Join us this year on the first floor Clinics,Midway Auditorium Alta room where we have gathered a fantastic group of presenters.
Friday June 28, 2019
This clinic will discuss the issues encountered and problems involved in successfully setting up multi-club layouts (NTRAK, T-TRAK or other) in convention hall environments such that train operation can be reliable and continuous. It will include the issue of wireless and smartphone throttle operation in electrically noisy environments.
7:30 pm: Art Fahie – Bar Mills, Maine
Saturday June 29, 2019
10:00 am - Peter Harris - "Build a heavy-duty depressed center well car in an hour” -
Using a white metal kit from N Scale Kits, Peter Harris will work with you to build the car in the clinic. All the parts and tools required to build the car will be supplied at the clinic - just bring your modelling glasses! If you want, you can take the car away with you for a small fee and trucks, couplers and decals for the QTTX car will also be available - but advice how to make an older version of the car from the ‘40’s and ‘50’s will also be given.
11:00 am -Marc and Hans Starmans (The Netherlands) - “Optimizing sound decoders with Decoder Pro” -
These days sound is getting more prominent in N-scale and new locomotives models are often becoming available R-T-R with sound. But how do we get the most out of these decoders. How can we tweak them for the optimal sound experience? This clinic will demonstrate in an easy and safe way how we can optimize the settings of a couple of popular sound decoders using the Decoder Pro software.
12:00 pm - Keith M. Kohlmann - "Realistic Model Photography: How to Photograph Modules Outdoors"-
Have you ever wondered how some of those realistic model photos in N Scale Railroading magazine were created? Join Keith as he walks you through some simple steps to creating realistic model photos. Learn how to display your work in the "best light" possible, then stay for a stunning display of N scale models on the big screen!
1:00 pm - Steve Miazga - "Operations on an N Scale Model Railroad Without Losing Your Eyesight” -
Modeling in N Scale opens up great opportunities for running more prototypical length trains with outstanding scenery. But what happens when you want to take the layout to the next level and begin operating lots of trains with a group of fellow modelers. Clinic will cover the basics of how to develop and operating plan, issues to consider in scheduling trains to minimize “human body” interference during the sessions, promote fluid train movements with meets, and dealing with the issue of reading (or not) car numbers. The session will be based on the operating scheme I use on the Missabe Junction Railway. We typically run over 20 trains in a three hour session with a mix of switching, passenger meets, unit trains, way freights and MOW.
2:00pm - Steve Miazga - "Using Your Computer to Support Your Hobby –Working with Microsoft Office and Other Utility Programs to Support Your Hobby”
This clinic will focus on how to use Microsoft Word, Publisher and Excel to support your hobby. Examples shown include newsletters, custom decals, building and layout signage, accurate facia signing for train operations, timetables and more. We will also go over the powerful Snip-It tool and how you can use it. Clinic will be about half each presentation and demo.
3:00 pm - David Popp (Producer MR Video Plus and author of Build a Model Railroad Step by Step” - "Building the N scale Canadian Canyons layout"
Because of its potential for high scenery-to-trains ratio, N is a great scale for building mountain railroads. David Popp, producer for Model Railroader Video Plus, explains the design and construction techniques he and his team used to create the 5 x 8-foot L-shaped N scale Canadian Canyons layout. The railroad depicts modern-era Canadian Pacific and Canadian National’s joint transcontinental line following the Thompson and Fraser Rivers in British Columbia. The railroad is featured in a 70-part video series on MRVideoPlus.com, as well as a presented as a multi-part story in Model Railroader magazine, beginning in the January 2019 issue. David’s presentation combines video footage of the project, as well as a live question and answer session.