2010 Minicon
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     “The best Mini-Con I’ve ever been to,” said a longtime modeler leaving the Chesapeake-Potomac Mini-Convention in Columbia, citing the modular layouts, educational clinics and what he termed the best convention site he could remember.  The Mini-Con was held in the South Columbia Baptist Church.   Superintendent Marshall Abrams, reflecting on the organization and joint effort of the two divisions, said, “It was a very successful operation, the way things came together with everyone contributing their best efforts.”   He said he was especially pleased with the organization of the modular setups. “There was a great feeling and a great ambiance because everyone was in the same room. Starting with the White Elephant table, members could see how all the pieces fit together to create a final layout.” Clint Hyde, the ex-president of the Mid-East Region, organized and staffed White Elephant books, kits and memorabilia. WElephant
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modulars
modulars
modulars
     Modular layouts, always popular, were the work of the Meade Area Model Railroad Society with 15 highly detailed modules;
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 the Baltimore Area Ntrak Club with 16 modules, including, in part, the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Baltimore;
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and the Northern Virginia NTrak club with an astounding 50 minimodules and the biggest classification yard in the room. NVNTRAK T-TRAK set-up
NVNTRAK T-TRAK set-up
NVNTRAK T-TRAK set-up
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T_TRAK3
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T-TRAk house on fire9
T-TRAk house on fire9
T-TRAk house on fire9
Click here for information on these modular groups.
 Clinics, organized by Mark Andersen, drew high marks all around. Click here for more information. One modeler showed off a sedum tree he had made, saying “it’s the most realistic tree I’ve seen and I’ve seen them all.”  Then he said, smiling, “My wife will be growing sedum in the garden from now on.”  Bob Sprague-trees
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sedum trees
sedum trees
sedum trees
    Mark reported that the clinics were excellent, all serving their advertised purpose, many attuned to operation. “Some,” he said, “were incredibly well-attended.” John Drye demonstrated weathering. 
     Click here for more clinic  information.
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John Drye-weathering
John Drye-weathering
There was a Lucky Strike Extra in a special demonstration by Ben Hom, a modeler who brought examples of upgraded Walthers X29 rolling stock. Ben showed how he did it, featuring examples of repairing, weathering and detailing, the essentials for a realistic roster. 
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Ben Hom
Ben Hom
   Clerk Bill Demas, as usual and as expected, greeted and registered modelers, holding sway at the registration table, counting money, encouraging formfilling and checking National Model Railroad Association membership,assisted by Chesapeake Superintendent Kurt Thompson. Working the election table were Russ Forte and Gerhard Klose Bill Demas registration779
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Bill Demas registration779
Russ Forte, Gerhard Klose, Mark ANdersen
Russ Forte, Gerhard Klose, Mark ANdersen
Russ Forte, Gerhard Klose, Mark ANdersen
      In the Contest room, Ed Price, Greg Meeks, Martin Brechbiel and Brian Sheron were among the judges, examining models for Achievement Program points and encouraging exhibits under the title Celebration of Modeling.   When the dust had cleared, models by Brian and Jim Burnside had earned achievement points. In the popular vote contest, among models on display and those seeking points, Bill Day‘s bascule draw bridge took first, and Brian’s Halesite Landing and pickle car tied for second.
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Ben Hom - HO scale freight cars1
Ben Hom - HO scale freight cars1
Ben Hom - HO scale freight cars1
Ben Hom - HO scale freight cars2
Ben Hom - HO scale freight cars2
Ben Hom - HO scale freight cars2
Ben Hom - HO scale freight cars 3
Ben Hom - HO scale freight cars 3
Ben Hom - HO scale freight cars 3
Bill Day - HO scale bascule Bridge 2
Bill Day - HO scale bascule Bridge 2
Bill Day - HO scale bascule Bridge 2
Bill day - HO scale bascule bridge 1
Bill day - HO scale bascule bridge 1
Bill day - HO scale bascule bridge 1
Bill Day - HO scale Steel Mill1
Bill Day - HO scale Steel Mill1
Bill Day - HO scale Steel Mill1
Bill Day - HO scale steel mill2
Bill Day - HO scale steel mill2
Bill Day - HO scale steel mill2
Brian Sheron - HO Pickle Car
Brian Sheron - HO Pickle Car
Brian Sheron - HO Pickle Car
Brian Sheron - HO Reading Stock car
Brian Sheron - HO Reading Stock car
Brian Sheron - HO Reading Stock car
Brian Sheron - HO scale Halsite Marine
Brian Sheron - HO scale Halsite Marine
Brian Sheron - HO scale Halsite Marine
Jim Burnside - HO Coke Pusher1
Jim Burnside - HO Coke Pusher1
Jim Burnside - HO Coke Pusher1
Jim Burnside - HO Coke Pusher2
Jim Burnside - HO Coke Pusher2
Jim Burnside - HO Coke Pusher2
Robert Johnson - O scale Traction models 2
Robert Johnson - O scale Traction models 2
Robert Johnson - O scale Traction models 2
Robert Johnson - O scale traction 3
Robert Johnson - O scale traction 3
Robert Johnson - O scale traction 3
Robert Johnson - O scale Traction models 1
Robert Johnson - O scale Traction models 1
Robert Johnson - O scale Traction models 1