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 International Convention

AMPS 2025 International Convention
Thursday, May 15, 2025 to Saturday, May 17, 2025
Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill, PA

The theme for the 2025 show is African Armor.  Dave Vickers will provide a full definition in the fall.


To view the results of the 2024 show, click this link:

Photographs of all the models will be uploaded in a couple of weeks.


Time Left to Finish Your Models:


The Results Are In

Voting is closed for this year's election. The following people have been elected to a two year term:

  • First Vice-President - Neil Stokes
  • Secretary - Brian Eberle
  • 2nd Vice-President, South US Region - Ed Ingersoll
  • 2nd Vice-President, Canada Region - Paul Roberts
  • 2nd Vice-President, North-Western US Region - Erik Brubaker

Congratulations to all the candidates.

Online Field Judging Sessions

David Vickers here, your AMPS Chief Judge. Once again, this year, I am offering virtual field judge training before the AMPS Convention in South Bend. If you have never judged this one-and-a-half-hour class will cover basic judging and scoring that we use at AMPS shows. Its an abbreviated class of the judging modules that are available on the AMPS website. This gives you an opportunity to learn how to judge, ask me questions, or refresh your judging knowledge if you have judged before.

The two courses offered are:

  • Saturday, 30 March, from 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST
  • Wednesday, 3 April, from 7:00PM to 8:30PM EST

Contact me by clicking here and let know which session you'd like to attend. Make sure you include your email address so I can send you the ZOOM meeting link.

I hope to see you virtually and at the South Bend show if you are attending. 

Conversion to Digital Membership starts on 1 January 2024

As all our members will be aware, we are in the process of transitioning our magazine, Boresight, from a printed publication to a hybrid one for our US members with four digital issues and two printed issues per year. This transition will take effect with the Jan/Feb 2024 issue. International members will continue to receive 6 digital issues per year.

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AMPS Judging Training is Online

The Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) is a fantastic and unique organization for armor modelers. It is based on the idea to make every armor modeler better at their skills and reward well-executed modeling work. AMPS provides recognition and constructive comments for every model judged at a show.  Each model is judged against a set of AMPS criteria, and no other modelers. To do that, all AMPS members are encouraged to become involved in the judging system in some capacity. Our judging system is peer based, so we need many trained judges to ensure consistency and fairness at our many shows. 

Training seminars are held at all International Conventions, and at a many local and regional shows. We have now put the training presentations online so that you can train yourself. Any AMPS member can access this training, and it is encouraged!  Whether you are just starting to build armor models, or you have been building armor for a while, reviewing these lessons are bound to help you be a better modeler and increase your understanding of the AMPS judging system. 

Click here to view the online training sessions.


 Upcoming Events

AMPS South Carolina Mega Show
Jun 8, 2024, Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, South Carolina 29210

Armorcon 2024
Oct 4, 2024 to Oct 5, 2024, The Wyndham Hotel, Southbury, CT

AMPS 2025 International Convention
May 15, 2025 to May 17, 2025, Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill, PA


Volume 32, Issue 2, March/April 2024

  • Iron Horse by Vince Barrale - Takom's 1/35 Tadpole got steampunked!
  • Dodge War Beast by Brandon Jacob - Back to the comfort zone of building an classic kit
  • British Sherman ARV by Mike Stucker - Converting a Cyber Hobby M4A4 into a Sherman ARV
  • A Brief History of HAC-AMPS by Keith Middleton - The history of Houston Armor Club
  • Houston Area Attractions by Drew Matalamaki - Things to do while visiting Houston
  • Kit Review: Andy's Hobby HQ 1/16 British M10 IIC Achilles by Tom Moon
  • Panzer Book Reviews by Tyler Moore - Two unique German panzer books
  • Local Chapter News & Upcoming Show by Editor - What's going on in the AMPS community

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  The AMPS Store

The AMPS Store

Visit the official AMPS Gear web page, where you can buy AMPS branded apparel. Wear some AMPS spirit!

Please note. At this time, the AMPS Store can only ship within North America.


Panzer Concepts - MG42 Machine Gun Set (1/16)
Posted on April 21, 2024 by Chuck Aleshire
Greenhill Books- Blood, Dust, and Snow
Posted on April 13, 2024 by Michael Reeves
Trumpeter- Sd. Kfz. 251 D 1/16 scale Full Build
Posted on April 7, 2024 by Chuck Aleshire
Hobby Boss German Panzerjagerwagen Volume 1
Posted on April 2, 2024 by Chuck Willis
Tamiya- German Main Battle Tank Leopard A7V
Posted on March 22, 2024 by Michael Reeves
MMP Books, Camera On #32, Staff Cars in Germany WW2, Vol. 3
Posted on March 17, 2024 by Chuck Aleshire
Osprey- Russia's Wars in Chechnya 1994-2009
Posted on March 15, 2024 by Phillip Cavender
Panzer Tracts No. 9-2 Jagdpanzer IV
Posted on March 12, 2024 by matthew schaefer


Re: Digital Boresight Issues
Posted by Eric Tripke on April, 2, 2024 in AMPS Website
Re: Interior color of early war SD.KFZ. 253?
Posted by Stephen Gibbs on March, 25, 2024 in Armor Modeling
Re: Interior color of early war SD.KFZ. 253?
Posted by Brian Eberle on March, 21, 2024 in Armor Modeling
Interior color of early war SD.KFZ. 253?
Posted by Kirk Richardson on March, 9, 2024 in Armor Modeling
FS. Son of Sherman Hardback First Issue
Posted by LaDorr (Ed) Ingersoll on February, 28, 2024 in Marketplace
Re: Digital Boresight issues
Posted by Erland J Gjessing on February, 23, 2024 in AMPS Website
Digital Boresight issues
Posted by Erland J Gjessing on February, 21, 2024 in AMPS Website
New AMPS Chapter, please welcome Western Reserve AMPS of Euclid, Ohio!
Posted by Chuck Aleshire on February, 19, 2024 in AMPS
Re: AMPS Officer Nominations
Posted by Jeffrey Nelson on February, 11, 2024 in AMPS Officer Elections 2024
Re: Digital Boresight Issues
Posted by Brian Gregg on February, 11, 2024 in AMPS Website