Clinics

FRIDAY, June 18

Nick Bulgarino

Beginning In O Scale And On a Budget

1 p.m. Friday, June 18

Many O scale modelers began in HO or N scale before choosing to make the move to 1:48. Others, such as Nick, started out in O scale at a relatively young age.  Unlike other scales, 1:48 can take a different approach that includes asking questions. What models are available and where does one find them? Is O scale expensive? How do I find other O scalers?” Nick knows the answers, and he knows how to find the most enjoyment in O scale regardless of whether you are new to the hobby, new to the scale, and needing to know how to make the most of your hobby pocket change.

 

David Schultz

Creating Your Own Passenger Car Kits

1 p.m. Friday, June 18

David Schultz is building four double deck Chicago & North Western commuter cars. Drawing on his contest-winning model building experiences, David will walk you through his research on the prototype and how he converted measurements into three-dimensional patterns and molds to create ends, sides, and interiors of a unique car. David’s techniques can be used to create your own kits for many passenger and freight cars.

 

Bob Lavezzi

The Story Behind Atlas Billboard Reefers

2 p.m. Friday, June 18

Bob provided the billboard reefer drawings to Atlas O, which allowed O scalers to acquire a colorful collection of cars. The reefers are popular for their colorful schemes, references to local communities, and reflective of a time when companies grabbed extra awareness and attention as their “rolling billboards” crossed the country.

 

Eric Peterson

Sectional and Portable Layout Planning

2 p.m. Friday, June 18

Eric Peterson knows that life brings changes and those changes mean being able to move from home to home in different states. Giving careful thought to track planning, benchwork building, and layout wiring are the best way to reduce frustrations and make getting trains running quickly again after a move possible. Eric will share his best advice on this topic based on years of experience in moving his own layout from state to state.

 

John Johnson

How I Designed And Built An O Scale Sectional Layout

2 p.m. Friday, June 18

John Johnson’s Longmont, Terminal & Northern is an O scale sectional layout that uses a lightweight design he developed to create a portable display that is easy to handle and set up. His creative approach to a portable layout even includes transportation crates specifically made to make the job easier. John will share his secrets on materials to use, construction techniques, scenery considerations, and set up, tear down, and transportation tips.

 

James Schultz

How To Build A Turnout In 50 Minutes

Sponsored by Right-O’-Way

3 p.m. Friday, June 18

James Schultz  is building dozens of turnouts by hand for his Milwaukee Road O scale railroad. Using points, frogs, and detail parts provided by Right-O’-Way, James will show how he builds a turnout from beginning to end and share his tips and insights. This is a great chance to learn how realistic and affordable turnouts are literally at hand.

 

Paul Hanson

Powering Your Locomotives: DC, DCC, or Deadrail?

3 p.m. Friday, June 18

The first model trains were effectively deadrail – either pushed by hand or wound up with a key. Soon powerpacks providing electricity through the track rails became the norm (AC or DC with the latter prevailing from the 1950s-90s). Today, DC remains a viable option, yet many modelers are making investments in DCC, or Digital Command Control. Then again, there is a growing interest in Deadrail, thanks to improving technology in batteries and related electronics. How does each system work? What might be right for you? Paul has the insights and the answers.

 

 

SATURDAY, June 19

James Schultz

How To Build A Turnout In 50 Minutes

Sponsored by Right-O’-Way

10 a.m. Saturday, June 19

James Schultz  is building dozens of turnouts by hand for his Milwaukee Road O scale railroad. Using points, frogs, and detail parts provided by Right-O’-Way, James will show how he builds a turnout from beginning to end and share his tips and insights. This is a great chance to learn how realistic and affordable turnouts are literally at hand.

 

Bob Lavezzi

The Story Behind Atlas Billboard Reefers

10 a.m. Saturday, June 19

Bob provided the billboard reefer drawings to Atlas O, which allowed O scalers to acquire a colorful collection of cars. The reefers are popular for their colorful schemes, references to local communities, and reflective of a time when companies grabbed extra awareness and attention as their “rolling billboards” crossed the country.

 

Leonard Carey Williams

Early O Scale From The Beginnings To 1955

11 a.m. Saturday, June 19

Few people today have an awareness of the O scale models that made 148 modeling possible. Steam locomotives, pre-fabricated track, and rolling stock were often well-detailed and made from the materials of the day. Even fewer people today know what to look for from companies such as Hines. Only Leonard Cary Williams has tracked down the few notable rare and amazing examples of O scale history. He will share what he has discovered while researching the backstories of Adams and All-Nation and Atwater and…?

 

Eric Peterson

Sectional and Portable Layout Planning

11 a.m. Saturday, June 19

Eric Peterson knows that life brings changes and those changes mean being able to move from home to home in different states. Giving careful thought to track planning, benchwork building, and layout wiring are the best way to reduce frustrations and make getting trains running quickly again after a move possible. Eric will share his best advice on this topic based on years of experience in moving his own layout from state to state.

 

David Schultz

Creating Your Own Passenger Car Kits

1 p.m. Saturday, June 19

David Schultz is building four double deck Chicago & North Western commuter cars. Drawing on his contest-winning model building experiences, David will walk you through his research on the prototype and how he converted measurements into three-dimensional patterns and molds to create ends, sides, and interiors of a unique car. David’s techniques can be used to create your own kits for many passenger and freight cars.

 

Hugh Blaney

Realist Roofs For O Scale Buildings

1 p.m. Saturday, June 19

Detail in O scale begins from the track up, and from the shingles down. Hugh Blaney will show how he creates amazingly realistic roofs for buildings using his own models to illustrate his tips and techniques. Whether you are building from scratch or superdetailing a craftsman kit, you will find Hugh’s achievements both informational and inspiration.

 

Jim DeBruin

A Survey of O-Scale Locomotive Drives

2 p.m. Saturday, June 19

Jim DeBruin writes the authors the O Scale Archeology column in every issue of O Scale Trains Magazine. To a great extent, locomotive drive technology has converged on a handful of common configurations. The “China Drive,” for instance, is well-known and ubiquitous. It took decades of experimentation, innovation, and trial and error to get to the standardization of design we see today. This clinic presents an informal survey of the many varied and interesting drives that are found over the years since the first O-scale appeared in the mid-1920s. Videos of drives in action and “show-and-tell” pass-arounds are included.

 

Paul Hanson

Powering Your Locomotives: DC, DCC, or Deadrail?

2 p.m. Saturday, June 19

The first model trains were effectively deadrail – either pushed by hand or wound up with a key. Soon powerpacks providing electricity through the track rails became the norm (AC or DC with the latter prevailing from the 1950s-90s). Today, DC remains a viable option, yet many modelers are making investments in DCC, or Digital Command Control. Then again, there is a growing interest in Deadrail, thanks to improving technology in batteries and related electronics. How does each system work? What might be right for you? Paul has the insights and the answers.

 

Nick Bulgarino

Beginning In O Scale And On a Budget

3 p.m. Saturday, June 19

Many O scale modelers began in HO or N scale before choosing to make the move to 1:48. Others, such as Nick, started out in O scale at a relatively young age.  Unlike other scales, 1:48 can take a different approach that includes asking questions. What models are available and where does one find them? Is O scale expensive? How do I find other O scalers?” Nick knows the answers, and he knows how to find the most enjoyment in O scale regardless of whether you are new to the hobby, new to the scale, and needing to know how to make the most of your hobby pocket change.

 

Charles Goodrich

Making Perfect Measurements For Building Wood And Metal Models

3 p.m. Saturday, June 19

Charles has developed several aids in making accurate cuts in both wood and metal for building models.  Starting with the basic measurement devices and move quickly into the modifications that he has made to his own workshop equipment, Charles look at how to effectively use rulers, micrometers, dividers, and other instruments. O scalers enjoy building models with their hands. Charles shows you how to do this in a way that is quick, accurate, and measurable.

 

Rick Trinkle

Modern Model Manufacturing Methodologies

3 p.m. Saturday, June 19

Rick Trinkle is considering proceeding with a significant run of modern O scale coal hoppers. In researching the latest manufacturing possibilities, Rick has generated an extensive inventory of ways to make things happen. This overview will look at building rail models in the most effective means possible for the type of model desired. Most manufacturing methodologies available today will be examined, such as the machines required, the materials to build, and the processes involved. Examples of finished models and models currently in production will be on display… all in hopes to incite you to build with spirit and tenacity. WARNING: This clinic involves several live demos…this could get messy!

 

John Johnson

How I Designed And Built An O Scale Sectional Layout

10 p.m. Saturday, June 19

John Johnson’s Longmont, Terminal & Northern is an O scale sectional layout that uses a lightweight design he developed to create a portable display that is easy to handle and set up. His creative approach to a portable layout even includes transportation crates specifically made to make the job easier. John will share his secrets on materials to use, construction techniques, scenery considerations, and set up, tear down, and transportation tips.