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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.

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:

Design and Construction of Prototype Buildings for Model        By Bill Barry

    Want to know why a building’s exterior looks like it does?  Do you model the transition era and wonder if that new Walther’s kit is appropriate for your layout?  This clinic will answer these questions.  Bill Barry is a structural engineer with over 25 years of experience designing buildings.  He will introduce basic engineering concepts (don’t worry there won’t be a quiz!) along with a review of the various materials common in building construction.  Then Bill will cover how the use of these materials has changed over time and is influenced by geography.  An explanation of building components from roofs to columns will be explained.  Finally, prototype examples will be explored to show how buildings are built and how their structure influences their outward appearance.




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.


The beginning stages of LiDAR scanning and 3D printing

   By Jon Silhavey


    Phones and tablets are equipped with LiDAR scanners.  Tests are being conducted at both the Seashore Trolley Museum and the Shoreline Trolley Museum. At this moment the scans have been effective at recording measurements and complex shapes. This technology is proving useful in the creation of 3D printable transit vehicles and trolleys which are rarely made by mainstream manufacturers.

Details, Details, or  “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”

                By Rudolf Slovacek

    How often have you heard the phrase “You need more detail for your layout or your contest model”?  Well, I believe there is a happy medium that we all can achieve.  This clinic will give a bit of information I’ve learned over the years.  I will show how, with a little work, you can achieve that “Good Enough” look or, with some additional effort, make a more detailed model or scene.  It is amazing what a little paint, thread, wood, decaling, a casting or two, some scratch building, a small kit and some weathering can do.   So, won’t you join me for what I hope will be a fun and interesting clinic.

Reworking Brass Steam Locomotive Mechanisms      By William Deen

    Many thousands of HO brass steam locomotives from Japanese and early Korean builders were imported from the 1960s through the 1980s. They have nice detail but often substandard mechanisms, including poorly tuned running gear, crude gearboxes, and/or open-frame motors. This clinic will explain how to get such models off shelves and onto layouts. Topics to be covered include planning the project, re-motoring, re-gearing, and adjusting the running gear.