For the 2016 AMPS International Convention, the Central SC "Wildcats" were the Host Chapter!


The following is some information for the show, along with the link to the designated show tab on the Official AMPS webpage
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Show Theme:  World War One

Show Venue:   Sumter County Civic Center
                        700 West Liberty Street
                        Sumter, SC 29150

Block Rooms are SOLD OUT!! 
Please check the two Over-Flow Hotels listed in the links below!


Room Rate:     $85 per Night (includes hot Breakfast Buffet & Free Internet)

Accepting Reservations Now! Code: “AMPS 2016 Group Block”

Entry #

Subject

Name

Skill-Level

Medal

1

88mm Flak 36, Norway, 1944 (1/35, DML + ROP Decals)

Tim Darrah

Intermediate

[BRONZE]

2

T-34/76 Model 1941, Manchuria, 1945 (1/35, DML + ROP Decals)

Tim Darrah

Intermediate

[BRONZE]

3

Flammpanzer III Ausf. M (F1), Hungary, 1945 (1/35, DML)

Tim Darrah

Intermediate

[SILVER]

4

ADF M1A1 AIM SA, Australian, 2013 (1/35, DML + Arm Corp Models conversion)

Tim Darrah

Intermediate

[SILVER]

5

T-55 Somalia (1/35, Tamiya + Eduard PE, RB Model barrel)

Tim Darrah

Intermediate

[SILVER]

6

SAS 1/4 Ton 4 x 4 Truck ETO (1/35, DML)

Tim Darrah

Intermediate

[SILVER]

7

M60 Patton (1/35, Italeri M60A1 + AEF Designs resin Early Turret)

Carl Wethington

Advance

[GOLD]

8

M109 155mm Howitzer (1/35, AFV Club M109A2 + a Bunch  ‘O Resin)

Carl Wethington

Advance

[GOLD]

9

FARELF FV.601 Saladin. 17 Gurkha Division (1/35, DML + Scratch-built)

Keith Frape

Intermediate

[SILVER]

10

Scorpion CRV(T) FV101 (1/35, AFV Club, Resin Castoff Conv.)

Keith Frape

Intermediate

[GOLD] 1

11

Chieftain Mk. 7 ARRV (1/35, Tamiya + AA Conversion, Chally 2 Power Pack, Lifting Beam Set)

Keith Frape

Intermediate

[GOLD]

12

M20 Greyhound Armored Utility Car (1/48, Tamiya)

Ralph Nardone

Intermediate

[GOLD]

13

M26A1 Pershing Korea War 1950 (1/35, Hobby Boss + AFV Club Tracks)

Phil Cavender

Basic

[GOLD] 2

14

FT-17 Light Tank (Cast Turret) & LT George S. Patton (1/35, Meng & Shapeways)

Phil Cavender

Basic

[GOLD]

15

British M3 Grant “ATLANTA II” (1/35, Academy)

Phil Cavender

Basic

[SILVER]

16

Grant Mk. I – Tank, 2nd NZ Div, 9 Brig (1/72 Mirage)

Tony Abbott

Intermediate

[SILVER]

17

British "Female" Tank MK II, (1/72, Master Box)

Tony Abbott

Intermediate

[SILVER]

18

Renault FT-17 Light Tank (Cast Turret) (1/72, Flyhawk Model)

Rebecca Hettmansperger

Advance

[SILVER]

19

Mk I "Male" British Tank, Gaza Strip (1/72, Master Box)

Rebecca Hettmansperger

Advance

[SILVER] 3

20

Crusader MkI/II Cruiser Tank Mk.I/II (1/72, S-Model)

Rebecca Hettmansperger

Advance

[BRONZE]

21

Daimler Dingo Mk.Ia Scout Car (1/72, S-Model)

Rebecca Hettmansperger

Advance

[BRONZE]

22

Jagdpanther #211, France, AUG ’44 (1/35, DML + Fruil Tracks, Aber PE & Barrel, Alpine Figure)

David Bridges

Advance

[GOLD]

23

Porsche Typ 205 “Maus”, Boblingen, JUL ‘44 (1/35, DML + LOTS of AM parts)

David Bridges

Advance

[SILVER]

24

German WWI Officer Figure (1/72, Revel)

Kevin Cook

Intermediate

[SILVER]

25

WWII British Rolls Royce Armored Car Pattern 1920 Mk I (1/35, Roden)

Kevin Cook

Intermediate

[SILVER]

26

8.8cm Raketenwerfer 43 'Püppchen' w/Fallschirmjäger (1/35, DML)

Kevin Cook

Intermediate

[BRONZE]

27

Sd.Kfz.184 Schwerer Jagdpanzer "Elefant" (1/35, Tamiya + Zimmerit Sheet)

Michael Child

Basic

[SILVER]

28

Ambush at Poteau, Ardennes 1944; (1/35, Tamiya, DML)

Michael Child

Basic

[BRONZE]

29

Pz.Kpfw. Panther Ausf. D (1/35, Tamiya + DML Track Racks, PE Screens, Spade Ace Tracks)

Tom Wingate

Advance

[SILVER]

30

JagdPatton (1/72, ESCI M60A1 Blazer & Jagdpanther kit bash)

Dave Neuman 4

Intermediate

[GOLD]

31

SU-85 (1/72, ESCI?)

Dave Neuman 4

Intermediate

[BRONZE]

32

Sd.Kfz. 234/4 (HO, Airfix)

Dave Neuman 4

Intermediate

DNM

33

Mk. A Whippet British Medium Tank (1/35, MENG)

Bob Spagnola

Basic

[BRONZE

34

Panther G (1/35, DML)

Bob Spagnola

Basic

[GOLD]

35

Sherman M4A3 105mm Howitzer (1/35, Tamiya)

Bob Spagnola

Basic

[GOLD]

36

M103 Heavy Tank (1/35, Dragon)

Bob Spagnola

Basic

[BRONZE

37

Leopard 2A7 (1/35, MENG)

Bob Spagnola

Basic

[SILVER]

38

Tiger Ausf E, Initial Production (1/35, DML + SpadeAce Tracks)

Bob Spagnola

Basic

[SILVER] 5

39

Soviet SU-152 Self Propelled Heavy Howitzer (1/35, Trumpeter)

Bob Spagnola

Basic

[GOLD] 5

DONE!!!!!


Our chapter hosted the 2016 AMPS International Convention and it was a success!

We REALLY worked our tails off to pull this off. Between this and the IPMS USA Nationals that was held in August 2016, South Carolina was THE place to be for modelers in 2016!

1 Keith Frape’s Scorpion CRV(T) scored enough points to win a GOLD, but it was in the same category as his Chieftain Mk. 7 ARRV.

2 Phil Cavender also won the Andy Smith Best Basic Award.

3 Rebecca Hettmansperger’s Mk I "Male" British Tank scored enough points to win a SILVER, but it was in the same category as her Renault FT-17 Light Tank.

4 David Neuman is a Wildcat member who now lives in Missouri after retiring from the USAF, but we still claim him.

5 Bob Spagnola’s Tiger Ausf E scored enough points to win a SILVER, but it was in the same category as his Panther G. Also, his Soviet SU-152 Self Propelled Heavy Howitzer scored enough points to win a GOLD, but it was in the same category as his Sherman M4A3 105mm Howitzer.

Superlatives: Ralph Nardone, Dave Neuman, and Keith Frape all moved up to the Advance Skill Level, while Phil Cavender and Bob Spagnola both moved up to the Intermediate Skill Level.


Official 2016 AMPS International Convention Results can be found HERE.​

2016 AMPS INTERNATIONAL SHOW

Fine Scale Modeler has posted a short video walk-through of the 2016 AMPS International Convention, featuring an interview with Tim Darrah. A big “Thank You!” to new club member Bryan Moeller for sending us the link:

FSM 2016 AMPS Show Tour Video

Club and Model Group Tables


As the Hosting Chapter, we are offering up to 17 (seventeen), 8’ tables within the Vendor Areas for the use by Model Clubs and other Modeling Groups.  The AMPS Central SC "Wildcats" Chapter will make all coordination for the use of these tables by the requesting organizations (with the exception of the table to IPMS/USA).  The tentative table allocations are:

a. One table to IPMS/USA, to be coordinated with IPMS/USA by the AMPS Executive Board.

b. One table to Fine Scale Modeler (FSM) to be used for model photography.

c. Fifteen (15) additional tables to be allocated to requesting AMPS Chapters and other groups on a first-come, first-served basis.

Procedure to Request and Reserve a Table:

1. The requesting group will contact AMPS Central SC “Wildcats” (the hosting chapter) by email or phone to request a table at the 2016 AMPS International Convention.  Phone contact MUST be followed up by a request in writing (email or US mail).  However, for the purposes of determining first-come, first-served, the date and time of the phone contact (if made before the written request) will be used.

2. The written request MUST include the name, address and phone number of the group’s authorized representative.

Click here for the full Club and Modeling Group Tables at 2016 AMPS International Convention Rules

FSM 2016 AMPS Show Tour Video

Click the above image to link to SCiWay for map on SC Highways. You can also go to here for an alternative map from NationalAtlas.gov.


“HQ” Hotel:      Quality Inn
                        2390 Broad Street
                        Sumter, SC 29150
                        803-469-9001​

2016 AMPS International Convention Preliminary Results


The "Wildcats" successfully hosted the 2016 AMPS International Convention held April 7-9, 2016.  We setup the venue, provided logistical support, procured the Special Awards, provided numerous hours in the Judging Pits, ran the Raffle Table, provided the Assistant Chief Judges for Figures, Dioramas & Vignettes, and even provided some Judges Training to boot.  

We had 39 entries, consisting of 9 Advance, 18 Intermediate, and 12 Basic Skill Levels. The results listed below are unofficial (the official results will be published in an upcoming issue of Boresight, but they have been checked against the listing on the AMPS Results page), but are still impressive with 12 Gold, 17 Silver and 9 Bronze Medals. Of all of our Chapter’s entries. 97% of the models either won a medal, or scored enough to win a medal (but didn’t because it was a duplicated in the same category). To top it off, another one of the Wildcats won the Andy Smith Best Basic Award, which gives our chapter two winners in the last 3 years.