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AMPS 2023 International Convention
Thursday, May 4, 2023 to Saturday, May 6, 2023
Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill, PA

Rooms will be Available to Reserve on May 9th

You can book your room at the Penn Harris Hotel, starting on May 9th. Use this link to get the special AMPS rate:
Please note - you will not be able to use the above link and get the special AMPS rate until May 9, 2022.

Our special AMPS room rate is $128 per night, including all applicable taxes.  Breakfast is not included, but they will provide a 20% discount in the hotel restaurant.  WIFI and parking are included in the room rate. 

The cut-off date for accepting reservations at the special AMPS rate is April 12, 2023.  If you reserve after that you will pay full price for your room (assuming any rooms are left to reserve). We recommend you reserve your room before April 12, 2023.  You can cancel the room up to a few days before the show if you need to. 

If you want to reserve your room by telephone, call 717-763-7117 and quote group code 050323AMP.

 AMPS 2023 Theme Definition

The AMPS 2023 theme "The Pacific" is open to any model, figure, vignette or diorama that fought in a Pacific campaign from 1940 to 2022.

For the purposes of this theme, we will define "The Pacific" as any theater of conflict from Burma in the west, to Hawaii and the US west coast in the east, and from Australia and New Zealand in the south to the Aleutian Islands in the north.' Examples of conflicts are the entire Pacific Theater, Burma or China in WW2, Korean War, Vietnam, the Cold War in Korea, or other documented conflicts in that region (i.e., the UN peacekeeping action in East Timor (1999 to 2005) and the brief civil wars in Fiji (1994, 2000 and 2006)) from 1940 to 2022.

If there is any question about an entry, the head judge will confer with assistant Judges and make a determination of eligibility. 


Time Left to Finish Your Models:


AMPS 2022 is History

A show wrap up and photos will be posted in a few weeks, but you can see all the contest winners by clicking on this link:

AMPS Judging Training is Online

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. 

Click here to view the online training sessions.

Training will be provided at this year's International Convention in Newport News, so if you would like instructor led training instead of self-training, be sure to sight up for one of the judging training sessions at the show.

And don't forget. AMPS shows need lots of judges. Please consider signing up for one or more judging sessions (if you participart in at least two sessions, you will get a free AMPS show t-shirt!).  You can sign up for judging and other tasks by clicking here.


  Boresight View Issues


Volume 30, Issue 4,

  • The Best of Luchs by Bruce MacRae : Detailing Techmod's Panzer II Luchs inside out
  • O Sprue Brothers, Where Art Thou? by Eric Choy/Richard Kern : A Candid Chat with Sprue Brothers Models' Gordon Kwan
  • English Sources on Japanese Armor by Steven Andreano : Four book reviews
  • A Long Overdue Kit Review  by Eric Choy : Building Tamiya's 1/48 Churchill Crocodile
  • Know Your Officer by Chris Graeter : Find out more about your AMPS elected and appointed officers
  • Local Chapter News & Upcoming Shows by Editor : What's going on in the AMPS community
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