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

  International Convention   View Details

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.

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 listing lots of places to eat and drink around the convention center.  Click here to download it.



Time Left to Finish Your Models:


AMPS 2023 Show Results

The results of the 2023 AMPS International Convention have been posted here. Photographs of the best of winners are online, and the rest of the model photos will be uploaded shortly.

The PowerPoint presentations used at the seminars are now available for download. Go to the show results page above and click on a seminar to download the presentation. You will need Microsoft PowerPoint or the free Microsoft PowerPoint viewer to view the presentations.

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.


  Boresight View Issues


Volume 31, Issue 5,

  • A Short History of AMPS by Stephen "Cookie" Sewell, Mike Petty, and Neil Stokes : A brief history of our Society
  • Reign of Terror by John Charvat : The legacy of our ex-Grand Poohbar
  • AMPS Judging From the Beginning by Steven Andreano : How AMPS judging started
  • My Time As the AMPS Chief Judge 2008-18 by Mike Petty : How AMPS judging matured
  • AMPS Master Gallery by The Editor : Recap some of our AMPS Masters' award winning pieces
  • The Story of Boresight by The Editor : The history of AMPS membership magazine
  • AMPS Family Photo Scrapbook by The Editor : A walk down memory lane
  • Local Chapter News & Upcoming Show by n/a : What's going on in the AMPS community
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The AMPS Store

Visit the official AMPS Gear web page, where you can buy AMPS branded apparel. Wear some AMPS spirit!

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  Reviews View Reviews

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Pen & Sword- Weapons of the Battle of the Bulge
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Casemate Publishing- U.S. Army Ford M8 and M20 Armored Cars
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AMMO- Ultra Matt Glue for Photo-Etch and Clear Parts
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AMMO by Mig - Fine Bush (Vibrant Green Spring, Dark Green, Late Summer)
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Panzerwrecks 25- Normandy 4
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AMMO by Mig- Straight and Curved Tweezers
Posted on November 18, 2023 by  Michael Reeves

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