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Saturday April 23, 2022

  • Brush Painting Door and Window Castings
  • Glazing Windows

Saturday April 16, 2022

A little different this week, we have 3 presenters all talking about lighting your structures. 

  • John Campbell, The Art of Lighting.
  • Jim Cannon, Understanding Structure Lighting Wiring (Link to PDF presentation)
  • Pat Rivard, How-to Light structures.

Saturday April 9, 2022

Saturday April 2, 2022

  • Demo of coloring and construction of warehouse doors.
  • Painting of door and window castings.
  • Install of warehouse doors.
  • Here is a link to a post on railroad line forum by our own Rich, showing his method of constructing doors.
  • Rich also provided us a few pictures of another sliding door build. Click image for a larger version.

Saturday March 26, 2022

  • Application and demo of trim materials.
  • Painting primary coloring of styrene castings for door and windows.
  • Preliminary discussion on scratch building warehouse doors.

Saturday March 19, 2022

  • Discussion on different wall color shades to produce a model which looks like it has been built at different times, giving a subtle ‘added-on’ look.
  • Discussion recap of coloring of interior and bracing.
  • A review of prep of styrene door and window castings for painting.
  • A discussion/review of rattle can painting of styrene castings.
  • A discussion of corner trim materials and application in build sequence.
  • A brief discussion of nail-holes and tools to create the nail-holes.
  • Discussion and short demo on creating board end joints in siding.
  • A review of using pictures for ice block coloring and mini-scene detail ideas.

Saturday March 12, 2022

  • Discussion of wall bracing application.
  • Discussion of primary wall coloring using soft pastels and diluted weathering mix.
  • Demo for using fan brush technique for early stages of weathering’
  • Discussion of considerations in color selection for sealing of interior walls. 
  • Discussion and application of masking to openings and hazards.
  • Demo and discussion of brush technique to prevent paint overflow around openings and edges.
  • Using Sucrets/Altoid tins as a paint palette.
  • Paint Properties:  Touch dry vs. cure dry.
  • Discussion of brush cleaning techniques and brush cleaning aids.

Saturday March 5, 2022

  • Discussion and application of wall bracing and trim.
  • Discussion and application of wall and trim coloring.

Saturday February 26, 2022

  • Discussion and demo of enhancing wall texturing in wood.
  • Discussion and demo of cutting wall openings.

Saturday February 19, 2022:

  • Kris takes us on a deep dive in the world of artists pastels. Different types, brands hardnesses and how they can be used in model railroading.
  • See the tools section for a 10% discount from Dakota Pastels.

Saturday February 12, 2022:

  • The walls are cut out and we tape them toghether to see ow it all fits.
  • A discussion of various tools that can be used for prepping the wood.
  • Nail holes? or not.
  • A look at the progress made by some of the participating modelers.

Saturday February 5, 2022:

  • Work bench, work surface, and templates.
  • Transferring dimensions and cutting templates
  • Assembling mock-ups from pre-printed templates & cutting templates.

Saturday January 29, 2022:

  • Availability of concept, dimensional and paper model file downloads.
  • Determining structure dimensions from a drawing or photo. (Discussion by Rich Wolfanger, Heath Trollope)
  • Roof details as eye candy. (Short Discussion)
  • Basic template creation and mock-up discussion and review.
  • Discussion of basic construction techniques. (Introduction discussion.)

Saturday January 22, 2022: