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 International Convention

AMPS 2024 International Convention
Thursday, April 11, 2024 to Saturday, April 13, 2024
Century Center, 120 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601

 

The theme for the 2024 show is "1944".  A complete definition of the theme can be viewed here.

Pre-Registration Begins January 1st!

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. 

To pre-register, click on this link.

Hotels are now Open for Reservations

We have secured special room rates at two nearby hotels:

  1. Doubletree by Hilton - this hotel is located across the street from the conference center and is connected to it via an enclosed bridge. The room rate is $149 per night, plus tax. There is also a special parking rate of $5 per day.  To book using these special rates, click on this link.

  2. Courtyard by Marriott - this hotel is just steps across the street from the Century Center. The special AMPS room rate is $159 per night, plus tax. To book using this special rate, click on this link. Note that parking is extra ($39 per day at the hotel, $10 per day offsite).

In case you're concerned about food...

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.

 

 

  
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 Announcements

Online Field Judging Sessions

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:

  • Saturday, 30 March, from 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST
  • Wednesday, 3 April, from 7:00PM to 8:30PM EST

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. 

AMPS 2024 Executive Nominations are now Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the AMPS Executive Board.  The following positions are up for election this year:

  • 1st Vice President
  • 2nd Vice President - Canada Region
  • 2nd Vice President - Northwest U.S. Region
  • 2nd Vice President - South U.S. Region
  • Secretary

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.

Conversion to Digital Membership starts on 1 January 2024

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.

Click here to read more...

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.

 

 Upcoming Events

AMPS 2024 International Convention
Apr 11, 2024 to Apr 13, 2024, Century Center, 120 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601

Armorcon 2024
Oct 4, 2024 to Oct 5, 2024, The Wyndham Hotel, Southbury, CT

 Boresight

Volume 32, Issue 1, January/February 2024

  • Fragezeichen by Bob Naing
  • Going From Beginner to Advanced In A Year by David Morris
  • Desperation by Bob Bethea & Henry Nunez
  • The "Rolling Trains" of Port Arthur by Chuck Aleshire
  • Know Your Officer by Frank Froment
  • Local Chapter News & Upcoming Shows by Editor

  The AMPS Store

The AMPS Store

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.

 Reviews

Panzer Tracts No.9-3 Jagdpanther Pz.Jgr. Panther (8.8cm) (Sd.Kfz.173)
Posted on February 26, 2024 by Brian Campitella
Osprey- Czechoslovak Armies 1939-45
Posted on February 25, 2024 by Neil Stokes
Wydawnictwo Tank Power 571, Marder II
Posted on February 21, 2024 by Chuck Aleshire
Osprey- Coalition Armor vs Iraqi Forces: Iraq 2003-06
Posted on February 13, 2024 by Michael Reeves
TAKOM Tiger 1 Late w/ Zimmerit First Look
Posted on February 11, 2024 by Matt Deck
Military Modelcraft International -February 2024
Posted on February 10, 2024 by GLEN MARTIN
HobbyBoss GAZ-AAA & Quad Maxim AA Gun Full Build
Posted on February 7, 2024 by Matt Deck
Helion & Company- War in Ukraine Vol. 5
Posted on February 6, 2024 by Michael Reeves
Wydawnictwo Tank Power 551, Ram Kangaroo
Posted on February 4, 2024 by Chuck Aleshire
Casemate Illustrated: The Vistula-Oder Offensive
Posted on February 4, 2024 by matthew schaefer

 Discussions

FS. Son of Sherman Hardback First Issue
Posted by LaDorr (Ed) Ingersoll on February, 28, 2024 in Marketplace
Re: Digital Boresight issues
Posted by Erland J Gjessing on February, 23, 2024 in AMPS Website
Digital Boresight issues
Posted by Erland J Gjessing on February, 21, 2024 in AMPS Website
New AMPS Chapter, please welcome Western Reserve AMPS of Euclid, Ohio!
Posted by Chuck Aleshire on February, 19, 2024 in AMPS
Re: AMPS Officer Nominations
Posted by Jeffrey Nelson on February, 11, 2024 in AMPS Officer Elections 2024
Re: Digital Boresight Issues
Posted by Brian Gregg on February, 11, 2024 in AMPS Website
Digital Boresight Issues
Posted by Jeffrey Nelson on February, 9, 2024 in AMPS Website
Re: AMPS Officer Nominations
Posted by Mike Petty on January, 28, 2024 in AMPS Officer Elections 2024
Re: AMPS Officer Nominations
Posted by Paul R. Miles on January, 28, 2024 in AMPS Officer Elections 2024
AMPS Officer Nominations
Posted by Mike Petty on January, 28, 2024 in AMPS Officer Elections 2024