AMPS Frontiersman

On May 14, 2022, the Buffalo community suffered senseless acts of violence when a
gunman opened fire at the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue, killing ten people
and wounding three. Many have asked how to help.

In partnership with Tops, the National Compassion Fund has established the Buffalo
5/14 Survivors Fund to provide direct financial assistance to the survivors of the
deceased and those directly affected by this tragedy.

National Compassion Fund is organizing this fundraiser.

Welcome !!

We just posted a few more videos on how to create brick walls and cobble stone roadways using stiff foam and basic hobby tools. These are very interesting techniques that make very realistic looking brick walls. Check it out here.

The “Scale Modeling Enthusiast Builders Tour Northeast Challenge” is well underway with several stops under our belt. We just finished Syracuse on 10/17/21. We have added a new stop in Fulton NY with a Model Car and Truck Show. This is a fun show with a lot of great modelers. We are also looking to add a few more coming up before our grand finale in Albany with Noreastcon 50 a 2 day event. We have FAB Resinworks as a sponsor that will be awarding a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in the amounts of $75, $50 and $25. Winners will be determined by a point system described in the rules listed here. You don’t have to enter every event, enter as many as you want, the more you enter the better your chances. Just get out and have fun! Meet great modelers from around the country and add to your stash with some great deals from the local vendors. Here is the list of Tour Stops for the Competition.


If you are interested in more information, please contact me by email or use the form below, you can leave comments or questions in the message section.

Thanks for looking

Here is the winner of the 1st Annual Scale Model Photo Challenge. Congratulations to Thiango Datria.

Thank you to all that submitted pictures for our first scale model photo challenge. We had 70 picture entries which all looked great. Here is your final selection for the Photo Challenge.

Thiango Datria BF-109 Car 1/48th Scale
Thiango Datria BF-109 Car 1/48th Scale

Video courtesy of IPMS Toronto

AMPS is all about Armor Modeling and the Preservation of armor and mechanized heritage.

The Frontiersman is a chapter of the Armor Modeling & Preservation Society.  If you have a passion for building Armor Scale Models this is the group for you.  We have monthly meetings on the third Moday of every month, see our event schedule for locations.  Monthly meetings include tips and techniques to build better models and a place to show off your work.

It’s all about the tanks! ” In memory of Mike Memmo”

Since many of you will not have an opportunity to shop our vendors this year, we encourage you to consider spending some of your “show money” with them either in-person or through their on-line shops.  The following is a list of the AMPS 2020 vendors:

  • S & J Hobbies
  • MiG Productions
  • Wanamaker Hobbies
  • Boomers’ Books & Empire Models
  • Microworld Games LLC
  • The Scenic Factory
  • HQ72 Resin Productions
  • Tiger Werke Resin
  • Custom Dioramics
  • AK Interactive USA
  • Hobbyworld USA
  • For the Historian
  • Airfix
  • Challenger N Scale Hobbies
  • Alpine Miniatures
  • Armand Bayardi Model Maker
  • Hobby Fan
  • JLG Designs, LLC
  • Frank Rincon
  • Red Beach One H&S

The show team from AMPS Central Pennsylvania worked for over two years to put on a high-quality convention for 2020.  They are to be congratulated for their hard work and navigating through this very tough time.  Likewise, we owe the Northeast Military Modelers Association a debt of gratitude for offering to cover down when it looked like we could not hold our show in Camp Hill PA due to COVID-19.  

We thank you for your patience and support during these trying times and hope that you recognize we have made the best possible decision for AMPS under the circumstances.

John Charvat                                                  Peter Espada
AMPS, President                                            Show Chair, AMPS Central Pennsylvania

History of the AMPS Frontiersman Logo

The Number “11” designates that New York was the 11th state to enter the union. The buffalo and stars in the center were inspired by the current Buffalo city flag.

Reference Material Section is being added.

We are starting to collect reference materials on Armor. If you have any photos or web links you want to share leave a post below. Any pictures can be submitted here. Please, when submitting your photo be sure to choose the correct directory such as WW1, WW2, Korea, etc. Please describe your picture in the comment field.

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Bring in your Armor for discussion.  We will be looking at tips and techniques to help you improve your armor.  We also have a couple of guys that are certified AMPS judges.  We can schedule a Judging Clinic at a future meeting.

Hope to see everyone there !!!

On the site you will encounter a few pages that are for members only, you will need a password to enter.  Please email us at if you need a password to view these pages.

Breaking News

Fellow Armor Modelers

Upcoming Shows

SHOW Calendar

If you are interested, post an event here on our events page, you must register with the site before posting.  If your venue is not listed you have to add that first before adding your event information.  Any questions you can contact us at

We also participate in the National Event where modelers from all over the country attend.

AMPS National News

Presidents Message:

AMPS created a unique system to both judge the model and honor the modeler for artistic achievement and historical accuracy. It is a peer evaluation and mentoring and not a performance critique by experts. The system groups modelers that have similar skill levels and talents and rates the model in relation to the ability of the modeler rather than against the work of another modeler. The skill levels are Junior, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Master.

Each model is reviewed and evaluated on its own merits and never compared to another one. Established criteria determine the scoring of the model and qualify the modeler for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Each model is judged by a team of judges that score the model independently and the lowest score among the team is dropped. Constructive feedback is provided that sets a path to becoming a better, more skilled modeler.

See the Complete Judging System Here

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  1. We will be resuming AMPS Meetings immediately following the IPMS Niagara general meeting starting in January of 2022. We will meet on the third Tues of the month. We are in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Union Rd. Cheektowaga. The usual place and Home of BUFFCON scale model show in April. FB

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