Computer Aided Design programs for track planning or controlling laser-cutters or 3D printers

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

Using SketchUp and rapid prototyping


How to use the free 3D drawing program SketchUp to make drawings and get the parts 'printed' using rapid prototyping technology.

A four-page clinic handout is available online at

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Thursday, Aug 27 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Saint Helens
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