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AMPS 2023 International Convention
Thursday, May 4, 2023 to Saturday, May 6, 2023
Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill, PA

Rooms are Available to Reserve

You can book your room at the Penn Harris Hotel. Use this link to get the special AMPS rate:
Our special AMPS room rate is $128 per night, including all applicable taxes.  Breakfast is not included, but they will provide a 20% discount in the hotel restaurant.  WIFI and parking are included in the room rate. 

The cut-off date for accepting reservations at the special AMPS rate is April 12, 2023.  If you reserve after that you will pay full price for your room (assuming any rooms are left to reserve). We recommend you reserve your room before April 12, 2023.  You can cancel the room up to a few days before the show if you need to. 

If you want to reserve your room by telephone, call 717-763-7117 and quote group code 050323AMP.

 AMPS 2023 Theme Definition

The AMPS 2023 theme "The Pacific" is open to any model, figure, vignette or diorama that fought in a Pacific campaign from 1940 to 2022.

For the purposes of this theme, we will define "The Pacific" as any theater of conflict from Burma in the west, to Hawaii and the US west coast in the east, and from Australia and New Zealand in the south to the Aleutian Islands in the north.' Examples of conflicts are the entire Pacific Theater, Burma or China in WW2, Korean War, Vietnam, the Cold War in Korea, or other documented conflicts in that region (i.e., the UN peacekeeping action in East Timor (1999 to 2005) and the brief civil wars in Fiji (1994, 2000 and 2006)) from 1940 to 2022.

If there is any question about an entry, the head judge will confer with assistant Judges and make a determination of eligibility. 


Time Left to Finish Your Models:


Seminar Poll for the 2023 Convention

For the AMPS 2023 International Convention we are planning to hold multiple “How to Do” seminars.   As part of our planning, we have developed an online poll where the membership may rank a list of "How to Do" seminars they are most interested in receiving.  The top voted on topics will be developed for delivery at the convention. We expect the results to be announced early in January.  

You must be an active AMPS member and you must be logged onto the website to vote.  

The link to the election introduction page is    Cast your How to Do seminar ballots here.   

The seminar voting period is open from Tuesday, November 1, 2022, to Saturday, December 31, 2022   

AMPS 2022 is History

A show wrap up and photos will be posted in a few weeks, but you can see all the contest winners by clicking on this link:

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.

Training will be provided at this year's International Convention in Newport News, so if you would like instructor led training instead of self-training, be sure to sight up for one of the judging training sessions at the show.

And don't forget. AMPS shows need lots of judges. Please consider signing up for one or more judging sessions (if you participart in at least two sessions, you will get a free AMPS show t-shirt!).  You can sign up for judging and other tasks by clicking here.



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Volume 30, Issue 6,

  • AMPS Membership Update by Brian Eberle : What's happening to AMPS membership
  • "How To" Topics Polling for AMPS 2023 Seminars by Brian Eberle : Seminar subject poll for 2023 AMPS Int'l Convention
  • Polish Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf.D by Tim Darrah : Modeling a captured Hanomeg used by Polish 4th Armored Regiment
  • Book Review: Dunkirk 1940 Through A German Lens by Editor : Collection of Dunkirk photos from a German perspective
  • The Shifty Panzer by Cesar "Manny" Rodriguez : Displaying a Panzer IV with interior
  • 2022 Armorcon Show Report by Chuck Aleshire : N/A
  • A Naked Sturmgeschutz by Tom Gannon : Photos of a surviving StuG III under restoration
  • Know Your Officer by Editor : Find out more about your AMPS elected and appointed officers
  • AMPS Local Chapter News & Upcoming Shows by Editor : What's going on in the AMPS community
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Academy- Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. C
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Rinaldi Studio Press- Tankart 4 German Armor
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Hobby Boss- German Flakpanzer V Ausf. A
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Vargas Scale Models Fiat 2000 No. 2 Heavy Tank 1918
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Rinaldi Studio Press- TANKART 1 German Armor 3rd Edition
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