The weekend of September 24th and 25th was a milestone in the history of AMPSEAST, as they hosted their first two day show in Danbury, Connecticut.
Being just a short 90 minute drive from my house, I unfortunately got a later start on Friday morning than I originally wanted to, and arrived about noon. Since I couldnít check in yet, and after paying my admission, I joined up with a few others to do my first round of judging with three other AMPS members. After finishing this secession, it was time to check in, so off I went, then returned to do my bit as ACJ. Of course I managed to squeeze in a little vendor time in-between these gigs. After finishing up my turn as ACJ, it was off to take some photos.
This year I got a little smarter, and actually put a little mark on each model I photographed, so I didnít waste time, and confusion as to what I already photographed and what I didnít. If youíve never been to an AMPS show, they do things a little different than the typical IPMS shows, as all models are actually judged before they hit the display tables. (And here is where I insert my all important plug about the importance for volunteering for judging at AMPS shows. The more judging teams there are, the faster the display tables get filled.) Iím happy to say that all the models entered on Friday were actually judged on Friday, so I managed to get those all photographed. Another trip through the vendor room, and it was a wrap for the day for me. I was off to my room to rest a little before meeting Mike DelVecchio at the hotel bar. After a light supper, and a little fellowship with other modelers at the bar, it was time for this old man to head to bed. (Thanks again for dinner Mike!)