The 2015 AMPS – Great White North Show is less than two months away! The show is taking place at the Ontario Regiment RCAC Tank Museum at Oshawa airport on May 29-30, 2015. It’s shaping up to be a great show, just like last year’s. The show’s unique combination of an AMPS show plus a full-sized military vehicle re-enactment makes this a must-see event for armour modellers in the area.
Preregistration is now open for the show. You can preregister (under the "registration" tab) and find out more details about the show at the show's site:
If you're planning to come to the show and enter, then preregistration helps both you (it will be quicker to get your models entered) and the show organizers (it helps us anticipate how many models are going to be at the show, how many judges we're going to need, etc.). Please note that there is a discount for AMPS members – make sure you have your AMPS Member ID number handy when you register!
You can also sign up for judging shifts (also under the “registration” tab) for either Friday night or Saturday. As anybody who has been to a show with an open judging system (either AMPS or something similar) knows, we need a lot of help to make the show happen. In particular, we need lots of people to pitch in with judging. To that end, we've added a form on our site where you can sign up for judging sessions:
If you do two judging shifts, you’ll get a spiffy AMPS – Great White North t-shirt that will make you the envy of your armour modelling friends!
We’ve also still got some sponsorship opportunities available. Details can be found at: http://www.ampsgreatwhitenorth.com/supporters/Sponsors.aspx Thanks to all who have already thrown their support behind the show; we couldn’t do this without your help.
Aside from 50-odd vending tables and a really, really nice raffle table for the model side of the show, the museum is holding its "Tank Day" that weekend, so there will be plenty of real tanks and other armoured vehicles out and about (including, but not limited to, a couple of M4A2E8 Shermans, an M3A1 Stuart, an M24 Chaffee, an M60A3, and an M551 Sheridan, along with a T-54, BMP-1, many M113 variants – like the TUA – and examples of all versions of the AVGP family), as well as the Ferret Club's drive-in show and swap meet, re-enactors camped on-site, and more.
If you come out on Friday, May 29, aside from being able to enter your models early, hit the vendors (they will be open from 2:00 to 6:00), and participate in judging, you will have the opportunity to get up close to and inside many of the vehicles on display.
For a $5 donation to the museum, you can have interior and exterior access to the museum’s vehicles from noon until 5:00PM, so you can photograph to your heart’s content, free from the crowds. Also, we’re going to have the AMPS – Great White North mixer on Friday night; details will follow on the AMPS – Great White North site.
This is a great opportunity to experience an AMPS show north of the border. The combination of model vehicles and full-scale vehicles promises to be a great show for all attendees. We hope to see you there!
AMPS – Great White North Planning Committee