The Bullet 2019

Mid-Central Region Convention

National Model Railroad Association

May 2- 5, 2019

Steve Zapytowski

Mid-Central Region Model Contest Administration Clinic: 

This clinic is a training session primarily for the members of the Mid Central Region Contest Committee, but it is open to all interested parties.  The management of the contest and its administration, the contest procedures and the software used will be covered.  This clinic is required to members of the MCR contest committee.

How to Prepare and Present a Clinic: 

Throw together a PowerPoint and then just stand up and talk.  That’s all it takes to present a clinic, right?  In the most basic sense, yes, that’s all it takes.  However, what does it take to present an effective clinic?  A clinic that educates, makes appropriate use of your attendees’ time, and is solidly on target is not always an easy thing to accomplish.  Spending thirty four years teaching at the university level taught me more than a few things about presenting ideas in front of a room full of people.  When I retired I found my classroom skills transferred easily to model railroad clinics.  In this clinic I’ll talk about when the preparation for a clinic actually starts, the use of effective photos, the organization of organizing of topics, and slide preparation for PowerPoint.  Also, I’ll spend some time comparing the differences and similarities between college freshmen and model railroaders.

Judging the Mid-Central Region Model Contest: 

This clinic explores the process and philosophy behind the judging of models for the Mid-Central Region Model Contest.  It examines each of the five required areas of evaluation; Construction, Detail, Conformity, Finish and Lettering, and Scratch Building.  The judging matrix is described and the manner of awarding points is discussed.  Also offered is a strategy for efficient judging.  This clinic is different than the one offered in previous years and is strongly recommended for past judges as well as those who wish to judge for the first time.

Benchwork: Expanding the Empire: 

Rearranging the whole basement to make room for more track required planning and a lot of garbage bags.  Changing my long established point-to point layout to one that runs in a loop seemed impossible until I destroyed my work bench.  Topics covered in the clinic include track planning, fasteners, materials, construction techniques, the house/layout interface, and using ‘T’ girders instead of ‘L’ girders.

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