The Program

Based on input from our meets over the past couple of years and feedback at the Bytown Bobber convention , it has become apparent that the SLD membership was interested in more Hands On activities.
Therefore we have chosen to take on a project where we will engage members of our own group to provide clinics and guidance in the preparation and assembly of a model.
After much head scratching and beer guzzling, we have settled on a Laser Structure as basis for this program as these type of models are becoming much more common place and can be easily completed in the season.

We struggled over a name for the project and were very close to using: “Modeling with Friends” as it did speak to the core focus of the activity – modeling with our friends . In the end we settled on Laser Structures 101 as it tied nicely back into our KitBusters theme.

The kit of choice is the Silver Plume Bakery kit by Banta Model Works (Vermont). This is a neat little structure that will fit into any eara and type of model railroad. The structure also exhibits many model building techniques that we will learn and use during the construction of the model.

Some of our key objectivs of this program are:
  • Learn new building and construction techniques;
  • Learn from each other;
  • Build up your confidence (to tackle more challenging projects).
The process we will follow is rather straight forward - a series of clinics followed by KitBuster workshops where we get to practice what we have learned. Don't worry, the Clinicians will be at the workshops to help us along!

Our season schedule (subject to last minute girations) is:
Event Date
Sept 27, 2008
SLD Meet
Program introduction, prepare for the Oct workshop.
Oct 25, 2008
KitBusters Workshop
Prepare wood parts, commence painting pieces.
Nov 29, 2008
SLD Meet
Detail part preparation, preparing windows and doors, wall signage.
Jan 10, 2009
KitBusters Workshop
Wall and window assembly, create interior walls.
Jan 31, 2009
SLD Meet
Roof types, interior lighting.
Feb, 2009
KitBusters Workshop
Assemble roof, install lighting and additional details.
Mar 28, 2009
SLD Meet / KitBusters Workshop
Scratch building additional details, add finishing touches.
Apr 17 - 19, 2009
NFR Convention
Enter completed projects into the Appearance Contest.
Note Schedule and scope may change based on our progress.

This Web page is maintained by Grant Knowles and was last updated on Oct 31, 2008.