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AMPS 2015 International Convention
Thu Apr 30, 2015 to Sat May 2, 2015
WW2 Victory Museum, Auburn IN


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Previous International Show Results

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 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 2015 International Convention 

Online Registration


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.

Show Theme

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.”

Special Awards

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

Adults: $15.00
Youth (17 - 7): $5.00 (Under 7 – FREE!)
AMPS Family : $10.00 (Spouse & Children of Contestant)

Show Schedule

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:

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




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