Clinics

Lansing has been fortunate this year with a number of unexpected offers from our members to present some unique clinics this fall. The following is a list of currently confirmed clinics, but we still have a few more in the works.  We hope you find these an additional enticement to book a room at the Ramada Inn and join us for this year’s convention. There is going to be a lot to see and learn about!

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Pete Magoun MMR and Dave Capron MMR are presenting a regional version of Modeling with the Masters for us this year. Pete is our future NMRA national President and Dave is the author of a series of articles in RMC about building structures.  They will demonstrate wood structure construction using JL Innovations MA Tower kit. This is a hands on, full participation clinic to be held Friday evening starting at 7 pm and running until the models are complete (they have the room for four hours). Price for the kit is $30, pre-paid by August 1. Only enough models for clinic participants will be ordered, so sign up early. This clinic is limited to 18 participants. Click here for a list of tools you should bring with you to complete this kit. You can also click here for a printable list of the tools.

Earlier Friday afternoon, Pete Mcgoun MMR will be sharing with us his techniques on painting backdrops.  Saturday morning, Norm Logan will offer his take on backdrop painting and we will finish off the subject with a clinic by Greg Rich that shows how he deeply details and blends backdrops into the foreground scenery.

The first thing Saturday morning, Dave Capron MMR will continue instructing about Wooden Kit Building with his clinic on the same. He will show you how to maximize your enjoyment of that dearly purchased craftsman kit and turn it into the pride and joy of your layout. Tools and techniques, painting and weathering will all be discussed and demonstrated. This is a sit down and watch clinic. So, hopefully, you won’t get your hands dirty. This clinic is scheduled to run two plus hours.

Dave Capron MMR is also presenting a clinic on How to Obtain your Master Model Railroader certification. Hints on navigating the requirements, paperwork and getting your models judged will be some of the topics covered.

Sam Swanson MMR is joining us from the Cincinnati area to share his knowledge on Tree Construction for your layout.  Sam will cover various species and techniques to model them. He will also show how to build bulk versus foreground trees.

Steve Gladstein is giving us a clinic on Using 3rd Planet CAD software. Steve is going to demonstrate the features of 3rd Planet in real time so you can ask questions and see them clarified in real time.

Scott Pandorf will be sharing a clinic he has presented at the National NMRA Convention this summer on Using Arduinos to Animate Your Layout. If you are familiar, an Arduino is a micro-computer that can be programmed to drive lighting or motor circuits. It could be the source for the core logic to run an Interlocking Plant on your layout.

Speaking of Interlocking Plants, Alan Bell joins us from Fort Wayne to share his knowledge on the Inter-workings of Mechanical Interlocking Plants. Alan will share the theory, installation guidelines and some learnings he has on the actual operation of the mechanical logic used on these installations.

We asked nicely and Brook Qualmann agreed to share her techniques for Scratch Building Prototype Based Buildings. Anyone fortunate enough to visit Brook and Jay’s layout has been astounded by the quality, and quantity of Brooks’ work, and the fidelity to the prototype structures she replicates.

All day Saturday, John Bussard, our local scenery guru, will treat us to an extended Scenery Clinic. John demonstrates his techniques real time to his audience, starting with basic scenery forms in his first session and moving on to explaining how to add each additional layer of scenery. Modeling ground cover, mountain shapes, grasses, shrubs and trees are just a few of his subjects he covers. John’s clinic starts at 9 AM and concludes at 9:30 PM with breaks for lunch and dinner at noon and 5:30.

Rich Mahaney has offered us a number of clinics this fall, from which we have chosen the following:

Tanks Cars 101 for Model Railroaders will show the different styles and types of tank cars used in different eras. He will also offer suggestions on how to increase the tank car traffic on your layout.

 Interesting Flat Car Loads will give examples of the ‘stuff’ that is transported on flat cars and how you can replicate it for your own railroad.

Railroad Car Traffic or Making Pancakes…no sleeping in this clinic. After discussing the parameters of industries and the freight cars that support those industries, students will be divided into groups to brain storm the products, raw materials and rail cars needed to support this industry. Someone from your group will be ‘elected’ to present your findings to the rest of the class.

Junctions, Interchanges and Diamonds for Your Model Railroad will first look at the prototype and then transition to how to utilize Junctions and Interchanges to amplify the operations on your railroad.

Finally, Rich will share his knowledge of Perishable Operations in the 1950’s. He will look at refrigerator cars as they were used to transport meat, produce, milk and fruit and the infrastructure needed to support their operation. Included will be information on the documentation required to move perishables across the rail system.

Nathan Holth is a local historian with and interest in Railroad Bridges. He will be offering a slide presentation on mid-west bridges with a close focus on the International Bridge Crossing at the Soo Locks in the World War 2 era.

We have two distinctly different clinics coming to us from our friends in Chicagoland:

Bob Blake will give his clinic on Changes in the Hobby over the Last Fifty Years.

Chris Thompson will show us how to Artistically Weather Freight Cars. This looks like this clinic will be a hands on, air brush using, clinic on how-to-do it. Car bodies for this clinic will be provided.

Brooks Stover MMR has moved into the Lansing area and will be sharing with us tips on Creating and Scratch Building Structures. Brooks’ work is in S scale, but his techniques apply to all scales.

Bob Blake will show you how to model and detail Gas Stations of the 1950’s

Gaylord Gill will use his layout as a case study to share ideas for Improving Your Layout’s Representation of the Prototype without doing a total make over.

Larry Wolohan MMR will demonstrate his techniques and secretes of building Resin Kits.

Bill Rubarth will share the story of researching and building his model of the steam ship Solado.

More of our local modelers will share their knowledge with our guests:

  • Bill Selleck will show you how to create and use Scenery Goop as a basis for creating landforms and that first layer of scenery.
  • Mark Cowles will take you on a photographic tour of Lansing Then & Now.
  • David Wentworth will share his techniques on modeling water, from meandering rivers to raging mountain streams to still ponds.

From the Operations Road Show crew in Saline come four clinics.

  • Jeff Fryman, Senior Dispatcher on the Wabash 2nd District will show you how to create a Schedule and Timetable for your railroad.
  • Fritz Milhaupt will demonstrate techniques for Renumbering Railroad Equipment so you can eliminate duplicate locomotive and freight car numbers.
  • John Young will offer ways to Implement Car Cards and Way Bills for your freight car forwarding system, and some hints of managing implementation.
  • Digital Templates for car cards and waybills, plus instructions on how to digitally create them will be demonstrated by Ron St. Laurent.

Fritz Milhaupt will also share with you his fundamental passion in model railroading, by sharing his knowledge of C&O Passenger Service in Michigan. Cars, infrastructures and how each was utilized will be a part of Fritz’s Power Point presentation.

This looks like about forty-eight hours of clinics for your enjoyment and education this convention weekend. Some of these clinics have never been presented before; some are long time favorites that you may have missed in the past. All offer a chance to share the fellowship of your model railroading buddies from around the Great Lakes.

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