Potomac Division Minicon Program

March 24, 2007 at St Matthew's United Methodist Church

8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003



Schedule (as of December 21, 2006)

#7 Model Railroad Protography - Paul Dolkos  

  White Ele­phant Sale
All models to be judged must be in place by 9:00









Contest display and judging

Modular layout operations

Come run a train
#1 Background Building Using Your Computer & the Internet - Marshall Abrams #3 Getting your MRR Authors Achievement - Martin Brechbiel
lunch & meeting
#2 Ceiling Tile Rocks - Mark Andresen #8  Creating Brass Stencils for Your Logo - Gil Fuchs #4 Building in Wood: flatcar, small freight station, or milk station (Hands-on) - Martin Brechbiel
Contest Awards (if judging complete)
#5  Weathering - John Drye


#6 Making Pine and Cypress Tress of the Southeast  Michael Hart
Final announcements


Clinics (as of December 21, 2006)


1. Background Building Using Your Computer & the Internet - Marshall Abrams
We will cover commercial backdrops, backdrop painting ideas especially clouds, getting  and using pictures from the internet, manipulating pictures, sharpness, resolution & printing, how to touch-up pictures, and perspective. We will see how to mock up the scene, paste buildings to backdrop, and use standoff spacers for 3d appearance. Two worked examples will be presented­a downtown urban scene and a light industry. Reference material includes lots of pointers to web resources, a list of top free or shareware photo editors, and a book list. Computer briefing with many examples; briefing handout provided.
2. Ceiling Tile Rocks -  Mark Andresen

A Power Point presentation on geologic forms and trap rock, a moment of discovery. Why are ceiling tiles used? When should they be used? How are the tiles to be used? How do I get started? Thoughts, tips, and ideas along the way. Give credit where credit is due. An hour presentation discussing creating rock formations using ceiling tiles and the medium for construction. A handout will be available. 

3. Getting your MRR Authors Achievement - Martin Brechbiel
So, you're contemplating working towards getting your Author Certificate in the NMRA Achievement Program with the end result going straight to quaking in fear with memories of those endless term papers that tormented you for another time and place. This is really far less intimidating than it appears and really is a readily achievable category that is also a creative experience that encompasses giving clinics, videotape, web pages, or the traditional article format at a variety of levels. We'll go through all of the requirements & rules, discuss the "nuts & bolts" of how to do it, as well as go through my experiences with personal hints and tips for being a successful Model Railroad Author.
4. Building in Wood: flatcar, small freight station, or milk station (Hands-on) - Martin Brechbiel
Building in Wood (Hands-on clinic) will be a "builder's choice" of 3 kits: a flatcar, a small freight station, or a milk station @ a cost of just $15. Bring your tools! The available numbers of the latter two kits are very limited (2 & 5, respectively), so this is a 1st come, 1st served opportunity, and maybe the last chance to build the small freight station kit!



5. Weathering -  John Drye
There are as many weathering techniques as there are colors of dirt. Two of the most popular are painting with washes and dry-brushes (lots of thinned paint and just a little paint, respectively) and dusting with artists' chalks. The clinic will look at these techniques as well as ways to show damage, maintenance and repainting. To see how weathered cars look, the first step is to take a look at prototype cars, to see how nature ruins the railroads' collections. If you model the modern era, all you need to do is to continue to photograph the train after the engines pass. If you model an older era, there is tremendous variety of published material with good color pictures of dirty, rusted dented, stained and grungy rolling stock. Just what we're looking for!

Go from this: … …………………………………………to this!!!

6. Making Pine and Cypress Trees of the Southeast - Michael Hart

Constructing Pine and Cypress trees of the south eastern U.S., using stick, clay and caulk techniques together w/ tree root branches, build a model from scratch fallowing four easy steps to create a very realistic looking tree.The photo shows the type of trees that will be modeled.

7.  Model Railroad Protography -  Paul Dolkos

A Portfolio of Prototype Based Layouts.
Over the years Paul has photographed many model railroads.  In this clinic he will present a selection of photos of many of the layouts and talk about what the builders wanted to accomplish and other stories about the modeler.

8. Creating Brass Stencils for Your Logo - Gil Fuchs

When decals just won't do the job, you can't find them, or you can't get your hands on an Alps printer  - create and paint your own logo on your preferred rolling stock using this technique, which is borrowed from the world of PCB production. The process is not very complicated, using your preferred graphic editing program (Corel Draw examples will be shown), and materials available at your local Radio Shack store and on-line. The result is a durable brass stencil that can be used over and over with your airbrush to paint logos on a large number of cars, engines and/or buildings. As an added bonus, the printed logo can be made to have the fuzzy look of sprayed-on lettering, as in the prototype. 


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