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AMPS 2020 International Convention
Thu Sep 24, 2020 to Sat Sep 26, 2020
Crowne Plaza Danbury, 18 Old Ridgebury Rd., Danbury CT.

  

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Previous International Show Results

AMPS 2021 International Convention
Apr 29, 2021 to May 1, 2021
Marriott at City Center, Newport News, VA
AMPS 2020 International Convention
Sep 24, 2020 to Sep 26, 2020
Crowne Plaza Danbury, 18 Old Ridgebury Rd., Danbury CT.
AMPS 2019 International Convention
May 9, 2019 to May 11, 2019
Buffalo Grand Hotel (formerly the Adam's Mark Hotel), Buffalo, NY
AMPS 2018 International Convention
May 3, 2018 to May 5, 2018
Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, Dayton, OH
AMPS 2017 International Convention
Apr 20, 2017 to Apr 22, 2017
Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel, Danbury, CT
AMPS 2016 International Convention
Apr 7, 2016 to Apr 9, 2016
Sumter, South Carolina
AMPS 2015 International Convention
Apr 30, 2015 to May 2, 2015
WW2 Victory Museum, Auburn IN
AMPS 2014 International Convention
Apr 3, 2014 to Apr 5, 2014
Fredericksburg, Virginia
AMPS 2013 International Convention
Apr 18, 2013 to Apr 20, 2013
Atlanta Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, Georgia
AMPS 2012 International Convention
Apr 26, 2012 to Apr 28, 2012
WW2 Victory Museum, Auburn IN
AMPS 2011 International Convention
Apr 6, 2011 to Apr 9, 2011
Fredericksburg, Virginia
AMPS 2010 International Convention
Apr 22, 2010 to Apr 24, 2010
WW2 Victory Museum, Auburn, IN
AMPS 2009 International Convention
Apr 17, 2009 to Apr 18, 2009
Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2008 International Convention
Apr 10, 2008 to Apr 12, 2008
WW2 Victory Museum, Auburn, IN
AMPS 2007 International Convention
Apr 19, 2007 to Apr 21, 2007
Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2006 International Convention
Apr 28, 2006 to Apr 29, 2006
World War II Military Vehicle Museum, Hubbard, Ohio
AMPS 2005 International Convention
Apr 15, 2005 to Apr 16, 2005
Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2004 International Convention
Apr 16, 2004 to Apr 17, 2004
Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2003 International Convention
Apr 11, 2003 to Apr 12, 2003
Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2002 International Convention
Apr 19, 2002 to Apr 20, 2002
Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2001 International Convention
Apr 20, 2001 to Apr 21, 2001
Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 2000 International Convention
Apr 14, 2000 to Apr 15, 2000
Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 99 International Convention
Apr 16, 1999 to Apr 17, 1999
Havre de Grace, Maryland
AMPS 98 International Convention
Apr 17, 1998 to Apr 18, 1998
Havre de Grace, Maryland

AMPS 2020 International Convention 

Postponement of AMPS 2020 International Convention and reschedule to 24-26 September 2020 in Danbury, CT

Presidents Message:

As everyone knows the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is upon us worldwide. The E-Board recently met to discuss how this virus is impacting our upcoming AMPS 2020 International Convention, slated for 7-9 May 2020 in Camp Hill, PA. Pennsylvania’s Governor, along with many other federal and state leaders and leaders of other nations, have taken precautionary measures of cancelling events and gatherings over certain numbers to minimize the growth and spreading of this potentially fatal virus. As such, we can no longer hold the AMPS International Convention in May 2020.

However, rather than cancel the show for this year, the E-Board decided to postpone this year’s International Convention and move it to Danbury, CT from 24-26 September 2020.

This decision was made in consultation with the leadership members of AMPS Central Pennsylvania and the Northeast Military Modelers Association and will take the place of ArmorCon 2020. We will continue to monitor information provided by government officials and medical professionals and, if it becomes necessary, make a decision on whether we can continue with AMPS 2020 at Danbury, CT approximately 30 days before our scheduled event.

The Radisson Hotel Harrisburg will automatically cancel all individual reservations without penalty if these reservations were made using the convention code as advertised through the AMPS website. If you made reservations outside the AMPS room block, you would need to individually cancel those reservations. We will post reservation instructions for the Crown Plaza Danbury, CT on the AMPS website as soon as they are available.

In the next few days, we will be posting on the AMPS website and Facebook page the refund policy for registrants, vendors and sponsors. If for any reason you’re unable to attend AMPS 2020, we encourage you to consider attending AMPS 2021, 29 April – 1 May 2021 in Newport News, VA.

I wish to personally thank Peter Espada, Show Chair, his AMPS Central Pennsylvania show staff and the Northeast Military Modelers Association for their time and cooperation in rescheduling AMPS 2020.

In closing, I wish everyone and their families’ good health and encourage them to take appropriate safety precautions in regard to this virus. If, for any reason, you are unable to attend AMPS 2020, we encourage you to consider attending AMPS 2021, 29 April – 1 May 2021 in Newport News, VA. Nevertheless, we look forward to seeing everyone at the AMPS 2020 International Convention in Danbury, CT 24-26 September 2020.

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Show Sponsors

The AMPS International Show could not take place without the generous support of these and other sponsors.

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 Show Schedule

 Seminars

 This Year's Show Theme

AMPS 2020 show theme Last Battles. We are defining this as any model, diorama, vignette, or figure representing a vehicle, scene, or combatant from the last year of any major conflict involving armor. Notice the words "major conflict" and "involving armor."   Some conflicts are ongoing, and some are debatable as major conflicts, so to clear things up, these are the 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 list 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 vehicles should have appropriate markings for the battle depicted. 

I hope you have a great time building for this theme and we'll see you in Danbury, CT in 2020!

David Vickers
AMPS Chief Judge 

 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

Contest Registration Fees

Current Adult AMPS Members:
$35.00  USD for 1 to 3 model entries.   $5.00  USD one-time additional fee for 4 to 100 models.
Renewing Adult AMPS Members:
(you must have an AMPS member ID to qualify)
$60.00  USD for one year AMPS Membership Renewal and Show Registration with 1 to  3 models entries.   $5.00  USD one-time additional fee for 4 to 100 models.
New Adult AMPS Members:
$60.00  USD for a new one year AMPS Membership and Show Registration with 1 to  3 models entries.   $5.00  USD one-time additional fee for 4 to 100 models.
Junior Modelers:
(AMPS Membership is not required)
$15.00 USD for all model entries.
$25.00 USD for a new or renewed one year AMPS Membership and all model entries.

Walk-in Fees:

(non-contestant)
Adult:
$10.00 USD.
Family:
$15.00 USD.
Youth:
$5.00 USD.
Child:
Must be accompanied by an adult
No charge USD.

 Directions

The show will be held in the Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel, 18 Old Ridgebury Rd, Danbury, CT 06810. The hotel has lots of free parking in the back.

By Car

  • The venue is just off exit 2 of US Route 84.
  • Connections to other major roads give it direct access to NYC, which is about a one hour drive

By Plane

Closest major airports

  • Stewart International, Newark International, LaGuardia
  • All are about a one hour drive by rental car

Closest regional airport

  • Westchester county airport
  • About a 30 minute drive

Other Airports within driving distance

  • Bradley Intl. – Hartford, CT

By Rail

  • Metro North, Danbury line, Danbury station.
  • Connections can be made through to Grand Central Station in NYC.
  • Connections can be made through Stamford for Amtrak north east route
  • Station is 6 miles from the hotel and accessible by taxi to the hotel

 

 

 Other Hotels

The show will be held in the Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel, 18 Old Ridgebury Rd, Danbury, CT 06810. The hotel has lots of free parking in the back.  If you want to book rooms at the special convention rate of $99 per night, click on this link. When you are on the Crown Plaza reservation page, enter your arrival and departure dates, the number of people and number of rooms, and click the "Book" button. You will then be able to choose either a single king or two double beds room.

 

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