Come and join us in Auburn, Indiana at the National Military History Center’s WWII Victory Museum, April 30–May 2, 2015 for the 21st Annual AMPS International Show!
The Show Committee has been hard at work towards making this show another in a long line of memorable shows, which always include the largest armor-only vendor room on the planet, interesting seminars conducted by notable speakers, the AMPS-judged competition and awards, and of course a weekend full of terrific camaraderie with your fellow armor modelers.
This location has been used for three of the biggest-ever AMPS Internationals in 2008, 2010, and 2012, and you can expect the same great venue experience, with some new and innovative additions for 2015!
Changes/new in 2015:
The competition display tables will be located in suitably lighted areas of the museum proper, enabling you to view the models while surrounded by 1:1 historic vehicles and guns. This will free up space in the museum’s atrium/rotunda area for even MORE vendor tables. In fact, we have already surpassed 100 vendor tables!
As always, we’ll have seminars on a wide range of topics during Friday and Saturday. At this time, we have scheduled Adam Wilder, David Youngquist, Rob Ferriera and AMPS Master Dan Tisoncik. More are yet to be announced so stay tuned.
The 2015 Show Theme is “First in the Line”, guidance what qualifies has been provided by the AMPS Chief Judge as follows:
“This award is given to the model that most appropriately represents the theme selected for the convention. It may be given to either an INTERMEDIATE or ADVANCED level entry. In order to qualify for the 2015 Best Theme Award, entries must be the first Mark in the production series (i.e., M48, Panzer I A, M1, etc.). In some cases, i.e., the M4A1 or Panther D were produced as the first Mark in a production series. The burden of proof is on the modeler to provide the judges with documentation on their build. Note: Experimental or pre-production variants will not be considered for this award. In cases where entrants are uncertain as to whether their model would qualify for the Best Theme Award the Chief Judge will be the final arbitrator and make the decision whether an entry fits the theme.”
In addition to our regular category Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, if you do well you'll have a shot at earning one of our special, "Best of" awards. Namely, the Best German, Best US, Best Commonwealth, Best Russian/Soviet, Best Small Army, Best Figure, Best Vignette, Best Diorama, Best Junior, Best Basic Level and Best Master. In addition, we'll also have special awards for the convention Theme (First In Line), Best Marine Subject and Best Braille Scale (1:72) Subject. A People's Choice award will be presented to the model that earns the votes of the viewing public and of course our crown winner is the Best In Show, which elevates the modeler to Master status.
Best Braille Scale: This award is presented to the best 1/72 scale and smaller model. All skill levels are eligible for this award. This award is presented by Central Pennsylvania AMPS.
John C. Browning Memorial Best Wheeled Vehicle Award: This award is presented for the Best Wheeled Vehicle. This award is open to all wheeled vehicles of any era and scale. All skill levels are eligible for this award. This award is presented by Pearce Browning.
David Harper Best Marine Corps Armor: This award is presented for the best Marine Corps armor in all categories except figures. Any nationality or era can be modeled as long as the armor has Marine Corps/naval infantry markings. All skill levels are eligible for this award. This award is presented by David Vickers.
Two-Day General Fees
Youth (17 - 7): $5.00 (Under 7 – FREE!)
AMPS Family : $10.00 (Spouse & Children of Contestant)
For your convenience here is the show schedule in PDF format: AMPS 2015 Show Schedule - PDF Format.
AMPS 2015 Recommended Show Hotels
Quality Inn Auburn, 225 Touring Drive, phone: 260-925-6363
$79.99, Includes Breakfast
La Quinta Auburn, 306 Touring Drive, phone: 260-920-1900
$79.00, Includes Breakfast
Holiday Inn Express,404 Touring Drive, phone: 260-925-1900
$75.00 Includes Breakfast
Please book your room using only the telephone numbers above, and be sure to request the AMPS show rate.
In addition, there are several other hotels in the immediate area as well. The manager at the Quality Inn said that his company was in the process of purchasing the adjacent Super 8 and he could offer show rates for that property later this fall. Please check back for updates, and mention you’re with AMPS to get these hotel show rates!
Please check back often on the AMPS website, as updates and additional information will be made available on show details as it is locked into place. Your 2015 Show Crew is working towards making this 2015 show another in a long line of great AMPS International Shows, so please make plans to join us!
Your 2015 Show Committee
Additional photographs of the museum by Chuck Aleshire: