Clinic - Modeling and Plastic Structures

NARB LogoWhenever a month has a fifth Tuesday, The North Atlanta Rail Barons conduct a clinic on some facet of model railroading. Some of our past clinics have focused on topics such as DCC Decoder Installation, Programming a Locomotive Consist, Locomotive Detailing, and more.

On April 29, 2014, most of us assembled at the Perry Lamb's home for a clinic on Modeling and Plastic Structures presented by Howard Goodwin. As usual, Howard came prepared to demonstrate on a new model - in the box - complete with instructions, and his ever-present multi-drawered tool box. He also brought four pages of clinic notes, which you can read by clicking here.

The model was a railroad station, and the clinic quickly evolved into a Question-and-Answer session as Howard proceeded to demonstrate the proper technique for removing parts from the sprues, preparing the parts for gluing, and actually gluing the parts together before proceeding to the next sub-assembly.

There were quite a few questions, and the seasoned modelers in the group shared their favorite techniques and suggestions as well. We also discussed which manufacturers provided the most prototypical (real-world) and best fitting models. There was also some discussion about painting and weathering the completed model, and about adding or substituting detail parts from other sources.

Here is a sample of what it looked like, and you can click each image for a larger view of the proceedings. 

L-R: Steve Funsten, Jim Travis, Howard Goodwin, I.D. Jackson, Brian Sandberg, Walt Liles, Brian Campbell. Center L-R: Perry Lamb, Mark Thomann. Photo by Bob Wood.

Howard Goodwin assembles roof structures.

Contact Information

If you live in the Cobb, Cherokee and Paulding County area and would like information on the North Atlanta Rail Barons, or if you would like to visit one of our operating group sessions, please contact Howard Goodwin below. Please include your telephone number if you wish to have someone call you.

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General Information: Howard Goodwin, MMR

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  Member Index

Charter Members

The following current members of the North Atlanta Rail Barons are Charter Members of the group:

Howard Goodwin, MMR

Charlie Brown, MMR

Al Churella

Rob Dodds

Perry Lamb

Walt Liles

Jim Travis


The following members have joined the North Atlanta Rail Barons during the last nine years.

Boyd Bender

Dave Butts

Brian Campbell

Steve Funsten

I. D. Jackson

Bill Mathewson

Conrad Mora

Bill Raymond

Brian Sandberg

Mark Thomann

Dean Webb

Bob Wood

Bill Zawacki, MMR


Former Members

Charlie Crawford, MMR was a Charter Member of NARB and former Superintendent of the Piedmont Division. He was the third member of our group to earn the award of Master Model Railroader. He is now participating in another local operating group.

Larry K. Smith, MMR was a charter member of NARB and now lives in Kentucky where he completed the requirements to become the fourth Master Model Railroader from NARB.

Louis Gomes was a long-term member of NARB, an excellent modeler, guru of the CV's and DCC decoders and wiring design. He was the group's first webmaster and is responsible for the design of our logo. Louis recently completed his education and was rewarded with a new job in Houston, TX.

Philo Hutcheson left us when he accepted a position with the University of Alabama Birmingham. He had built an excellent HO-scale railroad depicting the Maine coastline in the 1940's/50's era.

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