Modeling With the Masters®

The MWTM® Program features hands-on clinics presented by modelers who have earned the title Master Model Railroader® (MMR®) through their successful participation in the NMRA’s Achievement Program.

The clinics are normally one day or half day activities designed to work on a particular modeling skill or within a modeling category. In Tacoma we are working on a task identified by our attendees. The most probable challenge will be either a scratch built woo flat car or a scratch built structure in styrene. The objective of the activity is to learn new or to improve existing skills and not necessarily to complete a project for the modeler’s layout or to earn AP credit. (Those may be possible but are not the intended purpose) Experience indicates that MWTM provides a “safe” opportunity for individuals to try something new without admitting they don’t know how to do something. The MWTM activity normally commences on Wednesday afternoon and completes Thursday morning so participants can get full value from convention activities.

Those who participate will be provided an advance issue of the project instructions and a list of tools recommended for the project. The Masters will also have on hand some less frequently owned tools for participant use. There will also be an opportunity to experiment with various adhesives appropriate to the project.

These are the projects being considered for Tacoma. Please let me know (email: if you would like to participate and which project you favor (order of priority for multiple picks.

  • Wood Trestle
  • Basic DPM Building
  • Scratch Flatcar (wood)
  • Tunnel Portal
  • Styrene Structure
  • Yard Structure from Boxcar
  • Other suggestion __________________

Thanks for your support of NMRA, PNR and the MWTM Program.

Jack Hamilton, MMR Lead Instructor