2022 Buffalo CanAm
Convention Clinics

We've kept the listing of clinics on this site, for your enjoyment.

Day & Time:

Friday @ 9am (45min)

Title:

Miniprints Paint & Take

Presenter:

Bernard Hellen

Description:

Join Bernard, owner of Miniprints, as he discusses his journey from modeler to manufacturer of his 3D-printed miniature craftsman-quality animals and figures. Then, grab a brush and paint to put color to your own 1:64 miniprint creature. Bernard will instruct on techniques to bring out the smallest details of your new 3D-printed model, readying it for its new habitat on your home layout. Make your layout come alive!


Miniprints Clinic (Bernard on the left). Copyright © Darby Marriott; used by permission (click for larger version)

Day & Time:

Friday @ 10am (45min); also see Saturday

Title:

Modeling In S-scale in the 1960s

Presenter:

Bud Rindfleisch, for Dick Karnes, MMR

Description:

Dick discusses what it was like to be a scale modeler in S in the 1960s, what was available, the techniques used and how he kept it alive.

Day & Time:

Friday @ 11am (45min)

Title:

Hosting an NASG Convention

Presenter:

Jamie Bothwell, John Ciareleglio, Darby Marriott

Description:

It is not as hard as you think!

Having fun here in Buffalo attending the convention? Want to know how you could host a gathering of your best S gauge friends and colleagues? This is the workshop for you! Presented by the NASG National Convention Committee, attendees will get a brief overview of what it takes to organize one of the best annual gatherings of S gauge model enthusiasts. Folks will learn how to secure a hotel, book tours, set up the Vendor Hall, create a fantastic banquet, and have fun along the way. The NASG has redesigned how Conventions will be presented, and some of the organizational work and financing has been addressed (You can pick and choose events and keep it as simple as you wish!). Join us and learn how to display your part of the world hosting an NASG National Convention. It really is not as hard as you think!

Day & Time:

Friday @ 1pm (45min)

Title:

The NYC Specification 486 Box Car Kit from Miniatures From the North

Presenter:

Jeff English

Description:

We are in a golden age of variety of freight car models. How do we select which ones; to make our freight trains more realistic? We will look at the field of opportunity, and see which available models are must-haves and in what proportions. We will take a deeper look at the recently-released New York Central Specification 486 box cars made by Miniatures From The North and how these, and signature cars of other railroads, bring a new level of being prototypical.

Day & Time:

Friday @ 2pm (45min); see also Saturday

Title:

Landscape Scenery

Presenter:

Willy Monaghan

Presentation File:

Powerpoint File

Description:

Willy found that one can't build a large model landscape from reading a magazine article or watching a video about diorama construction. You may see beautiful miniatures, but large landscapes require strategies and methods that can be scaled for yards not inches. This clinic will explore some of the techniques he has found while building his model of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad in New York's Catskill Mountains, including, concept, design strategies, structure, topography, model geology, mass vegetation, water, detail vegetation, and foreground detail.

Day & Time:

Friday @ 3pm (45min)

Title:

What Do I Do With These Passenger Cars?

Presenter:

Jamie Bothwell

Description:

How you can add passenger train operations to your layout? The operating potential of passenger trains is an oft-overlooked facet of model railroading. This clinic will show you how you can justify passenger operations on any layout, citing prototype examples.

Day & Time:

Friday @ 4pm (45min)

Title:

The History of SHS

Presenter:

Mike Ferraro & Don Thompson (via Zoom)

Description:

From helper status on up to the pinnacle of S-scale manufacturers, co-founders Mike and Don chronicle their saga of S-Helper Service as only they can tell. Sit back and enjoy this incredible journey, and appreciate how the success of the past is primed to rise again.

Day & Time:

Friday @ 7pm (45min)

Title:

Modeling a Southern Ontario Branchline Junction

Presenter:

Andy Malette

Description:

The trials and tribulations of trying to fit prototype locations into your space. What is the starting point? How to adapt so your end result mimics the railroad of your choice.

Day & Time:

Friday @ 8pm (45min)

Title:

Modeling in an Urban Industrial Area

Presenter:

Ken Zieska

Description:

Participate with Pines and Prairie's Ken as he reveals the allure of modeling urban and industrial areas. Tight spaces, dirty details, and small switching, all are ideally suited for S-scale. So, prepare to depart the mainline for this super session.

Day & Time:

Saturday @ 10am (45min)

Title:

Precision Modelling Using a 3D Printer

Presenter:

Simon Parent

Description:

This clinic will be a journey of Simon's discovery using this exciting new way of making models. It will cover the evolution from his first designs and outsourced printed masters for steam locomotive lost wax casting detail parts, to his early (failed) attempts at self-printing until good, reliable, and consumer-priced printers came along. From there he will show examples of what he has been able to achieve: from a coal tower and passenger station, to complete freight car kits, parts, and freight car trucks.

Day & Time:

Saturday @ 11am (45min); also see Friday

Title:

Landscape Scenery

Presenter:

Willy Monaghan

Presentation File:

Powerpoint File

Description:

Willy found that one can't build a large model landscape from reading a magazine article or watching a video about diorama construction. You may see beautiful miniatures, but large landscapes require strategies and methods that can be scaled for yards not inches. This clinic will explore some of the techniques he has found while building his model of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad in New York's Catskill Mountains, including, concept, design strategies, structure, topography, model geology, mass vegetation, water, detail vegetation, and foreground detail.

Day & Time:

Saturday @ noon (45min)

Title:

Meet the New Dispatch Editor

Presenter:

Daniel Dawdy

Description:

Meet up with the new editor of the Dispatch, Daniel Dawdy, to learn how you can help contribute to our prized publication. Interested in submitting your first article and need a few pointers? Have a novel idea or new direction you'd like to see pursued? This open forum will be equal parts informative and fun as the creative juices get flowing.