NMRA 75: Tuesday 7/13/2010
Welcome back to my experiences at the NMRA convention - and it was a pretty busy day.
The first clinic I went to this morning was by Donald Harbin, titled "The Roots of Making Trees." Donald has discovered that the root structure of a 1 to 2 year old Ash sapling (grows in most states) makes a fine armature for building deciduous trees on. His layout is in the Fall time period, so he ends up with some pretty colorful trees:
Basically it's a tree root, very well cleaned, with Woodland Scenics poly-fiber foliage and ground foam glued onto it. Looks pretty good, and based on a diorama that was passed around that he did several years ago, pretty hardy too (it had been attacked by the cat before being brought to the convention):
A later clinic involved making city streets using an "encapsulated PVC foam" product called Sintra. It's got more texture than straight styrene, can be worked easier, and is relatively inexpensive (free if you can get a sign shop to give you their scraps). None of the photos came out on that one - too dark a room.
The last (so far) clinic I went to today was on The Allegheny Terminal, Building and Operating an Industrial Strength Railroad. Greg Johnson lead us around his 1500 square foot HO scale layout that is centered around the Pittsburg area and is very heavily industrialized. It's featured Great Model Railroads 2010.
Off to an Advanced DCC class... more photos later!
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