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

The Armor Modeling and Preservation Society, Inc., or AMPS, was founded in 1993. Although AMPS’s main function is as a modeling club, it is definitely a different type of modeling organization compared to IPMS or other mainstream groups. AMPS has a Constitution and Bylaws to govern how it is run and the AMPS judging system rewards individual effort using a point system to minimize subjectivity.

The purpose of AMPS is to foster a knowledge and appreciation of the history of armored vehicles, through examination of preserved examples located in both museums and private collections, in miniature through modeling. To this end, AMPS publishes a 32-page journal called Boresight six times a year. This journal covers reviews, tips, articles on preserved vehicles, and comparisons of models and related items.

AMPS membership entitles you to product discounts from some of the most innovative products in our hobby. Read about discounts here.

AMPS also hosts an international convention every spring in which the subject of armor is supreme. The convention features the best armor model vendors, seminars from armor experts and an excellent example of the best armor models from around the world in its competition. Competition is organized into five levels - junior, basic, intermediate, advanced and master - and the judging system rewards the modeler for his individual effort, not in comparison to other modelers.

If you like to build armor models, we’d love to have you as a member.

Join AMPS / Renew Your Membership

AMPS has four types of membership - Regular, Regular but Digital Boresight, Family and Junior.

Regular Membership includes a subscription to both the hard copy and digital (online) version of Boresight magazine, access to the member’s-only areas of this website and voting rights on society business matters, among other privileges.

A Family Member is for anyone living at the same address as a regular member who is currently paid up and receives Boresight magazine. Family members do not receive an individual copy of Boresight, but enjoy the digital (online) version of Boresight, any vendor discounts, have access to the member’s-only areas of this website, can attend the annual AMPS general meeting, and can enter competitions as long as they are accompanied by the general member.

A Junior Member is for anyone 17 years or younger to become an AMPS member. Junior members receive an individual copy of Boresight, enjoy the digital (online) version of Boresight, any vendor discounts, have access to the member’s-only areas of this website, can attend the annual AMPS general meeting, and can enter competitions.

A Digital Boresight Membership includes all benefits of a Regular membership, but does not receive a hard copy of Boresight magazine. This type of membership may not yet be available in all regions, as we are just rolling it out.

All memberships are available in one, two or three year terms. Boresight magazine is published six-times per year and mailed to Regular and Junior members using Third Class Bulk mail in the U.S. and Printed Matter rates for all other locations.

Anyone with an active AMPS membership that recruits a new AMPS member will receive a four-month extension to their membership, which equates to two issues of AMPS Boresight magazine. A new member is defined as someone who has never been an AMPS member or someone whose AMPS membership lapsed at least three years prior to renewing (subject to verification by the Membership Coordinator). In order to receive this benefit the new/joining member must enter the name of the person who recruited/referred them in the "Instructions to Merchant" section for all PayPal transactions or simply add a note in the payment envelope for all snail mail (check/MO) payments.

All payments must be in U.S. funds, by check or moneyorder. You can also pay for your membership using a credit card through PayPal. All foreign payments must be made by bank-draft or money-order drawn on a U.S. bank. Membership begins with the first issue after the membership application is received.

Regular Membership Rates

1 Year
2 Years
3 Years
Continental US:
The rest of the World:


Junior Membership Rates

1 Year
2 Years
3 Years


Family Membership Rates

1 Year
2 Years
3 Years


Digital Boresight Membership Rates
Currently only for International members

1 Year
2 Years
3 Years


AMPS is run by member volunteers - just like you. Please allow two weeks for your membership or renewal to be processed. If you want to volunteer to improve AMPS, please contact your regional VP.

For more information on membership in AMPS, please contact the Membership Coordinator.

The AMPS Executive Board
Click on a name to contact that board member

 Mike Petty

First Vice-President
 Neil Stokes

2nd Vice-President, Eastern US Region
 Jeff Nelson

2nd Vice-President, South US Region
 LaDorr (Ed) Ingersoll

2nd Vice-President, Midwest US Region
 Chuck Aleshire

2nd Vice-President, Central US Region
 Robert Bethea

2nd Vice-President, Western US Region
 Paul R. Miles

2nd Vice-President, Canada Region
 Paul Roberts

2nd Vice-President, International Region
 Chris Lloyd-Staples

Publications Editor
 Eric Choy

Assistant Webmaster
 John Robinson

Chief Judge
 David Vickers

International Show Chair
 Peter Espada

Public Information Officer
 Chuck Willis

Membership Coordinator
 Brian Eberle

Chapter Coordinator
 John Charvat

Marketing Director
 Frank Froment

Reviews Coordinator
 Michael Reeves

Vendor Coordinator
 Chris Graeter

Raffle Coordinator

Boresight Distribution
 Brian Eberle

2nd Vice-President, North-Western US Region
 Paul R. Miles

Social Media Coordinator
 Dan Egan