We're a busy bunch of armor modelers!

At AMPS Central SC, we've always got something going on or something planned.  From monthly raffles, demonstrations, and other regular activities, to contests, public displays and exhibits, we're there!

Check out the small reports and photos below to see what kinds of club activities we're up to!

2017 IMPS/USA R-12 Regional

Gaston County Model Builders hosted the 2017 IPMS R-12 Regional Model Show and Contest on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The event was held at the Gaston County Citizen Resource Center, 1303 Dallas Cherrysville Hwy., Dallas, NC 28034.  You can get more info at the Gaston County Model Builders FaceBook Page.

A number of "Wildcat" club members had a great showing at the IPMS R-12 Regional Model Show & Contest last month in Dallas, NC, winning numerous awards.  Particularly noteworthy was that Rebecca Hettmansperger won a first place and Best Figure in the figure category for her Dark Angels Deathwing Knight 28mm figure. Unofficial results for the Wildcats are:

Description                                            Modeler                Category                                      Award

1.  M8 75mm Howitzer Motor                Carl                      Open Top AFV's thru                  1st Place                       Carriage (Tamiya + LOTS                Wethinton             WWII, 1/48th & Larger                                                     of scratch built parts),1/35 scale

2.  3cm Mk 103 Zwilling Flak-                Bryan                   Axis Armor thru WWII,               1st Place                   .    Panzer IV “Kugelblitz” (Cyber           Moeller                1/48th & Larger                                                                  Hobby #9109 + DML Pz IV J,                                                                                                                          .    Griffin PE, R&J Resin “Interior                                                                                                                       .    Lower Hull Front”), 1/35 scale

3.  Grant Mk. I - El Alamein                   Tony Abbott          Military Vehicles, All Eras           2nd Place               .    (Mirage), 1/72 scale                                                      1/49th & Smaller                                           

4.  T-34/85 Mod. 1944 (DML +              Tom Wingate        Allied Armor thru WWII,             2nd Place                 scratch built Engine Louvers,                                        1/48th & Larger                                                            .    Fuel Tank Straps, Master Club                                                                                                                          .   Tracks, Aber PE & Barrel), 1/35 scale

5.  Dark Angels Deathwing Knight        Rebecca               Figure Fantasy & Sci-Fi,            1st Place                .    (Games Workshops), 28mm            Hettmansperger   76mm (1/24th & Smaller)           BEST FIGURE

6.  Reboute Guilliman Primarch of        Rebecca               Figure Fantasy & Sci-Fi,            2nd Place              .    the Ultramarines (Games                 Hettmansperger   76mm (1/24th & Smaller)                                          .    Workshops), 28mm

7.  AC Cobra Convertible                      Tom Wingate        Automotive Showroom               2nd Place                   (Revell + Scratched the seat-                                       Stock, 1/20th thru 1/31st                                             .    belts, detailed the engine, drilled                                                                                                                   .    out the Dash bezels & detailed), 1/24 scale

8.  Me109-E3                                         Tom Wingate        Aircraft Prop (All Eras),              3rd Place                  .    (Hasegawa + Detailed the                                             1/32nd & Larger                                                           Cockpit), 1/32 scale

9.  German WWII U-Boat Type VIIC     John Currie          Submarines, 1/400th &               2nd Place               .    (Revell + Aerials added, Main                                       Larger                                                                            Deck Gun & other parts                                                                                                                                 .    modified), 1/125 scale

Well done, Wildcats!






















AMPS 2017 International Convention

This year’s AMPS International Convention was held April 20 to 22, 2017 in Danbury, CT.  Unfortunately, only a few of our Chapter’s members were able to attend the show; Dave Varettoni, Mike and Sheila Roof.

Dave worked tirelessly for almost the whole convention in the judging pits in various positions, but the majority of the time as an Assistant Chief Judge. Since Dave flew up to Danbury, he decided not to bring anything to enter (a wise decision).

Mike Roof entered two models in the Masters Category. His “T-44 Medium Tank, Belarusian Military District, ca. 1950s” earned a perfect score of 30.5 points and a Gold Medal. Mike’s vignette “The Cuppa Before the Storm” won the Best Master Award.





















Club Build Day (sort of)

We held another club build day at Mike & Sheila Roof's house just south of Winnsboro on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Nine Club Members attended at least for part of the day; Mike Roof, Tony Abbott, Rebecca Hettmansperger, Kevin Cook, Bryan Moeller, Matthew Goodman, Steve Reid, Jeff Nelson, and Sheila Roof to keep us fed with Pizza and snacks. Unfortunately, a local model contest distracted some of our fellow club members from attending another enjoyable get together.


















2016 Christmas Party!

During our meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 we held our annual Christmas Party.  We had 32 members and guests in attendance. The following are preliminary results of the White Elephant Gift Exchange:

1. Jeff Nelson = 1/72 scale T-64 Model 1975, Modelcollect #UA72013.
2. Noah Brandes = 1/35 scale M24 Chaffee Light Tank, Testors (Italeri) #810, and 1/35 scale M3 Lee, Tamiya #35039.
3. Ralph Nardone = 1/35 scale US M41 Walker Bulldog, Tamiya #35055.
4. Trevor Edwards = 1/35 scale Firefly Vc, DML #6182.
5. Keith Frape = 1/35 scale ARV-AL XM-1219 Mule, North Star Models # S35002.
6. Steve Reid = 1/35 scale Willies Jeep, Italeri #314, US Infantry Western European Theater, Tamiya #35048, Resin Figure, 120mm (1/16) scale Israeli IDF Captain from Golani Brigade 1985 Resin, Verlinden #530, 90mm Royal Artillery CEFO & Javelin White Metal Figure, Barton Miniatures #BM/H19, Book B&N Armored Fighting Vehicles, by Philip Trewhitt, ISBN #9780760712603, and Book Osprey Crusader Cruiser Tank 1939-45, by David Fletcher & Peter Sarson, ISBN #9781855325128.
7. Rebecca Hettmansperger = 1/48 scale Supacat Jackal: Operation Herrick Afghanistan, Airfix #A05301, and Supacat Coyote: Operation Herrick Afghanistan, Airfix #A05302.
8. Ben Brandes = 1/35 scale Valentine Mk. III W/ Rota Trailer, AFV Club #AF35201, and Book AK Interactive D.A.K. Profile Guide, by Fernando Vallejo, #AK271.
9. Tony Abbott = 1/35 scale IDF SHOT Kal 1973, AFV Club #AF35124.
10. Mike Roof = Russian BRDM-2UM, Trumpeter #05514.
11. Nick Sherrer = 1/48 scale US M4A1 (76)W Medium Tank, Hobby Boss #HB84801, and 1/35 scale Plaster Ardennes Chapel Diorama, Verlinden #1559.
12. John Sherrer = 1/35 scale Sherman Crab Conversion Resin Kit (for Dragon/Tasca M4A4), Resicast #351133.
13. Bryan Moeller = 1/35 scale Merkava Mk. III Israeli Main Battle Tank, Academy #1391.
14. Tim Darrah = 1/35 scale Einheitsdiesel with Bilstein Recovery Crane, IBG Models #35006.
15. Kevin Cook = 1/35 scale M24 Chaffee, Italeri #244, and Book Squadron Pz. Kpfw. 38(t) Variations in Action, by Charles K. Kliment, #12052.
16. Eliere Tolan = 1/35 scale US M4A3 75mm Gun Late Production kit, Tamiya #35250.
17. Tom McCoy = 1/35 scale T-55A Russian Medium Tank, Tamiya, #35257. [Note – this was a gag gift, and the box contained a Heller AMX 13 kit. Trevor traded his Firefly Vc with Tom so he didn’t feel jipped]
18. Paul Lovell = Book Osprey Masterclass: Panzer Modelling, by Tony Greenland, ISBN #9781841760957.
19. Tony Kelly = 1/35 scale British Challenger 2 Enhanced Armour, Trumpeter #01522.
20. Tom Wingate = 1/35 scale Schwerer Panzerspahwagen Kommandowagen, DML #6071.
21. Brandon Hollis = 1/35 scale Stug III Ausf. G 75mm, Sd. Kfz. 142/1, DML # 9014.
22. Morgan Cicimurri = 1/35 scale US M48A3 Patton, Tamiya #35120.
23. John Currie = 1/35 scale British Challenger II, Trumpeter #00308.
24. Phil Cavender = 75mm scale General George S Patton Resin Figure, Verlinden #12-7501, and 1/35 scale Resin Inspection Generals with Base, Jaguar Models #63051.
25. Michael Child = 1/35 scale Schwimmwagen Type 166, Tamiya #35224, and US Army Airborne (Operation Varsity 1945), DML #6148.
26. Dave Varettoni = 1/35 scale French Panhard VBL Armoured Vehicle, Tiger Model #4603.
27. Robin Evans (?) = 1/35 scale German 6x4 Krupp Protze Towing Truck with 37mm Pak, Tamiya #35259, German Machine Gun Crew Set, Academy #1379, and Resin Worker with Jack Hammer, Warriors #?.

These Christmas Parties and White Elephant Gift Exchanges are getting better each year, so if you didn't make it, you're missing out on a lot of fun and great holiday chear!

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National Armor & Calvary Museum Restoration Motor Pool Visit

On November 5, 2016, Mike Roof, Tom Wingate, Phil Cavender, Trevor Edwards, Dave & Nick Varettoni, Mike Bishop, and Jeff Nelson & his father Dale all were fortunate enough to spend the day perusing the well over 300 vehicles at the NACM Restoration Motor Pool, Fort Benning, GA. We were guided by some very helpful locals David Hobbs, Charlie Pritchett, and Joe Chun.  A trip well worth making!

















American Armored Foundation Tank Museum Visit

On October 15, 2016, Kevin Cook & his son, Mike Reid, Ben & Noah Brandes, Mitchell Taylor, Tommy Abbott, Mike Roof, Trevor Edwards, Tony Abbott, Bryan Moeller, Phil Cavender, Tracy Taylor, Dave Cicimurri, Jeff Nelson, and Tim Darrah met at the AAF Tank Musum in Danville, VA to look at a great collection of military  vehicles, uniforms, equipment, and other items on display. The day was topped off witnessing the running of four different vehicles, including Trevor getting to ride inside a M901 ITV track!














2016 IPMS/USA National Convention:













Quite a few members of our Chapter attended and entered the 2016 IPMS/USA National Convention, 
which was held August 3-6, 2016 in Columbia, SC. Below are their entries and their results (NOTE: if you click on the Entry Names that have hyperlinks, it will display the Official IPMS Award Picture). "WELL DONE" to all!

1.  Azerbaijani Mig-29UB (Revell), 1/32 – Tom Wingate [2nd Place – 140B: Aircraft, Jet Powered, Twin Engine, 1/32]

2.  Tiger 1 Late Production Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf. E (DML + Model Club Metal  tracks), 1/35 – Tom Wingate [DNP – 200-B: Closed Top AFVs, 1/48 & Larger, through Korea, Axis Heavy AFVs]

3.  Sd.Kfz.186 Jagdtiger Porsche Production Type (DML + Spade Ace Tracks, PE extras, scratch Radiator & Fans), 1/35 – Tom Wingate [1st Place – 200-B: Closed Top AFVs, 1/48 & Larger, through Korea, Axis Heavy AFVs]

4.  LT George S. Patton & French FT-17 Light Tank (Cast Turret), 1918  (Shapeways & Meng Model), 1/35 – Phil Cavender [3rd Place – 206-B: Open- Top AFVs & AFVs with Interiors, 1/48 & Larger, Allied]

5.  T-55 Somalia Army 1990 (Tamiya + Eduard PE, RB Barrel metal barrel), 1/35 – Tim Darrah [3rd Place – 201-B, Closed Top AFVs, 1/48 & Larger, Post Korea, Warsaw Pact & Russian AFVs]

6.  SAS 1/4 Ton 4x4 Truck ETO (DML), 1/35 – Tim Darrah [DNP – 218-B: Soft-skinned Military Vehicles, 1/48 & Larger, Allied Vehicles]

7.  Roman Legionnaire (Italeri), 1/72 – Kevin Cook [2nd Place – 300, Figures, Dismounted & Mounted (All Eras), 53mm & Smaller]

8.  Afrika Corps AFV Commander (Verlinden), 1/35 – Robin Evans [3rd Place – 306-A, Figures, Dismounted, Post 1900, 54mm to 70mm]

9.  Tree Lord (Games Workshops), 28mm  – Rebecca Hettmansperger [DNP– 322-A: Figures, Fantasy, Non-Human, 53mm & Smaller]

10.  Grey Knight Terminator Champion (Games Workshops), 28mm  – Rebecca Hettmansperger [1st Place – 324-B: Figures, Sci-Fi, Non-Human]

11.  Kubelwagen Radio Car (Tamiya, Tiger Werke Conversion), 1/35 – Tim Darrah [DNP – 720: Diorama, Small Composition, 1/48 & Larger]

12.  IPMS/USA Regional Newsletter & Editor of the Year, 2016 – John Currie “The Newsflash” [Outstanding Achievement]


















Club Build Day!

We held another Club Build Day on September 14, 2016 at Mike & Sheila's Hacienda, and once again it was quite productive!  We had a great turn-out with 16 people attend, most of whom brought kits to work on, and the Roofs provided some good eats (PIZZA)! 

The attendees were: Mike Roof and Sheila Roof, Bob Spagnola, Ralph Nardone, Tom Wingate, John Currie, Robin Evans, Bryan Moeller, Dave Varettoni, Nick Varettoni, Trevor Edwards, Tony Abbott brought his brother Tommy, Ben Brandes, Noah Brandes. and Phil Cavender.

It appears from the photos that those fellow "Wildcats" that weren't able to attend missed out on a great time! Hopefully, we can get together for another Club Build Day real soon.

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Our 2015 Christmas Party!


At our December 13, 2015 meeting, we had 29 dues-paying members, 2 Junior guests (Nick and Noah), and of course Sheila for our Christmas Party with more than enough of good fix'uns (including pickled okra!). 

We welcomed two new members, Shawn Ramsey and Steve Reid. Besides stuffing our faces with some great vittles, we also conducted our Annual White Elephant Gift Exchange with 28 participants. 

We had a handful of modelers who brought 4 models and dioramas to the meeting. These models are listed on the Meeting Photos page. 

During said Gift Exchange, there were many contested gifts that were "stolen" over and over. Even the two young boys, Nick and Noah, were able to "steal" a few gifts. 

All in all, everyone seemed to have a great time and went home with something model-related they likely will enjoy. Below is a list of what each participant ended up with:

1.  Jeff Nelson - 1/72 scale Sd.Kfz. 171 Panther Ausf.D Late Production, DML #7506.

2.  Rebecca Hettmansperger = 1/48 scale German Tiger I Late production, Tamiya #32575.

3.  John Currie – 1/35 scale Sd.Kfz.186 Jagdtiger Porsche Production Type with Zimmerit, DML #6493.

4.  Trevor Edwards – 1/35 scale Russian BMP-3E IFV, Trumpeter #01530.

5.  David Cicimurri – 1/35 scale German Tank Panther Ausf..D, Tamiya #35345.

6.  Phil Cavender – 1/35 scale M1A1 w/ Mine Plough "Desert Storm", DML #3516.

7.  Kevin Cook – 1/35 scale PzKpfw I Ausf A, DML #6451.

8.  Tim Darrah – 1/35 scale Merkava Mk. II Israeli Main Battle Tank, Academy #13242.

9.  Paul Lovell – 1/48 scale Staghound Mk.III Armored Car, Bronco Models #ZB48001.

10. Ralph Nardone – 1/35 scale U.S. 2 1/2 Ton 6X6 Cargo Truck, Tamiya #35218.

11. Mike Roof –Book: “Drama Between Budapest and Vienna: The Final Battles of the 6th Panzer-Army in the East – 1945”, by Maier, Georg, translated by Robert E. Dohrenwend, ISBN 0-921991-78-9.

12. Ben Brandes – 1/35 scale U.S. M60A3 105mm Gun Tank, Tamiya #35140, a M60A1 PE Set (for Tamiya), Eduard #35431, and a M60 & M48 Track (Workable) Set, AFV Club #AF3510.

13. Noah Brandes – 1/32 scale Spitfire Mk Vb Royal Airforce Fighter, Hasegawa #08052, a set of Dental Picks, a 1/35 scale Resin "Worker" Figure with a Jackhammer, and a Squadron Walk-Around M-24 Chaffee photo-reference book.

14. Tony Abbott – Book: “Soldiers: An Illustrated History of Men in Battle”, by John Keegan, ISBN 1568521103, and Book: “Kursk: The Vital 24 Hours”, by Will Fowler, ISBN 1904687369.

15. Carl Wethington – Alumilite Resin Casting Set.

16. Tom Wingate – 1/35 scale Sd. Kfz. 165 Hummel Late Production, DML #6231.

17. Josh Orenstein – Book: “The Great War: A World War I Historical Collection”, by Colonel Robert Dalessandro, director of the U.S. Army's Center of Military History, ISBN 0794837409.

18. Dave Varettoni – 1/35 scale Reconnaissance Vehicle BRDM-1, Eastern Express #35161.

19. Nick Varettoni – 1/35 scale Russian Fieldcar GAZ67B, Tamiya #35021, and a couple Magazines: Military Miniatures in Review or Model Military International?

20. John Sherrer – 1/35 scale 7.5cm PAK 97/38, DML #6123, and 1/35 scale 5cm Pak 38 w/ Fallschirmjager (4 figures), DML #6118.

21. Tom McCoy – 1/35 scale MT-LB Armored Personnel Carrier, Skif #0214.

22. Adam Lasek – 1/35 scale Israeli Medium Tank M51 Super Sherman, Academy #1373. 

23. Brandon Hollis – 1/35 scale sWS with Panzerwerfer 42 German Rocket Launcher, Italeri #0356.

24. Tony Kelly – Tool: Spray-Work Painting Stand Set, Tamiya #74522.

25. ? – 1/16 scale Panzer Grenadiers (Kharkov 1943), DML #1613, 1/35 scale Austrian City Building, Miniart #35013, and Magazines: Military Miniatures in Review #61.

December, 2016 can't get here soon enough for another great time!

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Low-Country Convention (Lo-Co-Con) 2015


Five “Wildcats” members attended the Lo-Co-Con 2015 on March 14, 2015, run by the IPMS Coastal Carolina Chapter, which was held at the R.B. Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston, SC 29418.  This was a great venue, and the High School’s JROTC Unit provided Food and Beverages. Our Contest Flyers were available, and a few of us talked up our show with the other attendees.

There were 51 Contestants with a total of 231 models entered. We had four club members with five armor-related models, entered into two categories, which were judged using the IPMS Rules.  

Here's the entries and the results:

Entry #      Subject                                                         Name                                  Category

200-4        Sd.Kfz.186 Jagdtiger Porsche Production    Tom Wingate                       202 - 1/35 AFVs, 1945     .                Type (DML + Spade Ace Tracks, PE extras,                                            & Earlier ~ Axis                 .                scratch Radiator & Fans), 1/35 

202-1         Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. J (DML Armor Pro), 1/72    Rebecca Hettmansperger  209 - 1/72 & Smaller      .                                                                                                                                 AFVs

212-1         IJN Type 2 (Ka-Mi) Amphibious Tank             Paul Lovell                         209 - 1/72 & Smaller .                                                                                                                                 AFVs

217-1         Tiger I Initial, 100 sPzAbt502 (DML               Jeff Nelson                         209 - 1/72 & Smaller         .                  Panzer Korps), 1/144                                                                             AFVs

217-2         Tiger I Initial,142 sPzAbt501 (DML                Jeff Nelson                         209 - 1/72 & Smaller .                  Panzer Korps), 1/144                                                                             AFVs

Winners:

1st Place – Tom Wingate (Category 202 – 1/35 AFVs, 1945 & Earlier ~ Axis)

1st Place – Jeff Nelson (Category 209 – 1/72 & Smaller AFVs)

2nd Place – Paul Lovell (Category 209 – 1/72 & Smaller AFVs)

Two 1st Places and a 2nd Place Awards out of FIVE entries is another great showing by AMPS Central SC “Wildcats”!

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AMPS Central SC Intra-Club Contest: Heavy Tanks, 47 Tons & Up

We held our fourth Intra-Club Contest on March 11, 2015. The theme was “Heavy Tanks, 47 Tons & Up”. We had seven entries, consisting of 1 Advance, 5 Intermediate, and 1 Junior Skill Levels. Three Teams judged the entries using the standard AMPS Rules.  

Here's the entries and the results:

Entry #     Subject                                                            Name                               Skill-Level              Score

1              Sd.Kfz.186 Jagdtiger Porsche Production       Tom Wingate                    Advance                28.5      .               Type (DML + Spade Ace Tracks, PE extras,                                                                                       .               scratch Radiator & Fans), 1/35

2              German E-100 Super Heavy Tank                   Trevor Edwards               Intermediate          20.5       .               (Trumpeter, OOB), 1/35

3              Tiger I Mid-Production Model Kommandant     Trevor Edwards                Intermediate          24.5      .               Otto Carius (Tamiya), 1/35

4              Russian KV-1 Mod 1939 (Trumpeter), 1/35      Dave Varettoni                Intermediate          22.5

5              Merkava Mk. I (Italeri / ESCI), 1/72                   Tony Abbott                     Intermediate          26.5

6              M1A1 Abrams (Revell “Snap-Tite), 1/35           Noah Brandes                 Junior                    27.0

7              Strv 122 (Tamiya Leopard 2A5 + HK                Tim Darrah                      Intermediate          22.0       .               Creation Conversion, Echelon Decals), 1/35

Winners:

1st – Tom Wingate (Advance 28.5 points) [GOLD]

2nd – Noah Brandes (Junior 27.0 points) 
[GOLD]

3rd – Tony Abbott (Intermediate 26.5 points) 
[SILVER]

DNP – Trevor Edwards, Tiger I (Intermediate 24.5 points) 
[SILVER]

DNP – Dave Varettoni (Intermediate 22.5 points) 
[BRONZE]

DNP – Tim Darrah (Intermediate 22.0 points) 
[BRONZE]

DNP – Trevor Edwards, E-100 (Intermediate 20.5 points) 
[BRONZE]

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Our 2014 Christmas Party!

We held our annual Christmas party on December 10, 2014, and once again it sure was fun!  We had a great turn-out with 21 regular members in attendance and two new members in attendance. Lots of generous offerings were brought for the buffet, and no one left hungry, plus there were even leftovers for some members to take home!

We especially want to welcome the two newest members that attended: Ben Brandes and his son, Noah, who is 6 years young! They both brought a couple in-progress kits to show everyone, but unfortunately they had to leave early so Noah could go to bed on time.

During the party, we had our "white elephant" gift exchange.  Everybody at the party participated, and there were many very nice gifts swapped around and around.  As usual, there were a few gifts that were the most "contested", in other words, they were stolen over and over. 

After the gift exchange, we spent a few minutes talking about WIP models that a few members brought.

Once again, this year's party was a huge success.  We are all looking forward to next year!

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AMPS Central SC Intra-club Contest: Light Tanks, 20 tons & Under


For our third quarterly Intra-Club Contest, the subject was "Light Tanks, 20 Tons & Under", consisting of any armored combat vehicle that weighed 20 tons or less.  We had four 4 Intermediate Skill Level entries, judged by Club members using the standard AMPS Rules.  The winners received Hobby Town USA gift cards: 1st place - $25; 2nd place - $20; 3rd place - $15.

Here's the entries and the results:

Entry #     Subject                                                     Name                                 Skill-Level              Score

1              Panzerjager IB mit 7.5cm StuK 40 L48     Tim Darrah                         Intermediate          22.5            .               (Cyber Hobby), 1/35

2              Pz.Kpfw. Ib Ladungsleger I Demolition      Rebecca Hettmansperger   Intermediate         27       .               Tank (DML), 1/35

3              T-70C (Minit-Art), 1/35                              John Melton                        Intermediate         23

4              BRDM-2 Early (Trumpeter), 1/35              Dave Varettoni                    Intermediate         27

Winners:

1st – Rebecca Hettmansperger (Intermediate 27 points) [GOLD]

2nd – Dave Varettoni (Intermediate 27 points) 
[GOLD]

3rd – John Melton (Intermediate 23 points) 
[SILVER]​

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AMPS All-American 2014 Show "Clear Your Mine!"


The AMPS Central SC "Wildcats" once again traveled north to Fayetteville, NC for the AMPS All-American Chapter's 2014 Show, which had the theme of "Clear Your Mine!". The AMPS All-American show was well attended, and participation was quite good for a show so close on the heels of the IPMS Nationals in VA and over the Labor Day Weekend. For the show, there were 22 entrants who entered at total of 75 models, and AMPS’ers came from as far away as Atlanta and northern VA.  The Show Theme "Clear Your Mine!," and Judge's Best in Show awards went to Tony Zadro from the AMPS Atlanta club. The Explosives, Ordnance and Demolitions (EOD) Team from Fort Bragg, provided a very impressive display of their equipment, vehicles, and some inert munitions and devices they encounter. The AMPS All-Americans deserve a lot of credit and kudos for organizing that with their show.  The landmines as the Theme and Judges’ Best in Show awards were memorable, and no one will soon forget them!

Our club had a very good showing with 9 "Wildcats" (counting Sheila and Paul Lovell's wife) attending, and everyone pitched in with judging, registration, etc.
 
Our club members won the following awards:

Carl Wethington (Advanced skill level): 1 - Silver, 1 - Gold
 
Tom Wingate (Advanced skill level):
1 - Silver
 
Bob Spagnola (Intermediate skill level):
2 - Bronze, 1 - Silver
 
Paul Lovell (Basic skill level):
1 - Silver

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AMPS Club Display at the 23rd South Eastern Toy Soldier Show, SC State Museum:

The AMPS Central SC "Wildcats" were graciously invited by our friends in the South Carolina Military Miniatures Society (SCMMS) to once again participate with a club display at the 2014 Southeastern Toy Soldier Show held on August 9 at the SC State Museum.
 
This year's show was, by all accounts, a great success for the museum and the SCMMS.  Despite the on-going renovations at the museum which required that the various parts of the show were divided up into different areas of the museum, the crowds were large, and AMPS was able to very effectively promote our chapter and the society.  Our club display was in a prime location, right next to the elevators that all the museum's visitors had to use, so between every elevator trip, we had a "captured audience" viewing our display and asking questions about the models and AMPS.  We were also right next to SCMMS member Tom McCoy's figure painting demo, and we got lots of additional exposure with the folks viewing Tom's work.
 
All in all, it was an excellent show for AMPS and an event we hope to participate in again next year!
 
A big "thanks" to the SC State Museum for hosting the show and to our SC Military Miniatures Society friends for inviting us once again!

Hopefully we'll see some new faces at our future meetings!

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Our first Club Build Day!


We held our first Club Build Day on July 19, 2014, and it was a quite productive!  We had a great turn-out with 11 members in attendance, some brought kits to work on, and Mike Roof provided some good eats! Mike's graciously opened his home (actually a real log cabin), and his hobby room is pretty much the standard of what any modeler would want. Hopefully, we can get together for another Club Build Day real soon.

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AMPS Central SC Intra-club Contest: Any T-44 to T-62 Family AFV


We held our second Intra-Club Contest on June 21, 2014. The theme was “Any T-44 to T-62 Family AFV”, which included T-44, -54, -55, -62 and vehicles built on that chassis. We had four entries, consisting of 1 Advance, and 3 Intermediate Skill Levels. Two Teams judged the entries using the standard AMPS Rules.

Here's the entries and the results:

Entry #     Subject                                                     Name                         Skill-Level     Score

1              T-55 Somalia (Tamiya + Eduard PE,         Tim Darrah                Intermediate    27.5                                RB Barrel metal barrel), 1/35

2              T-62 (Tamiya + Spade Ace tracks),           Tom Wingate             Advance         27                           .               1/35

3                T-62 BDD Mod. 1984 (Mod 1972             Dave Varettoni         Intermediate    25                          .                 modification) w/ Slat Armor                                                                                                              .                 (Trumpeter + scratch built Slats), 1/35

4                T-62A Cuban Army (Tamiya +                  Tim Darrah                Intermediate    24.5                        .                 Barrel Depot metal barrel, Eduard                                                                                                    .                 PE, SKP NSVT MG), 1/35


Winners:

1st – Tim Darrah (Intermediate 27.5 points) [GOLD]

2nd – Tom Wingate (Advance 27 points) 
[SILVER]​

3rd – Dave Varettoni (Intermediate 25 points) 
[SILVER]​

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AMPS Central SC “Armor Model Geek Day”


We decided to take a break after three years and not to put on a Model Contest this year.  Instead, on June 21, 2014 we held our first “Armor Model Geek Day”, where we could have a relaxed get together on a Saturday, talk about all things model-related, hold our second Intra-Club Contest, maybe work on some kits, eat some good food, have a buy-sell-trade, and otherwise have fun.  We had 28 members and guests come the event (18 members and 10 guests).  Of the guests, we had three from the IPMS Swamp Foxes Chapter (Columbia, SC): Hub Plott, Jim Hamilton, and Jim Sloan. Another guest was Kerry Brenstuhl of the AMPS All American Chapter came down (and over) from Fayetteville, NC.  A few members brought their spouses, one brought his grandfather, and another brought his brother. A few members brought "other" model subjects, and some of us sold or traded a few items.

All in all, our "Armor Model Geek Day" appeared to be a resounding success!

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2014 AMPS International Convention


The "Wildcats" had a significant impact at the 2014 AMPS International Convention held April 3-5, 2014.  Not only did 80% of the models that we entered medal, but we also provided numerous hours in the Judging Pits, running the Raffle Station, providing the Assistant Chief Judges for Dioramas & Vignettes, and even provided some training to boot.

We had fifteen entries, consisting of 2 Master, 1 Advance, 10 Intermediate, and 2 Basic Skill Levels. The results listed below are unofficial (the official results will be published in an upcoming issue of Boresight), but are still impressive with seven (7) Gold and five (5) Silver Medals. As of this writing, the results for three entries are not known.

Entry #    Subject                                                               Name                  Skill-Level               Medal

1             Kubelwagen Workshop Vehicle                         Tim Darrah           Intermediate         [SILVER]                          (1/35 Tamiya, Aries Conversion)

2             Kubelwagen Radio Car (1/35, Tamiya,              Tim Darrah           Intermediate         ? !                                     Tiger Werke Conversion)

3             IJA Type 95, 24 Tank Regiment (1/35 DML)     Rebecca               Intermediate           [GOLD]        .                                                                                          Hettmansperger

4             US M48A3 Mod B (1/35 DML)                          Rebecca               Intermediate           [GOLD]        .                                                                                          Hettmansperger

5             US 155mm Howitzer M114A1 – Vietnam          Carl Wethington   Advanced               [SILVER]                          War (1/35 AFV Club)

6            Tiger I Initial Production, Tunisia                        Jeff Nelson           Intermediate           [SILVER]                          (1/144, DML)

7             WWII US Infantryman, Winter Coat                  Trevor Edwards     Basic                      [SILVER]                          (1/35, Tamiya)

8             German King Tiger, Henschel Turret w/            Trevor Edwards     Basic                      [GOLD]                           Zimmerit (1/35 DML) 

9            Lebanese Sherman M4E8? (1/35, DML + ?)     Dave Varetonni      Intermediate           [SILVER]

10          Russian MBT T-90A (1/35, Meng)                     Dave Varetonni      Intermediate           ?

11          US M3A1 Halftrack (1/72, Hasegawa)               David Neuman *    Intermediate            [GOLD]

12          US Bazooka Jeep Willys MB Armoured             David Neuman *    Intermediate            [GOLD]                         (1/72, DML)

13          German Sd.Kfz. 232 Recon Vehicle                   David Neuman *    Intermediate           ?                         .           (1/72, DML)

14          Universal Carrier Mk 1 w/ Crew (1/35, Riich)      Mike Roof              Master                  [GOLD]

15          “Canadian Bren Gunner - Normandy, '44”,          Mike Roof             Master                  [GOLD]                           resin (1/35, Arsenal 35)


1 Tim Darrah’s Kubelwagen Radio Car scored a Silver medal, but was in the same category as his other entry.

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

Superlatives: Rebecca Hettmansperger and David Neuman both moved up to the Advance Skill Level, and Trevor Edwards advanced to the Intermediate Skill Level.

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AMPS Central SC Intra-club Contest: Anything US


We held our first Intra-Club Contest on March 12, 2014. The contest subject was "Anything US", consisting of any vehicle that has been in the US Military inventory. 

We had six entries, consisting of 1 Master, 1 Advance, 3 Intermediate, and 1 Basic Skill Levels. Three Teams judged the entries using the standard AMPS Rules.  

Here's the entries and the results:

Entry #                                              Subject                                                Name                               Skill-Level                 Score

1           US Amphibian ¼ ton Truck, GPA (1/35 Tamiya)    Mike Roof                Master                   (N/J)


2           Sherman M4A3 105mm Howitzer (1/35 Tamiya)    Bob Spagnola          Intermediate          21.5


3           US M48A3 Mod B (1/35 DML)                               Rebecca                  Intermediate           27                                                                                                       Hettmansperger


4           M36B1 Jackson Conversion (AFV Club + Tank    Tim Darrah               Intermediate          16.5    .                    Workshops Conversion)

5           US M4A1 DV – Early Sherman (1/35 DML)           Trevor Edwards        Basic                     23

6           US 155mm Howitzer M114A1 – Vietnam War         Carl Wethington      Advanced              29     .                    (1/35 AFV Club)


Winners:

1st – Carl Wethington (Advanced, 29 points) [GOLD]

2nd – Rebecca Hettmansperger (Intermediate, 27 points) 
[GOLD]

3rd – Trevor Edwards (Basic, 23 points) 
[SILVER]​


Note: (N/J) - the Master skill-level model was “For Display Only” and not judged.

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Our 2013 Christmas Party!


We held our annual Christmas party on December 11, 2013, and once again it sure was fun!  We had a great turn-out with 18 members (in no particular order - Michael Child, Rebecca Hettmansperger, Tony Abbott, Paul Lovell, Scott Amey, Tom Wingate, Tony Kelly, Dave Ciccimuri, John Sherrer, Carl Wethington, Trevor Edwards, Dave Varettoni, Mike Roof, Keith Frape, Jeff Nelson, Ralph Nardone, John "Turkey John" Melton, and Eliere Tolan) in attendance and lots of generous offerings brought to the buffet.  No one left hungry, and there were even leftovers for some members to take home! We invited the HobbyTown USA minions to partake of our spread, too.

We especially want to thank the 3 guests that attended: Sheila Roof (our de facto Den-Mother), along with Michael Child's mother Gladys and wife Joanne. Sheila has been to our little shindigs before, but did Michael's wife and mother have any idea what they were getting themselves into? Hopefully, they got a few laughs watching us act like a bunch of kids opening presents Christmas morning.

During the party, we had our "white elephant" gift exchange.  Everybody at the party participated, and there were many very nice gifts swapped around and around.  The most "contested" gifts were; a Trumpeter KV-1, a DML Sd.Kfz. 234/4 Panzerspahwagon, and a really tasty Grab-Box stuffed full of goodies. 

Tom Wingate ended up with this last "White Elephant", which contained (from poor memory and a blurry picture):
  1. a resin tarp for the Tamiya Famo 18t half track
  2. a set of PE for some kit that some of us never did get a good look at
  3. a set of Kirin resin figures, ditto for the subject
  4. a set of decals, maybe, really not sure on this one
  5. a hardback book titled "The Great Book of Tanks" by Chris Foss
  6. Trumpeter's "Panzerjaeger 39(H) mit 7.5 cm PaK 40/1 Marder I" (also called a  
       PanzerJaeger Marder I auf H39)

Christmas certainly came early for Tom!

After the gift exchange, we spent a few minutes talking about  WIP models that a few members brought.  The most interesting was Carl Wethington's M109 Howitzer that he has added a LIGHTED interior to.

Once again, this year's party was a huge success.  We are all looking forward to next year!

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AMPS 2013 International Show and Convention


Held in Atlanta, GA, many AMPS Central SC "Wildcats" chapter members supported and attended this show.  Please see our V4-N5 May, 3013 "Wildcat" newsletter for more information and details.

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Our 2012 Christmas Party!


We held our annual Christmas party on December 12, 2012, and it was a blast!  We had a great turn-out with 17 members in attendance and lots of generous offerings brought to the buffet.  In fact, our buffet this year was a veritable holiday feast!

During the party, we had our "white elephant" gift exchange.  Everybody at the party participated, and there were many very nice gifts swapped around and around.  I believe that the Tamiya T-55 kit was "stolen" at least six or eight times, and the AFV Club M-10 wasn't far behind in popularity!  Someone even brought a wrapped airbrush to throw in the mix!

After the gift exchange, we spent the rest of the evening talking about models with several nice projects, finished and still WIP on the table.

All in all, the party this year was a huge success.  I can hardly wait for next year!

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AMPS Club Display at the 21st South Eastern Toy Soldier Show


On Saturday, August 11, 2012, the AMPS Central SC "Wildcats" participated in the 21st annual SE Toy Soldier Show hosted by the SC Military Miniatures Society (SCMMS) and the SC State Museum.  The show features vendors, uniform collectors, living-history displays, and military miniature dioramas all at the SC State Museum.

During the show, AMPS Central SC manned a table showing off armor models and figures built by our members as well as engaging the public to publicize AMPS and our chapter.  During this show, we gave out several dozen meeting flyers and got a half-dozen folks to give us their contact data so that we could send links to our website and meeting reminders.

Hopefully we'll see some new faces at our future meetings!

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The "Support the Troops" Initiative


During the summer of 2012, AMPS Central SC along with our friends in the Sumter / Shaw AFB IPMS "Gamecocks" chapter collected donations of kits, modeling supplies, books, magazines and money to send "model-building care packages" to the troops forward deployed to Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.  We were proud and happy to have the opportunity to do this small favor for our brave men and women on the front lines of freedom!

We hope these model making materials will help to stave off some of the inevitable boredom of life in an austere forward base.  Thanks for all you've done and are doing for us.  God bless you all!

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AMPS Club Display at the 2012 IPMS Region-12 Convention and Show


On April 28, 2012, AMPS Central SC "Wildcats" participated in the IPMS / USA Region-12 Convention and Show with a club display and AMPS recruiting table.  It was a great model show with over 50 tables of vendors and 466 models entered for judging!

We unveiled our new club banner and made a lot of new friends who we hope will show up and join us at our meetings.

Thanks to IPMS / USA Mid-Carolina "Swamp Foxes" chapter for letting us "play in their sand box"!  We'll all be looking forward your next model show and contest.  Check out their website for more photos and stats on the show: IPMS Mid-Carolina "Swamp Foxes"

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Our 2011 Christmas Party!


We held our annual Christmas Party on December 14, 2011.  This year we conducted a "blind" gift exchange and our friends at HobbyTown USA provided light refreshments.  The spirit of ol' Saint Nick and Christmas Cheer was strong promising us all another great year of armor modeling!​

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70th Anniversary of the Columbia Army Air Base, December 3, 2011


As part of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation's celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Columbia Army Air Base (CAAB), the AMPS Central SC "Wildcats" put on a display of WWII armor, both Axis and Allied, spanning the entire period of the conflict.  We exhibited over 35 scale models with an emphasis on the full-tracked armored vehicles used by US and Allied forces in all Theaters of the war.

We were honored to have the opportunity to show our support and respect for the attending veterans, active-duty military, military civilians and their families.

The anniversary celebration featured WWII and active-duty guest speakers, a reunion of service men and civilians who trained and worked at CAAB during the war, militaria collectors and reenactors, preserved military vehicles (provided by the Celebrate Freedom Foundation) and aircraft, swing dancers, live music (provided by a US Army band) and, of course, lots of scale models displayed by two local IPMS chapters and the AMPS Central SC "Wildcats."​

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