Hints and tips regarding different tools useful to model railroaders

What's in my toolbox


Every modeler starts with a few basic tools and gradually grows a 'tool box' of items that work for them and make the quality of their modeling better. Along the way, they may find unique uses for items commonly found around the house but seldom in the workshop. They also have the pleasure of spending money on those 'perfect' tools that turn out to be a flop. Jack, a self-confessed tool junkie, will go through his very unique collection of tools that he has accumulated over 50 years of modeling. You may be intrigued by some of the unusual finds, his sources, and his advice on some tools that are just not worth it. As an added incentive, this clinic has door prizes for a lucky few.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM Three Sisters
Saturday, Aug 29 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood

Photoshop Elements as a modeling tool


The computer program Photoshop Elements can be just as useful in modeling as a Dremel tool or NWSL Chopper. This clinic will present ideas about using this program to enhance scanned prototype and layout photos, make scaled signs from graphics available on the web, and even make simple interior details. Some techniques are extremely easy (why didn't I think of that) while others are more complex.

A four-page clinic handout is available online at

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Saint Helens
Thursday, Aug 27 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Saint Helens
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