AMPS East Show

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On the last weekend of September, I went up to Danbury Connecticut, to one of my favourite shows.

I have always found the bunch of guys that work all year to bring this show to us, to do outstanding work, and presenting a fun, and interesting show for everyone, be it a new beginner modeller, to the seasoned veteran modeller, and everything in-between. This year was no different; I personally love the new two day event, as it certainly makes judging much easier, and much more enjoyable.

I arrived a little later on Friday morning then I wanted to, paid my admission, did a quick tour of the vendors room, then headed over to see the Great Pumpkin for my first round of judging. For me this is the best part of the show, I get to spend two hours with like minded people get up close and personal with some beautifully constructed models.

After my judging gig, it was time for me to check in, so out to get the luggage, and move to the room, set up the laptop, have a soda and a snack, then head down to the vendors room to look around and pick up a few items I just had to have. By this time, it was time to do another round of judging, and helping out in any way Georg or Mike Petty needed, bring it to late afternoon, another trip through the vendorsí room, picked up a few other have to haves, then off to my room. (At this time I was amazed at what few items and little money I had actually spent!) Mike Petty did his ACJ meeting/class which was pretty well attended, and lengthy questions and answers session followed. After the class it was off to dinner with Georg, Neil, and Mike. After dinner we joined the bar crowd at the hotels bar for a few minutes. By now my old butt was dragging so off to the room I went.

Saturday started off with a tour once again of the vendors room, Bought a few more items, that I didnít have to have, but would be useful in the future. Spent a few hours being a checker--- checking the math of the judging sheets, then it was off to the room for a break, and then down to take the photos. (This for me is the best part of the show, as I actually try to take at least one photo of each model on display. Since I have a bad back and bad legs, this sometimes gets painful, so I have to do this in short secessions.) By the time Iím finished taking photos, usually the judging is done, and I go around the room one more time checking to see if I missed any models. (I mark each sheet so I know which one Iíve already photographed.) Then itís off to the vendorís room for a final tour. And yepóyou got it, a few more items into the stash.

After the award ceremony, and all the members working to break down the show, Georg, Neil, Mike, and I went out for dinner again. After dinner, Georg, Neil and Mike headed back down to Jersey, and I spent Saturday night uploading, and sorting the photos I took. Just like in fishing, not everyone was a keeper, but I do hope you enjoy the ones that turned out fairly well.

As I said in the beginning, this is one of my favourite shows that I go to, and Iím really like the two day format, for myself, it makes for a far more enjoyable, much more relaxing, and less rushed show. The guys that put on this show do an excellent job running the show in a well organized manner, and certainly rate a 10 in my book for friendliness, good spirits, and willingness to help each other and all visitors to the show.
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About the Author

About Dave O'Meara (Grumpyoldman)

I'm rewriting this in a much more humoristic way, to help over inflate my ego, and place my self on a pedestal, because I don't have a life, and plastic models are the only thing I live for. I plead guilty as charged to excessive babble, light hearted humor, and continued encouragement to youngsters...


Dave - Nice recap with the photos. Let me say this, besides the staff, it is modelers like you that make the show a topline annual event. I always look forward to seeing there. It is like family (only better). For Matt, Bill, Thom, Doc, Neil, Georg, myself and all the staff Thank you for this show article. Rounds Complete!!
NOV 21, 2011 - 02:24 PM
Dave, Thanks for taking the time to take and share the photos with the rest of us. It was almost like being at the show! Also, thanks for "doing your part" with the AMPS judging! It can't be stressed enough that the judges are the critical component on contest day. You're setting a great example, and the pics of the judging area are valuable for the "view behind the curtain" that hopefully removes some of the mystery and makes the idea of lending a hand to judge more inviting to all the attendees. I highly encourage any and everyone attending an AMPS show to volunteer for at least one judging shift. It's easy. Usually all you have to do is write your name down on the schedule board and show up on time or ask during registration. The show staff will bend over backwards to get you in the "pits." And if you have no prior experience, you'll be partnered with others who will assist and mentor you. That couple of hours giving back to the society is priceless and helps your contest (and as an attendee, the event is also yours to make or break) more than most modelers can imagine! Thanks again, Dave! (Also thanks to Armorama for putting the show photos and report into the Features section!)
NOV 22, 2011 - 03:33 AM
Depressing- ly good. Makes me never want to enter a contest again. Really exceptional LVT with gray paint scheme. Lots of fine stuff, not too overdone with chipping, rust or dirt.
NOV 22, 2011 - 10:57 AM
Dave, Thanks for all the work you put into submitting this report. The two day format makes for a relaxed, fun atmosphere for everyone. There is plenty of time to converse with friends, attend seminars, shop the vendors, look at models, and eat at over 40 outstanding restaurants. Not to mention a visit to the museum and access to the inside of all their tanks. This year, despite the Dodd Depression, the show was outstanding. Our 80 table vendor room was sold out, with 6 new vendors joining all the regulars. We had 96 Entrants display 214 models, and 361 walk in attendees, for a total attendance of 457 people. Every one was very happy with the show and all it had to offer. Many raided the vendor room time and time again, and are already making plans to attend next year. A lot of people tell me that ours is their favorite show of the year; we always strive to make each show better than the last and make every attendee feel like an old friend. It's just a damn good time all around.
NOV 28, 2011 - 06:17 PM