structures

Any aspect of structures: prototype, design, construction, painting, and installation.

Truck to rail pulpwood transfer yard

Clinician: 

This clinic describes the layout, purpose, and operation of a truck-to-rail pulpwood transfer yard operated by International Paper during the 1990s in the US Southeast. This yard was one of many such yards in operation. Structures, machinery, trucks, and special-purpose railcars will be examined, and modeling suggestions will be presented.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Friday, Aug 28 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

Detailing a transition era gas station

Clinician: 

This clinic gives a brief introduction to the development of service stations, then describes the equipment and details that would be found in such a service station in the 1940-1960 time frame. The difference between 'service stations' and 'filling stations' will be discussed, along with detail changes appropriate to the type modeled.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Saturday, Aug 29 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Hood

Building brick structures with wood

Clinician: 

Learn the basics of the Monster Modelworks brick building system.
Helps when building Monster Modelworks kits and scratchbuilding your own structures.
Learn basic kit building techniques and brick painting techniques

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Three Sisters

Add perspective to your modeling

Clinician: 

Perspective is often used to add realism to our two dimensional painted backdrops. Museum diorama builders extend perspective to their three dimensional models as well. Although this technique is rarely used in model railroads, Kermit will show you how it can enhance your railroad's visual appeal.



The clinic will include historical background and principles of both two and three dimensional perspective. True perspective modeling is more than just placing objects of different scales behind each other in a scene. Many computer based drafting programs include a perspective feature making it easier to produce suitable model drawings compared to older manual drafting methods.



Examples will be included to illustrate how three dimensional perspective modeling can make your layout seem much larger than it really is.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Tuesday, Aug 25 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sellwood

Running cattle and other beasts

Clinician: 

This clinic addresses the prototype practices of railroading and livestock. It will cover the distinctive features of stock cars, stockyard structures (corrals and loading chutes), special conditions and railroad rules for stock-handling (feeding, watering, rest stops), stock days and stock extras, seasonal movements, the large stockyards (Chicago, Omaha, Milwaukee, etc.) and stock selling and buying. The clinic climaxes with tips on modeling the stock traffic and industry.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Bachelor
Wednesday, Aug 26 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Three Sisters

Finishing and detailing structures

Clinician: 

This clinic addresses kit-bashing or cross-kits, super-detailing, scratch-built additions, and painting and weathering techniques with a variety of media, such as, wet-in-wet, dry-brushing, stains, the use of spray bombs, chemical reactions of alcohol and solvents, dry pigments, Prisma markers, the special treatment of windows (boarded, bricked, broken glass), brick mortar, etching metal foil, roofs, detailing, signage and the tools involved.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Three Sisters
Wednesday, Aug 26 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Weidler

Creative structure kitbashing

Clinician: 

Model Railroader contributing editor Tony Koester recently added a large number of structures, many of them kitbashed, to his 1954-era HO railroad in preparation for the December 2014 MR feature on his railroad and a follow-up MR Video Plus shoot. He'll discuss disguising a kit's heritage, Americanizing European buildings, using a new roof to change a kit's appearance, making stores more realistic by doubling their length, and other ways to save time while enhancing realism.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Thursday, Aug 27 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Fabricating structure details with styrene

Clinician: 

Styrene, cover glass, and simple jigs are used to fabricate windows, doors, chimneys,
and corbels of specific prototype dimensions.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Hood
Saturday, Aug 29 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Hood

Scratchbuilding an animated coal mine

Clinician: 

Monarch Mine on my HO scale C&S Northern Division needed a removable tipple structure with moving hoist cables to cover its live-coal loader mechanism. This clinic shows how to scratch build a very large animated coal mine tipple, headframe, and boiler house to match prototype photos from the 1930s. Techniques include strip wood, styrene, and brass construction, and finishing with painting and weathering. Simple electronics and motors bring the model to life.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Hood
Friday, Aug 28 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sellwood

Modeling & Operating with Track Scales

Clinician: 

Every division yard and many large industries weigh freight with track scales. Based on 15 years operating experience on my HO Scale C&S Railway this clinic shows how to model railroad track scales. It includes traditional and modern scales, track arrangements, scale houses, and scale test cars. It also explains how to systematically integrate weighing into model railroad operations, including freight movements, scale certification, and car card/way bill systems.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Hood

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