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

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AMPS 2024 International Convention
Thursday, April 11, 2024 to Saturday, April 13, 2024
Century Center, 120 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601

The theme for the 2024 show is "1944".  A complete definition of the theme can be viewed here.

Hotels are now Open for Reservations

We have secured special room rates at two nearby hotels:

  1. Doubletree by Hilton - this hotel is located across the street from the conference center and is connected to it via an enclosed bridge. The room rate is $149 per night, plus tax. There is also a special parking rate of $5 per day.  To book using these special rates, click on this link.

  2. Courtyard by Marriott - this hotel is just steps across the street from the Century Center. The special AMPS room rate is $159 per night, plus tax. To book using this special rate, click on this link. Note that parking is extra ($39 per day at the hotel, $10 per day offsite).

In case you're concerned about food...

To whet your appetite, we received a brochure from Visit South listing lots of places to eat and drink around the convention center.  Click here to download it.



Time Left to Finish Your Models:


AMPS 2023 Show Results

The results of the 2023 AMPS International Convention have been posted here. Photographs of the best of winners are online, and the rest of the model photos will be uploaded shortly.

The PowerPoint presentations used at the seminars are now available for download. Go to the show results page above and click on a seminar to download the presentation. You will need Microsoft PowerPoint or the free Microsoft PowerPoint viewer to view the presentations.

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.


  Boresight View Issues


Volume 31, Issue 4,

  • Glory to the Heroes by Greg Beckman : Ukrainian BMP-1 vignette
  • Modeling with Coffee by Brian Eberle : Coffee is not just for drinking anymore!
  • The Battered Shermans of Bastogne by John Kirkpatrick : A field trip report
  • Dunkirk Evacuation Op. Dynamo by The Editor : Book Review
  • Know Your Officer by The Editor : Find out more about your AMPS elected and appointed officers
  • Local Chapter News & Upcoming Shows 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.

  Reviews View Reviews

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Trumpeter - Sd. Kfz. 251 D ( 1/16 scale )
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Hobby Link- M74 Turret for M113 APC
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Military Modelcraft International September 2023 Vol 27 | Issue 11
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Pen & Sword- Images of War German Self-Propelled Artillery at War 1940-1945
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