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Show 147 - Saturday, December 1, 2018 4-6pm Pacific, 7-9 Eastern


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Model Rail Radio #146: Canada's Most Wanted Video Clinician [November 10, 2018]

Stephen Vaughan Sr has been moving some equipment and is planning a basement layout. Ralph Renzetti has been video streaming to an Australian NMRA convention, Tom has a question about pastel weathering on points of contact and they nerd out about painting tanks. Dennis Drury has just shown his layout to a number of guests. Kaylee Zheng and Tom cover a number of different topics in the hobby. Jamie Fenton and Jennifer Stanberry have moved recently and a new location provides new possibilities in the hobby. Chris Adams and Tom talk about why Chris models his particular prototype and how his layout continues to grow. Ben Rechel has a question for Chris and a brief update.

   Stephen Vaughan Sr
   Ralph Renzetti
   Dennis Drury
   Kaylee Zheng
   Jamie Fenton
   Jennifer Stanberry
   Chris Adams
   Ben Rechel
   Dave Barraza
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:00:29

Model Rail Radio #145: Clearly A Stale Beer Element [October 27, 2018]

Tom starts the show with an introduction. Clark Kooning also provides an introduction and talks a little bit about what has been going on with his layout. Clark recommends Paul McWhorter's Arduino YouTube videos. Mike Slater introduces his extensive model railroading interests. Ron Klaiss introduces his model railroading interests and Tom announces a track plan contest with a couple of Mine Mount Models Craftsman Model Kits as prizes. Jim Gifford provides his model railroading interests. Tom would like Ron to make a trailer kit. Ron floats a topic about 3d printers. Martyn Jenkins has just returned from a trip to the US where he went to the NMRA National amongst other things.

   Clark Kooning
   Mike Slater
   Ron Klaiss
   Martyn Jenkins
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:43:24

Model Rail Radio #144: The Prototypical Bredgar Bounce [October 13, 2018]

Mike Slater and Tom start discussing the Great Model Railway Challenge (frequently misnamed through the recording). Simon Hill talks about building his home layout. Craig Lennox calls in from North Glasgow to introduce his interests in the hobby. Martin Coombs provides a detailed list of updates. Neale Brodie doesn't have much to add from Martin's update but Tom is curious about the signals he is building. Marty McGuirk and Tom chat about a particular layout where they caught up, what about 3d printing and the potential for Marty to change eras. Dave Barraza will be running trains for his father and removing some items for the benefit of his layout. Mike O'Dorney clears up the Wig-Z Show 100 cage story with some new information, they talk a little about Mike's son, Evan, and actually some model railroading discussions.

   Mike Slater
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Neale Brodie
   Marty McGuirk
   Dave Barraza
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:56:50

Model Rail Radio #143: Shrinkage [September 29, 2018]

Dennis Drury has completed his lower level staging yard in preparation for the Reno Area Open House Weekend. Clark Kooning reflects on the new NMRA and talks a little bit about his local model railroad developments. Mike Slater has become a board member on his division of the NMRA and sets Tom straight on what the position means. Tom asks Mike about traveling with a trolley layout. Mike and Tom discuss ShapeWays versus home 3d printing. Jim Walsh has been working on a viaduct work crew, a 1910-1930 New Jersey mineral layout and has inherited a layout. Mike Deverell has been working on a structure for his layout and talks to Tom about Sears kit homes. Ron Klaiss is introduced early, actually Clark has a question for Mike Deverell. Ron Klaiss has launched his kit company, Mine Mount Models, and talks about where he finds inspiration for structures. Jason Reis has been passing the hobby on to the next generation through the simple virtue of lawn mowing. Seth Gartner has been filling in some gaps in his layout.

   Dennis Drury
   Clark Kooning
   Mike Slater
   Jim Walsh
   Mike Deverell
   Ron Klaiss
   Jason Reis
   Seth Gartner
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:29:02

Model Rail Radio #142: One Sunday in May [May 27, 2018]

Stuart Baker has been planning LCC clinics for the National. Mike Deverell built a laser cutter and is already reaping the rewards. Kaylee Zheng introduces her model rail interests including currently building a chicken car and the industry that is trash. Mike Slater is continuing with his traction creations. Ben Rechel is moving to a larger space and also has started dabbling in garden scale. Stephen Vaughan Sr will be crossing tracks with Tom on two occasions. Lawrence Eggering has been working on new industries and talks a little bit more about his new model rail business. Robin Talukdar has moved on to P48 with a switching layout based in Ontario. Jeff Shockley is restarting the Delmarva operating sessions getting ready for open house season. Mike O'Dorney has been building three modules but he really wants to talk about TrainWest with additional Trainfest context from Mike Slater.

   Stuart Baker
   Mike Deverell
   Kaylee Zheng
   Mike Slater
   Ben Rechel
   Stephen Vaughan Sr
   Lawrence Eggering
   Robin Talukdar
   Jeff Shockley
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:45:20

Model Rail Radio #141: Taking on the United States of Model Railroading [March 31, 2018]

Mike O'Dorney has joined a module club and is planning a set of three modules. Marty McGuirk has two years worth of updates condensed into a move, possible new layout choices but he's returned to a familiar theme. The Professor is on a live maintenance session with the Corrimal layout and introduces Guy Gadson. John Garaty fills in the gaps. Ken Anderson introduces his model railroading interests including a narrow gauge the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (an Appalachian line) and a standard gauge modular layout with the Sipping and Switching Society of North Carolina. The Professor manages to ask a question in a somewhat unique way. Mike Slater has been working on some traction models. Andy Breaker has been having fun with a Shapeways modeler. Will O'Malley introduces his restoration work on a historic traction layout. Alex Welch has been working on his club's layout and Mike Slater has been to Alex's club.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Marty McGuirk
   John 'Prof Klyzlr' Dimitrievich
   Guy Gadson
   John Garaty
   Mike Slater
   Andy Breaker
   Will O'Malley
   Alex Welch
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:36:51

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:26:05