AMPS is all about armor modeling and the preservation of armor and mechanized heritage.

AMPS 2020 International Convention
Last Battles

AMPS 2021 International Convention
Haul'n It

Show Your Covid Builds

The 2020 and 2021 International Conventions could not be held due to COVID-19, but that doesn't mean you can't show off your what you were intending to enter. We've built a special area where you can upload your best models for each show category, and have them displayed on the website.

Don't worry about the AMPS 2022 show - entering and uploading models here will not prevent you from entering the same models in the AMPS 2022 show.

The guidelines are simple:

  • You have to be an AMPS member to participate (just like at the live shows)
  • You can enter one model per category for each of the shows
  • You can upload one photograph per entered model

To view the entered models for each show, click one of these buttons:

AMPS 2020 Show Results  AMPS 2021 Show Results

We've prepared some helpful tips for getting the best photographs from a smart phone (courtesy of John Robinson):

Basic Tips

  • First clean the lens with a soft cotton cloth that is damp with a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol
  • Shoot with the smartphone in landscape (wide) mode
  • Check your settings and enable HDR (high dynamic range) if available. HDR automatically takes several exposures and blends them together for the best results
  • Don’t use the smartphone’s flash, use task lights like those on your workbench. Adequate light is crucial, so use at least two lamps placed at the front sides of the model
  • Use a smartphone tripod or improvise a stable mount for your smartphone
  • Use the timer function, it eliminates the shaking that results in blurry images
  • Use a solid color background behind your model; white is recommended. Poster board paper can be taped down at the front edge, rolled out toward the back and then upward for a seamless background
  • Modern smartphones have multiple lenses but avoid using the wide-angle or telephoto lenses by sticking with the default zoom (1x). Physically move your smartphone until the model almost fills the screen
  • Check your settings for aspect ratio choices; a 16:9 ratio may work better with models

Advanced Tips

  • Check if your device has an exposure adjustment. If it does, you can tweak the dark/light areas to look better and therefore capture more detail
  • Look for a selective (manual) focus feature that overrides the automatic settings. Cluttered or busy backgrounds may "attract" the sensor away from your model and cause focusing error
  • Check your device for a setting that controls the ISO. Lower numbers (<100) produce images that are crisp but require compensating factors to let in more light
  • Camera Apps provide more control over settings than the default device app. Many available for free; just do some research first before installing. A safer bet is to purchase one, such as ProCamera (US$8.99), ProCam (US$7.99) and Camera+(US$7.99)