Clinics & Workshops
The sessions where our fellow modellers pass on their knowledge and skills are some of the most memorable and worthwhile activities at any convention. At Convention 2020 the people giving them will be the best we can find. And it won’t be all classroom sessions because under this umbrella we’re also planning some great hands-on workshops.
At a typical clinic an expert in some aspect of railway modelling shares his or her knowledge, tips and skills. In this scene from the 2014 convention in Hamilton the special guest Lance Mindheim is passing on his insights into layout design. Our clinic programme, details of which follow, cover a wide range of prototypes, skills and techniques.
About the workshop sessions
Our two 90-minute workshop sessions will provide an opportunity for conventioneers to interact with about eight experienced modellers at each session as they work on one of their current projects. Our demonstrators will welcome your interest and your questions and in many cases invite you to try your hand at what they’re doing.
Likely topics will include:
Etched kit assembly, soldering, making foam rocks, tree making, diecast car makeovers, figure painting, weathering, making model tarpaulins, resin kit assembly, building turnouts, etc.
Demonstrators are expected to include:
Mark Andrews, Kathy Millatt, Lawrence Boul, Neil Andrews, John Dudson, John Belcher, Michelle Andrews, Bryan Lawrence, Brian Roulston, Michelle Andrews, Darryl Palmer, Peter Ross and Geoff Elmsly.
The following list of clinic presenters and topics is current to March 1 2020. While we will be trying to avoid changes we cannot guarantee that none will occur.
Peter Burley: JMRI and MERG—application of electronics and computers to all aspects of railway modelling
Stan Agar: Modelling a heavy industry
Richard Poff & friends: Building and operating a tiny
Kathy Millatt: Starting to scenic
Celyn Bennet: Lessons learned in designing etched and 3D printed parts for a small steam loco and diesel shunter
Mark Dalrymple: From concept to layout—background to the visit to his layout
Scott Rose: Setting up and using JMRI/DecoderPro
Kathy Millatt: Scenery to the next level
Paul Mahoney: Modelling a bush tramway
Dean Farrow: Working out ways to model the 88-seat railcar—covers use of a workshop router and doing vacuum forming at home
Graham Dredge: Radio controlled servos and their application in model railways
Craig Galilee: American desert and other scenic effects, such as scrubby vegetation, dirt roads and cracked earth
Merv Sarson: Modelling brick and stone
Rodger Cullen/Allister Green: Demystifying WOW sound
Spencer Lawry: Layout operation
Neil Andrews: From prototype discovery to scale model
Malcolm Greig: Modelling a sawmill
Glen Anthony: Inspirational images from the real railway
Mark Andrews: Making and using a static grass applicator
Kathy Millatt: Starting your own YouTube channel
Daryl Roe: An approach to colour light signalling using Arduino
Rick Schreuder: Anatomy of a steam loco—what all thosebits do and what they are called.
Garth Cook: Modelling the NZ house and the techniques used in doing so
Mark Dalrymple’s plan is to populate an imaginary New Zealand town with HO scale buildings kit bashed in various way to draw and excite the eye. His clinic will serve as a briefing for those visiting his part-built layout. Mark will also be leading a SIG on structure modelling.
Richard Poff and friends, Tim Marshall and John Hey began the tiny layout idea with Any Old Iron, a section of mineral railway built on an old ironing board in On30 scale. They are now working on a gasworks layout atop a 44 gallon drum.