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

  

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Previous International Show Results

AMPS 2024 International Convention
Apr 11, 2024 to Apr 13, 2024
Century Center, 120 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601
AMPS 2023 International Convention
May 4, 2023 to May 6, 2023
Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill, PA
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 2024 International Convention

AMPS 2024 is set for 11-13 April 2024 at the Century City, 120 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd in South Bend, IN.

Hote registration for this event can be found below on this page.

Pre-registration starts on 1 January 2024 and will go through 10 April 2024. You can  pre-register through this site by clicking on the "Register" menu above.

 

Show News

Show Sponsors

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

 Show Schedule

 Seminars

 This Year's Show Theme

The theme for the 2024 AMPS convention is “1944”, as voted on by AMPS members at the 2023 convention. In 1944 the world was at war and armor units played a huge part in the titanic struggles that were occurring all over Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific. From the steppes of Russia, the hills in Italy, to the far off shores of tropic Islands, mechanized battles raged that would change the course of World War II and tighten the noose around the axis powers. Some examples of battles from 1944 are (but are not limited to) the Normandy landings, Operation Overlord, Operation Dragoon, the Battle of Anzio, Operation Bagration, battle of Monte Casino, battle of Saipan, Battle of Tinian, Battle of Guam, and the battle of Peleliu. 

To be eligible for the theme award at the South Bend AMPS convention it must fall this defined criteria. The criteria are any armor vehicle or soft skin vehicle entry in any category, other than figures, that can be documented as representing a specific vehicle that fought during the year of 1944.  The entry MUST be accompanied by a photo(s) and at least one reference that documents the vehicle’s participation in a specific battle during 1944. It must have both the photo(s) and the reference or it will not meet the criteria for the theme award. The reference must meet the standards contained in the AMPS contest rules for judging. The theme award is only open to intermediate and advanced skill levels. 

 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

 Directions

 Vendors Attending the Show

 Raffle Donors

 Other Hotels

AMPS has only arrange a special show rate at the two hotels listed above.

 Local Attractions

We received a brochure from Visit South Bend.com listing lots of places to eat around the convention center.  Click here to download it.