It's hard to believe the holiday season is at our doorstep. The chilly, windy mornings and evenings of that fantastic AMPS 2019 show in Buffalo, remind me of the coming winter weather hitting many of us in the Northeast, Midwest and Northwest causing many to hunker down in the cave for some serious armor modeling. There are 162 days left till the AMPS 2020 show with the theme "Last Battles" and armor modeling hoards descend on Camp Hill, PA for the AMPS International Show.
Just a few reminders as we get ready to swing into the holiday season:
Be sure to secure a hotel room at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, in Camp Hill, PA. The hotel is in the process of renovations and that includes new beds and other neat amenities along with free parking. Don't wait too long as rooms are going steadily and there is no guarantee of more rooms being made available at the AMPS special room rate. Check out the AMPS homepage at amps-armor.org to see how you can make your reservation on-line.
Soon after the New Year, we will be sending out announcements calling for volunteers to judge at the show. If you're already a certified AMPS judge, please consider volunteering as we always need more folks to judge which helps move things along and gives other folks a chance to escape the judging room and enjoy some of the show. And of course, after completing 2 judging shifts, you get a free AMPS crew T-shirt, complete with the very cool AMPS 2020 show logo. If you haven't judged before, not to worry. We will have AMPS judging classes at the show that will walk you through the process and you will still have plenty of time to link up with friends and enjoy the show. I will echo what many AMPS members who have judged before have said; having gone to the AMPS Judge Certification class and judging at the show, has made me a better modeler. While I've got a ways to go, I'm not the same as before AMPS judging.
AMPS will also be seeking sponsors for the various categories and awards to be presented at the show. Sponsoring a category or more is just another great way to support the show either by individually sponsoring a category or award or going in with your chapter or other friends. More on that in future announcements.
Don't forget to check your AMPS membership. You don't want to miss out on any upcoming Boresight issues. Keep in touch with AMPS on our homepage at amps-armor.org and connect with us on Facebook and check out the Review Crew news.
Finally, as much as we love armor and building stuff, don't forget to spend a little extra time with family and friends, and maybe even reconnect with others we hadn't been in touch with for some time. Then hit the bench for a 'styrene workout' and get those entries ready for what is shaping up to be a fantastic show for 2020.
Till the next AMPS 2020 show announcement, hope you all have a great holiday season wherever you are and whoever you are with.