We held our 2017 Annual Show on Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, 2017 at the SC National Guard Armory at 1225 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC 29201.
By now you’ve all heard that our 2017 show was our largest show to date. As you can see from the stats published here, just on the AMPS side, we had 36 entrants with 102 models. That is, hands down, the largest AMPS show we’ve ever run on our own. If you include the additional entrants and models on the Flight Deck side of the show, this contest is even larger than the one we co-hosted with the IPMS R-12 Regional Convention in 2013. The combined numbers this year are 46 entrants with 157 models!
And make no mistake, even though we deliberately made the Flight Deck show LOOK like something other than an AMPS event, our club planned it, we organized it, we funded and resourced it, and we operated it. You and our club deserve full credit for the whole event – the AMPS and the Flight Deck shows!
You should all be proud of what you accomplished on Saturday, 10 June, 2017… It’s not many model clubs that can say that they have the chops to run two simultaneous shows! But you guys did it, and you did it well!
Please take a few minutes to look over the show stats that have been published with this newsletter. They’ll give you some good perspective on what might have been going on behind the curtain. In particular, this year we saw some very promising growth in the numbers of new modelers from around SC and NC who attended the show. Without a doubt, a large amount of that growth was a direct result of the decision to add the Flight Deck all-genres expansion onto our regular AMPS show format. Although the Flight Deck side of the show added a lot of work and required more resources and money, it more than paid for itself in both increased show patronage and net income.
In the end, even though this year we spent the more money on the show than we ever have before, and we hosted the event in the largest venue that we’ve ever used by ourselves, we still made a good profit. This profit was the result of three things. First, we had an excellent effort in soliciting awards and category sponsors. We had several VERY generous corporate sponsors. Next, you guys all really stepped up to the plate when it came to donations for the raffle, and this year’s raffle was outstanding! Finally, the larger, expanded show format brought in the entrants and models. All of these things combined to make this a profitable show, and all of these things need to be sustained in the future if we undertake to repeat this event.
Even with that success, though, we did learn some lessons. The most important is that we need to select and reserve a show date as soon as possible for this venue. The SC National Guard Armory on Bluff Road is in very high demand. The sooner we reserve it, the better off we’ll be. An early commitment to another show also sets the conditions for success in several other areas, like getting that food truck we all wanted, soliciting more vendors, and, possibly, inviting another model club to co-host with us.
So, the big question now looms before us: Do we want to host another show next year? You, the members of our club, are the ones who need to make that decision.
And no matter how that decision comes out, for this year… GREAT JOB EVERYBODY!
Mike Roof, Chapter Contact
Below are this year's Show results for the categories and awards:
For a downloadable pdf file of the results, click the link below:
For a downloadable pdf file of the Best Of Awards Pictures, click the link below:
For pictures of the show, click the link below:
THANK YOU Tim Darrah for taking the pictures! Please note that the file is 22.2 MBs in size and is VERY large, so it will take awhile to download.
Below are a sample of pictures from the show.
Two AMPS Judges Training Classes were conducted during the show. Below are the modelers that attended each class.
AMPS Field Judge Certification Course Taught by Jeff Nelson, these modelers receive their FJ Certification Pins after completing the Course and the required minimum 2 Judging Shifts.
1. Ben Brandes 3. Tom McCoy
2. Matthew Goodman 4. Bryan Moeller (attended the course to be ensure he is qualified)
Table Captain Leadership Course Taught by the AMPS Chief Judge Mike Petty, these modelers receive their Table Captain Pins after completing the Course and the required minimum 2 Judging Shifts.
1. Tim Darrah 4. Tom Wingate *
2. Ralph Nardone 5. Phil Cavender **
3. John Currie ** * - Still needs to perform 1 Judging Shift as a Table Captain
** - Needs to perform the min. 2 Judging Shift as a Table Captain
We wish to give a BIG "thank you" to all who assisted with in the Judging Pits!
Our awards are sponsored by generous donations from numerous companies, fellow modelers, and friends. Below are the final sponsors of the 2017 Show Awards.
The following vendors sold at least some of their wares at our show this year:
HobbyTown Ray & John Wargame Sales
10120 Two Notch Rd Suite 5, Columbia, SC 29223 226 Evans Terrace, Sumter, SC 29150
Horner's Hobbies Josh Orenstein
130 Bayshore Ct., St. Mary's, OH 45885 11822 Royal Castle Ct., Charlotte, NC 28277
1130 Cliffview Circle, Johnson City, TN 37615 423-557-8151
Major Theodore Podewil U.S. Army (Ret.)
Military Timeline Impressions, 20th Armor Div Assn. , 504th PIR Assn. , 82nd Airborne Division Association and WW2 C-47 Club.
We received our Best Of Awards from TS Hobbies (http://tshobbies.com/), and they look great!
This year we will again use our Chapter exclusive "Wildcat" (called "Kitty" by some) Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Medals for each Category.
We will also award a "Scott Amey Best Intermediate Model" Award in honor of Scott's memory, a club member who passed away suddenly in 2014. In 2015 we awarded the first winner of the Scott Amey Best Intermediate Model Award to Tony Abbott for his 1/72 WWI British Mark I Female Tank. For the 2017 Show, John B. Franklin won with his 1/48 scale "British Sherman Ic". We were fortunate to once again have the pleasure of Scott’s parents Buck and Joan Amey attend our show this year.
From left to right are Joan and Buck Amey, John Franklin, and Jeff Nelson.
Our "Wildcat" Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Medals
Judges' Best Of Show Award Winner: Sam Morgan receiving his award from Mike Petty
JUNE 2017 SHOW
Entry Display Tables ~ where everyone's work is displayed for all to see
"Vendor Row" ~ 14 tables worth of model kits, finishing materials & other hobby - related paraphernalia
Tim Darrah Ralph Nardone (Tim was taking the pictures, remember?)
See the bottom section of this page for info on the Flight Deck Open Plastic Scale Model Contest !
Show Theme is 50 Years Later: 1967 Arab-Israeli "Six-Day War"
Judges' Best Of Show Award Winner:
Sam Morgan's "Lockheed Constellation L-649 (Eastern A.L.)"
Tom McCoy Ben Brandes Matthew Goodman
Best Junior Award Winner: Noah Brandes receiving his award from Mike Petty
The Complete Lists of Winners, Categories and Photos from Our Previous Shows and Contests can be found at:
AMPS Central SC Contests & Shows
Thanks to all our participants, vendors, sponsors and donors!
We couldn't do it without you!
"DEAR AMPS CENTRAL SC, just wanted to give you a big THANK YOU! I drove down to attend your show this past Sat. and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. I know that doing these shows are a thankless job but you did an exceptional job. It was great to see old friends and get to know more of your crew. I sure hope to see you make this an annual event, I’m sure that it will only grow over time. Once again, THANK YOU for such a great show. Sincerely Joe Koenig, Virginia Beach Tramps"
Our Best 15 and Best of Show Awards (also made by TS Hobbies) have arrived and they are TOO COOL!
The Flight Deck Plastic Scale Model Contest featured a “free category” organization (i.e. no structured categories) and awards were made for the “Top 15” entries, regardless of subject or scale. The Awards also included the selection of a Judges’ Best of Show winner.
Below are this year's Show results for the categories and awards: