Stonewalls Unlimited - Participation

   By Mike Tylick, MMR

Michael Tylick,MMR, owner of Raildesign Services, will demonstrate methods of constructing masonry walls with the use of handmade modular castings instead of tedious hand carving We’ll start with a simple and foolproof way to make rough surfaced stones- similar to those often used in railroad and other construction and use these to build master patterns that can be used to construct walls that can be made to any size and shape without unrealistic ”wallpapering”- the effect of regularly repeating a recognizable pattern throughout the wall.  Clinic participants will be able to make master stones and patterns during the hands on period.

This approach uses inexpensive materials and is adaptable to any scale and era, and can be used to replicate many different styles of masonry. The techniques involved were derived from early articles by Jack Work- one of Michael’s model railroad heroes. Variations of Jack’s ideas are used by many manufacturers of masonry surfaces.  

Few tools will be necessary, a hobby knife with dull blades- a chisel blade can be very helpful and perhaps a small square and straightedge.

This clinic requires advance registration and is limited to the first 25 people who sign up and a $10 fee is charged.


High End Oak Trees- Participation

       By Bill Brown, MMR

This is a make-n-take clinic where people will construct a showcase Oak Tree using sagebrush armatures, Scenic Express Super Tree Material, and ground foam. Participants will be required to bring a hot glue gun and a few glue sticks. All other materials will be provided, and participants will come away with their finished product. Participation will be limited to the first 15 to register and a $5 fee is charged.

Building Bar Mills “Magee’s Tire Repair Shop”     

By Andy Reynolds

    Andy Reynolds chose this Bar Mills kit, as it’s a suggested kit for not only the beginner, but the advanced modeler. You’ll either be perfecting your skill-set, or learning craftsman kit building for first time. The Magee’s Tire Repair (in HO Scale) is almost 5” wide by 3” deep, and, “has some interesting visual tricks to achieve its own look”, says Art Fahie, owner of Bar Mills. Our goal will be to assemble, paint and detail this kit during the session. You may want to change the signage, if you want to personalize the kit, which we’ll also demonstrate.

    We will go over where the common mistakes are usually made, and then what to do “first” in kit building, as well as what can be done later on. We plan on gluing, staining, painting, weathering as well as learning decaling techniques. The participants will then discuss proper placement of their diorama, for maximum impact for short money.

    • Each participant will need to bring their own tools which should include;

    • favorite cutting knife such as X-acto #11 knife or a number of new razor blades

    • Pounce wheel (for making "nail holes")

    • Cutting surface if available

    • Flat Nail Boards (Black Emery on foam core type is  good. Revlon or store brand.

    • Assorted small paint brushes

    • Favorite paints and stains, of your color choices for building & trim

    • Small squaring device

    • Steel ruler or straight edge (HO scale-ruler is ideal)

    • Small wood clamps (such as Micro Mark #85421)

    This clinic requires advanced registration and is limited to the first 20 people who sign up.

DCC University, Parts 1 and 2 - Participation

   By Erich Whitney & Kaylee Zheng

JMRI is an open-source software package that has help change how model railroaders interface with their DCC systems. This course of clinics will give attendees a concrete foundation on establishing, navigating, and operating the JMRI software.

Part 1 of this two-part series, attendees will learn how to install the JMRI software and hardware and will explain CVs and their purpose.

Part 2 of the series will focus on speed matching locomotives. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops as well as their USB to DCC interface hardware, i.e. Digitrax PR3, to this series.

It is strongly recommended that each attendee attempt to test their computer and DCC

     interface before coming to the convention. Additionally, attendees are also encouraged to bring two DCC equipped locomotives to practice speed matching. The two parts of this clinic are scheduled on different days so that attendees will have time more time to work with the software between sessions if they wish to do so. Seating is limited due to space constraints and to give the clinicians a chance to work with the attendees.

    This clinic requires advance registration and is limited to the first 15 people who sign up.

Making an Origami Wreath/Pinwheel

     By Rosemary Mezzocchi

    Make an Origami wreath that turns into a movable pinwheel and back to a wreath. The clinician will provide all materials for this project. Come join in on the fun.

Bonus project: You must bring a crisp $1.00 bill that you will turn into a bow tie.

Limit 15 people. Fare $5.00

Making an Origami Cube

    By Rosemary Mezzocchi

    Clinician will show and guide you in making an Origami cube. The clinician will provide all the materials required for this project. Come join in on the fun.

Bonus project: You must bring a crisp $1.00 bill that you will turn into a bow tie.

Limit 15 people. Fare $5.00

Soldering for Model Railroaders

By Erich Whitney

     In this clinic, you will learn and practice techniques required to solder electrical circuits, wiring, and track work. You will build a power supply circuit board that you’ll be able to take home and use on your layout. You’ll also practice soldering feeder wires to your track and learn how to properly make a soldered wire connection. The power supply kit is included as part of the clinic registration and soldering irons and solder will be provided. If you would like to bring your soldering iron along to use instead, please do so.

Participation will be limited to the first 16 to register and a $ 15 fee is charged.

Building a Funaro & Camerlengo Gondola

    By Steve Funaro

In this clinic, participants will build a Funaro & Camerlengo 40 ft. Gondola. The kit is a Lehigh Valley 36' ONE PIECE BODY Steel Mill Gondola with Decals (F&C #6700). There is a $25 charge for this clinic which covers the cost of the kit which is normally 39.99.

Each participant will need to bring their own tools which should


1) X-acto #11 knife with #11 and #17 blades

2) Pin Vise with #78, #79 #74, 1/32" and 1/16 drill bits

3) Flat Nail Boards (Black Emery on foam core type. Revlon or store


4) Small Pair of Cutting Pliers

5) Small Needle Nose Pliers

6) Tweezers

7) Kadee #5 or #58 Couplers

8) Pair of Bettendorf Trucks (We suggest Kadee Metal trucks)

9) Super-Thin CA Cement (Cyanoacrylate)

10) Square

This clinic is limited to the first 25 people who sign up.