21-23 February 2020
This year the show will be held at:
The Hilton Marietta Conference Center
500 Powder Springs St.
Marietta, GA 30064
Over 100 Vendor Tables! Several Armor Only Vendor Tables!
All Models Judged With The AMPS Open System!
A Great Way To Tune Up For The AMPS Nationals!
Great Southern Climate And Hospitality!
Ground Work for Dioramas and Vignettes - Tony Zadro
Friday, 4:00 – 9:00 pm – Vendor set up.
7:00 pm - Registration Opens
7:00 pm - Exhibit and vendor halls open
9:00 pm - Exhibit and Vendor Halls close
Saturday, 9:00 am – Registration Opens and Exhibit hall opens
11:00 noon – Registration closes
6:00 pm – Awards presentation
7:00 pm – Vendor and Exhibit halls close
Sunday, 9:00 am – Exhibit and vendor halls open
Possibly the most important aspect of any AMPS event is the Modeling Contest. As anyone who has been to the show knows, the AMPS judging system has led the way in terms of fairness and credibility. Judging is done by a group of four judges, who evaluate each entry - not by what is wrong with it, but by what is right with it! To ensure fairness, the lowest score of the four is removed, and the other three are added. The system is a modified open system, allowing an unlimited number of medals to be awarded to entrants who achieve a certain point total. There is no actual competition, the entrants are competing only against themselves using a defined schedule of values for comparison. Experience levels are established to eliminate the intimidation factor so often associated with most shows
Every year, people come from all over the world to experience what most consider to be the most fair and honest judging system available. As described above, AMPS judging is based on an open system, designed to reward the modeler for good work. To enable the modeler to present his most positive points to the judges, the system establishes five different classifications with which the modeler identifies himself, based on his own skill level. When the entry comes to be judged, it is reviewed to establish the skill level of the competitor and then judged accordingly. The classifications are described as follows:
Junior - Specifically set up for the younger modeler, this class gives the modeler the best chance to grow in the hobby and experience the AMPS philosophy.
Basic - This group is set up for the beginner modeler, and those of us who are just getting back into modeling after a long layoff (i.e. school or family).
Intermediate - By far the largest group, it includes modelers of varying skill levels who do not regularly enter competition or do not regularly win or place.
Advanced - For the more skilled modeler, these modelers regularly win or place in local and regional competitions.