Saturday, June 4, 2016

New England RPM - Day 1

Up in Enfield for the New England Railroad Prototype Modelers meet. The meet is as good, if not better, than ever. The new venue in Enfield, Conn., lacks some of the "charm" of the former site in Collinsville, but more than makes up for it with a facility that truly enhances the experience. 
Jack Ozanich leaned over to me during Chris Adam's presentation (above) and said "This guy has his s#$t together!" Those who know Jack realize this is very, very, high praise!
I attended a couple of other clinics - Chris Adams did an excellent presentation on his New Haven Valley Line layout, Neil Schofield covered the tale of getting one scene on his layout from "under construction" to "Finished" in a short time. Neil's thoughts on focusing efforts were extremely well thought-out. Jim DuFour covered line side details on his B&M Cheshire.
I presented my clinic on Model October Scenery. Other than a slight "glitch" - the connector for the projector accidentally walked out of the room and had to be chased down. I was sweating it until Tony Koester told me "As long as you have an hour's worth of jokes, you'll do fine..." Yikes!
I didn't get a head count, but the room seemed full. 
I realized after presenting my clinic (I was on after Jim) I'd spent the entire day in one clinic room and hadn't seen anything else of the meet!
A tour through the massive model display room was cut short by the dinner bell. Then, after dinner I went to Randy LaFramboise and Mike Spark's presentation on their HO Rutland. 
Randy had some interesting slides...Here's his take on "givens and druthers":

ALL the clinics I saw were excellent and showed excellent modeling. 
Today I'm going to try to get through the model display room!


Trevor said...

Glad you're having a good time, Marty. Wish I was there this year - but we'll catch each other at a future meet, I'm sure. I'm also glad to hear the new venue is working out. I'm sure it'll be a big improvement over the community center.
- Trevor (Port Rowan in 1:64)

Chris Adams said...

It was a really wonderful and fully packed weekend for sure! My only regrets are that I missed Neil's and Randy's presentations. I hope they give them again. Great seeing you and getting a chance to visit - already looking forward to next time!

Matthieu Lachance said...

Randy's slide is priceless! and not so unrealistic as one could think (if you don't try all the ideas in the same layout indeed!).

The Rutland layout looks amazing.