Paul, Kermit MMR


Clinics Presented:

Add perspective to your modeling


Perspective is often used to add realism to our two dimensional painted backdrops. Museum diorama builders extend perspective to their three dimensional models as well. Although this technique is rarely used in model railroads, Kermit will show you how it can enhance your railroad's visual appeal.

The clinic will include historical background and principles of both two and three dimensional perspective. True perspective modeling is more than just placing objects of different scales behind each other in a scene. Many computer based drafting programs include a perspective feature making it easier to produce suitable model drawings compared to older manual drafting methods.

Examples will be included to illustrate how three dimensional perspective modeling can make your layout seem much larger than it really is.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Tuesday, Aug 25 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sellwood

Now it can be told, the "secret" layout in the Land Down Under


This is the story of a secret O scale layout in Australia where I provided a control system to automatically run up to twenty trains at a time for the owner's enjoyment.

The owner was a private individual and all who worked on the layout were sworn to secrecy.
Since the layout was built in the late 1970's, perhaps fewer than forty guests have seen it.
The late John Armstrong visited once while I was there and he remarked "Even for me, this is a bit over the top".

The owner passed away last year, hence the clinic title. Eight minutes of a recent professional video will be included.
The scope of the layout plus a very large 1/32 scale collection was most impressive.

The train collection and parts of the layout were willed to the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, QLD Australia for public display.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Hood
Friday, Aug 28 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sellwood