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AMPS 2017 International Convention
Thu Apr 20, 2017 to Sat Apr 22, 2017
Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel, Danbury, CT

  

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Previous International Show Results

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 2017 International Convention 

The 2017 Show committee from the host chapter, Northeast Military Modeling Association (NMMA), is working on the target list and H hour is April 20 – 22, 2017

This year our rally point will be in Danbury, Connecticut at the Danbury Crown Plaza Hotel, 18 Ridgebury Road, Danbury, Connecticut 06810.

This new location takes the forward edge of the modeling area north to the same venue used for Armorcon. This will be an all in one show with the hotel as the show venue using their ballrooms to host our vendors and the largest armor model display on the planet. As of 3/11/17:

Pre-Registration

Pre-registration for the contest runs from January 1st to April 13th.  Whether you pre-register or decide to brave the line-ups at the show, remember that all entrants have to be an AMPS member in good standing to compete in the Convention. You can pre-register and join or renew at a special combined rate. Click here for more details.

.Venue

People are continuing to book rooms and it looks like a great show. We just added a few more rooms but the show rate ENDS March 21.

Seminars

We have had a lot of support this year and a great line up for this year seminars. Feel free to look at the web site for the list and schedule

Off Site Trip

This year we will be able to go to the Military Museum of Southern New England. Attendees can go over on their own any time the museum is open on Thurs thru Sun. The museum will have their hatches open and will allow attendees to get in and crawl around whatever they want. People who visit the museum will still pay the entry fee.

 Vendors

More than 20 vendors and over 90 tables have been sold. A list of vendors are on the AMPS website show section. There are still some tables available, please contact Mike Reeves (semperfi03737@msn.com) for table reservations.

 Raffle

As we approach the show if you have any kits on the shelf that is collecting dust, feel free to bring them to the show and donate to the raffle

Show News

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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

 Seminars

 This Year's Show Theme

The general criteria for judging the Best Theme Award is contained on page 7 of the current AMPS Contest Rules. For 2017 only, we are further defining this criterion as follows:

The theme for the 2017 AMPS International Convention is “Smile for the Birdie.” 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 this year’s Best Theme Award, entries can be any vehicle/group of figures from any era after 1899, which can be matched to a specific photograph. This includes both historical and existing vehicles (e.g. "gate guards") but the model has to match in the aspect shown in the photograph. The modeler must provide a copy of the photograph as documentation. However, a 360 view of the subject is not necessary. 

In cases where entrants are uncertain as to whether their model would qualify for the Theme Award the Chief Judge will be the final arbitrator and make the decision whether an entry fits the 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:
$35.00  USD for 1 to 3 model entries.   $5.00  USD one-time additional fee for 4 to 100 models.
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  3 models entries.   $5.00  USD one-time additional fee for 4 to 100 models.
New Adult AMPS Members:
$55.00  USD for a new one year AMPS Membership and Show Registration with 1 to  3 models entries.   $5.00  USD one-time additional fee for 4 to 100 models.
Junior Modelers:
(AMPS Membership is not required)
$15.00 USD for all model entries.
$20.00 USD for a new or renewed one year AMPS Membership and all model entries.

Walk-in Fees:

(non-contestant)
Adult:
$10.00 USD.
Family:
$15.00 USD.
Youth:
$10.00 USD.
Child:
Must be accompanied by an adult
No charge USD.

 Directions

The show will be held in the Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel, 18 Old Ridgebury Rd, Danbury, CT 06810. The hotel has lots of free parking in the back.

By Car

  • The venue is just off exit 2 of US Route 84.
  • Connections to other major roads give it direct access to NYC, which is about a one hour drive

By Plane

Closest major airports

  • Stewart International, Newark International, LaGuardia
  • All are about a one hour drive by rental car

Closest regional airport

  • Westchester county airport
  • About a 30 minute drive

Other Airports within driving distance

  • Bradley Intl. – Hartford, CT

By Rail

  • Metro North, Danbury line, Danbury station.
  • Connections can be made through to Grand Central Station in NYC.
  • Connections can be made through Stamford for Amtrak north east route
  • Station is 6 miles from the hotel and accessible by taxi to the hotel

 

 

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 Local Attractions

This year, the U.S. Military Museum of Southern New England will open its doors.... and hatches to AMPS members. Show attendees can go over to the museum anytime during the show from Thursday to Saturday during normal museum hours and enjoy open hatches on the equipment.

The museum is about 10 minutes away from the AMPS hotel at 125 Park Ave.

Check out their web site for the list of vehicles you can climb into and sit in the driver of gunners seat:

http://www.usmilitarymuseum.org/exhibits.php

 Hours of operation and Admission rates can be found here:

http://www.usmilitarymuseum.org/hours.php