Clinic
Fox Valley Division Clinic Presentations

Learning from other modelers is a major benefit of the NMRA. Below is a list past clinic presentations by various members and guests that shared their skills. We are extremely appreciative of the efforts put forward by the presenters. Click on a title for additional details of that clinic.

 

Jim covered his journey of completing the 8 cars necessary for the Railroad Equipment - car AP category.

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Steve gave a detailed photo record of the removal and reconstruction of a prototype junction. The Duplainville, Wisconsin crossing of the Canadian Pacific and the Canadian National is one of the busiest action spots in Wisconsin for rail fans with 50 or more trains per day. In the summer and fall of 2020 the railroads did a complete replacement of the existing diamond and removed the interchange track. His presentation recounted the sequence of construction events from August until November and provided modelers many ideas for adding details to their layouts.

Charles Malinowski (CID) introduced us to making paper based building flats in the February clinic. There was a lot of interest in his presentation using Evan Designs Software.

Phillip took us through the 3D design process from research to CAD drawings to printed parts of a "Bags Building" for a concrete industrail complex on his layout.
Here are a few notes from the clinic:
Cad Software packages: Auto Cad (get the home version). Fusion 360, FreeCAD
Slicer Software packages (converts CAD files to printer files): Simplified3D/software/features/, CURA, PrusaSlicer
Do not use ABS printing material. Phillip likes Poly Smooth - PLA
Steel Mill IG Group: https://smmsig.org/

Phillip Burnside


Phillip Burnside

Eric shared his recommendations on good wiring practices. He went over all the tools & materials that you need to keep your wiring and documentation organized and in good order. He has offered two PDF handouts for your reference.

Click Here for a list of wiring resources.

Click Here for a list of wiring materials.

Eric Peterson


Eric Peterson

Paul gave us an overview of the NMRA's LCC standard in use.

Click Here if you are interested in learning more about the LCC system and protocols.

Steve gave an overview of "Cad-rail 9" and what you can use it for beyond layout design.

Click Here to download a Steve's Clinic (1M PDF)

Steve Miazga


Steve Miazga

Gary discussed the pros, cons and precautions of his inexpensive laser cutter. Gary models in Z scale and brought some impressively detailed models as part of his demonstration.

Click Here to download a copy of Gary's Clinic Notes (small PDF)

Gary and George K


Gary discussing the attributes of the laser cutter with George K.

George K. George covered various electronic track sensors and how they can be used for your layout electronics.

George K


Bob covered the history of the Misabie mines, railroads and the GN division. He also included photos from his very detailed home layout of the GN Misabie division.

Mike Wood


Mike shared his rail photos of his recent trips to Japan

Mike Wood


The always entertaining Mark Llanuza presented two outstanding slide shows. Mark's rail photography is world class!

Mark Llanuza


Carl demonstrated how easy it is to use AnyRail software to create detailed track plans with embedded structures and other objects.

Carl Wagus


Jim demonstrated how to create completely focused photographs using your camera or smart phone along with inexpensive (or even free) digital imaging software. “It’s really easier than you think.”

Jim Osborn


Click Here to download a copy of Jim's Focus Stacking Clinic Notes (small PDF)

George continued his series on these miniature computing devices showing us how to use them for DCC Accessories, Turnout control and Throttles.

George K.


No notes are available from this clinic.

Mike's grew up in Two Rivers and consequently has detailed knowledge of his home town. He gave us an extensive look at the origins of the town from over 100 years ago, through his time living in the town and what it looks like today.

Mike Hirvela


No notes are available from this clinic.

Bob has researched the development and use of Inductive Train Communications that started in the late 1940's. His presentation covered the many railroads that used the technology.

Bob Hanmer


No notes are available from this clinic.

Rick shared many prototype and model photos of various Junctions, Interchanges & Diamonds for your Model Railroad.

Rick Mahoneyr


No notes are available from this clinic.

Steve gave a very detail discussion about the history and evolution of tank cars.

No Notes are available on this clinic.


Pete Walton

Steve Hile

George Discussed the Timetable used for the Clichfield RR"

No Notes are available on this clinic.


Pete Walton

George Trandel

Pete took us through the evolution of four railroads up to and including the "Great Midwestern" which by the way is featured in the 2018 issue of MR's "Great Model Railroads"

No Notes are available on this clinic.


Pete Walton

Pete Walton

Click Here to download a copy of Art's Ground Goop Recipe and Clinic Notes (small PDF)


Art Jones

Art Jones

Ground Goop Module

Ground Goop Module

Ground Goop Demo

Ground Goop Demo

Click Here to download a copy of Georges's presentation. (9MB PDF)


George Trandel

George Trandel

The DuPage Division's Fred Henize entertained us with "Ramblings of an Old Railroader..

Fred Henize


No notes are available from this clinic.

The Fox Valley Division’s webmaster Jim Osborn gave the division a brief tour of his C & NW, Western Division, railroad and then an overview of the main elements of the automatic signally system he operates on the pike.

Click Here to download a copy of Jim's reference notes.


Jim Osborn

Rick shared many prototype photos of quick and easy industries we can add to out pikes.

Rick Mahoneyr


No notes are available from this clinic.

David gave a review of how he designed his prototypically accurate 1947 Waupaca Railroad and how he is now rebuilding it on portable modules.

David Leider


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Chris gave us an overview of how train priorities, rights & track authority under TTO rules can apply to model railroad operations.

Chris Czyzewski


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Many thanks to to George for sharing numerous photos of his Railfanning trip to Southern Africa. His photo montage featured the luxurious Blue and the Rovo Trains as well as many spectacular photos of the countryside and wildlife of the region.


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to see several of George's spectacular photos.

George Ferraro

Bob Hanmer discussed the Duluth Missabe Iron Range operations as well how he modeled them on his highly detailed pike. Bob uses prototypical timetable and train order rules in his operating scheme.

Bob Hammer


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Dave Phillips presented a timely update about operation lifesaver reminders. He also showed a number glass plate high resolution slides from the Chicago & Northwestern Historical Society archives. Dave is appealing to all railfans to support the construction of the new CNWHS archive building to be located at the IL RR museum with a donation to the CNWHS.

Dave Phillips

Special Guest Speaker Gary Cohn of GoodDealsDCC,  the manufacturer of the “test tracks” on the table, had the audience in stitches listening to how he started with an idea and how it is now featured on MR Video Plus, had a booth at Train Fest, meeting the Kalmbach guys, and his success thus far making these test tracks in various single gauges and mixed gauges, too, sending them all over the country.

Gary Cohn of Good Deals DCC


No notes are available from this clinic.

Click Here for a copy of Mike's clinic presentation.
(This is a 3MB PDF document.)

Mike Skibe.

Click above on the clinic link to to learn about the MiniModutrak story. Contacts are listed for various tools and equipment they use in the construction of the modules.

Click this link to go to the MiniModutrak website to see some of the wonderful scenes on the MiniModutrak modules.

http://www.modutrak.com/

Click Here for a copy of Brian's clinic presentation.
(This is a 1MB PDF document.)

George K.

Brian takes us through the methods and tools useful to model Z and smaller scales

Foot note: The jeweler files Brian referenced can be found at:

http://www.ottofrei.com/Store/Glardon-Vallorbe-Swiss-Made-Escapement-Files/

George K.

George is performing a live demonstration of the Adruino throttle.


No notes are available from this clinic.

Click Here for a copy of the clinic presentation.
(This is a 10MB PDF document.)

Jeff Jarr

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(This is a 1MB pdf document.)

Mike Wood

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(This is a 5MB pdf document.)

George Trandel
David Sima David Sima Examples David Sima Examples David Sima Examples


No notes are available from this clinic.

Click Here for a copy of the clinic presentation.
(This is a 5MB pdf document.)

Mike Wood Mike Wood Modules Mike Wood Modules Mike Wood Modules

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(This is a 0.5MB pdf document.)

Dave Phillips

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(This is a 1.1MB pdf document.)

Bill Kirschmeyer

Click Here for a copy of the weathering supply and tool handout.
(This is a 83kB pdf document.)

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(This is a 5.4MB pdf document.)

Paul Gehrett

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(This is a 0.75MB pdf document.)

Fred Henize

Click Here for a copy of the AP Structures Application and Guide.
(This is a 83kB pdf document.)

Dave Crement

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(This is a 5.3MB pdf document.)

Click Here to learn more about the Golden Spike Application.

Jeff Jarr

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(This is a 5.4MB pdf document.)

Dan Goins Dan Goins' Demonstration

Click Here for a PDF copy of the HO scale trolley contact and sources handout.
(This is a 18kB pdf document.)

Click Here for a PDF copy of the O scale trolley contact and sources handout.
(This is a 100kB pdf document.)

Carl and Ed

Click Here for a copy of Frank's presentation notes.
(This is a 45kB pdf document.)

Click Here for a copy of Frank's handout.
(This is a 70kB pdf document.)

Click Here for a copy of the clinic presentation.
(This is a 4.1MB pdf document.)

Frank Schneider

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(This is a 5.4MB pdf document.)

Jim Allen

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(This is a 20kB pdf document.)

Take a picture with the stick in it and then you can size the images in the picture by using the 1 foot scale marks of the stick.

Tim Kleimeyer


No notes are available from this clinic.

Stretch the paper on a board, paint it the desired color, cut the strips and then glue the paper to the model. You must use "Canopy Glue" to avoid getting wrinkles in the paper. The glue is used on RC model airplanes and available at RC plane hobby shops.

David Leider

Leif Hansen devised a clever way to get lighting power to his model houses and still keep them movable between his work bench and the layout. He uses a Molex type electric connector on the bottom of the structure. Male on the structure and female on the layout board. Any similar type connector will work.

Leif Hansen

In this case it is a loading ramp with lots of stringer and rib supports underneath. His surface template defines the size, and also has spaced plastic strips added to make the various stringer and support assemblies.

David Leider