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Improve Your Modeling Skills
Don't let that hobby project get you down. PARMA HOBBY has an easy way to improve your modeling skills. There are classes in air brushing, scenery building, model airplane and car building and more!!!!! Sign up for a class even if you're only considering "trying on" a hobby! We have terrific classes for everybody whether your young, old, a beginner or a veteran. Classes are available from February through April and October through November each year.
You'll want to be sure to register early for any of our classes as many fill up quickly. Check our Calendar of Events for class dates, times and any fees that might apply. You can either register online, in person or by phone for each class you wish to attend. Any class fees can be paid for on the day of the class. If you have previously registered for a class and find you will be unable to attend, please either notify us by submitting an online cancellation or by phone.
Our "How-To" Classes
The following is a description of our classes normally offered. Be sure to check our Calendar of Events for the exact dates and times a class you wish to attend is offered. We are currently offering two "Master Series" classes as well. These two classes have been structured for advanced modelers and those who wish to expand their modeling skills to the professional level. The class format will be rather freeform with the students directing the actual class content. If there is a problem, product or technique in which you may be interested, please include it within the "Comments" area of the online registration form or contact us prior to the class and the information will be relayed to the instructor(s).
"Plastic Model Airplanes: Q & A"
Have you every wished you could call up a "model genie" whenever you had a problem building a plastic model kit? Have you ever wished you could ask this genie: "What am I doing wrong?" "There must be a better way to do this!" Well, we know that very genie and he is planning a clinic to answer as many of your questions as he can. This will be a free-form clinic designed around YOU and YOUR questions. Lee Ainsworth will address as many of your problems and questions during this class time as he can. It would be helpful if attendees would call Sandy at Parma Hobby beforehand or add your questions in the comment area of the online registration form so Lee can have examples, the equipment or whatever may be necessary, to solve your particular dilemmas. This will not be a purely lecture-type class, but a definite hands-on type of class!
"Going Beyond The Box With Lee Ainsworth"
Master Series - Open discussion and demonstration of advanced techniques for building plastic model airplanes. This class goes well beyond the basic classes taught by Lee in "Model Airplane Building" I and II. This class is for advanced modelers who are looking for some special pointers and the chance to discuss building with other advanced modelers.
"Going Beyond The Box With Chuck Homolka"
MasterSeries - Open discussion and demonstration of the use of after-market products for enhancing your plastic model car and/or tank. Learn advanced techniques for working with photo-etched parts, Bare Metal Foil, resin parts, etc. This class is for modelers who want to go beyond "box" kit building and add details for realism.
"Building Wooden Ship Models"
Learn some of the secrets of building wooden ship models from Joe Schuerger. Joe has been building these ships for many years and is currently building Mantua's Sovereign of the Seas. Kit instructions tell only one-half the story about constructing a ship model. Let Joe explain some of the little tricks and tips to improve your ability to create a beautiful wooden ship model you'll be proud to display.
"How To Design A Train Layout"
Do you have an idea of what you want your layout to look like? Or, are you completely clueless about how to begin? Jim Strnad can show you how to get started planning a layout. No special tools are needed, just a pad, a ruler, a pencil and a REAL BIG ERASER! Using an old interior house door as a base, he will show how using a grid laid out on the door will allow for unlimited planning and experimentation (i.e.; how to locate hills, rivers, towns, etc. for building plastic model airplanes).
NEW! - "Coupler Conversions"
Are you baffled by the changes in couplers for your HO or N trains? Do you have horn hook couplers on some older rolling stock and all the new ones have knuckle couplers? Learn how to replace the older style couplers with the newer type.
"Wiring Your HO or N Gauge Train Layout"
Basic wiring layout information for DC trains (HO, N). Learn how the operation and control of your layout is based on electrical circuits and how to control the speed and direction of your trains. Become familiar with such terms as insulated joiner, common lead and control rail. Learn how to use Bachmann's EZ track as well as Atlas track and how to power up accessories without blowing a fuse.
Would you like to learn more about the new digital control systems for HO, N and G gauge trains? Join Jim Strnad and Bob Zednik as they explain how to run more than one train on a track, control their speed, light, direction and sound activation. DC and AC trains can now be controlled digitally and it's not as difficult as you may think.
"Mold Building and Part Casting"
Class Size: 8
Extreme modeler Chuck Homolka will be teaching students how to duplicate parts for their particular project. This class has many applications for the model railroader, car/armor builder or figure modeler. It starts with the fundamentals of building a mold enclosure for your item and then progresses into the mediums used in making a mold. The class will also show materials used to cast your part and a demonstration of making parts.
"Recycling - Using Stuff That's On-Hand"
There are many, many items from around your house that can be incorporated into your layout. A little bit of imagination can go a long way and in this class Jim Strnad will demonstrate how to use many "recycled" items to create scenery for your layout. He calls this Recycling Made Worthwhile. Learn some fun and easy techniques for turning "things" into "other things". He'll even show you how to use your computer to create various building textures. Don't throw away that pile of sawdust, use it on your layout!
Learn basic scenery construction techniques using the Woodland Scenic landscape and terrain system. Scenery is not only trees and hills, but buildings, vehicles and people. This class will be a demonstration of material usage as well as a hands-on learning experience. Subjects covered will be trees, rocks, ground cover, painting, mounting building, etc. Each participant will be given a Woodland Scenic Teaching Kit of his/her choice at the end of the class and will also take home trees, rocks and any other goodies made in class.
NEW! - "Scenery 201"
This class expands on the Scenery 101 class by showing how putting in those extra details can make your layout truly OUTSTANDING! This class will show you how to add detail to your trees, how to create a stunning water scene (including a water fall) and how to blend your structures into the scene realistically using details and imagination.
No need to shy away from making the building you need or want on your layout. Whether it will be a skyscraper or cottage, you can learn how to make that building from a kit, kit-bash it or scratch build it. It's quick and easy! You will learn painting and weathering tips as well as super detailing tips.
"Backdrops by Computer"
Do you need a backdrop for that wall behind your layout? Jerry Vinarcik will use his computer and color printer to show how you can personalize any scene you desire. There are inexpensive programs that will assist you in adding the finishing touch to your layout. Samples will be shown and the procedure for producing the backdrop will be discussed.
NEW! - "Building Paper Buildings For Your Layout"
Jerry Vinarcik always comes up with some terrific ideas for classes and this one is no exception! Jerry will show you how to create buildings for your layout (or any diorama) made from paper and using your digital camera and computer. He will instruct you on how to take a photograph of any building and translate that into a building of any scale. He will show you how to "capture" images of buildings on the internet and translate that image into any scale building. He will then show you how to take these images and add interiors, window dressings, etc. Lots of fun! This will definitely be a hands-on class. Most of the supplies will be provided. However, we ask that you bring your own X-acto knife to use.
"Updating Your Train Layout"
Don't rip out your favorite scene because it has gotten faded or dusty, restore it by using some simple techniques to freshen up the scenery and update it in the process. Learn how to "add" something to an established layout, renew those old trees and create new interest in an old layout.
Sessions: 2 - Class Size: 6
Each class member will build a complete 2' x 2' diorama module using the Woodland Scenics landscaping materials. This is a hands-on learning experience. All basic construction materials are included in the cost of the class, you just bring some special detailing items. Can be for any scale, from Z to G. You will start with a bare frame and end with a completed scene. Some experience would be helpful. Painting, ground covers, tree making, rock/boulder construction. Two sessions will be required to complete the diorama.
"Small Scale Vehicle Construction & Modifying"
"All About Rocketry"
Introduction to rocketry for modelers of all ages. Learn about trajectory, launching, retrieving and building model rockets. Fee includes a Skill Level 1 rocket.
"Building Plastic Model Airplanes - Part I"
Demonstration and instruction on basic airplane construction to create realistic and authentic plastic models. This class will focus on building techniques unique to model airplanes.
"Building Plastic Model Airplanes - Part II"
This class will focus on special techniques and processes for realistic painting and decaling of plastic model airplanes.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Learn the finer points of painting and detailing plastic model cars... or other aspects of modeling that have you stymied. Learn how to achieve professional-looking models under the guidance of Chuck Homolka. These classes are especially designed for those modelers who are working on (or beginning to work on) a special model or even one that may present a special problem for you. The sessions will be more free-form and the content will be directed by the participants. Do you have a special masking problem, paint scheme development, after-market detailing element you find difficult, etc.? Bring in a kit you want to work with and Chuck will help you make it the "masterpiece" you want.
NEW! - "The Modeling Clinic"
Chuck Homolka is taking his Auto Clinic and expanding it to include other modeling genre’s. He will be demonstrating and instructing modelers on the best ways to create realistic and authentic plastic models. This class is open to beginners, intermediates, and those of you getting back into modeling. Chuck is going to concentrate on painting, assembling and general building skills needed to build a first rate model. This will be a four-session clinic and will cover a lot of ground. Students are encouraged to bring in a kit they are working on (or want to start) and Chuck will be able to address your specific needs and questions. The skills from this class are applicable to cars, planes or any armor model. Learn the best techniques for building, painting and detailing models to turn your model into a showpiece.
"Painting of Model Cars/Trucks"
Class Size: 4
Chuck Homolka will be teaching his very popular model car painting class. The class allows participants to bring a project car and their paint to class so that Chuck can work with each builder through the different states of turning their thoughts into reality. There will be discussion of the many steps of a project, from prep to finish. Also, Chuck will have an airbrush available for use by students who might want to use one on their project. This class will be two sessions on consecutive Saturdays. This class will be limited to four (4) persons due to the intensity of time devoted to each student and their needs.
"Building Armor Models"
Do you have an AFV or other armored vehicle that you have been putting off building? Are you not sure of how to work with the multi-media parts that are included in to day’s kits? Well roll into armor building with instructor Chuck Homolka to clear up these mysteries. The class will deal with many questions that modern armor kits have brought up, from how to work with photo-etch detail pieces to how one should assemble those pesky link to link tracks. These and many other tips will be demonstrated during the class so you can get over these hurdles.
NEW! - "Creating Metal Finishes On Plastic Models"
Alchemy may not really turn metals into gold, but Chuck Homolka can show you how to make plastic LOOK like real metal! Replicate the metal finishes of airplanes, tanks and auto parts with ease. Chuck will show you how to use such products as Alclad and other metalizer paints to achieve that “real” metal look for your models.
"Weathering Techniques for Models"
Do you want to make that shiny new piece of rolling stock or other plastic model and make it look old, used and junky? Janet Hein will demonstrate the many techniques for weathering your car, sci-fi or armour models. She will demonstrate airbrushing techniques, dry brushing techniques, rust streaking, wash techniques and chalk weathering. She will show you how to use powders, paste, paint, markers, sponges and even other articles you find around your house to create the looks you want. She will show you how to make light or heavyweight weathering on your models.
"Working with Resin Kits"
Class Size: 8
This introduction class will get you started on that resin project that you may have been putting off. Chuck Homolka will be on hand with some of his resin models to show builders what can be accomplished with knowledge on this subject. The class will discuss the many steps needed to cast a mold to finish of the final product. Students are encouraged to bring car/armor/figure so their concerns on a particular project can be addressed.
"Learn To Airbrush"
Learn how to use your airbrush or learn before you purchase one. The instructor will assist each student with using their own airbrush. Subjects to be covered include how to set pressure regulator to match paint medium and color used, how to use the various tips (or needles/nozzles), how to adjust air flow and paint flow and how all these aspects affect your end result. Students will practice in the classroom paint booth on various materials. They will practice with various tips and/or needles for your airbrush and learn the results of each. You will learn how to adjust the controls on your airbrush to adjust air and paint flow and how that affects the end results. The second session will demonstrate the use of templates, masks and friskit paper to create designs. The third session will focus on free-hand designing with your airbrush.
This class will focus on using various types of paints, from
pearls to flip-flops and fading for effect. The instructor, Matt
give more detailed instruction on mixing paints and thinners for the
different paint medias. Lettering and frisket use will be shown.
If there is a particular area of interest you have, please let us know
and we will try to incorporate it into the class sessions.
NEW! - "Airbrushing For Models"
Chuck Homolka is taking Matt Bolek’s Advanced Airbrushing Class one step further by concentrating on the techniques needed for painting plastic model airplanes, cars and armour vehicles. This is a one session class wherein Chuck will demonstrate the subtleties required for painting 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/25th scale models.
"Masking Techniques, Tips & Tricks"
Learn how to paint outrageous designs on your R/C car, airplane or plastic model car using paint masks. Create that perfect flame job or Tuner scrolls using masks and an airbrush. Learn how to sharpen your edges, fade your edges and even create phantom designs.
"R/C Car Body Painting 101"
Class Size: 8
Make your R/C car LOOK like a winner. Learn how to paint Lexan car bodies like a professional. The instructor will demonstrate techniques for using spray can and airbrushed paint in decorating Lexan car bodies.
"R/C Car Body Painting - Advanced"
R/C/ CAR BODY PAINTING - ADVANCED
Taught by Patrick Kerns, this class will teach you how to
paint realistic-looking figures. Whether you are painting for
railroad layouts, gaming figures or science fiction models, accurately
laying paint for depth of skin tone and shading the folds of clothing is
an art that Patrick will demonstrate and teach. For those
interested in expanding their knowledge and skill of painting figures,
Patrick has left open the door to starting a “club” of sorts of
interested modelers who want to meet on a regular basis. These
classes will be on Friday evenings to begin and will move to another
date if interest for further study is required.
"Introduction To Radio Control Flying"
Mark Miller, of Cleveland Radio Control Club, will present a class for those beginning their R/C flying experience. His class will cover installation of radio equipment and basic set-up for your first trainer airplane. Participants are encouraged to bring their radios and airplanes to class.
Be 'field-ready' in three weeks! Assemble an Almost Ready to Fly (A.R.F.) Radio Controlled Plane Kit under the expert guidance of shop owner, Bob Zednik. Learn proper assembly techniques of the A.R.F. plane kit, and proper set up for the radio equipment and engine installation. Learn how to use the various tools, glues and epoxies required to complete the ARF's. The A.R.F. will be assembled over a three-week period, 1 ˝ hours each session.
"Learn to Cover Model Airplanes"
Demonstration of techniques for covering wood R/C or static airplanes with Monocote or Ultracote covering.
"Detailing Techniques for Plastic Car Models"
Take your model car kit from box stock to fully detailed! Instruction on the use of the many after-market products to add realism to your plastic model, including the use of Bare Metal Foil, flocking, photo-etched parts, wiring, faux fabric and many other products.
"Build Your First Stick & Tissue Airplane"
Build a simple stick and tissue balsa airplane. This class is for interested modelers of all ages. Learn how to use the various tools needed in balsa plane building. Build the entire kit in one afternoon. Bring your own X-acto or hobby knife. All other materials, as well as the Guillows Kit #4201, The Cadet, will be included in the cost of the class.
"Learning About Free Flight Airplanes"
Geoff Phillips and Rich Weber of the Cleveland Free Flight Society will demonstrate the theories behind free flight airplanes and show some tried and true techniques for building these airplanes. Come in and learn just what the thrill of free flight is and the magical wonderment of airplanes reaching for the clouds and gliding around "on nothing but air".
"Covering & Coloring Techniques for Free Flight (F/F) Models"
Geoff Phillips of the Cleveland Free Flight Society will demonstrate how to create camouflage, trim schemes and overall color schemes using a variety of techniques including pastels, cut tissue and floral sprays. Learn how to create stunning color schemes for your free flight or even your electric airplane models. Many airplane models need to be as light as possible, but they don't have to be dull and uninteresting.
"Hobby Building For Kids"
These classes are for the budding builders (ages 7 and over). Each participant will build a wooden railroad car in one session and a wooden boat in the other. Kits must be sanded, glued and painted. All materials will be provided.
"Make 'N Take"
This is a great chance for youngsters to spend an hour or so and make a simple snap together kit and "take it" home with them! Building model kits is a hobby kids can enjoy for a lifetime. It's fun, it's creative and it's constructive. It helps kids develop life skills, such as patience; attention to detail, following instructions and it provides them with a strong sense of accomplishment.
"Planes, Trains & Automobiles"
Sessions: 5 - Grades 3-6
This is an introductory class to modeling. Participants will be shown how to use the basic tools of modeling and will build a plastic car model, a plastic airplane model and an HO model railroad car. Participants will learn some basic scenery-making skills to create a diorama using the Woodland Scenics landscape and terrain system . During the last week's session they will build a simple stick and tissue airplane - the Delta Dart. Each session will be 1 ˝ hours long - Saturday mornings for 5 weeks. Designed for children in grades 3 through 6.
"Hobby Science for Kids"
Sessions: 2 - Ages 8-10
Two class sessions for the younger modeler (ages 8 - 10) will explain and demonstrate two basic principals: flight and steam. Each participant will receive a Topsy glider and a "steamboat" as learning aids for the following topics: