying Wings A Visual History of the Northrop XB-35 & YB-49 Flying Wings
Aug 5Squadron/Signal M2/M3 Bradley In Action

Current Discussions

Aug 29Article or website about WW2 armor radios
Aug 28Re: Armorcon 2015 - Largest Armor Model show after International in Sept.
Aug 27Re: AMPS 2015 article!
Aug 27DML M6 Heavy review, nice job!
Aug 26AMPS 2015 article!
Aug 24Re: Very Nice M60A1 Legends Detail set Review by John Charvat
Aug 24Very Nice M60A1 Legends Detail set Review by John Charvat
Aug 182016 IPMS/USA Region IV Convention April 8-9 (OPEN STYLE JUDGING) - If You Can't Make the Trek to Sumter
Aug 18Open Judging Format Selected for IPMS/USA R4 2016 Convention
Aug 18Open Judging Format Selected for IPMS/USA R4 2016 Convention
Aug 8Re: Nice work on the Meng Cougar MRAP review, Bill Schmidt
Aug 8Nice work on the Meng Cougar MRAP review, Bill Schmidt
Aug 2Re: Sheperd Paine RIP
Aug 2Sheperd Paine RIP
Aug 1Best use of spoons in a review!!
Aug 1Re: Lower hull construction?
Aug 1Lower hull construction?
Jul 30Re: Review: Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Type 10 Tank
Jul 30Re: News about Shepard Paine
Jul 29Review: Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Type 10 Tank
Selected Reviews from our AMPS Review Crew (click picture to see the review)
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Come and join us in Sumter, South Carolina at the Sumter County Civic Center, 700 West Liberty Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150. The show begins April 7-9, 2016 and is our 22nd Annual AMPS International Show!

The Show Committee has been hard at work towards making this show another in a long line of memorable shows, which always include the largest armor-only vendor room on the planet, interesting seminars conducted by notable speakers, the AMPS-judged competition and awards, and   of course a weekend full of terrific camaraderie with your fellow armor modelers.

This is a new location and our fourth venture into the South with previous shows being held in Fredericksburg, VA (2011 and 2015) and Atlanta, Georgia (2013).

Changes/new in 2016:

As always, we’ll have seminars on a wide range of topics during Friday and Saturday. More are yet to be announced so stay tuned.

Show Theme

The 2016 Show Theme is “World War I”, guidance what qualifies has been provided by the AMPS Chief Judge as follows:

The general criteria for judging the Best Theme Award is contained on page 6 of the AMPS Contest Rules. For 2016 only, we are further defining this criterion as follows:

Best Theme Award - The theme for the 2016 AMPS International Convention is “World War l – The Great war.” This award is given to the model that most appropriately represents the theme selected for the convention. It may be given to either an INTERMEDIATE or ADVANCED level entry. In order to qualify for this year’s Best Theme Award, entries must be any vehicle, ordnance, equipment or figure which represents any of the combatants engaged in World War l from 1914 to 1918. The burden of proof is on the modeler to provide the judges with documentation on their build.

In cases where entrants are uncertain as to whether their model would qualify for the Theme Award the Chief Judge will be the final arbitrator and make the decision whether an entry fits the theme.

We are looking to have a great event in Sumter, SC 7-9 April 2016.

Mike Petty
Chief Judge
2nd VP, US South Region


Special Awards

In addition to our regular category Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, if you do well you'll have a shot at earning one of our special, "Best of" awards. Namely, the Best German, Best US, Best Commonwealth, Best Russian/Soviet, Best Small Army, Best Figure, Best Vignette, Best Diorama, Best Junior, Best Basic Level and Best Master. In addition, we'll also have special awards for the convention Theme (World War I - The Great war). A People's Choice award will be presented to the model that earns the votes of the viewing public and of course our crown winner is the Best In Show, which elevates the modeler to Master status.

Best Braille Scale: This award is presented to the best 1/72 scale and smaller model. All skill levels are eligible for this award. This award is presented by Central Pennsylvania AMPS.

John C. Browning Memorial Best Wheeled Vehicle Award: This award is presented for the Best Wheeled Vehicle. This award is open to all wheeled vehicles of any era and scale. All skill levels are eligible for this award. This award is presented by Pearce Browning.

David Harper Best Marine Corps Armor: This award is presented for the best Marine Corps armor in all categories except figures. Any nationality or era can be modeled as long as the armor has Marine Corps/naval infantry markings. All skill levels are eligible for this award. This award is presented by David Vickers.


Club and Model Group Tables

As the Hosting Chapter, we are offering up to 17 (seventeen), 8’ tables within the Vendor Areas for the use by Model Clubs and other Modeling Groups. The AMPS Central SC "Wildcats" Chapter will make all coordination for the use of these tables by the requesting organizations (with the exception of the table to IPMS/USA).

The tentative table allocations are:
a. One table to IPMS/USA, to be coordinated with IPMS/USA by the AMPS Executive Board.
b. One table to Fine Scale Modeler (FSM) to be used for model photography.
c. Fifteen (15) additional tables to be allocated to requesting AMPS Chapters and other groups on a first-come, first-served basis.

Procedure to Request and Reserve a Table:

1. The requesting group will contact AMPS Central SC “Wildcats” (the hosting chapter) by email or phone to request a table at the 2016 AMPS International Convention. Phone contact MUST be followed up by a request in writing (email or US mail). However, for the purposes of determining first-come, first-served, the date and time of the phone contact (if made before the written request) will be used.
2. The written request MUST include the name, address and phone number of the group’s authorized representative. Click here for the full Club and Modeling Group Tables at 2016 AMPS International Convention Rules

Local and Hospitality Information

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Two-Day General Fees

Adults: $15.00
Youth (17 - 7): $5.00 (Under 7 – FREE!)
AMPS Family : $10.00 (Spouse & Children of Contestant)

Show Schedule

For your convenience here is the show schedule in PDF format: AMPS 2016 Show Schedule - PDF Format (TBD).

AMPS 2016 Recommended Show Hotels

Our HQ Hotel is: Quality Inn, 2390 Broad Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150, phone: 803-469-9001. $85.00 per night, Includes Breakfast and Free Internet.

  Code: "AMPS 2016 Group Block"

We do have two overflow hotels: The Comfort Suites, 2500 Broad St., Sumter (803) 469-0200. Rooms, either a King bed or 2 Queen beds are $105 a night; or The Sleep Inn, 2510 Broad ST., Sumter (803) 469-0500. A King bed is $85.49 or 2 Queen beds are $89.99 a night. We have 30 rooms blocked off at both of these hotels. Since these two hotels are right next to each other (they are managed by sisters), they share the same facilities such as the pools.

Please book your room using only the telephone numbers above, and be sure to request the AMPS show rate.

In addition, there are several other hotels in the immediate area as well (see above). Please check back for updates, and mention you’re with AMPS to get these hotel show rates!

Please check back often on the AMPS website, as updates and additional information will be made available on show details as it is locked into place. Your 2016 Show Crew is working towards making this 2016 show another in a long line of great AMPS International Shows, so please make plans to join us!

Your 2016 Show Committee

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