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MINI CON 2017
South Mountain Division Outreach Program

What:
• Mainline Hobby Supply presents: The fifth
annual SMD Spring Mini Convention.

When:
• Saturday, April 8, 2017.
• Doors open to the public from 9:00 am. to 4:00
pm. Doors open for set up at 7:00 AM (vendors,
modular layouts, clinicians ONLY).

Where:
• Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Co., 13063 Monterey
Lane, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214. The fire
company is visible from the Mainline Hobby
Supply shop. See map on page 5. Parking available
at fire hall.

Informal clinics:
9:00 to 10:00, and again from 11:00 to 12:00
• Making scenery from natural materials – Jane
Clarke
• Build a freight car - Andrew Dodge
• Installing a DCC decoder - Frank Benenati
• Figure/vehicle painting/weathering- Alex Polimeni
• Arduino for model railroading - Bill Wilson
• Structure painting - Dotti Caldwell
• Model railroading on a budget - Ron Polimeni
• Timesaver layout - Ron Polimeni
• MER Fall Convention
• Kurt Thompson, MER VP - meet & greet
10:00 to 11:00, and again from 12:00 to 1:00
• Mold making and casting- Jay Beckham
• Layout design - Harvey Heyser
• Scenicing a T-Trak module - Bill Martz
• Starting model railroad ops using car cards and
waybills - Roger Sekera
• Building models using printed paper walls - Mike
Reed
• Rolling stock tuneup – Bob Johnson
• MER Fall Convention
• Kurt Thompson, MER VP - meet & greet
(Clinic lists and schedules subject to change. -Ed.)
Make and take clinics:
Begin at 10:00.
(These run until the guests have completed the model, or
stop at 1:00.)
• Carolina Craftsman Kits, Cape Fear Company
Houses w/Brian Greenawalt. 11 guests. (Thanks to
Jeff Grove)
• DPM - 36000 - modular learning kit w/Dave
Sweeney. 8 guests. (Thanks to Brian and Bonnie Wolf @ Mainline)

Vendors:
Open 9:00 until 1:00
• Carolina Craftsman Kits - Jeff Grove
• Misc. stuff - Bob Van Zant

Modular layouts:
Running from 9:00 until 1:00
• Baltimore Area N-Trak (BANTRAK); T-TRAK
division - Chris Hyland
• The Dead Rail Society - Steve Sherrill
Lunch:
• Variety of pizza from Rocky's New York Pizza.
Some soda and water bottles. Payment is the honor
system.
• The SMD hopes to again have baked goods for
sale by the Venture Crew scouting group.

Formal clinics:
Begin at 1:00
• 1:00 Bill Wolf of the Steel Modelers Special
Interest Group - Western Maryland and its
relationship with Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point
plant.
• 2:00 David Moltrup - Modeling steel mills.
• 3:00 TBD (Speaker and topic not yet finalized.)

NEW FOR 2017:
• The SMD plans to raffle off a coupon that can be
used for a ride in the cab of the Western Maryland
Scenic Railroad’s restored C&O #1039, 2-6-6-2
type, steam locomotive [or for other activities on the
WMSR -Ed.].