NE Proto Meet Sked for June 3-4

Dave Owens

Tentative Schedule for 2005 New England/Northeast Prototype Modelers Meet
8 a.m. to 11 p.m., June 3-4, 2005
Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave., Collinsville, Connecticut

Thursday, June 2
5 and 7:30 p.m., Tours at Branchline Trains in East Hartford – contact
us at neprotomeet@... to pick a tour and get directions.

Friday, June 3
8 a.m.
Registration and model set up begin.

9:30 a.m.
Clinic 1 – John Orofino – Creative Assembly of Structure Kits – how to
turn a kit into a miniature scene – clinic is part 1 and will focus on
basic modeling and creating a live scene.

11 a.m.
Clinic 2 – Ramon Rhodes – Detailing a Layout for Maximum Effect – give
your layout a sense of history through details, such as rail side
structures, signals and communication equipment. Clinic also covers
weathering track, era-specific details and geographic considerations.

12:30 p.m.
Lunch break

1:30 p.m.
Clinic 3 – Den Lippert – The Basics of Diesel Detailing – An overview
of "what details commonly need to be added, and why", "case studies"
of particular locomotives, and the mechanical aspects of applying them
to models. The presentation is designed to show the beginner what
sorts of tools and parts are available to make diesel detailing easier
for them, and to hopefully encourage them to try it themselves. For
the more advanced modeler, there is an opportunity to perhaps learn
some new techniques, and to see some nice models on the screen!

Clinic 4 – Neil Gage – Military Transportation by Railroad – modeling
movement of military equipment by rail from 1940 through about 1975.

3 p.m.
Clinic 5 – Mike Rose – Pennsylvania-flavored Road and Rail Bridges:
Prototypes & Models in the Conrail Era.

4:30 p.m.
Clinic 6 – Bill Schaumburg – From Ties to Ties – a tour of a tie
treatment plant that uses old railroad ties to produce both steam for
the treatment plant and electricity for the general consumer

Clinic 7 – Art Biehler – Richardsonian Stations on the Boston & Albany
– Development of the Richardsonian Romanesque passenger stations
designed in the late 19th Century by Henry Hobson Richardson and
successor firm Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge that once stretched along the

6 p.m.
Dinner/Swap meet – bring models you want to get rid of!

7:30 p.m.
Slide show 1 – Bob LaMay – History of the F40 – starting with the
F40C, predecessor of the F40PH, the show goes from builder photos to
current owners of remaining units.

Slide show 2 – Pete McLachlan – Railroads that frequented Maybrook,
N.Y. – from an engineer who took his camera to work everyday

Saturday, June 4

8 a.m.

9:30 a.m.
Clinic 8 – Steve Funaro – Assembling Resin Kits.

Clinic 9 – John Orofino – Creative Assembly of Structure Kits – Part 2
– how to add landscape elements and other details to create a scene.

11 a.m.
Clinic 10 – Mike Simonds and Rene Paquin – DCC basics, with Q&A to
follow as well as workshops all day Saturday.

12:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.
Clinic 11 – Tim Frederick – Tank Car Design 101 – A tank car design overview.

Clinic 12 – Mike Tylick – Quick Interiors -- There is a middle ground
between painting the pounds of type metal required for the interiors
in contest models and painting the windows black to hide an empty
space. Mike has long used simple drawings on card stock, wood and
found objects to quickly and simply provide the illusion of a detailed
interior. The simplicity of digital photography has also caused him
to experiment with photographic interiors. This Power Point
presentation will show how the interiors created for several recent
projects were created.

3 p.m.
Clinic 13 – George Barrett – Modeling trucks 1930-1960 – with an
emphasis and truck bodies and trailers.

Clinic 14 – Ralph Barger – The 120 Heavyweight (Standard) Sleepers of
the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad – Many cars were common to other
railroads, so this clinic has a wide appeal.

4:30 p.m.
Clinic 15 – Ted Culotta – Steam Locomotives for Dummies – Most people
have not had the opportunity to see steam operations on their favorite
roads and do not have an intimate understanding of the workings of
steam power. Ted's circa October 1947 New Haven layout will require
lots of steam and he knew he would have to educate himself in order to
reproduce some of it. Ted will present the basics of steam locomotives
and then show how he modified a Bachmann Spectrum Light USRA 4-8-2 to
recreate New Haven Class R-1b Mountain no. 3330 as it appeared circa

Slide Show 3 – Tom Nanos – Contemporary Connecticut Horsepower - A
brief digital multimedia tour of the railroading in our own back yard.
Photos are from 2002 to the present, and are derived from prints,
slides and digital photos, presented against an instrumental music

6 p.m.
Dinner/Swap meet – bring models you want to get rid of!

7:30 p.m.
Clinic 16 – Tony Koester – Prototype modeling and multi-level layout
design and lighting

Slide show 4 – Mark Branibar – The Penn Central - significant
highlights year by year, from 1968 to April 1, 1976.

Sunday, June 5
Layout open houses at the Collinsville club and the homes of Glen
Rappoport, Bill Schneider, Michael Wlochowski and the Silk City Model
Railroad Club, and potentially others.

Special notes:

Mike Simonds and Rene Paquin will offer workshops on decoder
installation all day Saturday. If you're interested in participating
in their workshop, contact Mike ahead of time at
Customreproductions@... so that he can bring the proper
decoder for you.

Mike Rose Hobbies will show samples of its new detail parts line for
the first time.

A Swap Meet is planned for Friday and Saturday evening during the
dinner break. Please feel free to bring surplus locomotives, rolling
stock, structure kits, vehicles or anything else you want to get rid

There will be dealers and manufacturers at the meet and the nearby
Hobby Shop of Collinsville will be offering specials to meet

The Penn Central Railroad Historical Society will unveil a custom
piece of HO scale rolling stock at the meet. (Hint: New York Central
modelers will like the kit too.)

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