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AMPS 2021 International Show

Thu Apr 29, 2021 to Sat May 1, 2021
Marriott at City Center, Newport News, VA

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AMPS 2021 International Show

The AMPS International Convention is an event for modelers, historians and merchandisers interested in military vehicle scale modeling and preservation. It is the largest event of its kind in the U.S. and attracts people from around the globe. AMPS Central Virginia is the supporting local chapter that is hosting the convention. This is the 26th convention and we are excited about our site in Newport News, Virginia. Virginia is rich with military tradition and history and has seen its share of battle during formative years of the nation.

Scale modelers are invited to bring their creative work for display and plug into the friendly and instructional atmosphere. The annual AMPS convention typically has over 500 models on display, each with its own unique construction, finishing and display features. A wide array of categories helps to group similar subjects and there are even figure categories. Build a subject that meets our convention theme and maybe you'll win the special theme award. In addition to the display opportunities, many of the best armor modeling product vendors will be with us to help you find great deals on new and old kits, tools, books and accessories. There are also seminars - all free with admission - from inspiring hobbyists and historians to help you learn techniques or take part in historical discussions. If it's real military vehicles that you're after, then you'll want to come early and visit the many museums and military collections in the region. Drop down this page to "Local Attractions" to see the highlights.

Newport News is located on the Atlantic Coast, just over three hours south of Washington, D.C. and about an hour east of the Virginia capital city of Richmond. If traveling from afar, airports nearby are Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, Richmond International Airport, Dulles International Airport and Reagan International Airport. Our convention is in the Marriott at City Center. You'll find it's easy to stay there overnight while you enjoy the convention just steps away. While you're there, enjoy a full-service restaurant and bar. All the conveniences are nearby, even within walking distance. Restaurants, shopping and entertainment are minutes away.

Reservations with the Newport News Marriott at City Center are now open. Please remember that booking your stay at the convention's hotel helps keep the costs to AMPS under control. The dates are 29-April through 1-May 2021. The group rate is $132.00 per night, plus tax.

Reserve online at https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1598279119106&key=GRP&app=resvlink

You may also call the hotel's reservation system at 866-329-1758 and ask for the "AMPS International" group block. This group block will remain open until 25-March 2021 or until the block is full (whichever comes first).

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 Schedule

 

 Seminars

 This Year's Show Theme

MOVE IT!  A military involved in mechanized armed conflict isn’t able to do its job without the ability to move arms, troops, materials, and supplies. If it hauls, moves, or transports supplies, vehicles or people your entry is eligible for the 2021 theme if it meets the qualifications. Qualifying entries must be in the act of moving, hauling, or transporting to be eligible.

Examples of entries that qualify for this theme:

  • Trucks with gear/troops/supplies on the vehicle
  • Jeeps or trucks or tracked vehicles pulling trailers or guns
  • Halftracks with gear and troops on the vehicle
  • Prime movers pulling an artillery piece
  • Tank transporters with a vehicle or tank on its trailer
  • Rail cars with a mechanized military load on its cars
  • A tank with infantry riding on it (must be more than four infantry)

Examples of entries that DO NOT qualify for this theme:

  • Tank with gear in a bustle rack or on the engine deck (classified as crew gear for the theme)
  • Truck with no supplies or infantry in its cargo area
  • Tank transport with nothing on its trailer
  • Dozer or engineer vehicle not on a trailer
  • Empty personnel carrier with no infantry riding on or inside of it
  • Tank towing another tank (classified as a recovery for the theme)
  • Tank retriever towing a tank (classified as a recovery for the theme)
  • Purpose built rocket launchers on vehicles

Whether or not an entry at the 2021 show qualifies is the final decision of the AMPS head judge. If a ramrod or assistant chief judge questions the entry’s eligibility they will contact the head judge for a final decision. We can’t provide every example for this theme but this should make it clear what the parameters are.

In addition, the theme of the canceled 2020 convention will be remembered in 2021. The 2020 theme was "Last Battles."

"Last Battles" is defined as any model, diorama, vignette, or figure representing a vehicle, scene, or combatant from the last year of any major conflict involving armor. Some conflicts are ongoing and some are debatable as major conflicts. The following are conflicts and their last years that are acceptable for the theme:

World War I - 1918
Spanish Civil War - 1939
World War II - 1945
Israeli War of Independence - 1949
Korean War- 1953
French Indo-China War - 1954
Vietnam War (end of US troop involvement) - 1973
Gulf War - 1991
Bosnian War - 1995
Gaza War - 2009
Iraqi War (withdrawal of US Forces from cities) - 2009

This represents enough eras to cover armor involved in quite a few last battles. Any battle that occurred in these conflicts in these years meets the criteria. If this is debated, the head judge will have the final say after conferring with the assistant chief judge(s) to determine eligibility for the show theme entry. The modeler must provide documentation of the battle being represented from at least one source, and at least one photo of the vehicle(s) and/or figures (if used) from that battle being represented. The vehicle should have appropriate markings for the battle depicted.

If you have a question about the theme please contact the Chief Judge, David Vickers, through the AMPS website.

 AMPS Judging Principles

AMPS created a unique system to both judge the model and honor the modeler for artistic achievement and historical accuracy. It is a peer evaluation and mentoring and not a performance critique by experts. The system groups modelers that have similar skill levels and talents and rates the model in relation to the ability of the modeler rather than against the work of another modeler. The skill levels are Junior, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Master.

Each model is reviewed and evaluated on its own merits and never compared to another one. Established criteria determine the scoring of the model and qualify the modeler for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Each model is judged by a team of judges that score the model independently and the lowest score among the team is dropped. Constructive feedback is provided that sets a path to becoming a better, more skilled modeler.

Read more about the AMPS judging principles here.

 Entry Fees

Registration fees

Current Adult AMPS Members:
$35.00 USD for 1 to 4 model entries.  No charge USD additional one-time fee for all additional models entered.
Renewing Adult AMPS Members:
(you must have an AMPS member ID to qualify)
$55.00 USD for one year AMPS Membership renewal and Show Registration with 1 to  4 models entries.  No charge USD additional one-time fee for all additional models entered.
New Adult AMPS Members:
$60.00 USD for a new one year AMPS Membership and Show Registration with 1 to  4 models entries.  No charge USD additional one-time fee for all additional models entered.
Junior Modelers:
(AMPS Membership is not required)
$15.00 USD for all model entries.
$55.00 USD for a new or renewed one year AMPS Membership and all model entries.
 

Walk-in Fees:

(non-contestant) covers the entire event
Adults:
$10.00 USD.
Spouse and up to 3 children of entrant:
$15.00 USD.
Youth (7 to 17):
No charge USD.
Child (under 7):
Must be accompanied by an adult
No charge USD.

 Directions

Newport News Marriott at City Center
740 Town Center Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23606 USA

Marriott website

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 Other Hotels

We recommend staying at our site hotel. Doing so lowers costs to AMPS and ensures that we can continue to operate conventions in the future.

Newport News Marriott at City Center
740 Town Center Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23606 USA
+1 866-329-1758

Marriott website

 Local Attractions

Newport News is great location with a rich history beginning from the landing at Jamestown in 1607 to the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the 1862 Peninsula Campaign where the famous Battle of the CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor took place, visitors can step back in time and learn about our nation's beginning while visiting the region. The region is plentiful with family friendly attractions, shopping, and dining.

Opposite a lake with a fountain, the Newport News Marriott at City Center is relaxed, modern business hotel. Warm, understated rooms have flat-screen TVs, desks, minifridges and coffeemakers; some feature fountain views. Club level rooms add access to a lounge with free continental breakfast and evening appetizers. Suites add separate living areas with sofas and dining tables. Wi-Fi is available. There's an informal restaurant/bar, as well as an indoor pool and a gym. Other amenities include a business center and 25,000 sq ft of meeting space.

The theme of the AMPS 2021 show is Move It! – If it hauls, moves or transports, which ties in nicely with the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Ft. Eustis which is only 11 miles from the hotel. This museum is the only museum dedicated to the preserving the history of U.S. Army transportation. The story of the Army's Transportation Corps, from horse-drawn wagons to all-terrain, armored vehicles, is told through models, dioramas and full-size vehicles and equipment at this unique museum. Visitors can explore the world of Army transportation with indoor and outdoor pavilions that feature wagons, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, locomotives, tugboats and experimental craft such as the "flying jeep."

Two miles from the hotel is the Virginia Living Museum, which is a combination aquarium, zoo, botanical garden and science center, exhibiting animals and plants native to Virginia. Visitors can see red wolves, bald eagles, a loggerhead sea turtle, fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Living exhibits depict natural heritage from the mountains to the sea, including a cypress swamp and a mountain cove. An observatory, state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater, outdoors boardwalk, living greenhouse and conservation garden add to the experience.

Three miles from the hotel we will find the Mariners Museum and Park which includes the USS Monitor Center. The Museum is filled with fascinating stories, captured in priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, The Mariners’ Museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime museums in the world. Discover the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War ironclad’s iconic gun turret. Explore small craft from around the world in the International Small Craft Center. Discover the fascinating and intricate miniature ship models of Winnifred & August F. Crabtree. Learn about the Age of Exploration and the history of the U.S. Navy. See Oracle Team USA’s 72-foot catamaran. Experience a 3D film in the Explorers Theater.

The Virginia War Museum is located six miles from the hotel. American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Collections of artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms and posters trace the development of the US military from 1775 to the present. See a section of the Berlin Wall and a portion of the outer wall from Dachau Concentration Camp. Galleries include Women at War, Marches Toward Freedom and Visions of War, the museum's propaganda poster collection.

 

Ten miles from the hotel located in Hampton, Virginia is the Virginia Air & Space Center which features interactive aviation exhibits spanning 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic civilian and military aircraft, a hands-on space exploration gallery, unique space flight artifacts, and more! The Center is home to the Apollo 12 Command Module and the Orion PA-1 Test Vehicle.

The award-winning theme park Busch Gardens Williamsburg is just 18 miles from the hotel. Thrills and nature intersect at the park and provide a hidden adventure for all ages. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the world’s most beautiful theme park, as voted year after year since 1990. The theme is classic Europe with artfully landscaped villages, like the Parisian streets of France, the hamlets of Scotland and Ireland including the Oktoberfest celebrations of Germany. In all, nine villages centered around six countries for exploration. The iconic double interlocking loop roller coaster Loch Ness Monster has been providing thrills since 1978.

History buffs can immerse themselves in the Colonial Triangle comprised of Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield. The area includes historic sites and attractions from the first English settlement at Jamestown, to the end of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown, and the founding of a new nation at Williamsburg. Each location includes immersive exhibits, galleries, films and re-enactments. Distances vary from the hotel of 15 to 25 miles.

Shopping can be found throughout the region. Williamsburg Premium Outlets provides 120 stores in one location approximately 25 miles from the hotel. Locally owned hobby store Denbigh Hobby Center is six miles from the hotel and has been serving modelers for generations.

Multiple dining options are within walking distance of the hotel and they include: Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Aromas, City Center Ice Cream, Salsas Mexican Grill, Juicing Life Bar,  and the hotel has multiple on-site dining options. Additional dining options are located within 2 miles of the hotel and they include: Boathouse Live, Taste at City Center, Hayashi Sushi & Grill, Cove Tavern, Tradition Brewing Company, Momo’s Café, Jose Tequila’s Mexican Grill & Bar, Steve’s Steakhouse, plus many others. National chain restaurants are located throughout the area along the major roadways.

Travel and Visitor’s Guides can be downloaded from the Newport New Visitor Center website. Many of the guides include coupons for discounts at many of the previously listed attractions.