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AMPS 2009 International Convention
Fri Apr 17, 2009 to Sat Apr 18, 2009
Havre de Grace, Maryland


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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 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 2009 International Convention 

The 2009 show will be at Havre de Grace, Maryland on April 17 and 18. Please check back for more details. Click on the links to left hand navigtion bar to Register, Get Directions, Hotels, and Speakers.
To view the show flyer click here.
Please note that the Seminar list is changing daily. The final list will be available at the show.

AMPS 2009 International Show Timeline                                           

Thursday, April 16, 2009
9:00 AM - UTC Venue Setup
8:00 AM - UTC APG Museum "Super Tour" Meets at HdG Community Center, moves to APG Museum
1:00 PM  Vendor setup begins
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pre-Registration
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM ACJ meeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Judge Certification Class
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Pre-Registratiton Judging
9:00 PM Venue Closes

Friday, April 17, 2009
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Field Judges Class
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Show Offically Opens
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Judging Slot A
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Judging Slot B
1:00 PM - 1:55 PM Seminar #1: Steve Zaloga: Advanced Modeling Techniques
2:00 PM - 2:55 PM Seminar #2: John Steinman: Model Photography
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Judging Slot C
3:00 PM - 4:55 PM  Seminar #3: Bob Steinbrunn: "Vietnam Scrapbook: An Army Pilot's Combat Tour in Photos".
5:00 PM - 5:55 PM Seminar #4: Scott Negron Herne: Scratchbuilding and Superdetailing the T-34
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Judging Slot D
6:00 PM - 6:55 PM Seminar #5: Jim Mesko: US Armor in Vietnam
7:00 PM  Show Closes
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM AMPS Business Meeting

Saturday, April 18, 2009                                                                         
8:30 AM Show Opens
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Judging Slot E
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Seminar #6: Ron Volstad: "Getting It Right"
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Judging Slot F
10:30 AM - 12:25 PM Seminar #7: Mike Mummey: USMC Armor
Noon Show Registration Closes
12:30 PM - 2:25 PM  Judging Slot G
12:30 PM - 1:25 PM Seminar #8: Taesung Harmms: Figure Scultpting
1:30 PM - 2:25 PM Seminar #9: Neil Stokes: WW2 Soviet Colors and Markings.
2:30 PM - 3:25 PM Open Time
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Judging Slot H
3:30 PM - Completion "Best of" Judging
3:30 PM - 4:25 PM Seminar #10: Tom Jentz: German AFV Research
4:00 PM Vendor Area Closes
5:00 PM Last Chance Raffle Pull
5:30 PM Awards Ceremony
6:30 PM - Completion  Clean up
Air Connection
Alpine Miniatures
Ampersand Publishing Co, Inc.
Archer Fine Transfers
Armand Bayardi Model Maker
Armor Plate Press
Armoured Brigade Models
Baseline Models
Chesapeake Model Designs
CRM Hobbies
David Doyle
Defense House Publishing
Fire House Hobbies
Grex Airbrushes
Harder & Steenbeck Airbrush
Horner's Hobbies
Jim's Hobbies
Military History Shop
New World Miniatrues
Olde Depot Hobbies
Panzer Tracts
Panzer Wrecks
S & J Hobbies
Tank Workshop
The Marx-Man
Tiger Model Designs
Tiger Productions Diorama Products


Show News

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 Show Schedule


 This Year's Show Theme

 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:
Pending  USD for 1 to 0 model entries.
Junior Modelers:
(AMPS Membership is not required)
Pending  USD for all model entries.
Special: Receive $5 off when you pre-register and join or renew your AMPS membership at the same time (except for Family Memberships). Click here to see membership rates. Note that you can only join or renew for one year at this special rate.

Walk-in Fees:

Pending USD.
Pending USD.
No charge USD.
Must be accompanied by an adult
Free admission
First Responders and Military personnel in uniform:
Free admission



How to get to AMPS 2009

From I-95

Take Exit 89, Maryland Route 155, east, towards Havre de Grace. Travel approximately 2 miles to Graceview Drive, turning left onto Graceview Drive. Follow Graceview Drive around to the right (around the school), and continue to Quarry Road, making a left onto Quarry Road. Follow Quarry Road approximately 1/4 mile to Lagret Drive, turning right onto Lagret. You can see the Community Center from Lagret.
From Route 40

Turn onto Maryland 155 west. At the stop sign, turn left (it's still Maryland 155). Proceed approximately 1/4 mile to Graceview Drive, turning right onto Graceview Drive. Follow directions as above.




 Other Hotels


Being a military town, Aberdeen is full of good quality hotels. The following is a list of suitable hotels, all located within ten minutes of the show site.  


Telephone Number

Days Inn Aberdeen (410) 272-8500
Econo Lodge of Aberdeen (410) 272-5500
Four Points Sheraton (410) 273-6300
Holiday Inn (410) 272-8100
Quality Inn (410) 272-6000
Super 8 Motel (410) 272-5420
Red Roof Inn (410) 273-7800


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