Our regular meetings are held at 1:00 pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month (except June, July, and August).

Highlights of our next regular meeting:

  • Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00pm
  • Location: Olivet College, 103 Mott Hall, Olivet MI.
  • Program/Clinic: Terry Davis will lead us in Scratch Building with Wood. See more below.
  • Show And Tell: None this month to allow time for the clinic.
  • Layout Tour: Doc Flemining’s On3 scale Nehi Lumber & Mining Railroad. This will probably be the last time Doc will be able to host us at his layout.


For the March 9 make and take clinic, we will be constructing a small all-purpose shed. The hoped for outcomes will be a chance to try simulating rolled tarpaper roofing and to stain, paint and drybrush the model after construction. This clinic will (in the HO scale version ) introduce the concept of using a laminate of two 1/32 thick pieces of basswood for the walls. The parts for the walls will all be precut (I’m using a Cricut crafting machine) which I will bring and briefly demonstrate. Windows and doors will be preprimed, also. I did get a few emails and we did a hand raise of attendees at the last Div 5 meeting. I am planning based on that. If you said you were coming, and can’t, please email me at so I can send out word that a “kit” is now available. I counted 13 hands at the meeting in Feb for HO scale and I have 15 sets available. I counted 4 N scale folks and one person emailed – so a total of 5 N scalers. The Div is asking $5.00 for the HO scalers and $3.00 from the N-scalers to cover materials.

I’m listing the tools I’d recommend you bring if you have them. I will have extras available, so don’t feel like you need to place a rush order for anything if you lack one or two (or even any) of the items listed below. I will provide ink/alcohol stain, dissecting needles for those adventurous HO scalers who want to add nail holes, and waxed paper to separate plans from the parts you are gluing.

  • Xacto knife w new #11 blade (and a new chisel blade might be handy)
  • Single edged razor blade
  • White glue and gel ACC – I’ll have a bottle of canopy glue on hand if folks reach the point of adding glaze
  • Fine jewelers forceps (tweezers)
  • Weights – I use some old Minie bullets I have on hand, but bottles of craft paint will work
  • Magnetic gluing jig, or a machinists square – ie – stuff to make the corners square
  • Craft paint – dark grey or black, several earth tones, base wall color – white or off white or red?
  • Paint brushes – especially one for doing dry brushing
  • Cutting board or chopper
  • Optivisor
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Scale rule
  • Small file
  • Scissors for cutting up the plans
  • Patience

We will be meeting in the same room and building as we normally do at Olivet College, 103 Mott Hall. Enter through the north door of Mott. I believe it is the 2nd or 3rd door on the left. Doc Fleming will have his On3 layout open. If anyone has not seen Doc’s work – it is a must see.


Editor’s note: For your GPS, 227 College St. should get you there. It is the corner of College St. and East St.

Remaining regular meeting dates for 2019 are:

  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June: No Meeting
  • July: No Meeting
  • August: No Meeting
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14
Regular meeting dates for 2020 are:

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9
  • June: No Meeting
  • July: No Meeting
  • August: No Meeting
  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12