Yes, we have clinics and are fortunate to have many of the clinicians from the 2020 "Van Nuys Local" Convention agree to give their clinics aboard the Orange Blossom Special. If you had “to die for” the 2020 clinic, you may find it in our Orange Blossom clinic line up. Due to the cost of the material provided for the following clinics we will have to charge a nominal fee for participating in them.


We list the clinics in alphabetical order of the clinicians. The first listing is just the titles, go farther down in the list to see the description of each clinic.




Painting People (extra fare $5, limit 20 attendees)

Clinician: Carl Heimberger

After many years of working on my model railroad I came to the realization one day that I had created a ghost town, there were no people.  So yes, I ordered several hundred dollars’ worth of people to populate the layout. Well, much to my dismay not only being expensive many did not even fit into the era or scene.  So, I ordered several multi packs of unpainted people both standing and sitting. Sure, the first 10 or so where totally unacceptable, but that was part of the learning curve.  I also want my people doing things that most pre-painted one are not doing like stacking orange crates, picking oranges from trees, moving ice blocks for ice refers, wearing hats typical of the era, etc.  So, with a little trial and error I was able to modify the people and paint them in appropriate colors. In this clinic I will share tips I have learned and things not to try, and as time permits participants will try painting a few people.  This is an extra fare clinic $5 and limited to 20 participants.


Basic Kit-Build Workshop (extra fare $30, limit 20 attendees)

Clinicians: Carl Heimberger, Richard Hock, Dave Arendes and Gary Butts

In this 5 to 6-hour work-shop oriented clinic, participants will be given the opportunity to build the HO scale DPM kit “Humble Home” guided by experienced model builders in a very individually focused atmosphere.  This is meant to be a low stress clinic so if you have a question or need help just ask for it.   This will be a great clinic if you have never constructed a DPM kit, or want to learn new techniques, tips and tricks to improve the quality of your models. And the clinic is limited to only 15 attendees.  You will learn to properly prepare, fit and glue parts together, paint and apply finishing details to the kit.  There is a fee of $30 to attend the clinic which includes the  kit, glue, paint, and brushes needed to do the work will be provided, but there are a few basic personal tools you should bring with you to the clinic.  Short breaks will be taken during the clinic including a lunch break and attendees are encouraged to return on time as the clinic will proceed on schedule. We will be using glue and paint so older clothing should be worn. Pre-registration for this clinic is required.

Basic tools required.

  • Small plastic cutting mat.
  • # 1 Excel knife with lots of extra #11 blades.
  • Scale ruler/straight edge
  • Small mill file 6”
  • Emery boards.
  • Small square.
  • And of course, any of your favorite tools and paint brushes, etc.





Owl Mountain Lumber Load Clinic (extra fare $8, limit 24 attendees)

Clinicians: James Keena  

Each participant will be provided an Owl Mountain Models Lumber Load Sprue for painting and assembling their own stack of lumber to take home for placing on flat cars, in gondolas or as a scenery. Paints, bushes, glue and hobby knifes will be provided, but you may bring your own tools and supplies as well. In this follow along hands on clinic painting techniques will be demonstrated to so to achieve realistic looking rough-cut lumber.



Multi-Media Hands-On Weathering Clinic (extra fare $5, limit 24 attendees)

Clinicians: Pete Steinmetz and James Keena

In this Clinic various weathering techniques will be demonstrated by Pete Steinmetz via an overhead projection camera while you will be able to follow along and practice the weathering technique on clinic provided cars.  Weathering techniques include Pan Pastels, pigments, washes, colored pencils and other media. We will discuss how to plan and prepare for a realistic weathering project. James Keena will answer questions and assist participants throughout the presentation.  Each participant will be provided an inexpensive boxcar to practice on along with access to various weathering supplies to utilize during the presentation. Techniques are simple. With a little practice attendee will improve their weathering skills.



Build a Searchlight Signal (extra fare $8, limit 24 attendees)

Clinician: Steve Pepin

Do you want to have signal on your layout but do not want to spend a fortune on them?  In this clinic Steve will take you step by step through the process of building a Searchlight Signal.  You will cut, fit and solder brass tubing, bar stock. Also, cut and fit styrene, and install LED’s.  The clinic will provide all the materials and soldering stations, but it is suggested you bring the following tools:

  • A small cutting pad
  • Razor saw
  • Files
  • Hobby knife with extra blades





 Updated 7/5/2021