The Observation car - August, 2019
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The Observation Car...

Next Meeting - 

August 3rd at 9am
Sump Memorial Library
222 N Jefferson St.,
Papillion, Nebraska 68046

August 3rd at Sump - Clinic: Ryan Moats on Tools of the Trade, Show and Tell:  Favorite Tools

September 7th at Sump - Clinic: Bruce Hochberger on Making Chain Link Fences, Show and Tell: Cabooses and MOW Cars

September 21st at Shadow Lake: Division sponsored swap meet.

October 5th at Sump - Clinic: To be determined, Show and Tell: Locomotives

November 2nd at Sump - Clinic: Bill Grierson on Making Rocks Without Molds, Show and Tell: Passenger Cars

December 7th at Shadow Lake - Clinic: Freemo Group on Modular Construction

Other activities are under discussion. Possible additional layout visits and clinics.


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Next Meeting -

Saturday, August 3rd at 9am
at the
Sump Memorial Library
222 North Jefferson Street
Papillion, Nebraska 68046 



1) The main clinic will be "Tools of the Trade" by Ryan Moats.  Ryan always has good information about common and obscure tools that help make our modeling better.

2) The Show and Tell will be "Your Favorite Tool."  Bring the tool that has helped you the most, or you enjoy using.

3)  Just a reminder - The September Swap Meet - You'll see this notice in several of your favorite publications - Western Heritage Division Swap Meet - Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9am to 4pm.  Shadow Lake Towne Center, Papillion, NE.  Free Parking and Admission. Tables $10.00, NMRA members $5.00.  No Vendors Please. Contact for more information.

4) We spent a few minutes talking about DCC bus wiring last month.  Here's a good reference on symptoms of track wiring problems and here is a source for pre-built snubbers.

Last Month 

Bob Rogge gave a great presentation on tree construction.  He also touched on tree stumps and retaining walls. 

Bob's Tree samples.

Bob's stumps.

Bob's method of retaining wall construction from pink foam.

Show and Tell was Bildings - Mike, Bruce and Bob Albano brought examples  Mike brought several buildings and discussed his approach to installing lighting. The photos don't do a great job of showing off his work.

The remainder of the photos were taken with the room lights on.

Bruce and Bob also brought a couple of structures -

Bruce scratch built this rendition of a local industry.

Bob modified this structure he picked up at a swap meet.

Fun Stuff this month - 

Airbrush Asylum is a YouTube channel primarily demonstrating the type of art you would see on the side of a van.  However, this is a great video showing how to make realistic clouds for your backdrop.

Stephen Bennett's videos are long, but detailed and interesting. This one is just short of two hours.  In this video he details how he modifies a couple of Walther's ore docks for his layout.  In his version, the product is coal, not ore. You may want to watch it with your finger on the fast forward button.  But it contains a lot of info.

See you next time, gs

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