Clinics & Seminars

We’ll be featuring dozens of clinics and seminars scheduled throughout the convention. Schedule times will be determined as we get closer to the convention. There will be multiple opportunities to attend each of the clinics.

Workshop Clinic Participation

Three clinics in a hands-on workshop format will be conducted on successive afternoons, Thursday through Saturday, in the Westinghouse Room.  Although all three workshops are fare-free, two of the three require advanced sign-up to reserve a space (backdrop painting) and receive software to load onto your laptop (3D printing). 

Descriptions of each workshop follow, along with participation requirements.  Consider joining one or more of the workshops as an alternative to prototype or layout stops in greater Pittsburgh, or if you get back to the hotel early after your excursion.

Backdrop Painting

This workshop will be held Thursday afternoon in two separate, hour-long sessions, with the first starting at 1:30pm and the second starting at 3:00pm. The hands-on clinic will show an easy method of painting a backdrop featuring tree covered rolling hills, typical of the eastern US and parts of the Midwest.

The workshop can accept up to 8 painting participants per session (but there is space in the room for folks that just want to sit in and watch the instructor and participants). 

Those backdrop painting participants need to register in advance (Session 1 or Session 2) directly with Pete Leach.  Please email Pete with the subject line “NNGC Backdrop Painting Clinic” and indicate in the text which session you’d prefer to attend.

Pete will be supplying the materials (acrylic paint, brushes, and 16”x20” boards), along with easels and  plastic drop cloths. Participants only need to bring enthusiasm and wear paint-accommodating clothes.

Finishing Models Workshop

This workshop will be held Friday afternoon, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.  Painting and weathering with craft and other acrylics, oil paint washes, and pan pastels will be discussed and demonstrated, per attendee interest.

Bring a model that you’d like to paint or weather, and four modelers with a variety of finishing skills will assist in completing your model.  There’s no formal structure to the workshop, other than first-come, first-serve.  There will be demonstration and practice models available to hone techniques.

Paints, brushes, and supporting materials will be supplied; attendees only need bring their ideas and models, and wear clothes suitable for painting and weathering.

CAD Techniques for 3D Printing Workshop

This workshop will be held Saturday afternoon, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, in two parts.

The workshop will open with an hour-long PowerPoint presentation (3D Printing for Model Railroading), which can be attended by all those interested (meaning no need to sign up for this portion of the workshop).

Following the presentation will be a hands-on functionality introduction to the Fusion 360 CAD package, which will allow participants to begin designing their own modeling parts.  Attendance for the Fusion portion of the workshop is limited to 10 with preloaded CAD-package laptops. 

Ray Persing will supply the Fusion CAD program to participants before the convention.  Participants need to bring their laptops to the convention (preloaded with the CAD program).  To register for this workshop, please email Ray with the subject line “NNGC CAD Techniques Clinic” and mention in the text your interest in attending and what type of laptop you have available for the clinic.

All Clinics and Seminars

Fine Tuning Brass LocomotivesFuzzy AnstinePowerPoint
LED LightingBill SartorePowerPoint
Tuscarora Valley RR Prototype and ModelingGeorge PiersonPowerPoint
Chickawaukie Module and Maine Ice HarvestingTom HoermannPowerPoint
35 Years of the WW&F Museum – The Early YearsJeff SchumakerPowerPoint
35 Years of the WW&F Museum – 2005 to TodayJeff SchumakerPowerPoint
Modeling the Gilpin Tramway in a Small SpaceKeith PashinaPowerPoint
Narrow Gauge in the Land of the MayasGreg MaxwellPowerPoint
SR&RL Mushroom DesignDave KeithPowerPoint
Upper Midwest and SW Scenery TechniquesMatt WoodsPowerPoint
HOn30 and On30 Locomotive KitbashingPhil GliebePowerPoint
B&SGE: Modeling an Appalachian Coal & Iron Empire in HOn3Vagel KellerPowerPoint
Two Prototypes, Two ModelsSteve Zapytowski and Sam SwansonPowerPoint
Casting and Printing On30 Rolling StockKevin JonesPowerPoint
OR&W Prototype and ModelsBill LoganPowerPoint
Engineering the Right-of-WayNeal SchorrPowerPoint
Waterfront and Nautical Models in On30Pete LeachWorkshop
Scratchbuilding Fn3 Rolling StockAl PomeroyPowerPoint
Handlaying Better Track and Switches – Hints and TipsAlan LoizeauxPowerPoint
How to Monetize Your CollectionDan RaapPowerPoint
The 1920s Dolly Varden RR Enhanced in ColourWalter ReidPowerPoint
New Discoveries for the Anyox RailwayGerald HarperPowerPoint
The Benefits of Going Dead RailLowell Didas, Randy AllioPowerPoint
Scenery TechniquesMartin WelbergMake-Take
Modelling the Rio Grande SouthernCraig SymingtonPowerPoint
Along the Waynesburg & Washington Right-of-WayJim WeinschenkerPowerPoint
Modeling the Prototype: North Whitefield, MainePete MagounPowerPoint
Modeling a Mine Site PrototypicallyEdward FreemanPowerPoint
Lumbering, Logging and Mills Along the SR&RLGary KohlerPowerPoint
Kosher WeatheringGeorge RileyPowerPoint
J&L Railroad Overview and Engineer InstructionRick RowlandsPowerPoint
Gatorfoam ApplicationsDavid MyersPowerPoint
Painting and Weathering with Craft AcrylicsSteve Zapytowski and Sam SwansonWorkshop
CAD Techniques for 3D PrintingRay PersingWorkshop
Narrow Gauge in the Nickel Plate’s Clover Leaf District Tony KoesterPowerPoint
Blending Two Hobbies – Steam Trains and RobotsBob RossPowerPoint
3D Printing for Model RailroadingRobb ThomasPowerPoint
Getting Started in Sn2Chris McChesneyPowerPoint
Building Snippets Cove in On30Michael YoakamPowerPoint
Backdrop PaintingPete LeachWorkshop
Jerry SeversonHow the 1920s Ringling Bros. and B&B Circus MovedPowerPoint
Michael HohnBuilding 1880s Shortline Structures and Rolling StockPowerPoint