Dale G. Kraus
Photos by author
The May clinic was brought to order by MMR Gene Swanson at the Lakewood Library. After brief announcements, Wain Miller was presented a civil engineering Merit Award for a scratchbuilt double-diamond level crossing. Wain is one piece of track-work away from his Model Railroad Engineer – Civil certificate.
Greg Price Presented his excellent clinic on Building (and improving) Wooden Structure Kits . An extensive, detailed handout provided a step-by-step recap. His tips included: 1. Inventory the kit first. 2. Square up the sides. 3. Paint everything before assembly. 4. use a squaring jig when assembling. and many others. Greg uses a sponge to color the sides, and distresses the siding for extra detail. A light India ink wash then brings out the detail. Some of the buildings he used as examples are shown below.
The modelers’ showcase was very sparse. A scratchbuilt coaling tower by your humble author and Russ Segner’s old PFM brass 2-6-6-0 and water tank car were the only models shown.
The next clinic will be held at the Pierce County Library admin office (3005 112th St. E. Tacoma 98446) on June 8 at 7PM .