By John O’Connell Photos: Al Carter, Paul Koren, Bonnie Hollingsworth
March 9, 2017, Mt Vernon Senior Center
Ted Becker opened the Clinic with 14 attendees. The theme of this month’s clinic is Model Madness and as pictures later will attest it was a success despite light attendance.
After the usual housekeeping business, Ted announced some upcoming events:
The April Clinic, April 13, will focus on the mini-clinics held over from December Clinic that had to be canceled due to weather. So far we are looking forward to:
Roger Johnson: Modeling blackberries.
Bonnie Hollingsworth: Update on models for the Skykomish Substation
Nick Muff: Using metal foil on structures
And, a Mystery Mini-Clinic.
The May Clinic is on Saturday, May 13th! There will not be a regular Thursday night Clinic in May. See Ted’s announcement of the details on this all day affair, which is a joint effort with the Skagit Valley / Whidbey Island Clinic. There will be multiple demonstrations (some with hands on opportunities), swap tables, work space for you to bring a project and work on it there. What a great way to wrap up the 2016 / ’17 Clinic year.
June 7-10 Pacific Northwest Region Convention, Spokane. Click here for details.
DPM Kit Build
Hey! These are coming together! Take a look:
Note that Al’s and Paul’s models are both based on the same DPM kit, the HO Walker Building (20400).
Show and Tell
Al Carter brought his Kelso Millworks to illustrate a challenge. It is American Model Builders “Dabler Millworks” kit that he built about 15 years ago, and named after his friend and Tabooma County Railway crew member Jerry Kelso (now deceased). The “issue” Al had was placement of the building on his current layout because the mill has some really neat features on all four sides, and the location he had earmarked for it only showed two sides. Al continues, ”So I added a small peninsula to the layout bench work so the mill could be placed on a diagonal showing off all four sides. A good excuse to expand the railroad, no?”
Al Carter shared his work space story with us:
“Moving from a home with a layout room and a separate 10×14 work space/shop area to a much smaller combined layout/workbench area has caused me to really be creative in space utilization. My work area is about 4×7, with a swivel chair between two workbenches – a “main” one and a second for painting/weathering. I’ve made extensive use of roll around drawer units, and also found some nifty stamped steel 1″ deep drawers (Lee Valley/Veritas) that are great for small tools right under my workbenches. Larger tools, such as soldering equipment and motor tools and the like are stored on a rolling cart kept under the work bench. Everything under the layout is on wheels for easy access.”
March Modelness, a Hands-on Working Session. Quite a few brought projects to work on along with tools and materials.
DPM Kit #20400 Walker Building – Al Carter – 3/5/2017
Primed with red/brown primer
Mortar = Baking Powder
Weathering = Pan Pastels
Sign = Scribed wood, stained w/Prismacolor markers, then dry brushed white.
Lettering = ½” alphabet stencil; red colored pencil
White Peeling Paint (3rd floor) = Typewriter correction paper burnished onto surface
Storefront = Smalltown USA w/ styrene filler strips
Burglar Bars = Gold Medal Models (brass)
Venetian Blinds = Builders in Scale
Signs = Blair Line styrene signs
Window Displays with tuba, saxophone, clarinet, flute, TV, radio, misc.
Left side: Covered Stairwell = Bar Mills kit, reinforced
Covered Stairwell corrugated roofing = thin (tissue) paper copy of “texture” from web
Burglar Bars = Tichy casting
Electric Masthead = metal casting
Electric Conduit = phosphor bronze wire
Electric Meter = metal casting
Downspouts = scratch built from styrene
Windows Blanked Out = cement block paper (Micro Mark)
Stair Risers = styrene casting (unknown origin)
Stucco (upper) = Model Railstuff stucco
Stucco (lower) = Lightweight spackle
Tarpaper = Builders In Scale roofing paper
Chimney = Styrene (unknown origin)
Roof Access Hatch = Styrene
Vent Pipe = Ngineering tubing