Armorcon 2019 is fast approaching on September 27-28, 2019. For more info on the show itself, go to: NMMA . Last year things worked pretty well, so since it isn't broken, we're not going to try to fix it. First, my sincerest thanks to all attendees who allowed the judges to work unimpeded with the doors open at last year's event. I think everyone appreciated this change and we'll be doing it again this year. Second, model handling will be the same as last year. In order to facilitate the public being able to view the maximum number of models at any given point, the models will be moved from the Ram-Rod table to the model room, with the tray underneath them. The model will then be moved from the model room to the “pit” and back when it is judged. If it still has a tray under it, the model has not been judged, please give the judges time to get to it. Third, we will continue with Category XVIII: Classic kits. This is defined as: Out of the box only, 25 years or older, must show proof with instruction sheet. If you have any questions, email me to discuss it. Last, since the AMPS International was in May this year, we will be accepting models that competed/won at that show this year. So if you don't have anything ready since May, have no fear, we will accept that entry at Armorcon.
In addition, I'd like to turn your attention to the Special Awards we have for this year:
Best 911 (Rescue)
Best Commonwealth Subject
Best Scratchbuilt/ Conversion
Best Sci-fi / Fictional
Best Small Army
Missing "E" Award
Silk Purse Award (formerly the "Rolls Royce" Award)
Best in Show
Please make sure you check the boxes on your forms in order to be considered eligible for award(s). Some of these awards are donated by various people/businesses and groups, so take a moment to see if your model qualifies. Hey, you never know!
WE NEED JUDGES! For those of you who have attended the extravaganza, you’ll remember we have had 250+ models at this show. For the AMPS system, that requires 4 judges for every piece, that’s a lot of man-hours. If you are coming and you are competing, I would strongly suggest you consider a judging tour. They’re 60 minutes long this year, down from 90 last year. We'll see how this goes. Any assistance will help us out a lot and it doesn't have to be judging, if you aren't comfortable doing that. There are a bunch of other tasks that need doing including ACJ's, runners, data entry and Ram-Rod. The judge’s meeting is at 9:00 am on Friday and 8:00 am on Saturday. Traditionally, a “thank you” for the judges has been first crack at the vendors. However, this will ONLY be done on FRIDAY morning. Ideally, I’d like to have manpower for 4 tables to start the show (16 judges and 2 runners). So please, if you are planning on coming to the show the night before, and staying at the hotel, I’d really appreciate it if you would come and lend a hand early on. As this worked so well in past years, I'm turning to the web to sign-ups for working the show: I have created a sign-up sheet for helping out at the show. Just follow this link: Sign-up genius and you will be good to go. You can sign up at your leisure and I’ll be able to print it out before the show, with the available slots left for the taking at the judge’s meeting on the respective days.
Next, if you are interested, we will be having the Judge’s Certification class and Table Captain Class on Friday night (time TBD). If you would like to become a certified judge, please let me know and I’ll talk to Mike Del Vecchio to set up the class. We will only be running these classes if there are enough people PREREGISTERED beforehand, so if you want to do this, please contact me to pass you along to Mike. Otherwise the class may not be held due to lack of interest.
I'm going to beat a dead horse here, because I say this every year. Thankfully most people have "gotten it" and there haven't been too many instances of this recently. There is a note of etiquette and courtesy to your fellow competitors and show staff I’d like to bring up. In the past, we have had people who brought a lot of models for competition and then did not help with the show. While this works fine at an IPMS-style judging arrangement, it is death for an AMPS show. It effectively floods the judges with models and gives no additional manpower to move entries through the system. In past years we had judges who sat for 3 hours straight. It is unfair to ask them to do it again. If you don’t feel qualified to judge (for whatever reason), there are plenty of administrative jobs to be done in running the show.
So, to recap: go to the link above and pick out the available time(s) you want to judge or work at the show. Also, if you would like to be enrolled in the Judge’s certification class, please let me know. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 27-28th of September and I look forward to working with you at Armorcon 2019.
Chief Judge Armorcon 2019