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AMPS 2021 South Bend Super Regional Show
Thu Aug 12, 2021 to Sat Aug 14, 2021
Century Convention Center, South Bend, Indiana


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Previous International Show Results

AMPS 2022 International Convention
Apr 7, 2022 to Apr 9, 2022
Marriott at City Center, Newport News, VA
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 2021 South Bend Super Regional Show 

It’s all the fun and features of our traditional AMPS shows, plus as this is a joint show with the MVPA you’ll also have access to all MVPA show areas and activities. See hundreds of 1/1 scale vehicles and all of the real-world scale associated vendors in addition to all the AMPS scale model goodness that you’re used to seeing at our shows! The entire 100,000 square foot convention center (and acres of vehicle parking next to the convention center) is reserved for this huge joint show. 

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If you want information on the MVPA Annual Convention, please click here.

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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


 This Year's Show Theme

Armor of Desert Storm

The theme for this show is Armor of Desert Storm.  Operation Desert Storm was one of the largest armor engagements in the Middle East during the 20th century. In February of 1991 coalition ground forces assembled in Saudi Arabia awaited the word to pounce on Iraqi forces that had seized Kuwait. When the order came to the coalition units to attack into Kuwait, it was fast, intensive, and deadly desert warfare with the Iraqis on the losing end.

Any model, vignette or diorama that depicts an armored vehicle of coalition or Iraqi forces that fought in the Desert Storm ground war is eligible for this theme award. The figure category does not qualify for this theme award.

It is highly encouraged for modelers competing for this theme award provide research with their model discussing the documentation of the Desert Storm vehicle they are depicting. Research credit applied to a model’s score by the judges is covered in the AMPS rules. The AMPS Chief Judge will resolve any questions or conflicts on the eligibility of the model for timeframe or subject, with his decision being final.

Good luck and see you at the show!


 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:
$30.00  USD for 1 to 5 model entries.
Adult Non-AMPS Members:
$50.00  USD for 1 to 5 model entries.
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  5 models entries.
New Adult AMPS Members:
$55.00  USD for a new one year AMPS Membership and Show Registration with 1 to  5 models entries.
Junior Modelers:
(AMPS Membership is not required)
$20.00 USD for all model entries.
$30.00 USD for a new or renewed one year AMPS Membership and all model entries.

Walk-in Fees:

$10.00 USD.
$20.00 USD.
$10.00 USD.
Must be accompanied by an adult
No charge USD.


  1. Five (5) models maximum can be entered per person
  2. Model registration includes admission to both AMPS and MVPA for the entire show
  3. Family rate includes two adults and children under 16
  4. Adult rate is for people over 16
  5. Walk in fee includes admission to both AMPS and MVPA for one day. Multi-day rates are:
    1. Adult: $25
    2. Husband & Wife: $30
    3. Family: $35


Century Center

120 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd,
South Bend, IN 46601,
United States



 Other Hotels

Rooms are blocked at three hotels:

Double Tree by Hilton, (host hotel) which is directly connected to the Century Center by way of a skybridge. The cost is $129.00 per night. The Double Tree offers complimentary parking and breakfast when using the group discount code MVP. Visit the Hilton Website.
Phone 1-800-445-8667 or 1-574-234 -2000
Courtyard by Marriott, (overflow hotel) which is directly across the street from the Century Center. The cost is $129.00 per night. Use discount code MVPS and you’ll get two $5 food coupons per room. Visit the Marriott Website.
Phone 1-888-236-2427 or 1-574-237-7777
Aloft South Bend (second overflow hotel) which is located within walking distance of the show at 111 North Main Street South Bend, Indiana 46601. The cost is $129 per night. Use this link to book: Aloft MVPA Bookings and use code MVPMVPF.
All hotels provide complimentary WiFi when using the discount codes. Book your room soon to avoid disappointment!


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