Clinics

2019 Clinic Info!

The Amherst Railway Society "Clinics Department" continues to grow every year.  For the 2019 Show, there are many changes, so please read on!

Each clinic type that we offer we call "TRACKS."  Just below this paragraph is a summary of this year's "TRACKS."  Please check them all out.  However, also note that there's everything from the casual demonstration provided by our fantastic exhibitors, to hands-on clinics by experts to clinics for the serious modeler that are offered IN ADDITION to the show.  Check it out and find the one(s) that are of interest to you:


 

2019 Railroad Hobby Show Clinics, now leaving on Track 1:
(click on the TRACK NUMBER and it will "switch" you to that Track!)

 
TRACK 1:  "2 Days of Pre-Show Clinic" (30 clinics) (Thursday & Friday)   Special Show Price
TRACK 2:   "Hands-On Clinic Program" (Saturday and Sunday)
TRACK 3:  "In-Show Clinic Program" (Saturday and Sunday)
TRACK 4:  "On-Site Exhibitor's Clinic Program" (Saturday and Sunday)



TRACK DETAILS:


TRACK 1:

2019 Info...is now available!

This Program is a two-day program.  It will take place at the:

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel (1.62 miles - 3 minutes)
One Monarch Place
Springfield, MA 01144

 
This 2-day program includes the following:

Breakfast both days!

Lunch both days!

Free parking at the hotel if you are staying at the hotel!

All the clinics you can get to...(your choice, based on schedule and availability, of course!)

A Two-Day Pass to the Railroad Hobby Show (a 25 dollar value for that alone!)
 

$99.00 per person*

* Special Note: The clinic program is now offering 1-day passes as well as the 2-day program (1-day propram cost is $59.00)


A note from our clinic organizer:  

The Clinic Program takes place at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel in downtown Springfield between 8:30 and 5:30 each day.  Included in your $99 fee are the following:

  • Breakfast and lunch each day
  • Attendance at any of the clinics you choose including materials in the hands on clinics
  • Ticket to the Train Show for each day
  • Opportunities to connect with railroaders from all over the country

Register now and join us for a great time of fun and learning.  We’re looking forward to seeing you in Springfield!

Mike Dettinger

STEPS TO REGISTER:  

  • Fill in all of the information, most importantly, the credit card information.  Repeat the process for each person attending.
  • That's it....you will be contacted by us so that you know what tools you should bring with you
To Register for 2019 Clinics 

Click Here!
 
2019 2-DAY CLINIC SCHEDULE: 
 
The 2019 program continues our long tradition of offering timely clinics designed to improve each student’s modeling skills.  Building on this tradition, we are introducing each of our students to the latest developments in model railroading.  Every participant is free to choose any of our clinic offerings for each of our time slots.  An independent work area will be set up for any student who wishing to continue working on a project after their lesson. 
 
Our N-Scale offering has been expanded.  Almost all of our Hands-on clinics will feature both N-Scale and HO-Scale options.  We are really excited to bring T-Trak to our students.  In recent months, T-Trak has generated interest with a record setting display at the NMRA National Convention.  We want to bring the whole T-Trak experience our students.  We have a limited number of T-Trak modules that we will provide to our N-Scale modelers on a first come first served basis. 
 
We have built 20 Standard Single T-Trak modules and 20 Single T-Trak modules that were modified to incorporate a water feature.  These modules are the blank canvas that will showcase your newly found skills.  The classes will direct the student towards the completion of the major scenery elements on the T-Trak modules.  Friday will focus on polishing the modules and adding details, weathering and preparing the modules for the show on Saturday.  To complete the T-Trak experience, participants can bring their modules to the show not only to display their handiwork, but to become part of an actual organic T-Trak display with running trains.
 
The schedule is based on the best information available at the time of its creation.  Please note that the actual schedule is subject to change based on instructor availability.      

Thursday, January 24, 2019


8:30-10:00 am


Mike O’Connell - Chooch - Modeling with Chooch Products
You will experience all the new Chooch products, how to use them and see where you can use them on your layout.  There will be free samples throughout Mike's presentation.  You will get a firsthand look at all the new products Chooch is creating to make your modeling efforts easier and more detailed.  Mike will demonstrate stone walls, cobblestone streets, tunnel liners, sidewalks, shingled roofing and brick walls. 
 
Mike Dettinger - Model Railroader University - Introduction to T-Trak
T-Trak was introduced in 2001 and has quietly became one of the fastest growing modular standards.  In N-Scale, the modules are slightly larger than a square foot.  There are no legs required, the modules are placed on a table top.  Transportation of T-Trak modules are a breeze, as they can easily fit into the back seat of the family car and hand carried to the train show.  Students wishing to participate in the T-Trak curriculum will be provided with their own T-Trak module on a first come first served basis.  Only 40 modules will be available.  The T-Trak module will become the blank canvas that will be a masterpiece in two days’ time.  In order to experience the full T-Trak phenemon, all module builders will be invited to display their module at the Train Show on Saturday and Sunday.

Alan Houtz - Iwata - Airbrushing Hands On
Learn to airbrush your scenery, backdrops, locomotives and rolling stock, track and structures for a natural weathered look. This highly informative “Hands-On” workshop teaches you basic and weathering airbrush techniques, what air sources to use, and what materials are compatible.  The different types of paint available today and their uses, what working surfaces are suitable, their preparation, and the simple maintenance procedures that are required.  Attendees will learn basic airbrush maintenance and techniques, practice simple control exercises, and practice weathering with an HO scale freight car.  Attendees may bring their own piece of rolling stock if they wish, or one will be provided at no charge.  Limited to the first 20 people.  This Clinic will be offered later in the day and again on Friday.
 

10:30 am – Noon


Alan Houtz - Iwata - Airbrushing Hands On
Learn to airbrush your scenery, backdrops, locomotives and rolling stock, track and structures for a natural weathered look. This highly informative “Hands-On” workshop teaches you basic and weathering airbrush techniques, what air sources to use, and what materials are compatible.  The different types of paint available today and their uses, what working surfaces are suitable, their preparation, and the simple maintenance procedures that are required.  Attendees will learn basic airbrush maintenance and techniques, practice simple control exercises, and practice weathering with an HO scale freight car.  Attendees may bring their own piece of rolling stock if they wish, or one will be provided at no charge.  Limited to the first 20 people.  This Clinic will be offered again on Friday.
 
Fran Hale - Model Railroader University - Landforms, Groundcover and Ballast – Hands on
This clinic is the first brush stroke for out T-Trak modelers.  This clinic discusses layout planning, creating subtle land forms out of foam and the effective use of ground cover.   All students are welcomed, space permitting.  Note: the independent work space will be utilized to accommodate as many students as possible.
 
Miles Hale - Model Railroader University - 3d Drawing in SketchUP – Hands on

SketchUP is the defacto standard program for drawing three dimensional objects that are destined to be sent to a 3D printer or 3D printing service like Shapeways.  Install the free SketchUP software on your computer and bring it along to make this a hands on experience.
 

1:00 - 2:00 pm


Barry Rosier - Model Railroader University - Plastic Modular Building Systems - Hands on
The DPM modular building system offers the modeler an opportunity to produce impressive non-descript industrial buildings and flats for urban and industrial scenes.  This clinic will discuss planning the use of planning tools, paper mocking up buildings and the construction of a small brick building in HO or N scale.
 
Fran Hale - Model Railroader University - Modeling Water
This clinic will is all about modeling a water scene.  From painting the water bed, to adding details that stick out above the water to the application of the water product itself.  This clinic is paired with the Bait Shed build that follows at 2:30.  These two clinics are open for our T-Trak and HO modelers.  
 
Miles Hale - Model Railroader University - Photoshop as a Modeling Tool – Hands on
Miles discusses his techniques for using his printer to create signs, billboards, handbills and even building walls and interiors.  Modern computers allow us to clean up less than perfect source images and printers allow printouts in any scale.  Install Photoshop elements on your computer and bring it along for a hands-on experience. 


2:30 - 3:30 pm


Larry Rine - Model Railroader University - Creative Train Control with Blue Rail
The Blue Rail Iron Horse board marries Blue Tooth input to a standard four function decoder outputs.  It can be mounted inside a locomotive like a traditional decoder – however it offers a host of “out of the box” opportunities for train control.
 
Barry Rosier - Model Railroader University - The Bait Shed – Hands on
This hands-on clinic will guide the participants through the construction of a bait shed that will be incorporated into the water scene created at the 1:00 clinic.  This bait shed is a unique laser cut kit that was created exclusively for this clinic and available for both HO and T-Trak modelers.
 
Mike Dettinger - Model Railroader University - Scale Scenes Card Model
This clinic explores the use of Card Models in model railroad scenery.  The discussion will explain the math of resizing of card model PDF files, if they were not drawn in your desired scale.   The use of bracing for structural integrity is examined.  Some card models are photorealistic, but others are a little more cartoonish.  The clinic explores the idea of upgrading a card model with windows casting or a complete reskinning with wood or plastic siding.  This is a hands-on clinic, the participants will build a small stone or brick shed model from Scalescenes.com.
 

4:00 - 5:30 pm


Barry Rosier - Model Railroader University - DCC wiring
Are you new to DCC?  Are you finally getting around to building your own layout?  Or are you just trying to get the most out of DCC.  Barry will discuss various wiring strategies to prepare you for a successful, easy to troubleshoot, DCC track installation.
 
Fran Hale - Model Railroader University - Background Trees
There are plenty of commercially made “beautiful trees” for select spots on your layout.  But what about all the hundreds and hundreds of background trees you need?  You want them to be easy to make, quick to build, and cheap.  That’s what this clinic is about.  We’ll build several different kinds that meet this criteria--and they look good too!  This is a hands-on clinic.
 
Mike Dettinger - Model Railroader University - It Figures – making your own figures.
The figure clinic starts with the students creating their own armature.  Once posed, the armature is skinned with Kneedatite, AKA Green Stuff.  Note: this is not Squadron Green Putty.  Basic sculpting and single use molding options are also explored.


Friday, January 25, 2019


8:30-9:30 am


Mike O'Connell - Chooch - Chooch Acrylics
Painting and Weathering Freight Cars with the New Chooch Acrylics.  Bring your own yellow or orange-sided reefer and learn how to paint and weather your own car. This is a hands-on clinic; brushes and paints will be provided. 
 
Alan Houtz - Iwata - Airbrushing Hands On
Learn to airbrush your scenery, backdrops, locomotives and rolling stock, track and structures for a natural weathered look. This highly informative “Hands-On” workshop teaches you basic and weathering airbrush techniques, what air sources to use, and what materials are compatible.  The different types of paint available today and their uses, what working surfaces are suitable, their preparation, and the simple maintenance procedures that are required.  Attendees will learn basic airbrush maintenance and techniques, practice simple control exercises, and practice weathering with an HO scale freight car.  Attendees may bring their own piece of rolling stock if they wish, or one will be provided at no charge.  Limited to the first 20 people.  
 
Mike Dettinger - Model Railroader University - Log Cabin Scratch Build
Inspired by a Model Railroader article from the 1950s, this clinic examines an inexpensive technique for modeling a log cabin in both HO and N scale.  Different carving strategies are used based on the scale being modeled.  
 

10:30 am – Noon


Mike Dettinger and Barry Rosier - Model Railroader University - Narrow Gauge Modeling
Narrow Gauge Railroading dramatically captures the railroader’s epic battle against both Mother Nature and the company accountants. Narrow Gauge railroaders required ingenuity and a little luck to move precious lumber and minerals to market.  The made the most with the very least.  Narrow Gauge railroading is a celebration of recycling and out of the box thinking.  This clinic looks at the appeal of Narrow Gauge modeling and some of the products to get you started.  
 
Brian and Jill Bollinger - BEST Trains - Using Detail Parts to set the scene.
Our layouts tell a story, but great stories have enough detail to be interesting, but do not get bogged down in minutia.  Brian and Jill will share some ideas that further your layout’s story without causing distraction.  They will look at some detail parts on the market and discuss the techniques required to create a realistic scene.
 
Mike Baker - Nick & Nora Models - Vehicles
Among the various HO scale vehicle kits on the market, the Jordan Highway Miniatures are some of the most popular.  These finely detailed kits can also be difficult to assemble.  There are various types of HO vehicle kits in the market place.  Vehicle kits come in various forms, plastic, resin, white metal and brass.  A discussion of the various kits plus examples and techniques that produce excellent results in building and finishing.
 

1:00 - 2:00 pm


George Bogatiuk - Soundtraxx - DCC with the Tsunami Sound Decoder
This clinic explores the basics of DCC, sound decoders and the Tsunami2.   Come see the new product features and unlock the potential of the Tsunami decoders.
 
Mike Dettinger - Model Railroader University - Graffiti
This clinic will introduce the participants to graffiti.  Love it or hate it, graffiti is as much a part of the modern railroad scene as repainted report marks and weathering.  This clinic will examine some of the techniques to tag or otherwise dress you your rolling stock. We will look at decals and hand painted creations.
 
Mike Baker - Nick & Nora Models - Painting 102 Structures and Details
This Clinic will cover the preparation, research, paints, masking, decaling, sealing and final detail and assembly of models.  All types of structures will be discussed, including plastic kits, Wood & craftsman kits, metal kits and scratchbuilt structures.   Also included will be techniques for metal siding/ roofing, aging & weathering walls and foundations.


2:30 - 3:30 pm


John Forsythe - TCS - TCS DCC Control Station
Join John Forsythe as he gives us a sneak peek of his new DCC command station.  After the presentation, John will invite the participants to test out the command station on a test layout.
 
Mike Baker - Nick & Nora Models - The Elements of Craftsman Kits
This clinic will explore the differences between plastic model kits, laser cut kits, and craftsman kits.  Mike will contrast the techniques used in building these kits, the materials found inside the boxes, weathering and customizing techniques and getting to a finished scene.

Doug Fosscale - FOSScale Models - Detailing Water Scenes
This clinic is geared for our T-Trak participants, Doug will discuss and demonstrate the techniques required to turn the waterfront scenery elements installed on the T-Trak module into a cohesive scene. Doug is a weathering expert.  His clinic explores all aspects of weathering – from a light dusting to the 3 Rs – ‘Recked, Rusted and Rotted.  
 

4:00 - 5:30 pm

 
Matthew Herman - ESU Loksound - Introduction to ESU Loksound Products
Matt will introduce our students to the ESU/Loksound product line.  Matt will demonstrate the usage, the programing and new features of the sound decoder line.  The ESU command station will also be demonstrated.  And Matt has an exclusive product announcement that will be shared first with our students.

Barry Rosier - Model Railroader University - Tuning HO Scale Rolling Stock
This is a two for one clinic.  The opening segment of this clinic will discuss the tips and techniques to promote reliable running model rolling stock.  The correct use of the NMRA wheel gauge and the couple height gauge will be demonstrated.  The second segment of the clinic describes the use of chalks and powders to give our rolling stock a light weathering.
 
Jill Bollinger - BEST Trains T-Trak Modules Last Looks - Friday 4:00 PM
Before the T-Trak modules go to the show, Jill leads an all star cast of model railroaders that will offer last minute tips and suggestions for our student’s T-Trak modules.   The instructors would love to see each student leave with the best module possible and will do their best to make this a reality.
 
 

STEPS TO REGISTER:

  • Fill in all of the information, most importantly, the credit card information.  Repeat the process for each registrant.
  • That's it....you will be contacted by us so that you know what tools you should bring with you!
To Register for 2019 Clinics 

Click Here!


Tool Lists for Hands On Clinics (coming soon)
 

 

 

TRACK 2: 

Hands on Clinics Saturday and Sunday
(our venue of hands on clinics in our "clinic stadium")

 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Start Time Description Location
10:00 AM "Build a Woodland Scenics/DPM Kit"
Build a DPM Modular kit and take it home.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
1:30 PM "Learn to Make Trees"
Learn how to make 3 kinds of trees  and take them home.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
3:00 PM "Build a Scenery Module"
Learn basic scenery techniques on a small module. 
Mallary Clinic Stadium
 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

 
Start Time Description Location
10:30 AM "Build a Woodland Scenics/DPM Kit"
Build a DPM Modular kit and take it home.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
1:30 PM "Learn to Make Trees"
Learn how to make 3 kinds of trees  and take them home.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
3:00 PM ‚Äč"Build a Scenery Module"
Learn basic scenery techniques on a small module. 
Mallary Clinic Stadium


2019 "TRACK TWO" Model Railroading Clinics Detail 

Please note that all clinics are hands-on and participants will have the opportunity to be directly involved if they wish. 
All clinics are held in the South Section of the MALLARY COMPLEX. Come early to get a “hands on” seat in our clinic area!!!

All clinics are conducted by Master Model Railroaders - the highest award given by the NMRA.  Join Fran Hale, MMR, and Miles Hale, MMR, and the Staff of The Model Railroading University. To learn more about The Model Railroading University, please visit: http://www.modelrailroadinguniversity.com  or  http://www.modelrailroadbuilder.com 

 

 

TRACK 3:

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts)
PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME OF THESE CLINICS MAY REQUIRE ADVANCED REGISTRATION

(for those that require advanced registration - sign up is available at manufactures' booths)

 

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - YOUNG CLINIC ROOM (the "quiet" clinic room!)

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts – Open to all levels - please note that some may require pre-registration.
 

Start time Description Location
11:00 AM coming soon
 
    Young    
Clinic
Room
12:00 Noon coming soon
 
Young Clinic Room
1:00 PM coming soon Young Clinic Room
2:00 PM
coming soon
Young Clinic Room
  

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - YOUNG CLINIC ROOM (the "quiet" clinic room!)

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts – Open to all levels 
Start time Description  Location  
11:00 am coming soon Young Clinic Room
12:00 Noon
coming soon
Young Clinic Room
1:00 pm   Young Clinic Room

 

MALLARY CLINIC ROOM (the "Iwata" clinic room!)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

 
 MOVED TO THE MALLARY BUILDING OFFICE AREA
(in hallway area between Mallary North and South Complex)

 
Start Time Description Location
11:00 AM Iwata Airbrush Clinic on selecting and using an airbrush for engines, rolling stock, structures and scenery. Mallary Office Area
1:00 PM Iwata Airbrush Clinic on selecting and using an airbrush for engines, rolling stock, structures and scenery. Mallary Office Area
3:00 PM Iwata Airbrush Clinic on selecting and using an airbrush for engines, rolling stock, structures and scenery. Mallary Office Area
 

MALLARY CLINIC ROOM (the "iwata" clinic room!)

Sunday, January 27, 2019


MOVED TO THE MALLARY BUILDING OFFICE AREA
(in hallway area between Mallary North and South Complex)
 
Start Time Description Location
11:00 AM Iwata Airbrush Clinic on selecting and using an airbrush for engines, rolling stock, structures and scenery. Mallary Office Area
1:00 PM Iwata Airbrush Clinic on selecting and using an airbrush for engines, rolling stock, structures and scenery. Mallary Office Area
 

 
 

TRACK 4:

Mini Demos/Clinics offered throughout the day
(by experts at their exhibit areas)
FEATURED EXHIBITORS:




Hot Wire Foam Factory is a manufacturer of Styrofoam cutting, sculpting and engraving tools as well as foam adhesives and coatings.  They will be located in BLC at tables 40 B&C.





stop by "Bar Mills" in the Young Building, Section 79

 
 


 

stop by "Scenic Express" in the BLC, Section 44





stop by the newly designed "ETE" area of Mallary and see for yourself; in Mallary, Section 156

Questions about the Amherst Railway Society's annual Railroad Hobby Show
should be directed to the show office at:

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