2016 LA Division Convention - Clinics Clinics and Clinic Descriptions The clinic descriptions are arranged alphabetically by the presenter's last name.  Clinics and schedule are subject to change if cancellations occur.  Check the convention site often as more clinics are added every several days. Rail Clinics 1 - Tuning Freight Car Trucks for Trouble Free Operation (Sat - 2:30 pm) Clinic Presenter: Allee, Mike Mike will demonstrate and discuss how you can improve the performance of your freight car trucks for flawless performance. You will learn how to ream truck journals and properly fit wheel sets, including how to check the gauge of the wheel sets. 2 - Detailing Highway Trucks for Your Layout  (Fri - 1:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Allen Jerry We all spend hundreds of hours building out layouts, decorating and detailing locomotives and cars scratch building structures and then we put some Hot Wheel trucks on the layout! In this clinic Jerry will introduce you to a whole new world of realistic modeling HO trucks. The clinic will cover where to get basic kits and where to find all the details to add onto them to take them from a basic kit to a highly detailed model.   3 - V & T, The first year 1869-1870 (Thu - 4:00 pm) Clinic Presenter:  Arendas David   This clinic will discuss the first year of operation on the Virginia and Truckee.  It will include the equipment, mines, mills and early operations of the isolated 21 mile Carson to Virginia railway. Operations during the first year was without timetables and the equipment did not have airbrakes. 4- Fun with LED’s   (Fri - 2:30 pm) Clinic Presenter: Bohot Gene Gene will explain how they work and how we can use them on our model railroads. There will be demonstrations of LED’s as signals, structure lighting, and special effects.  Gene will also discuss their uses and control, as well as their advantages and limitations, though demonstrations, charts and examples. There will also be discussion of basic electronic tools and their use. Handout will include schematics, parts sources, and listings of his favorite electronic web-sites and suppliers. Some free samples and kits will be available. 5- The Orange and the Dream of California (Thu - 11:00 am) Clinic Presenter: Boule David This presentation is a history of how oranges helped make California and vice versa. David has published a book “The Orange and the Dream of California”. 6- 25 Lessons Learned:  Setting Up Op’s on 4 Layouts (Fri - 9:30 am)   Clinic Presenter: Bradley Marty Marty’s clinic will cover the steps to setting up Timetable and Train Order (TT&TO) Operations on model railroads based on his article in the October 2012 issue of Model Railroader. He will also review 25 examples of lessons learned from setting up operations on these 4 local layouts: 1) Bob Grech’s Western Pacific in Fountain Valley 2) Marty Bradley’s Oakhurst Railroad in Los Alamitos 3) Los Angeles Model Railroad Society - Sequoia Pacific Lumber Company in Hawthorne 4) Joel Morse’s - New York, Ontario & Western in Garden Grove 7- Modeling The Southern California Citrus Industry (Thu - 8:00 am) Clinic Presenter: Chaparro Robert This clinic will explain the role of the railroads in developing the Southern California citrus industry and the industry's role in shaping railroad activities. Attendees will be shown how to model citrus industry elements and  citrus-related railroad facilities. Suggestions will be presented for simulating citrus traffic operations on model railroads, doing research and exploring resources. The scope will be the steam and steam-diesel transition era. 8- Citrus Industry Operations (Thu - 9:30 am) Clinic Presenter: Chaparro Robert This clinic covers railroad perishable operations with an emphasis on the Southern California citrus industry, including refrigerator car preparation, loading, in-transit servicing, routing and delivery.  We also will touch on packing houses, how a perishable train is assembled, support facilities, mechanical vs. ice bunker cars, what is done with returning refrigerator cars and railroad traffic and operations which support citrus traffic.  The presentation will focus on the years 1910 to 1971.  9- European Trains  (Thu – 8:00 am) Clinic Presenter: DeMoss Robert Bob will show photos of Trains he rode, of the National Railroad Museums and Railroad Stations, in England, France, Germany and Switzerland.  Also photos from the Steam Festival in Meiningen, Germany at the Meiningen Locomotive Works, where they restore steam locomotives. There were many full size steam locomotives under steam here, fully operational and blowing smoke in all their glory. The trains in Europe are very FAST, mostly Electric, with some Diesel, very smooth riding, very quiet, and on TIME. You could have your home right next to tracks, and not even know there are trains in your backyard. 10- European Model Railroad Layouts  (Thu – 9:30 am) Clinic Presenter: DeMoss Robert Bob will show photos of  his visit to "Miniatur Wunderland" in Hamburg, Germany, LOXX Germany #2 HO  layout, the Schramberg Railroad Museum, European gauge 2 Collection,  (If you don't know what #2 gauge is, you won't believe what these Railroaders do),  a beautiful indoor LGB Layout, and also many of the National Railroad Museums had operational layouts running.   11- Layout Photography (Fri – 4:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Feuerstein Robert In this clinic Robert will provide you with behind the camera techniques for photographing and lighting layouts and models. If you would like you can bring photos and Robert will critic and give advice on where and how to improve them if needed. 12- Photo Editing Programs (Fri – 8:00 am) Clinic Presenter: Feuerstein Robert In this clinic Robert will show you the use of editing programs such as Light Room, Photoshop, Picasa and others to improve your photos. 13- Computers (Fri – 8:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Feuerstein Robert In this clinic you will be shown how to use your computers for file set up, codec and how to use search engines for answers. 14- I bought it, Now where is it?  (Thu – 2:30 pm) Clinic Presenter: Fleishman Morrie We purchase our modeling equipment and supplies at train shows, hobby stores and from on line suppliers.  We then take our purchases home and much of what we purchase is stored for later projects and use and may be forgotten.  This clinic will provide suggestions on how to organize and inventory your rolling stock, kits, supplies, etc. and store them so that you know what you have and where you can find it. It will also provide suggestions of what information to take with you when you go to shows or hobby stores so that you can avoid buying the same stuff twice. 15- Preparing NMRA Contest Forms (Thu – 4:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Fowler Don This clinic will be held in the contest room and will give anyone entering something in the contest room the opportunity to review their entry paper work. There will be several members who have in the past entered items in the contest room to help you go over your paper work and suggest any changes that may help you achieve more points 16- Buy 3 get 1 FREE  (Fri – 2:30 pm) Clinic Presenter: Fuhrman Jim At the buy 3 get 1 free table these and other low-cost "scale" models cry out for your attention, at swap meets, hobby shops, and even in your closets. Jim Fuhrman has tips and tricks for rescuing these rail cars and making "Jewels from your Junk Box." 17 – Freight Cars for LAJ (Fri – 6:30pm) Clinic Presenter: Jackson Andy Andy will present in this clinic the types of freight cars that were used at the industries served by the LAJ. The clinic will concentrate on the Vernon side. Andy will provide a table of cars for LAJ industries. 18- Weathering Cars  (Fri – 11:00 am) Clinic Presenter: Jackson Joe This clinic will show various techniques on how to weather locomotives and cars with the airbrush. Joseph will discuss research, paint choice, airbrush selection and then application. Unlike other weathering clinics Joseph models in “G” gauge, so you will be able to see everything he is doing even from the back of the room. Joseph has coached many modelers on weathering and this clinic promises to be entertaining and educational. 19- Weathering Diesel Locomotives (Fri - 8:00 am) Clinic Presenter: Johnson Tim The clinic will cover the various techniques Tim uses, which includes airbrush, washes, chalks and weathering powder. This is a Power Point presentation and there will also be finished examples for viewing. 20 – Weathering Flat Cars and Gondolas (Part 1) (Fri - 4:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Keena James In this hands-on clinic, participants will be able to weather and take home their own gondolas or flat cars. Techniques will be demonstrated so that you can weather your car to your heart’s desire from lightly highlighted to heavily use and abuse. All cars, paints, brushes, applicators, flat coat sprays and weathering powder supplies will be provided for this hands-on clinic. 21- Building Loads for Flat Cars and Gondolas (Part 2) (Fri - 6:30 pm) Clinic Presenter: Keena James In this clinic, participants will be able to make and take home their own scrap metal, tie, lumber, pipe or pole loads for flat cars or gondolas. The loads will be made from various readily available everyday items such as pencil shavings, plastic straws, kitchen 3-M scrub pads, wood dowels, wood coffee stirs, and cut-up balsa wood pieces. All supplies will be provided for this hands-on clinic. Some of the loads can be made to be reversible to have either gravel or coal load on the opposite side so to expand the operating possibilities of your gondola fleet. 22- Hands-on Clinic; furnace filter fir trees N to O scale  (Fri – 9:30 am) Clinic Presenter: Lehrer Lloyd This is a guided do it yourself clinic where you will learn how to, and make, your own 8”-16” high green fir trees in minutes.  Everyone participates in making one or more trees.  You will learn how to make the trunks (but the trunks will be pre-made for the class) cut and shape your branches and flock your branches in the color and density you want.  Tools, directions and advice are supplied, but you make the trees. A $5 material fee to be paid at the door.  Please no onlookers paid attendees only 23- Hands-on clinic; sage brush armature trees HO to G scale  (Fri – 11:00 am) Clinic Presenter: Lehrer Lloyd This is a guided do it yourself clinic where you will select a sage brush armature, learn how to cover it in polyester fiber fill material and cover it with a choice of ground foam “leaves”.  It is a more about getting in touch with your creative energy. It is a slow process that can be very rewarding for most; and very frustrating for some that can’t see the trees thru the forest. Materials and techniques provided, but you supply the fingers and the creative juices. A $5 material fee to be paid at the door.  Please no onlookers paid attendees only  24- Application of Static Grass:  Beyond Grass Tuffs (Fri - 8:00 am) Clinic Presenter: Maynard Wayne The clinic is a demonstration with some hands-on as time allows.  I will show techniques I learned while planting grass on the Santa Susana Model Railroad Club using my home made applicator.  I will demonstrate the method I use to quickly apply grass over large areas and how to blend different colors and lay grass down in multiple layers to get a very real representation.  And we might even make some grass tuffs as taught to me by Jimmy Simmons. 25- A John Allen Style Layout Concept to Benchwork   (Thu – 8:00 am) Clinic Presenter: Mitchell Bob   This is Clinic number 1 in a series of 6 clinics on Thursday. The layout I designed encompasses the better part of a four car garage and measures 22.5’ x 35’.  The layout has both HO and HOn3 track. It consists of more than a thousand feet of track and 100+ turnouts. Much of the layout characteristics were inspired by John Allen’s famous “Gorre and Daphetid” which I visited in 1970. Portions of the scenery extended to the floor to create the appearance of a Deep Canyon.This clinic will take you from the design to how the over all plan was divided into 12” x 12” grids and then how that was transferred to the floor in order to make patterns for the valances and Benchwork. I will illustrate how the walls and ceilings were curved with the use of Construction Sono Tubes and how the corners were finished to create a backdrop with no sharp edges.  You will learn with the use of photos how the valances were all curved to match the Benchwork and isle ways below.  These valances hide most of the 93 lights used to illuminate the layout. The Benchwork can be considered non-conventional and made up of 3/4” Pine Plywood from China. This amazing plywood is 11 ply without voids often found in regular plywood, making it perfect to use in place of 1x4s. Portions of the track are suspended as much as 3 feet above the lower Benchwork. 26- Getting started on Track Work  (Thu – 9:30 am) Clinic Presenter: Mitchell Bob  This is Clinic number 2 in a series of 6 clinics on Thursday I will demonstrate how I was able to test the track work before completing the DCC wiring, thereby allowing me to Tweek the track if necessary. I will show you my method of securing the track in place without gluing it down and how I used template printouts of the turnouts to layout the design on the sub-roadbed and how this was helpful in laying accurately laying the Homasote roadbed. I will also demonstrate my method of hand laying track without the use of templates and gauges, a method which is particularly useful when laying track over bridges. It can even be used as a method of building trestles in place starting from the top and working down.I will demonstrate how I soldered my 22 Gauge leads to the rails of every individual piece of track down to the DCC 12 Gauge bus wires and what connectors and tools I used. I will also talk about the use of (Tam Valley Depot) Servo motors and frog juicers to control your turnouts. 27- Working with Foam to create Scenery  (Thu – 11:00 am) Clinic Presenter: Mitchell Bob  This is Clinic number 3 in a series of 6 clinics on Thursday. This clinic will teach you an alternative to using prefabricated molds for Scenery which you often see on one model railroad after another. You will experience different carving techniques to create unique Rock Structures, Valleys, and Hill Sides. Members of the audience will be able to come forward and try the techniques I will be demonstrating. What makes this exceptionally unique is the ability to remove a large section from your layout and add final details and coloring in areas that would otherwise be hard to reach all while working on a table top, then placing the final results back on the layout. I have a section on my layout that actually measures 18” tall by 6 feet long, complete with tunnel portals and weighs less than a few pounds. 28- Creeks, Rapids and Water Falls   (Thu – 1:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Mitchell Bob  This is clinic number 4 in a series of 6 clinics on Thursday. There will be a demonstration of how to build a Creek Bed from Ridged Insulation Foam and the use of light weight spackle along with painting techniques to simulate flowing water and depth. (My first Creek Bed was 7’ long and was later placed on the layout after it was completed.)You will learn how to use Enviro Tex to simulate Creeks that are actually sloping and not just level (and not get the Enviro Tex all over the floor).  We will create cascading waterfalls using real rocks similar to what you would expect to find on a rapid flowing Stream. Then with the use of Woodland Scenic’s Water Effects I will demonstrate how to create realistic looking Rapids. 29- The Illusion of Mirrors   (Thu – 2:30 pm) Clinic Presenter: Mitchell Bob  This is Clinic number 5 in a series of 6 clinics on Thursday. Be it the Wizard of Monterey's "Gorre & Daphetid" or your own railroad empire, mirrors make a difference.  John Allen had more than 30, most of which were undetectable.  This clinic demonstrates some of the many uses with the aid of actual models the audience can examine and have fun with. Bob had the opportunity of visiting the "Gorre & Daphetid" in 1970 when it was almost finished and has been an advocate of mirrors ever since, regardless of the size of your layout. He shares his experiences with the audience and demonstrates some of John's favorite tricks on visitors.  As a bonus, Bob will also be presenting portions of his clinic on "Tin Foil a Forgotten Modeling Medium".  Demonstrated are incredible rocks and tunnel liners (without plaster or molds), weathered wood walls, 'O' Scale clothing, unbelievable tree bark, and more. (Some of these items are part of the mirror clinic models). 30- Bring the Layout all Together  (Thu – 4:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Mitchell Bob  This is final clinic in a series of 6 clinics on Thursday. This final clinic will touch on coloring the Rock Structures made out of Insulation Foam, adding some final details to the scenery, and how the Backdrop Painting will be blended to match that scenery. The total backdrop painting will be 135 feet long when completed and will blend from scene to scene. I will share with you tips and tricks I am learning while taking on this 800 Square Foot Layout. Including “Perfect Pine” trees, Tin Foil, Hand Laying Track without the use of Templates or Gauges (works great on Bridges), and other interesting and fun techniques. This layout will be featured on the layout tours for the 2017 PSR Convention in Ontario.  We might even have enough completed by then to do an op- session.  It will also be on display for the Temecula 2017 meet in April. 31- Selecting the NYO&W for an Operations Based Layout  (Thu – 1:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Morse Joel   So you have decided to commit the time and resources to building a layout. The selection of the inspiration for the layout is a key consideration that should not be made lightly.  Whether the layout is prototype, proto-freelance or freelanced, and whether it’s going to be operations oriented or for rail-fanning are key decisions have to be made. Joel will discuss what attracted him to modeling the NYO&W, and walk you through the thought process and decisions he made. 32- Operations for your Layout (Sat – 1:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: O’Brien Mike Operations! What is it? Prototype methods such as timetable train order, track warrants, block control and centralized traffic control and how to translate these methods to model railroads will be discussed. The different ways you can do car forwarding, delivery and pick-ups. Where to get supplies and other available resources will be discussed. And how easy it is to get started and add this additional element of enjoyment and challenge to your model railroad. 33- Workings of the Walschaert Valve Gear  (Fri – 11:00 am)  Clinic Presenter: Parks Dan  Dan will explain how the Walschaert Valve Gear works. The presentation will cover the history of valve gear, a discussion of locomotive valves, and an explanation of how all the linkages in the valve gear work together. 34- History of U.S. Railroads  (Thu – 1:00 pm)  Clinic Presenter: Perry Ed  The History of American Railroad had a direct impact in the development of America.  This clinic will highlight key elements of this history from the early history of railroads starting with the first charted railroad by the U. S. Government. It will touch on the cause and effects on railroads during WW 1 and WW 2.  And, it will emphasize the cause and effect of the transition from steam to diesel and ending with the current status of railroads in the U. S.  35- Slow Orders! Dangerous Track Ahead  (Would like Thu clinic time)  Clinic Presenter: Petrarca Bruce How prepared are you for a smoother running in the future. Could you survive damage to your home, train collection and layout?  This clinic will discuss ways you can minimize your financial exposure to fire, water, and earthquake damage and will also discuss Estate Planning, Legacy Planning and Donations.  36- Understanding Bluetooth for Model Railroaders  (Fri – 1:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Rees David – BlueRail Trains  An introduction to bluetooth low-energy (bluetooth smart) and it's application with model trains. This new form of bluetooth allows you to connect to and control multiple locomotives (and accessories) with any BLE-enabled smart device (phone or  tablet). The technology features include: many simultaneous connections at long ranges, updateable protocol (software and  firmware), functions on any DC or DCC layout, is suitable for battery power, requires no additional equipment, and is simple to setup and use.  BlueRail Trains has developed the bluetooth control system for Bachmann E-Z App™ trains and BlueRail plugin  boards (for use in existing trains). David Rees BlueRail Trains has developed an innovative way to control trains using Bluetooth.Control through an idevice and soon Android devices. Just your controller and the train. No network required. Can be used with track power or battery power. This system is simple, versatile, upgradable, and expandable 37- Small Railroads (Fri – 8:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Reynolds John So you do not have room for a layout.  John describes and shows you how he has built several small layouts, we are talking really small 6 to 8 SF.  John will discuss what inspired him to build small layouts, the thought process used in developing the track plan and building placement and how he built them.  He will have an example of one of his layouts and photos of previous layouts he has built.  If you have room for an ironing board you have room for a layout. This would be a good clinic for some of you module layout guys. 38- Lets do Trees Together  (Wed – 2:30 pm) Clinic Presenter; Scott Todd This is a hand’s on clinic and you will be provided with all materials including tree armatures glue, hair spray, paint for coloring, wrap for trunks, metal wire for planting, and the base for the trees to attach to. At the end of the clinic you will have a completed tree. 39- Building Modular Layouts  (Fri – 1:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Spady Kevin In his clinic he will describe module construction, planning concepts, building construction and development of landscape elements to make realistic looking modules.  He will have several modules on display in this clinic. 40- "Two Dimensional Illusions" (Fri – 9:30 am) Clinic Presenter: Stangler Mike Mike will present a simple three step process whereby anyone with a willing hand, a few brushes and some paint can create a respectably painted backdrop that will compliment any layout.                                                                                                           41- Electrical Basics for Model Railroaders (Thu – 4:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Stewart Ed With a bit of history and humor, Ed will show how experimental work to understand electricity done in the 18th and 19th centuries gives us the ability today to bring our model railroads to life. You will learn the origin of several simple electrical principles and equations. An amazing array of electrical programs and applications on the internet make it easy to analyze and build simple circuits for lighting and animating our models.  42- E. Suydam & Co.  a History of the Company and their imports of Pacific Electric Brass Models (Fri 2:30 am) Clinic Presenter: Suydam Norman  Norman Suydam will provide a brief history of how the Suydam Company started and eventually got into the business of importing brass models primarily of the Pacific Electric Ry.  Being one of the more recognized companies in the HO model industry in the 50’s and 60’s, they continue to this day with their models and kits being sold on e-bay and at swap meets across the country. Ed and Douglas Suydam were honored in 2011 by receiving the Hobby Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame award for their contributions to the model railroad industry. The majority of the presentation will discuss the numerous models of PE prototypes, when they were imported and various spotting features of the models. 43- Suydam Brass Models.  Maintenance of a Brass Trolley imported in the 50’s – 70’s. (Fri 4:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Suydam Norman Most of the models of Pacific Electric prototypes were imported during the time of Open Frame Motors, Brass wheels, embossed car sides and DC power supplies.  Often time the acquisition of a ‘FIND’ at a swap meet or on eBay comes with the caveat that they could not test run it and it is sold “AS IS”.  Translation to this is It does not work and has bent or missing parts.  You will need to do some work to even get it to move and even more to move smoothly.  This presentation will walk you through the steps I have taken to nurse such ‘hanger queens’ back onto the mainline.  This presentation applies to ALL early brass models you just want to get back running. 44- Making Realistic Water  (Sat – 9:30 am) Clinic Presenter: Varnell Ron Making water on your layout seems to be a challenge to a lot of people.  I would like to share the way I made my log pond and the lake at the head of the many small waterfalls that I have on my layout.  This will not be a hands on project as there is not enough time in a one hour clinic.  I will bring a sample of the steps that lead up to a finished project.  You will leave with a list of the steps and supplies that you may want to use. 45- Making Realistic Hillside Scenery  (Sat – 11:00 am)  Clinic Presenter: Varnell Ron Using material right out of your yard is the best way I have found to make many of the projects on my layout.  Together with the many fine products that you can get at your local hobbies shop you can give a fine finish to your layout. Hopefully you will leave the clinic with a good understanding for using these ideas. 46- Do-It-Yourself 3D Printing  (Fri – 7:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Zimmeli Dana In this Power Point and live demonstration David will cover the history of 3D printing, how do they really work, and what kinds of things can you do with a 3D printer.  Also covered will be how to prepare the model for printing, and the finished model. There will be plenty of time after the presentation for Q&A. Railette Clinics Railette Welcome Reception Hosted by: Los Angeles Division Here is a chance for all Railettes to get together and enjoy a continental breakfast and the White Elephant Gift Exchange.  To participate in the White Elephant Gift Exchange please bring a gift valued at $15 pre wrapped in newspaper for the exchange. We will allow gifts to be stolen a total of 2 times. This event starts at 8:30 am on Thursday, September 23rd and is hosted by the LA Division of the NMRA. Please RSVP if you are going to attend so we can have the right amount of food. R1 - Collecting Railroad Dinning Car China (Thu – 11:00 am) Clinic Presenter: Fleishman   Railroadiana, the collecting of any objects relating to railroads, includes collecting the china used in railroad dining cars before the Amtrak era. In those days railroads had their own dining cars and used china patterns that reflected their uniqueness. This clinic explores the hobby of collecting railroad china, and includes information on how to start a collection, sources of information on the various patterns used by each railroad, where to obtain pieces for your collection, what to look out for, and other information about the hobby. R2 - Make a Cupcake Liner Wreath (Thu - 1:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Palmer This creative clinic uses patterned cupcake liners and a few embellishments from the craft store, resulting in a unique wreath that no one else will have on their door. The cost of this clinic is $8.00 per wreath which includes all supplies needed. If you have a hot glue gun please bring it with you, I will supply the hot glue. I also have a couple of hot glue guns if you do not have one to bring. R 3 - Make a Beaded Key Chain (Thu – 3:00 pm) Clinic Presenter: Palmer Annette Want to make a beaded key chain?  If yes, attend this clinic where you will make your own keychain with materials provided for the cost of $1.00 for each keychain made to help cover the supplies needed. I will provide all items needed for this clinic. We will be making them from embroidery floss or waxed cord (your choice) with different types of beads and charms. You may bring any beads you wish to use in addition to what is supplied.