ARDIUNO for Special Effects - Mack Carnighan This clinic will cover the basic function of the ARDIUNO control board and how to design the programming to control lighting, motors, relays and servos. The algorithms to control lights will be examined and how to create a timed sequence to control effects. The method for controlling the board from exterior inputs will also be covered. Basic Kit Build Workshop ($30 extra fare) - Carl Heimberger and others In this 5 to 6-hour workshop in which participants will be given the opportunity to build a HO scale DPM kit "Humble Home" with instruction from experienced model builders.  Participants will fit and glue parts together, paint and apply finishing details to the kit.  There is a fee of $30 to attend the clinic and space will be limited to 15 attendees.  The kit, glue, paint and brushes will be provided. But there are also some basic tools each participant will need to bring to the clinic.  Short breaks will be taken during the clinic including a lunch break. Participants are encouraged to return on time as the clinic will proceed on schedule. This is meant to be a low stress clinic so if you have a question or need help just ask for it.  We will be using glue and paint so older clothing should be worn. 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. Reserve your spot  Freight Car Tune-Up Tips - Bob Chaparro The purpose of this presentation is to help you enjoy the operating your trains through tips for making your freight cars operate more reliably. Topics to be covered include tools, techniques and materials, plus standards, wheels, trucks, couplers, suspension, weights, center of gravity and testing. Enhancing Operations Via Special Actions & Instructions - Al Dauman This clinic describes the development and use of Special Actions & Instructions (SA&Is) to enhance operations by creating additional moves / steps during the ops session that normally would be made between sessions or not at all. The SA&Is discussed in this clinic includes passenger ops (passenger tickets & bags of mail), freight ops (empty moves, livestock, reefers & (LCL) and steam loco ops (Water & Fuel Service). The clinic uses examples and samples from the author's bedroom sized Burney, Redding & Western home layout, showing how to increase guest operator interest and challenges even on a small layout. Coast-GEMCO yard operations - Mike Osborne Mike is currently a UP/SP conductor with 41 years of experience and works the Coast-Gemco Yard in Van Nuys. His clinic will cover yard operations and work required to classify and build trains for various industries and destinations.  This should be valuable information to any modeler with a railroad, weather you run Op’s or not. Tips from this clinic will allow you to run a more prototypical yard. As an extra bonus, immediately following this clinic, if you sign up for the extra fare tour you will actually visit the Gemco Yard.(The GEMCO tour extra fare cost is $30 you will be bused to the yard) Book GEMCO yard tour  Install Flawless Track - Carl Heimberger If your train derails going around a curve or through a turnout, this is a must attend clinic. The clinic will discuss the basics for flawless track work. Topics to be covered include preparation of the base material, roadbed, installing track and turnouts, what is an easement curve and a horizontal curve and why should I care.  Also discussed will be tools you can buy and build to help in building of flawless track. Just remember every car has 8 wheels with flanges just looking for a place to derail, and when your train is on the ground takes all the fun out of railroading. Modeling Adobe and Stucco Structures - Nick Lisica In this clinic, we will discuss simple and effective methods to model adobe and stucco buildings. We will begin by discussing the history of the prototypes and where to find them, then discuss how to use common household materials to recreate these buildings in miniature. Finally, these tips and tricks will be demonstrated to illustrate how simple it is to create realistic results. Pacific Electric 1920 to 1961 - Steve Crise Steve's presentation will be a photographic comparison of what the Pacific Electric looked like during its period of operation, roughly from 1920 to 1961. Photos will be B/W and color showing a historic photographic comparison between the past and present-day view of the same exact area. Steve also has a book published by Arcadia Publications that will be offered for sale at the end of the clinic. Getting Started in Scratch Building - Foster Rash Foster will show how to build the Randsburg Barber Shop which is a very versatile structure that also works as a general store, saloon or whatever.  Many people are reluctant to try scratch building, thinking that it is difficult, a black art.  They are reluctant to invest in specialty plastic sheet, scale lumber and aftermarket parts that they fear they will "mess-up," and one will mess-up, I still mess-up.  But if one uses cheap materials, like coffee stir sticks and cereal box cardboard, so what if you mess-up?  Learn from the mistake and do it over, it's only cardboard! Most of my structures cost less than $5, including Ronstadt's Hardware which won an award at CIM3.  Like any other skill, practice makes perfect, the more you do it the better you get.  Once you get a few cheap structures under your belt, you can move on to better materials and more complex structures.  It's just getting people to "make the plunge." Model Ultra-Realistic Surf - Scott Forrest Are you into realistic scenery?  Then this is a must attend clinic. In this clinic Scott will discuss his technique to model Ultra-Realistic Surf from start to finish. You have to do it yourself or you will not believe how easy it is!  So, this will be a hands-on clinic and you will be given a pre-prepared mini diorama on which you will model realistic surf, crashing waves, and white water. Can this technique be used to model river white water too – maybe – I haven’t tried, but yeah, probably. It’s fast, cheap, easy, and produces results as good as or better than any other technique I have ever seen. Tools to bring: your favorite pair of tweezers (optional). All other materials and tools are provided. Cost to attend this clinic $5 pre-registration is required and class size is limited to 20 so sign up now. Reserve your spot Home Registration Hotel Clinics