Tips and techniques for creating plans and/or building items for out layouts without using kits

Fabricating structure details with styrene


Styrene, cover glass, and simple jigs are used to fabricate windows, doors, chimneys,
and corbels of specific prototype dimensions.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Hood
Saturday, Aug 29 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Hood

Beyond Pratt: Designing and building better bridges for your layout


Everyone loves bridges on their layouts, but limited selection and unrealistic design of commercial kits mean many scenes are not as interesting as they could be. Craig Bisgeier, an avid scratchbuilder and modeler, believes that we can all do better modeling with basic tools and parts and a little information. Follow step by step as Craig explains the basics of truss bridges, basic bridge design, and what's available out of the box (and why most of it is awful) to the average modeler. Craig then goes through how to use commercial kits and parts to improve the looks of the off the shelf models, and how to make custom bridges that will stand out on your layout with just a little more effort. Emerging technologies like laser cutting and 3-D printing are also pushing the limits of what's now possible! The clinic ends with a humorous discussion of what NOT to do. Join Craig and see what you can do to improve your bridge modeling!

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sellwood
Tuesday, Aug 25 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Hood
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