Clinic schedule

We are planning for about 50 clinics, with most being presented twice (to provide more opportunity for you to schedule the clinics of most interest to you).  As with past conventions, clinics will be presented in the evenings Wednesday through Friday, and in the mornings Thursday through Saturday.  Don't forget to check out our hands-on clinics, too (extra fare required!).

Confirmed Clinics

Clinic TitleClinicianSummary
2-foot Gauge in the HimalayasPete OlsonAn unlikely narrow gauge railway continues to serve the population of East Bengal in the Himalayan foothills north of Calcutta, India. Built to serve the British thirst for high-quality tea and for military protection during a period of unrest in the late 1870s. This 2-foot gauge branch line of the Broad Gauge Indian Railways survives to this day. Traveling through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, it is now a World Heritage Site. The presentation will include maps and track diagrams, vintage photos and a short video.
30 Years of ModulesSteve Hollenbach This is a history of the Mudhens and Steve's own modeling experience, along with some lessons learned building, operating and displaying HOn3 modules.
A Traveling Toolbox for The Craftsman ModelerRon GuttmanFollow along as Ron takes you through the design and construction of his unique toolbox system which he developed so that you can take your model building on the road with you. You’ll also learn about several add-on accessories you can make, whether you build the toolbox or not. This project was featured in the 2018 On30 Annual.
Alishan Forest RailwayBill HobbsBill has put together a clinic on the Alishan Forest Railway in Taiwan, a 30 inch narrow gauge logging/tourist line that traverses very challenging terrain.  Bill did this clinic around 2000 but has new photos, Youtube videos and his own photos from a recent trip. 
Alpine Tunnel Area 60 + Years of HistoryCharles ProudfootChuck made his first trip to the Alpine tunnel as part of a Chaffee County jeep caravan in 1957. Over the next 60 years he has made repeated trips to the Alpine engine house area each time documenting what he saw or what he learned in slides and prints. The clinic will include historic photos and field measurements of the Alpine engine house area. 
Applications of Weathering MixRick HunterWill demonstrate many applications of Hunterline Weathering Mix, and will show applications for wood, plastics, Hydrocal, foams and other mediums and how to achieve multiple color surfaces. 
Building Geodesic Foam SceneryJoel BragdonTake your scenery modeling to the next level. This informative and entertaining two hour session will demonstrate how to easily create any geologic features needed for your layout. Dream it, make it. Easy to learn, fun to build. Best possible detail and color. Very light weight, ultra durable, safe and odorless resin materials for indoor and outdoor layouts. 
Building Techniques for Laser-Cut KitsBill BantaA presentation by Bill of the best techniques and practices to use in the construction of the current crop of laser-cut kits.
Cedar Shingling Made Easy (with Real Cedar) & Other Easy Roofing TechniquesL. Todd LeftwichEasy tips & techniques for roofing scale structures. Topics will include corrugated metal and standing seam metal sheet preparation and application, as well as appealing tar paper/felt rolled roofing. Particular attention will be paid to easy methods of applying real cedar shingles for a professional roofer’s look without the hassle of the age-old pic-n-put methods.
Considerations to Improve your Dioramas, Structures and LayoutsLarry DiehlThe clinic brings awareness to and examines concepts at layout, orientation, angles, offset’s, recesses and shadowiness, to enhance the observers first impression of your model, display or layout. Review approaches using “a touch of art” to make visual interest.
Custom Decals for Your Model RailroadDave RoederDave will cover the design, production and application of decals using Windows 10 software and ink jet decal paper. Numerous examples will be shown in the presentation.
Designing a Layout Based on a Specific Prototype: Making the RGS My OwnKenneth Ehlers, MMRThis clinic will look at how Ken designed his Sn3 Pandora & San Miguel Railway to follow the Rio Grande Southern and will look at the many modifications and compromises that were necessary in order to fit his layout into a specific space. The clinic will focus on designing a track plan that balances prototype scenic realism with a desire to achieve realistic operations. 
Designing a Small Sn3 Layout for OperationsRobin PeelHow to plan a small Sn3 Layout for interesting (and fun) operations, including solo. This will include the selection of a prototype, and leveraging modern technologies and tools.
Digital Model Railroad PhotographyKenneth Ehlers, MMRDigital photography has come of age; with a bit of knowledge the difficult task of taking model photos has become much easier. This clinic will cover everything that you need to know to begin taking the kind of photos that win pries and are coveted by magazine editors. Both beginning and advance technique will be discussed including the following; camera equipment, lighting, photo techniques, photo composition, and software techniques. There will be a comprehensive handout for attendees.
Early Colorado SmeltersLind WickershamFor those who have wondered what took place inside of Colorado smelters, this clinic provides a mid-level overview of the processes, equipment and materials associated with smelting precious metals. Clinic will include examples of modeling a small smelter.
Eastern Narrow Gauge Prototypes You Can ModeGeorge Pierson, MMRThis clinic will present thumb-nail histories, with photos, of lesser-known narrow gauge railroads east of the Mississippi. Lines like the Pittsburg & Western, the Toledo,  Delphos & St. Louis, the Ohio Rive & Western and the Tuscarora Valley make great prototypes to develop into layouts. George is the former editor of an eastern narrow gauge historical newsletter, an avid HOn3 modeler and author.
Fine Tuning Brass LocosFuzzy AnstineFuzzy will show how to identify mechanical and electrical problems in brass locomotives and show the ways to fix them. He will also discuss the installation of DCC with sound and LED lighting effects. 
Growing Up with the Black Canyon of The Gunnison RiverTerry WheelerThe clinic will cover—A brief history of the D&RG railroad’s amazing route through this virtually impenetrable canyon—A milepost by milepost trip through the canyon between Sapinero and Cimarron, Colorado—How it related to Terry’s family and the impression it made on him growing up—A description of the area as it is today.
History of Logging & Sawmill Operations in Texas & LouisianaChuck Lind, MMRAs the timber resources were being depleted in the Northern Michigan and Wisconsin, the vast timber resources in the East Texas area remained untouched. That changed after the civil war as the railroads moved in and opened up the vast long leaf pine forests in the South. In the beginning most of the logging railroads in Texas were narrow gauge—over 30 of them. Chuck will cover the early history and up through the “Golden Age of Logging” in Texas and Louisiana, which lasted until the Second World War.
I Can’t Believe It’s Not WaterBill ObenaufWater: it’s a modeling element many struggle with or even fear. Bill Obenauf will share tips and techniques to help you create bodies of water with eye-fooling realism. Learn three essential components that will elevate your model water to a level of museum quality. Plus, the ONE thing you can do to prevent a common headache associated with modeling water. By the end of the clinic, you’ll be able to model lakes and rivers that will make viewers say; “I can’t believe it’s not water!”
Layout LightingGerry CornwellProfessional lighting designer Gerry Cornwell presents a review of lighting design for the train room. Topics include light sources, color temperature, color rendering, light fixtures, controls, and designed for typical shelf, double decker, and island layouts. There is a comparison of actual costs and savings for fluorescent and LED system. Topics include a review of methods to achieve day/night effects and automation.
Lighting Craftsman Structure Kits Using LEDsBill SartoreThis clinic covers the basics of lighting craftsman type structure kits. Topics include; what to light, LED types, using LEDs, series and parallel circuits, wiring methods, step-by-step examples and tips, tricks and traps. 
Marshall Pass III — Operations in the 1920sPat StudentPat will discuss daily operations at Marshall Pass in 1924. Analysis of surviving train registers, station set out reports and other documents provide the script for the daily parade of trains. This includes scheduled, extras, second sections, passenger extras, helpers, and work extras.
Modeling the ET&WNC in HOn3Johnny GraybealThe East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad (also know as the Tweetsie) is the best known narrow gauge in the Southeast, and has many fans. It has been a difficult railroad to model, but  that has changed. This clinic will cover the history of the engines and rolling stock and the exciting new kits available for modeler’s in HOn3.
Modeling the N & W, 1950sGary HooverThe clinic will describe the methods use to recreate specific scenes on the Norfolk & Western Railroad in the mid-1950’s. with emphasis on those scenes made famous by the late O. Winston Link. We’ll also discuss some special photoshop techniques used to create more realistic backdrops, fog, etc.
Modeling the Prototype - North Whitefield, MainePete Magoun, MMRModeling prototypical scenery is not hard to do. Pete will walk through the processes involved in creating a prototypical scene, with an unexpected benefit. This is NOT a scenery demo; it’s a voyage through the planning and execution process.
Narrow Gauge Preservation FoundationAllen PollockAllen will talk about the benefits of being a member of the Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation as well as current and future projects . New members will receive a DVD filmed by Sam on the Cumbers & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Sam has won numerous photo awards at narrow Gauge Conventions.
Operations on the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR—Vida DivDean SmithDean will discuss operation on his HOn3 ET&WNC layout. He will examine operation on the prototype and the compromises I made to facilitate challenging, realistic operation on my model railroad, which consist of dispatcher control, freight and passenger train movements, timetable operation with a fast-clock, and waybill-driven freight car movements. Note: An article about Dean’s railroad’s operation appeared in the 2016 HOn3 Annual magazine. 
Painting and Weathering Detail CastingsBrent GallantLearn the award winning techniques pioneered by Brett to paint and weather the many detail castings included in his craftsman kits. Over the last 25 years, SierraWest Scale Model kits have featured both metal and resin castings. This clinic will discuss the materials and tools used to achieve award winning results on both types.
Painting with AcrylicsGreg GrayGreg will cover the following topics; preparing the painting surface, blending foreground & background as one unit, jar & tube colors—the different uses, warm and cool colors, brushes—different types—what each can do, care of brushes, coloring rock castings, weathering cars, locos and buildings, painting figures, how to mist things and making a glaze.
Prototype Photos and the Models that FollowedSam SwansonA lone prototype photo can serve as the basis for modeling  structures, rolling stock, details, and sometimes, entire scenes. This clinic presents twenty prototype photos and a variety of HO and O-scale models that were built from them. In addition to mockup and construction techniques, painting and weathering approaches will be illustrated for a full account of how each model was completed. 
Scenery Tips and TechniquesBill CantwellJoin Guy for a rundown of scenery techniques and tips. The clinic will cover basic principles in scenery design and application and will provide many tips for creating more realistic and effected scenery. Guy will discuss how to  design your track plan and layout infrastructure to facilitate great scenery and will offer some tips for more effective use of the common scenic elements—trees, grass, rocks, dirt and ground cover. He will demonstrate the application of many of these ideas with photos from his layout.
Soldering for Model BuildersPete OlsonThis clinic will  cover different classes of soldering, available types of solders and fluxes, material and joint preparation, the appropriate tools and their use and methods & strategies for successful solder joints. If time allows, a few demonstrations may also be provided. 
Swiss Watch Motive PowerBill BusaccaBeautiful collector models don’t always run like Swiss watches. Fix your motive power before you install the Tsunami and your OPS session will be way more fun.
The Advantages & Disadvantages  of Using 3-D Printing for Your ProjectRobb ThomasRobb will discuss various types of 3D printers and creating items in CAD and sending them to Shapeways as well as in house laser cutters.  Rather than being printer or CAD specific his clinic will be more about design and materials.  There will be finished models and rough parts available for inspection.
The Kennebec Centraal RRJeff SchumakerThe Kennebec Central was the shortest of the Maine two foot gauge railroads, at only five miles in length, it had only one customer, the National Soldiers’ Home at Togus, which it served successfully for almost 40 years. Rostering no more than two locomotives at one time, it provided transportation of people, goods and coal with only five passenger cars and a dozen freight cars. Come and see why the little railroad endeared itself to the residents of southern Kennebec Country, as well as the surrounding region. 
Trestle Construction & InstallationJohn KalinJohn will discuss construction tips on building trestle bents, decks and bracing plus scenery considerations for locating your trestle.  
Tribute to the Maxwells—John and Bruce—Father and SonRodney GuggenheimThis is the clinic that Bruce did in Portland, Maine. Rodney obtained a  copy of the presentation from Bruce before he past on. The presentation includes 315 color and B & W,  photographs of the Colorado & Southern narrow gauge. The photos depict the line, the equipment and the scrapping of the line.
V2.0 Building Detailed StructuresLind WickershamSee additional examples for building detailed structures not available in kit-form, and modeling techniques to create them which can also be used to modify or enhance kit building. Lind discusses modeling prototype structures when there are photographs, but few or no actual dimensions. Modeling in wood, styrene and other materials will be described with finish and weathering given special attention. 
Weathering AnythingJoel BragdonThis clinic will cover a broad range of weathering methods and materials including some traditional old favorites and some that are new or little known. Weathering wood, metal, plastic, paper and plaster for model cars, structures, details, and scenery and much more will be demonstrated. Near the end of the clinic, each attendee will be invited to try some of the materials and techniques that’d they have seen and leave the clinic with some samples.
West Side Lumber Company Vehicles/Equipment (1935-1957) Part 1 “The Woods”Joe PiazzaThe clinic will cover the evolution of the usage of log trucks, crawlers and support equipment in the harvesting and transportation of the timber to the rail transfer on the West Side during the period of 1935 to1957.
West Side Lumber Company Vehicles/Equipment (1935-1957) Part 2 “The Plant”Joe PiazzaThe clinic will cover the evolution of the usage of lumber handling equipment and support equipment at the West Side Lumber plant at Tuolumne, CA during the period of 1935 to1957.
Westside Lumber, An OverviewTim GodfreyAll color clinic on the West Side Lumber Company. Tim will discuss operations in both the woods and the town. Lots of new info and pictures have been added since the clinic was last presented. Dedicated to Tim McCarney, long time West Side historian.
Wood 101Gerry CornwellGerry Cornwell former owner of Mt. Albert Scale Lumber, reviews the methods and tools for making fine scale lumber. He also demonstrates the basics and some more advanced methods for modeling with scale wood. Topics include graining, knots, nail holes, painting and staining and peeling paint effects. Clinic includes a brief overview of the use of PanPastels with wood.
Working with Scale StripwoodBrent GallantSierra West Scale Model kits have always utilized board on board modeling since the beginning 25 years ago. In this clinic, Brett Gallant will show you his time tested techniques for weathering and coloring scale stripwood. Both tools and materials will be discussed. These techniques are geared to work well in any scale and have been featured in many award winning models.