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Date(s) - Saturday, April 10, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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On Saturday, April 10, 2021 the Philadelphia Division will be meeting online using the Zoom conference program as we have done for all of the meets in the past year. Login will begin at 8:30am with the program starting at 9:00am.

If you plan to attend and would like to be able to be seen by others, you would need a webcam. These are typically integrated into most laptops and pads. If you don’t have one, they can be purchased online or from any computer, electronics, or office supply retailer. Smart phones have the capability built in. If you just want to attend and don’t care about being seen, you will be provided with links to download the application onto your device and to join the meeting online to view the proceedings. Phone numbers will be supplied to call in so that you can receive the audio and participate verbally if you desire (calling in is not required if you have webcam capability). An email will be sent in advance with all the pertinent information and instructions.

The program will consist of two clinics.  First up Barry Rosier, our good friend from across the river, will present a clinic titled “Printable Textures for Scratchbuilding.” He’ll look at the wealth of printable texture sheets available on the internet. From brick to concrete to door and windows, there are a number of printable sheets available for immediate usage. Some are free while others require a modest fee for unlimited printing. Join Barry for this informative clinic and learn how printable textures can be used on your train display.

Barry is an accomplished model railroader who has a passion for sharing this great hobby with everyone. He is a member of Model Railroading University and a Model Railroading Team Live Member. He has presented several clinics in the past for the Philly Division together with colleague and friend Mike Dettinger. Barry has served as the webmaster  for  the  Strasburg  Model  Railroad  Club and  a  producer  of  the YouTube  Model  Builders  Shows. He primarily models HO and American Flyer S-scale. He is  currently  working  on  restoring  American  Flyer trains collected during his boyhood, as well as creating a 1950s transition-era  layout featuring the PRR and LV.

Next on the docket will be a clinic titled “Farmer Mike’s Corny Adventure.”  The Philly Division’s own Mike Dettinger will be taking a look at agriculture. His clinic will look at cornfields, home gardens, and even tulips. Mike looks at different model agricultural products and discusses some strategies for planting your own crops:

  • A small vegetable garden would look great in a back yard and tell a story about the residents.
  • A community garden would provide a much needed bit of green space in an urban setting.
  • And, of course, the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye. Mike not only discusses corn in rows, but crop circles and corn mazes.

The railroads literally move tons of plant based materials, so it is always nice to see the raw materials on display, too. Who better than the corniest guy in the division to bring us such a program. You won’t want to miss it.

Mike is what you might call a “fringe”  modeler. If it’s odd  or  obscure,  he’ll  model  it  and  put  a  decoder  in  it and/or  animate  it. He has authored numerous articles on his projects, most recently a log cabin made from toothpicks. His latest preoccupation is with N-scale T-TRAK modules, having recently presented a clinic on a Japanese powered N-scale railcar with cab-view camera mounted inside.

The remainder of the morning’s program will consist of show and tell where attendees can discuss what they’ve been working on. Please check online at phillynmra.org for any further updates. In addition, an email blast will be sent in advance to members with further details.

More details in the March issue of The Dispatcher, when published.

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