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Island Rails 2017 – MFMR Convention – will be held May 26th – 28th, 2017 in Summerside, PEI at Slemon Park (formerly CFB Summerside). Everything is within a two minute walk from the hotel. The restaurant and clinic location is right across the street and the public show is two minutes away in the Atlantic Police Academy Gymnasium.
Visit our accommodations page to book you room – http://islandrails.ca/accommodations/
Our online Registration and downloadable form is now live on our website at http://islandrails.ca/registration/
Our Facebook page is set up at https://facebook.com/islandrails2017 and we will use it to post updates as frequently as possible.
Things are slowly coming together at this point but the frequency of update should increase as we get closer to Convention time.
If you weren’t there you missed out on a great day!
First, Dave Gunn presented some great information about how he goes about constructing his amazing structures. Some of the information he presented was a repeat of his presentation at the Convention in Halifax but the extra time allotted for these clinics allowed him to go into much greater detail. It is surprising how easy it is to make great scratch built structures if you take your time and plan all the elements you need to have in the building.
Then it was Scott Jay’s turn to share some of his trade secrets for making great looking foreground trees. Each participant got to make both a hardwood and a softwood, tree. He talked about other materials you can use to make various types of trees and enhance their look. I think everyone realized by the end of the session that it’s hard to make a mistake when making trees since there is so much variety in nature. Thank you to Don’s HO and Your Digital Coach for donating supplies.
We had a great lunch of pizza, and there was lots of it. No one left hungry!
Dave Gunn was back after lunch with a hands on clinic of applying both decals and dry transfers. He noted the pros and cons of each and then gave each of us a box car, decals, and dry transfers to experiment with. Thanks to Maritime Hobby for donating these items.
As a bit of an afternoon learning break Barry Wile lead a discussion about the proposed Model Railroad Course. The Truro Club has been approached to put on such a course and Barry wanted some input on their plan to make sure they were on the right track (pardon the pun) and not missing anything important.
To close out the afternoon Dave McMahon showed us all that it is not that difficult to paint generic hill and tree scenes on our backdrops. We all got a piece of backdrop material to practice on. It was a great exercise that really helped to boost our confidence.
All in all it was a very good day – and a great day to be indoors working on model railroad stuff (due to the heavy rain coming down outside). I think everyone is looking forward to the next MFMR Clinic Day.
Thank you to Jeff Skaling for providing these photos…
We’ve had our challenges arranging a first class convention at reasonable rates in the Halifax area but we’ve done great.
“Ocean Unlimited !” MFMR convention will be held June 1,2,3 2012.
The main venue will be the Halifax Forum Multipurpose Room. This is a great facility with good parking, and oodles of space so any layout configuration is possible. It includes a large glassed-in room which will be excellent for the contests and clinics. For set-up , there is drive in capability by way of a large roll-up door..
The public show will be Saturday only from 9am to 4:30pm Vendors can arrange for sales tables at $20 each. As usual, display tables are no charge. You must bring your own covers for the 6′ by 3′ tables. Set-up is on Friday from noon to 10pm but arrangements can be made to get in as early as 10am if necessary. Let us know if your table needs power.
The banquet will be at King’s College dining hall. This facility has the highest quality food. The meal will feature “Hip of Beef” with roast potatoes & vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. Any special dietary requirements can be handled if mentioned on the registration form.
Recommended accommodation is at the highly-rated Comfort Inn on the Bedford Highway. This is a clean and comfortable facility with free Hi-Speed and Wi-Fi in the rooms. It is located near Mile 7.9 on the Bedford Sub for you railfans..
It is a fairly straight 7 km (10min) drive in to the show venue. In addition, many of the major shopping malls and the Bayers Lake shopping district are easy to get to from there. Rooms are $107 and $114 per night depending on needs.
One great advantage is that the price covers breakfast that includes eggs and sausage. I would suggest booking early due to the pressure on hotels and motels in the Halifax regional municipality at that time of year. Call (902) 443-0303 to make arrangements. Mention the model railroad convention for the reduced rate.
The delegate fee is set at $15 per head. NOTE ! that to get access to the Model/Photo Contest room or to enter a model/photo in the contest you must be a delegate. The same applies to the clinics. We’re trying hard to not go in the hole !
We would love to have lots of representation from the model railroad groups and clubs. As there is no problem with space we can accommodate nearly any layout shape. Let us know your requirements.
Sorry we couldn’t include the particulars in the recent Branchline. A package will follow with registration forms and further details.
Marc 240-8024 (Cell)