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Weathering & Detailing with Makeup       By Barbara Hoblit

In this interactive demonstration, Barbara will talk about how to replace or substitute expensive art and model railroading tools and products with inexpensive substitutes found in the make-up aisle. She will demonstrate weathering techniques using a wide variety of makeup tools and color

Anthracite Mines: They are more than just a breaker      By Chuck Diljak

Chuck originally wanted an anthracite mine on his layout since he models northeastern Pennsylvania. After building the breaker, he discovered there is a lot more to model for an anthracite mine than he realized. His clinic will give prototype examples of various mining structures and discuss how he modeled them for his layout.


   By Geoffrey Graeber

     Placing decals accurately on a model the first time you apply them can be a distinct challenge. In moving the decals you can tear or injure them so that the end result can be unsatisfactory. By placing masking tape guides to direct the decals can allow the modeler to place the decals accurately on the model so that further adjustment is unnecessary. One piece of tape is placed horizontally to establish the baseline for the lettering block. Another is placed vertically at the margin of the block of lettering. The decal is placed on the model using the two guides. Techniques for preparing the surface to be lettered, to secure the decal to the model, and to weather the final product will be thoroughly discussed.

Using Masking Tape Guides to Place Decals      on Models Accurately the First Time

Lettering Models Using Dry Transfers        By Geoffrey Graeber

     Securing a dry transfer to a model before transferring the lettering can be challenging. Movement of the transfer during the process can yield an undesirable result. Masking tape can be used to secure the dry transfer to the model without causing any damage to the surface. Applied correctly, the masking tape can hold the transfer to the model while part of it can be removed to allow checking if the transfer has been completed. A #2 soft pencil is used to transfer the lettering to the model to secure superior results. If part of the transfer has not been completed, the transfer sheet can be resecured to the model without any displacement of the transfer. When the lettering has been transferred, the lettering is protected by several coats of dull coat. Then the weathering can be applied.

A Room of One’s Own        By Steve Erickson

    What goes into a great modeling space? What efficiencies will make your modeling faster, more pleasant and less frustrating? If you had a chance to build a modeling space from the ground up, what decisions would you make? How large is too large? How small is too small? This clinic follows the construction of a 10x12 enclosed modeling shop from the ground up. We will talk about lighting, storage, floor and bench material, and how to make the most efficient use of your space. Tips for those planning to build a workshop, as well as people looking to improve their existing work space. Come and share your ideas!

Scratch Build Prototype Structures

    By Tom Oxnard

Do you want a certain building on your layout because it has special meaning to you, or is in a certain location, or is needed for an LDE? All you need is some pictures and details of the structure. I will show you how I use Sanborn Maps, Google Images, and CAD drawings to calculate dimensions and make drawings and Mock Ups before I start construction. I will show how I construct six different structures in wood and brick, and the techniques that I use.

Building Steam Locomotive Models        By Malcolm Houck

Scratch building and detailing steam locomotive models;

    • Building models in Brass;

    • Examples of many of the traditional methods used by the historic published builders -- Mel Thornburgh,        George Stock, Carl Traub and Bill Schopp;

    • Soldering and the tips, tricks and shortcuts of a Master Builder;

    • Commercial and shop-made tools for the engine builder;

    • Images of completed models, and images of various stages of fabrication and construction:

Tools of the Trade     By Dan Bigda

    Tools of the Trade is a presentation for the general modeler who wants to learn about the tools we use. What tools are for specific uses and how to use them.  Also, throwing In some tricks that the modeler can use. With this, help the modeler to then have the confidence to use tools and not worry about making mistakes. Also, within this presentation, how to easily fix mistakes, unless your model becomes a train wreck!

Design and Construction of Prototype Buildings for Model        By Bill Barry

    This clinic will draw on the clinician’s 10+ years of experience designing new buildings and retrofitting existing buildings to provide an insight into how and why prototype buildings are built the way they are. The clinic will briefly introduce the general engineering concepts used in the design of buildings. A survey of the various materials common in building construction will be discussed, including how their use has changed over time and is influenced by geography. The basic parts that make up buildings from roofs to columns will be discussed. Finally, various prototype examples will be reviewed to explore how the buildings are built and how their structure influences their outward appearance.



Open Loads   By Bob Frankone

    Most model railroaders love open loads. Bob’s clinic features a variety of open load models that can be built from commercially available kits or easily scratch built from basic materials. Beginners and master modelers alike will enjoy learning how to create interesting and realistic open car loads. With plenty of photos from both the prototype and HO scale models, Bob’s clinic is always a real crowd pleaser. Bob is the author of the “Love Those Loads” series featured monthly in the NMRA Magazine.


Scratchbuild a Flatcar and Barn a Merit Award       By John McHugh


    Have you wanted to scratchbuild a railroad car but believed it was too difficult? I will show you how I scratchbuilt a flatcar and earned a Merit Award. The clinic will demonstrate building a flatcar from planning to step by step construction including painting, weathering and decal application. The presentation will briefly touch on the judging process for merit and the requirements for the Master Builder - Cars AP certificate. If I can build a quality car then anyone can!


Techniques in Plaster and Resin Structure Modeling     By James Gore, MMR


    An examination of techniques used to complete and build structures out of plaster and resin castings, including stabilizing and repairing walls, painting and weathering with acrylics and PanPastels. The clinic will include some new ideas on painting with self-etching paint, "damp" brushing and dry brushing, and making brick walls look realistic. Several examples of adobe and stucco structures will be displayed.