Clinics

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Lansing Lashup 2018 Clinic lineup as of September 25, 2018

Friday:

9:15 am         Delta West              Steve Gladstein will be presenting us with a real time demonstration of 3rd Planet Track Planning Software. Steve will be showing features of the program, demonstrating how to use it to plan your next layout, and answering your questions. This clinic is presented again on Saturday at 3:30 pm.

10:45 am      Delta West              Gaylord Gill will use his layout as a case study to discuss From Freelance to Prototype, sharing ideas for improving your layout’s representation of the prototype without doing a total makeover.

10:45 am      Delta East                Steve Harsh    Steve will be sharing his experience in designing and building a small turntable  in his clinic: ADVENTURES IN SCRATCH BUILDING A SMALL TURNTABLE.. He will briefly explore the reasons for scratch building a small turntable and then take you through the various stages of design and construction from the pit to the drive system and the challenges encountered.  This process will be illustrated by detailed photos and drawings.  Since this was Steve’s first major scratch building project, he will also share information on what he would have done differently if he was to do the project again.

 1:00 pm        Delta West              Larry Wolohon will offer insights on The Ins & Outs of Resin Freight Cars. Larry will describe where resin models fit in, detailing them, how to construct them, painting   & where they fit in the AP.

1:00 pm      Delta East             Scott Pandorf will present his clinic Using Arduino’s for Layout Automation. We all apply DC or DCC to the rails of our railroads to animate our trains, but what about lineside actions like crossing signals, crossing gates, speedometers, and even sound!  I will show you examples of all of these in this session and how you can easily apply them to your own railroads.  Arduino’s are easy to use and not difficult to program once you get some basics under your belt.  This session will show some basic applications and the code necessary to drive them. This clinic is presented again on Saturday at 4:45 pm.

2:15 pm        Delta West              Bob Blake will give a presentation on Modeling Realism – a Lance Mindheim clinic on modeling for realism (lots of eye candy here)

2:15 pm        Delta East                Alan Bell presents The Workings of An Interlocking Tower. Alan will discuss the principles of interlocking and the operation of the interlocking tower.  He will explain the design of the interlocking mechanism and the control of movements through the interlocking plant.  Alan’s presentation will also discuss the duties of the operator. This clinic is presented again on Saturday at 4:45 pm.

3:30 pm        Delta East                Rich Mahaney will give a clinic on Tank Cars 101 for Model Railroaders. Rich will look at different types of tank cars, the industries they support and how to make era appropriate use of this type of freight traffic on your layout.

3:30 pm        Delta West              Nathan Hoth has an interesting clinic about the International Bridge in Sault Saint Marie that spans the area of the Soo Locks. Nathan presented this at this past fall’s Michigan Rail Historical Societies day long conference. Very well illustrated with photos from both the Soo area and explanatory images from the Chicago area.

4:45 pm        Delta East                Peter Magoun MMR will give our first of three clinics on Painting Backdrops. Pete’s emphasis is on demonstrating how easy it is to greatly improve the look of your layout with a minimum of effort, or artistic talent.

4:45 pm        Mackinaw                Bill Selleck will share his skills in creating and using Ground Goop to sculpt your second layering of ground contours. This a hands-on, get the stuff under your fingernails kind of clinic. I’ve suggested to Bill to provide some latex gloves…

4:45 pm        Delta West              Norm Krentel   Riding the Interurban to Lansing Norm will share his knowledge of the interurbans that served the Lansing area.

7:00 pm        Mackinaw                Pete Magoun MMR and Dave Capron MMR will host Modelling with the Experts. Pete and Dave will show you how to construct a high-quality model from a laser cut kit. a kit of MA Tower from Lansing will be the core model. Pete and Dave have this room for the rest of the evening and this clinic will run as long as it takes to complete the model. Expect this clinic to run two to three hours. This is an extra fare clinic.

7:00 pm        Delta West              Sam Swanson MMR will present a clinic on Placing Trees in the Scenery. Sam’s clinic will help you select and organize tree placement to give you the most realistic look. This clinic is repeated Saturday at 1:00 pm.

7:00 pm        Delta East                Skip Luyk MMR  Skip is our regional AP Chairman and will help guide us with Lessons in Qualifying for Builder’s AP Certificates. Through examples of successful entries for freight cars or structures, and entries that fell short of qualifying, Skip will help us understand the levels of craftsmanship expected in the Achievement Program, how to recognize it in your own work and how to document the build process for the judges.

8:15 pm        Delta East                Mark Cowles will present Lansing Then and Now. A look at the railroad of the Lansing area that includes a look back at railroads and industries that no longer exist in the area, with additional photos of modern railroading in this once heavy industrial town.

8:15 pm        Delta West              Rich Mahaney joins us once again with a clinic on Interesting Flat Car Loads. Rich’s clinic focuses on the “stuff” hauled on flatcars, and tries to answer whether that “stuff” was really ever transported this way.

Saturday:

8:15 am         Ambassador            John Bussard starts the first clinic hour of his marathon Scenery Clinic. John will demonstrate various scenery topics, starting with getting your initial ground contours and advancing to making trees, streams and water, grasses, placing structures and weeds, weeds, weeds. This is an all-encompassing clinic that runs to 6 pm. You are invited to join John at any time during the day to add to your scenery making knowledge. John sets aside time in each clinic hour to answer your questions, but he asks that you refrain from interrupting him as he demonstrates his techniques.

8:15 am         Delta West              Dave Capron MMR offers a clinic on Building Craftsman Wooden Kits. If Dave’s name sounds familiar, he is the author of a series of articles running in Railroad Model Craftsman on this same subject. This clinic runs for two clinic sessions.

9:30 am         Mackinaw                Norm Logan presents our second clinic of three clinics on Painting Backdrops. Norm will take the techniques used, and the scope of detailing up a notch from Pete’s clinic on Friday. Take in both to add more tools to your backdrop painting arsenal. This clinic runs two sessions and is multi-media.

9:30 am         Delta East                Rich Mahaney offers his clinic on Junctions, Interchanges and Diamonds for your Model Railroad. A look at prototype railroad junctions, interchanges and diamonds and how to model them and what they can add to your model railroad operations. Many examples from multiple model railroads are used.

10:45 am     Delta East                Fritz Milhaupt will demonstrate for us How to Renumber Locomotives and Rolling Stock. Duplicate numbers on locomotives and rolling stock is the bane of model railroaders everywhere, especially for those of us doing prototype-based operations. Fritz will share his techniques for removing existing lettering/numerals and replacing them with new, unique numbers. Sourcing correct decals and the current state of the custom decal business is part of this clinic’s discussion.

10:45 am      Delta West              Bob Blake on Modeling Transition Era Gas Stations – gas stations of the 50s.

1:00 pm        Delta West              Sam Swanson MMR gives a second presentation of his clinic on Placing Trees in the Scenery. Techniques on tree selection and artistic placement of them to create a realistic scene on your railroad.

1:00 pm        Delta East                Jeff Fryman shows you how to Create a Prototype Based Timetable. This clinic will target what needs to be in a timetable besides the schedule of trains, where to research this information and model and prototypical ways to organize and present this much needed information.

2:15 pm        Delta West              Brook Qualman presents Scratch Building Prototype Based Structures. Brook and her husband Jay, are building a huge, highly detailed model railroad based on the Detroit to Saginaw railroads post WWII. Brook has created many extraordinary buildings using many different techniques and she will share some of them in this clinic.

2:15 pm        Delta East                Rich Mahaney will present Perishable Operations of the 1950’s, a look at refrigerated cars for produce, fruit and meat and other similar commodities, the supporting operations, paperwork and how to apply this for more realistic operations.

3:30 pm        Delta West              Fritz Milhaupt will discuss the Pere Marquette and Chesapeake and Ohio Passenger Train Operations in Michigan. This is Fritz’s core interest in the hobby and he has much photographic information to share. This presentation takes the full 75 minutes allotted.

3:30 pm        Delta East               Steve Gladstein will be presenting us with a real time demonstration of 3rd Planet track planning software. Steve will be showing features of the program, demonstrating how to use it to plan your next layout, and answering your questions.

4:45 pm        Delta West              Alan Bell presents The Workings of An Interlocking Tower. Alan will discuss the principles of interlocking and the operation of the interlocking tower.  He will explain the design of the interlocking mechanism and the control of movements through the interlocking plant.  Alan’s presentation will also discuss the duties of the operator.

4:45 pm      Delta East             Scott Pandorf will present his clinic Using Arduino’s for Layout Automation

We all apply DC or DCC to the rails of our railroads to animate our trains, but what about lineside actions like crossing signals, crossing gates, speedometers, and even sound!  I will show you examples of all of these in this session and how you can easily apply them to your own railroads.  Arduino’s are easy to use and not difficult to program once you get some basics under your belt.  This session will show some basic applications and the code necessary to drive them.

8:30 pm        Delta East                Rich Mahaney makes his last appearance at this year’s NCR convention. His clinic this time is entitled: Railroad Car Traffic or Making Pancakes! This clinic will help the students better understand how to match industries, rail cars, and traffic operations to more accurately model the prototype. This is a participation clinic, bring your thinking hat and willingness to help your fellow modelers design a traffic pattern for their (and your) model railroad.

8:30 pm        Delta West              Greg Rich will conclude out triad of clinics on painting backdrops with a Power Point presentation Simulating Distance in the Backdrop. He will show how to paint the sky and clouds, establish a horizon, simulate distance, blend the 2D backdrop to the 3D scenery and illustrating fall scenery.

Sunday:

9:00 am         Delta East                Bill Rubarth shares with us the story behind the Steam Ship Solano. Bill will discuss the research, construction and history of this model to Solano and some of the history behind the actual ship.

9:00 am         Delta West              John Young presents a clinic about Implementing Car Cards and Waybills on Your Model Railroad. This is not a beginner’s guide, but some ideas to enhance your operation and over come some of the short comings of CC&WB as they are most typically used. This is the first part of a two-part clinic.

10:45 am      Delta West              Ron St. Laurent presents part two of this clinic. Ron will show you How to Digitally Produce Car Cards and Waybills for your Model Railroad. Ron took on the task of first inventing a system, and then to produce the car cards and waybills for Andy Keeney’s huge Nashville Route layout. This is a fleet of 1200 active cars, and Ron figured out how to manipulate MS Word and Excel to produce these CC&WB. Ron will be offering his Word and Excel templates to the attendees for their personal use.

 


Click here to download a printable Registration Form

The following is the Clinic Schedule By Presenter. Click here to download a printable Clinic Schedule By Presenter.

Click here to see the schedule by Date.

Lansing Lashup Clinics Lineup By Presenter As Of September 25, 2018

 Alan Bell presents The Workings of An Interlocking Tower. Alan will discuss the principles of interlocking and the operation of the interlocking tower.  He will explain the design of the interlocking mechanism and the control of movements through the interlocking plant.  Alan’s presentation will also discuss the duties of the operator. This clinic is presented at 2:15 pm on Friday and again on Saturday at 4:45 pm in Delta East.

Bob Blake will give a presentation on Modeling Realism – a Lance Mindheim clinic on modeling for realism (lots of eye candy here). This clinic is presented at 2:15 pm on Friday in Delta West.

Bob Blake on Modeling Transition Era Gas Stations – gas stations of the 50s. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 10:45 am Delta West.

John Bussard starts the first clinic hour of his marathon Scenery Clinic. John will demonstrate various scenery topics, starting with getting your initial ground contours and advancing to making trees, streams and water, grasses, placing structures and weeds, weeds, weeds. This is an all-encompassing clinic that runs to 6 pm. You are invited to join John at any time during the day to add to your scenery making knowledge. John sets aside time in each clinic hour to answer your questions, but he asks that you refrain from interrupting him as he demonstrates his techniques. This clinic commences on Saturday at 8:15 am in Ambassador.

Pete Magoun MMR and Dave Capron MMR will host Modelling with the Experts. Pete and Dave will show you how to construct a high-quality model from a laser cut kit. a kit of MA Tower from Lansing will be the core model. Pete and Dave have this room for the rest of the evening and this clinic will run as long as it takes to complete the model. Expect this clinic to run two to three hours. This is an extra fare clinic. Clinic is presented on Friday at 7 pm

Dave Capron MMR offers a clinic on Building Craftsman Wooden Kits. If Dave’s name sounds familiar, he is the author of a series of articles running in Railroad Model Craftsman on this same subject. This clinic runs for two clinic sessions. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 8:15 am in Delta West.

Mark Cowles will present Lansing Then and Now. A look at the railroads of the Lansing area that includes a look back at railroads and industries that no longer exist in the area, with additional photos of modern railroading in this once heavy industrial town. This clinic is presented on Friday at 8:15 pm in Delta East.

Jeff Fryman shows you how to Create a Prototype Based Timetable. This clinic will target what needs to be in a timetable besides the schedule of trains, where to research this information and model and prototypical ways to organize and present this much needed information. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 1:00 pm in Delta East.

Gaylord Gill will use his layout as a case study to discuss From Freelance to Prototype, sharing ideas for improving your layout’s representation of the prototype without doing a total makeover. This clinic is presented Friday at 10:45 am in Delta West.

Steve Gladstein will be presenting us with a real time demonstration of 3rd Planet track planning software. Steve will be showing features of the program, demonstrating how to use it to plan your next layout, and answering your questions. This clinic is presented on Friday at 9:15 am and Saturday at 3:30 pm in Delta West.

Steve Harsh in his clinic will share his adventure in scratch building a small turntable. He will briefly explore the reasons for scratch building a small turntable and then take you through the various stages of design and construction from the pit to the drive system and the challenges encountered.  This process will be illustrated by detailed photos and drawings.  Since this was Steve’s first major scratch building project, he will also share information on what he would have done differently if he was to do the project again and how the methods could be used for a larger turntable. This clinic is presented on Friday at 10:45 am in Delta East.

Nathan Holth has an interesting clinic about the International Bridge in Sault Saint Marie that spans the area of the Soo Locks. Nathan presented this at this past fall’s Michigan Rail Historical Societies day-long conference. Very well illustrated with photos from both the Soo area and explanatory images from the Chicago area. This Clinic presented on Friday at 3:30 pm in Delta West.

Norm Krentel   Riding the Interurban to Lansing Norm will share his knowledge of the interurbans that served the Lansing area. This clinic is presented on Friday at 4:45 pm in Delta West.

Norm Logan presents our second clinic of three clinics on Painting Backdrops. Norm will take the techniques used, and the scope of detailing up a notch from Pete’s clinic on Friday. Take in both to add more tools to your backdrop painting arsenal. This clinic runs two sessions and is multi-media. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 9:30 am in Mackinaw.

Skip Luyk MMR Skip is our regional AP Chairman and will help guide us with Lessons in Qualifying for Builder’s AP Certificates. Through examples of successful entries for freight cars or structures, and entries that fell short of qualifying, Skip will help us understand the levels of craftsmanship expected in the Achievement Program, how to recognize it in your own work and how to document the build process for the judges. This clinic is presented on Friday at 7:00 pm in Delta East.

Peter Magoun MMR will give our first of three clinics on Painting Backdrops. Pete’s emphasis is on demonstrating how easy it is to greatly improve the look of your layout with a minimum of effort, or artistic talent. This Clinic presented on Friday at 4:45 pm in Delta East.

Pete Magoun MMR and Dave Capron MMR will host Modelling with the Experts. Pete and Dave will show you how to construct a high-quality model from a laser cut kit. a kit of MA Tower from Lansing will be the core model. Pete and Dave have this room for the rest of the evening and this clinic will run as long as it takes to complete the model. Expect this clinic to run two to three hours. This is an extra fare clinic. This clinic is presented on Friday at 7:00 pm in Mackinaw.

Rich Mahaney will give a clinic on Tank Cars 101 for Model Railroaders. Rich will look at different types of tank cars, the industries they support and how to make era appropriate use of this type of freight traffic on your layout. This clinic is presented on Friday at 3:30 pm in Delta East.

Rich Mahaney joins us once again with a clinic on Interesting Flat Car Loads. Rich’s clinic focuses on the “stuff” hauled on flatcars, and tries to answer whether that “stuff” was really ever transported this way. This clinic is presented on Friday at 8:15 pm in Delta West.

Rich Mahaney offers his clinic on Junctions, Interchanges and Diamonds for your Model Railroad. A look at prototype railroad junctions, interchanges and diamonds and how to model them and what they can add to your model railroad operations. Many examples from multiple model railroads are used. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 9:30 am in Delta East.

Rich Mahaney will present Perishable Operations of the 1950’s, a look at refrigerated cars for produce, fruit and meat and other similar commodities, the supporting operations, paperwork and how to apply this for more realistic operations. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 2:15 pm in Delta East.

Rich Mahaney makes his last appearance at this year’s NCR convention. His clinic this time is entitled: Railroad Car Traffic or Making Pancakes! This clinic will help the students better understand how to match industries, rail cars, and traffic operations to more accurately model the prototype. This is a participation clinic, bring your thinking hat and willingness to help your fellow modelers design a traffic pattern for their (and your) model railroad. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 8:30 am in Delta East.

Fritz Milhaupt will demonstrate for us How to Renumber Locomotives and Rolling Stock. Duplicate numbers on locomotives and rolling stock is the bane of model railroaders everywhere, especially for those of us doing prototype-based operations. Fritz will share his techniques for removing existing lettering/numerals and replacing them with new, unique numbers. Sourcing correct decals and the current state of the custom decal business is part of this clinic’s discussion. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 10:45 am.

Fritz Milhaupt will discuss the Pere Marquette and Chesapeake and Ohio Passenger Train Operations in Michigan. This is Fritz’s core interest in the hobby and he has a large amount of photographic information to share. This presentation takes the full 75 minutes allotted. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 3:30 pm in Delta West.

Scott Pandorf will present his clinic Using Arduino’s for Layout Automation. We all apply DC or DCC to the rails of our railroads to animate our trains, but what about lineside actions like crossing signals, crossing gates, speedometers, and even sound!  I will show you examples of all of these in this session and how you can easily apply them to your own railroads.  Arduino’s are easy to use and not difficult to program once you get some basics under your belt.  This session will show some basic applications and the code necessary to drive them. This clinic is presented on Friday at 1:00 pm and Saturday at 4:45 pm in Delta West.

Brook Qualmann presents Scratch Building Prototype Based Structures. Brook and her husband Jay, are building a huge, highly detailed model railroad based on the Detroit to Saginaw railroads post WWII. Brook has created many extraordinary buildings using many different techniques and she will share some of them in this clinic. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 2:15 pm in Delta West.

Greg Rich will conclude out triad of clinics on painting backdrops with a Power Point presentation Simulating Distance in the Backdrop. He will show how to paint the sky and clouds, establish a horizon, simulate distance, blend the 2D backdrop to the 3D scenery and illustrating fall scenery. This clinic is presented on Saturday at 8:30 pm Delta West.

Bill Rubarth shares with us the story behind the Steam Ship Solano. Bill will discuss the research, construction and history of this model to Solano and some of the history behind the actual ship. This clinic is presented on Sunday at 9:00 am in Mackinaw.

Bill Selleck will share his skills in creating and using Ground Goop to sculpt your second layering of ground contours. This a hands-on, get the stuff under your fingernails kind of clinic. I’ve suggested to Bill to provide some latex gloves. This clinic is presented on Friday at 4:45 pm in Mackinaw.

Ron St. Laurent presents part two of this clinic. Ron will show you How to Digitally Produce Car Cards and Waybills for your Model Railroad. Ron took on the task of first inventing a system, and then to produce the car cards and waybills for Andy Keeney’s huge Nashville Route layout. This is a fleet of 1200 active cars, and Ron figured out how to manipulate MS Word and Excel to produce these CC&WB. Ron will be offering his Word and Excel templates to the attendees for their personal use. This clinic is presented on Sunday at 10:45 am in Delta West.

Sam Swanson MMR will present a clinic on Placing Trees in the Scenery. Sam’s clinic will help you select and organize tree placement to give you the most realistic look. This clinic is presented on Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 1:00 pm in Delta West.

Larry Wolohon MMR will offer insights on The Ins & Outs of Resin Freight Cars Larry will describe where resin models fit in, detailing them, how to construct them, painting   & where they fit in the AP. This clinic is presented on Friday at 1:00 pm in Delta West.

John Young presents a clinic about Implementing Car Cards and Waybills on Your Model Railroad. This is not a beginner’s guide, but some ideas to enhance your operation and over-come some of the short comings of CC&WB as they are most typically used. This is the first part of a two-part clinic. This clinic is presented on Sunday at 9:00 am in Delta West.

Click here to see the schedule by Date.