Orange Blossom Express 2019

Region Convention Clinics


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Our clinic schedule is still being developed, but here are the Clinicians and their presentations to date.


Hands On Clinic

Lee WeissBuilding Utility Poles – Attendee must supply own tools: cutting board; razor knife (X-Acto) with 2+ blades; tweezers; pin vise and drill bits; white glue; optic visor if needed; fine tooth razor saw. Lee will supply dowel rods, cross-arm material, and small beads for insulators. This is a DOUBLE clinic slot. Cost of $10. Select via online registration page or printable registration form. 



Non-Hands On Clinics


Beverly FarnhamWomen’s Program-Meet and Greet – Discuss with the women on what I am looking forward to doing and what would they like to see done with the Women’s Program.


Ken FarnhamElectrical Wiring-Back to Basics – Will cover safety when dealing with electrical wiring and how electrical devices work and are used.  Some electronics will be covered and how to build power supplies.  Wiring will be discussed along with how to calculate the wiring needs.  Some aspects of the AP requirements will be covered.


John GiammasiScratch Building Wooden Structures-Federal Foods – Utilizes footprint information, staining, and simple construction techniques.


John GiammasiScratch Building Wooden Structures-Bibo’s Box and Pallet – More complex construction, roofing, decking, finishing, and placement.


Jim GorePainting with PanPastels – An exploration of the use of PanPastels; not a weathering powder but a soft pastel mixture.  How to use the pastel to “paint” an entire structure and detail items including weathering and base coats.  Some methods to save money on you PanPastel investment and alternative uses of unique colors available.


Ken HootUsing the Fast Track System


Eric MengerOn30 Shelf Layout – Shows how he is building an O-scale narrow gauge model railroad.  Will show how the model railroad was conceived and planned, what prototype railroad was selected and why, and how the benchwork and track was constructed.


Rich PaulGood Gluing Techniques


Rich PaulRemovable Loads


Jim RobertsonBuilding a Larry Car for Beehive Coke Ovens – Will give history on Larry cars and Beehive Coke Ovens and show several pictures of actual Larry cars that were used for inspiration.  Step by step presentation on how the Larry cars were built from a Bobber Caboose to a finished car.


Carl SmeighNMRA Contest Judging – Explains the new rules for Contest Judging.


Al SohlScratch Building the Prototype Maud Monroe Gold Mine – Constructing in S scale for his O scale layout, methods of how and the why S scale.  After presentation, a brief talk on how to better enter your prized model into a contest.


Al SohlMaking a Deco Kit Structure Into Contest Quality.


Gilbert ThomasTropicana Juice Trains – Tropicana is America’s #1 juice producer in the U.S. and has been running a train almost daily for the last 48 yrs.  Find out what cars based on era and paint scheme you should be running depending on your modeling time period.  Will review the routes the ‘Juice Train’ travels and much more.


Gilbert ThomasModeling Considerations for the 1970’s Modeler – The 1970s are a big time of change in the business of railroading.  Mergers, new equipment, and the beginning of Amtrak and Conrail.  This clinic will discuss considerations for the 70s modeler.

Ray HazenReally Cheap Structures – Creating the building’s structural shape using 3/16” foam board, then covering it with cardstock using patterns downloaded from the internet, and printed on a color printer.  Several buildings using this method are shown.  Typical material cost is <$10.00.


Ray HazenAnimated Basics – How to connect LEDs, motors, and other animation devices to a microcontroller (like the Arduino Uno) to provide lighting, motion, and sound on your layout.  It includes the design and use of an Arduino shield to drive larger load devices.


Ray HazenUsing MP3 Files for Sound – Using a DFPLAYER (check it out on the internet) for sound.  You copy your sound files from your laptop to a micro CD card, and play them with the (1” square) MP3 player, which includes the audio amplifier, so only a speaker and power are needed to operate it.  Cost of the player is <$10.00.  Two applications will be shown, and the schematic provided.

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