AMPS Judging Philosophy:
"Models are not just technical scale miniatures of their prototypes, but also artistic representations of historical, hypothetical, or imaginary subjects. While mechanical precision and fidelity to detail are highly desired, there are few other absolute rights or wrongs with most of the aspects of our builds. There are many different construction and finishing techniques and methods that can be employed to create the artistic representation of our subjects. These combine to create each model-builder's unique "style." Although judges are expected to assess and score the models, they are also expected to do this within the context of the individual modeler's style and not their own."

Most categories contain three skill-levels. The exceptions are those where major conversions or scratch building is required; these are not basic skills, and it is unfair to both the modeler and to the judges to expect one to be so entered.

I - Closed Top Tracked and Semi-tracked Vehicles 1899 to1934 (based on markings)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

II - Closed Top Tracked and Semi-tracked Vehicles 1935 to 1945, Axis (based on markings)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

III - Closed Top Tracked and Semi-tracked Vehicles 1935 to 1945, Allied (based on markings)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

IV - Closed Top Tracked and Semi-tracked Vehicles 1946 to 1991 (based on markings)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

V - Closed Top Tracked and Semi-tracked Vehicles 1992 to Present (based on markings)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

VI - Open Top/Open Hatch Vehicles (all eras)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

VII - Wheeled Vehicles (all eras)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

VIII - Ordnance (Towed only, emplaced or with Prime Movers) (all eras)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

IX - Major Conversions

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

X - Scratchbuilt

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

XI - Figures – 1899 to the present

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

XII - Dioramas (figures, or figures, vehicles and landscape combined with story line)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

XIII - Vignettes (figures, or figures, vehicles and landscape combined without story line)

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

XIV - Fictional, Futuristic or Proposed Vehicles

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

XV - Juniors

  • Junior