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November 11th   IPMS/USA Butch O'Hare Annual Model Contest - Darien, Illinois
   

 
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October 24, 2017    We are proud to announce our new club sponsor, MicroWorld Games, LLC. Thanks for the support Angel!
   
September 14th Thanks to Chuck Paparazzo, we continue to be able to post pics of our club meetings.  So, here's a link to pics from our September Club meeting.
   
August 8th Here's a link to pics of the August Club meeting, again courtesy of Chuck.
   
July 25th We're on a roll.  More photos courtesy of Chuck. Here's the pics from the July 2017 Club Meeting/Summer BBQ.
   
June 6th Courtesy of Club "Cruise Director" Chuck, here's some photos of the June 2017 Club Meeting.
   
February 11, 2017 It's been awhile since we posted any new pics, but here are a couple via Chuck.  These are from our February meeting.  The first shows Dan T. demonstrating the fine art of replicating water, ice and snow.  The second pic shows one of Dan's vignettes with all three forms of ground cover.
 
   
December 17, 2015 Here are the photos from our club's 9th Annual Holiday Party courtesy of Jeffy D.
   
December 15th We've added info about the 2017 World Model Expo on the website.  As of this date, our club will officially be participating in this once in a lifetime event.
   
November 21st Joel has sent us a couple photos from his recent trip to the Holy Land.  They've been added to his Gallery.
   
October 25th Courtesy of Jerry, we have some photos of our October meeting, including stunning work by Bill H., Dan T. and Victor(y) H.
   
May 17th Today we've put up a new hyperlink to the National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation in our "links" section.  The foundation is the organization that is raising funds for the construction of the National Armor and Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Besides other artifacts, that museum will eventually house and display the armor collection once held at the Patton Musuem at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
   
May 12th By now we've finally collected our wits after the 2015 AMPS International Convention in Auburn, Indiana. Thanks to all our crew for helping with the success of the show, from staffing many of the main team positions, volunteering to judge, and helping out with many other important tasks.  Without your help, the show would not have been possible.

Also, we should be proud of the large number of awards won by our outstanding modelers that call AMPS Chicagoland "home". Most impressive was the fact that chapter members Victor, Chuck and Tom won three "Best of" awards of the twelve available.  Here are photos of those winning models, courtesy of the AMPS Mothership:

         Congrats to Victor, Chuck and Tom!
   
January 6, 2015 We've set up our 2015 meeting schedule, so for more info on dates/times, please check out our club meetings page.
   
September 14, 2014   This month, we celebrated the 7th Anniversary of the creation of AMPS Chicagoland.  The photo to left was taken at Pat's House on September 8, 2007 and includes our founding members. From Left to Right: John W, Chad, Jeff D., John N. Chuck, Tom, Paul, Sean, Jeff J. and Ron (with Pat Behind the Camera).  Congrats guys and here's looking to another 7 more years hanging around with you all!

April 13th

Based upon the last couple meetings, we've decided to participate officially in NIMCON 3, hosted by the IPMS/USA Lakes Region Scale Modelers.  For more info, please use the hyperlink above.  Thanks to the "Lakes Boys" for inviting us!

  Also, here's a photo of the April club meeting courtesy of Chris B.
 

January 23rd

We've put up some photos of our January 2014 meeting held at Dan T's house.  Thanks to Chuck and Jeff D. for providing the photos
 

December 12, 2013

On December 7th we celebrated our 7th Annual Holiday Party at Chuck's house.  Check out this link for photos of our party, courtesy of Joel.
 

November 10th

Thanks to the generous guys at the IPMS/USA Butch O'Hare club for hosting a great show and providing us with a very nice club display table for our models.  You guys rock!
 

January 3, 2013

We've got our 2013 meeting schedule set, so for more info on dates/times, please check out our club meetings page.
 

December 6, 2012

On December 1st we celebrated our 6th Annual Holiday Party at Chuck's house.  Check out this link for photos of that celebration, also courtesy of Chuck.
 

March 13, 2012

Today, we've put up photos from our January 2012 and March 2012 meetings.
 

February 14, 2012

In January, we enacted a Membership Dues requirement for the club.  Information about that requirement can be now found in the "About Us" section.
 

December 29, 2011

We had our 5th Annual Holiday Party, hosted by "Mr. F'ing Friendly" (Chuck).  As always, a great time was had by all.  Also courtesy of Chuck, are photos from the meeting/party/contest/deathbuild.
 

July 7th

We've added a link to a Modeling Technique Video (via YouTube) by John Vojtch of UMM USA called, "Scribing with SCR-01 Part 1: Re-scribing raised and recessed panel lines - Deburring, Carving, Scraping, and Piercing technique" , which you can find on our catch-all Club Meeting/Event Photos page.
 

June 7th

Photos from our June 4th Club Meeting are up for your viewing pleasure.
 

March 10th

We've added photos from our February 5th meeting, as well as more photos to our "Member's Model Gallery".
 

February 25th

We've added a page to our website that highlights the models of our members, not surprisingly called the "Member's Model Gallery".  Enjoy.
 

January 9, 2011

Once again, we had our annual Holiday Party, hosted by "Mr. Friendly" (Chuck).  As always, a great time was had by all.  Also courtesy of Chuck, are photos from the meeting/party/contest/deathbuild.
 

October 15, 2010

We would like to welcome our first club sponsor, John Vojtech's Unique Master Models-USA!  UMM-USA specializes in carrying high quality model tools and kits from the Czech Republic.  Please thanks John and support UMM-USA!
 

October 8th

We've gotten our 2011 club meeting dates from the First Division Museum, so we've updated the "Club Meetings" page with that info.
 

August 23rd

We've added photos from our August 14th Club meeting.  Pics as usual, from Brother Chuck.
 
August 7th



Courtesy of Rob Goldman (AMPS Chicagoland - Waaaayyyy East Affiliate), we have some photos of Brother Joel's trip to Armoured Corps Museum - Latrun, Israel.

Also, please note that we've moved our "wheeled fighting vehicle" club contest to December's meeting.  That also means our next contest ("WW II Mediterranean Theatre" theme) will be pushed back into 2011 (TBD).
 
July 11th We've updated our "links" section to include a newer listing of our brother AMPS Chapters.
 
June 29th We've added photos from our June 2010 meeting; Thanks to Chuck once again.

Also, we've moved our club "Wheeled Vehicle" Contest back a month to August as everyone is a bit behind on their projects.
 
May 25th Chuck has once again taken photos from our latest (May) Club Meeting and they're up for your viewing pleasure.
 
May 4th We've updated some of the info on the site, including Model Show news.  And, we've added some photos of the 2010 AMPS International Convention.  
   
February 16th Courtesy of Cap'n Ron Damratowski and John Lees (The Earl of Elgin), we have photos up of our February meeting.
   
January 18th Again, courtesy of Chuck, we have photos up of our January meeting.
   
January 7, 2010 Happy New Year to everyone. 

We've finally got our meeting dates for 2010 at Cantigny's First Division Museum.  Check out the Club Meeting section of this website for specifics.  Please note that April has no scheduled meeting date.  The only Saturday we could get into the FDM was on 4/24, which is the same weekend as the International Show.  So, we just cancelled the meeting.
   
December 29, 2009 Photos of the 2009 Christmas party are up.  Check them out here.

Also, we've listed the details of our January 2010 meeting too.
   
October 11th New Club Member, Mugsy, sends his photos from the Armoured Corps Museum - Latrun, Israel.
   
August 11th The 3rd Annual Club Christmas Party has been finalized for December 12th.  Check out the details at the Club Meeting page
   
July 21st We had a great meeting at Bob's house this past Saturday.  Thanks for letting us hang out at your place Te-Kita.  Here are some photos from the meeting
   
July 16th We've added a Hyperlink to the online shop (Cafe Press) that sells AMPS-Chicagoland Products (Including the Infamous Aleshire Hoodie).  Go to our "Links" page to find the order button.
   
July 13th The Club Meeting Dates have been finally set for August through December.  Check out the schedule at the Club Meeting page
   
May 1st We've Finally gotten time to put up some photos from the 2009 AMPS International Show.  CHeck 'em out.
   
March 19th More Club Photos are up; This time from our March Meeting.
   
February 2, 2009 We've finalized our Club Contests.  See the Club Meeting page for more info.
   
December 16, 2008 We've created a section to display photos of our club meetings and events.  That's good timing as we now have photos from our 2nd Annual Club Christmas Party there.
   
December 9th We've finalized our January Meeting location and schedule.  See the Club Meeting page for more info.
   
November 23rd Our 2009 Meeting schedule has been finalized.  See the Club Meeting page for more info.
   
October 14th Our Club Christmas Party has been finalized.  See the Club Meeting page for more info.
   
August 20th Sounding like a broken record... after discussing our December "Artillery" model contest, we decided that it was best to push it back to January 2009 (mostly due to moving the "SoftSkin" contest back a month before that).
   
July 27th First off, after discussing our upcoming AUGUST "soft skin" model contest, we decided that it was best to push that back to September instead.

Also, we've added a hyperlink to honorary AMPS-Chicagoland member Gerry Chester's website:  North Irish Horse/Tanks of the Royal Armoured Corps

   
June 3 Added today are a number of new Hyperlinks, including some new military museum listings as well as links for club member modeling Companies Anubis Creations and  Modeler's Warehouse (Home of WARPIGS modeling pigemnts)
   
May 16 I've put up the Club meeting dates for July through December 2008 in the Club Meeting Section.
   
April 22 More Photos from the AMPS International show are available Here
   
April 16 Well, we're back from the 2008 AMPS International Show.   We had a great time and met some awesome people too.  Here are some photos that were snapped by some of our members.  Enjoy.
   
March 4 First, I've put up the Internal Club Model Contest Schedule for this year.  See it at the "Club Meetings" Section.

Second, the boys are back in town from the Madison IPMS/USA model contest with some major hardware.   Congratulations on the great showing!!  Here is a quick rundown of how the guys did:

Chuck Aleshire

Best Model: Show Theme Award "Luck in War" (1/35 Tamiya M8 Greyhound Dio "Lucky Break")

1st Place: Armored Car/Halftrack Category (1/35 Tamiya M8 Greyhound)

1st  Place: Artillery Category (1/35 Trumpeter s.F.H. 18  15cm Howitzer)

1st Place: Military Diorama Category ("Berlin Surprise" Dio)

Chad Clark

3rd Place: Military Diorama Category

Ron Damratowski

3rd Place: Allied Armor - British? Category (1/35 Kitbashed Sherman 'Firefly' Mk IC)

John Napolitan

2nd Place: Tigers/Panthers Category (1/35 AFV Club Pzkfw VI Tiger I Ausf E. -late Version)

John Wendt

3rd Place: Russian Tracked Vehicles Category (1/35 Trumpeter KV-1 Model 1940 Tank)

   
   
February 28 The First Division at Cantigny Park (our meeting place Sponsor) is looking for help on restoring their M41A3 Walker Bulldog and M60 Patton Tank.  Anyone able to help should contact Patrick.

Also, some of 'da boys are going up to the 3/1 model show up in Madison.  Good luck to them and have a safe Trip.

   
January 31, 2008 It has been a long time since we posted something up, however we're going strong and with us no news is usually good news.  Anyway, we finally got our meeting schedule from the First Division Museum and I've posted that in the "Club Meetings" section.
   
November 27, 2007 Since we are affiliated with Armor Modeling and Preservation Society we'd like to help support AMPS as best We can.  Therefore, We've put up hyperlinks to all of the other AMPS Chapters (which have websites).  Check them out in the links section.
   
November 23rd First, we hope you've had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday!   Second, we've finalized our January 2008 meeting.  For more info click here.
   
November 12th  

On Saturday, November 10th, Chapter members helped man the AMPS National booth at the IPMS/USA Butch O'Hare (Illinois) Model Show and Swap meet.  We had a great time and want to thank the boys at the Butch O'Hare club for their assistance and hospitality.

   
October 17th We are proud to announce That we've found a permanent meeting place; the 1st (US Infantry) Division Museum at Cantigny Park - Wheaton, IL.  For Info on meeting dates and times, go here.
   
October 4th Reminder - 2nd Chapter meeting coming up this Saturday, October 6th.  More info at the "Club Meetings" section.
   
September 18th AMPS - Chicagoland's club website is up and running!
   
September 8, 2007 We had our first/Inaugural Club Meeting at Patrick Keenan's house in Aurora, IL.  Besides getting to know one another, we discussed club business and what we all expect of a club.  11 people were in attendance.