The theme for the 2024 show is "1944". A complete definition of the theme can be viewed here.
You can pre-register for the contest, enter your model entries online, and come to the show with pre-printed forms. This will allow you to bypass the registration line and get into the show quicker.
We have secured special room rates at two nearby hotels:
To whet your appetite, we received a brochure from Visit South Bend.com listing lots of places to eat and drink around the convention center. Click here to download it.
David Vickers here, your AMPS Chief Judge. Once again, this year, I am offering virtual field judge training before the AMPS Convention in South Bend. If you have never judged this one-and-a-half-hour class will cover basic judging and scoring that we use at AMPS shows. Its an abbreviated class of the judging modules that are available on the AMPS website. This gives you an opportunity to learn how to judge, ask me questions, or refresh your judging knowledge if you have judged before.
The two courses offered are:
Contact me by clicking here and let know which session you'd like to attend. Make sure you include your email address so I can send you the ZOOM meeting link.
I hope to see you virtually and at the South Bend show if you are attending.
Nominations are now being accepted for the AMPS Executive Board. The following positions are up for election this year:
Elected officers are elected to two-year terms on a staggered basis which run from April 1 to March 31.
Nominations are being accepted until February 29th. The election will take place, online, from March 1st to 15th. After polling closes, the results will be tallied by the Webmaster, certified by the President, and posted here. If you would like to self-nominate or nominate someone else (after getting their permission), please click here and post in the discussion group.
If you have any questions about the election, please email Chuck Rothman, the Webmaster, by clicking here.
As all our members will be aware, we are in the process of transitioning our magazine, Boresight, from a printed publication to a hybrid one for our US members with four digital issues and two printed issues per year. This transition will take effect with the Jan/Feb 2024 issue. International members will continue to receive 6 digital issues per year.
The Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) is a fantastic and unique organization for armor modelers. It is based on the idea to make every armor modeler better at their skills and reward well-executed modeling work. AMPS provides recognition and constructive comments for every model judged at a show. Each model is judged against a set of AMPS criteria, and no other modelers. To do that, all AMPS members are encouraged to become involved in the judging system in some capacity. Our judging system is peer based, so we need many trained judges to ensure consistency and fairness at our many shows.
Training seminars are held at all International Conventions, and at a many local and regional shows. We have now put the training presentations online so that you can train yourself. Any AMPS member can access this training, and it is encouraged! Whether you are just starting to build armor models, or you have been building armor for a while, reviewing these lessons are bound to help you be a better modeler and increase your understanding of the AMPS judging system.
Visit the official AMPS Gear web page, where you can buy AMPS branded apparel. Wear some AMPS spirit!
Please note. At this time, the AMPS Store can only ship within North America.