NASG Dispatch Articles: Model Railroad Philosophy

A Different Perspective

Issue:
2018 #4 July
Page:
24
Author:
Steve Monson
Description:

Using HO-scale structures in the background in deep corners can yield an effective forced-perspective.

Bill's Boiler Wash

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
2
Author:
Bill Winans
Description:

The author covers some info about changes within the NASG organization. The majority of the article is about the incorrect use of "gauge" vs. "scale" within S-scale and the industry in general. Gauge is the distance between the rails, and scale is the ratio to the prototype that we are modeling.

Is Model Railroading A Dying Hobby?

Issue:
2013 #1 February
Page:
20
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

The author discusses several topics to help determine if the hobby is dying. If not, what is it that we can do to help bring in new blood?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1996 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author proposed the idea of promoting S-scale as the "last builder's scale".

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1998 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

What should be defined as the "standard S-scale modeling" at this point in time? Associating S-scale with A.C. Gilbert in the late 1990s makes no sense, since the company has been gone for many decades. The author proposes code 125 hi-rail as the current default definition of what S-scale is.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1998 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

What should be defined as the "standard S-scale modeling" at this point in time? The author continues with last issue's discussion covering track and coupler default standards.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2002 #4 August
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Consider the idea of quality over quantity, e.g. building a smaller layout, especially if you are new to S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2002 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The idea of introducing both idealism and humor into our model railroads.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2003 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author describes the "pros" for modeling the transition era, and the "pros" for modeling the modern era, and answers the question of whether the transition era is still #1.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2006 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The visual appeal of S-scale models becomes apparent when seen in person.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2007 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author answers the question: Is S-scale still a scrounger scale? With Lionel and American Models much more is available.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2007 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Why do we procrastinate working on our model railroading projects?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2009 #4 August
Page:
7
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

How do we go about promoting S-scale to the hi-rail modelers?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2010 #5 October
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Keeping "model" in model railroading. The hobby still requires model building.

Lessons Learned

Issue:
2019 #1 January
Page:
19
Author:
Brooks Stover
Description:

The author asked several modelers about what they consider to be top lessons learned in their decades of modeling, and he summarizes them in this article. Includes photos of the layouts built by these modelers.

Mentoring

Issue:
2018 #5 September
Page:
11
Author:
Jim Kellow
Description:

The author indicates that mentors are available for helping someone to build a layout in S-scale.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2012 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author answers the question, "Why do I like the oddball scale S?" (having switched from many years in HO-scale).

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2013 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author proposed ideas for the main S-scale manufacturers to implement.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2013 #3 June
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

What kind of modeling can one do during a period of economic recession? The author provides a list of ideas that cost little or no money.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
11
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author captures his thoughts on how far you are willing to compromise on your layout to model the real world, and what is the definition of "good enough".

President's Message

Issue:
1988 #1 March
Page:
4
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Description:

Is critiquing a brass model in a public forum a good idea before consulting with the manufacturer first?

President's Message

Issue:
1989 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Description:

Why has S-scale not grown at the rate the N-scale and G-gauge has done since their introduction?

President's Message

Issue:
2019 #2 March
Page:
2
Author:
Will Holt
Description:

Constant promotion is the key to bringing in new modelers.

S in the Future

Issue:
2015 #1 January
Page:
22
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

After briefly reviewing the history of S, the author proposes that we latch onto Lionel and MTH as the main drivers for the future of S-scale modeling.

S Tracks

Issue:
2009 #2 April
Page:
12
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

Sam has come to the conclusion that we tend to criticize our own and even others' layouts. This article reminds us that this is just a hobby and that model railroads are because we enjoy the act of creating and enjoying the results.

S Tracks

Issue:
2009 #6 December
Page:
24
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

Stress is a killer, and model railroading, in moderation, can be the cure, or so the author proposes.

S Tracks

Issue:
2010 #1 February
Page:
22
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

Keeping notes about your layout in a three-ring binder, even if some information is stored in a computer program, because you can bring a notebook with you when visiting friends. Keeping information such as the background story, track plans, prototype info, operating scheme, etc.

Size is the Key

Issue:
2017 #4 July
Page:
14
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

It is the size of S- and O-scale equipment that attracted the author to S-scale.

Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2010 #6 December
Page:
22
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Is Sn3 able to compete with the other scales' narrow-gauges? The author describes what happened with Bachmann introducing their On30 product line.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1996 #1 February
Page:
28
Author:
David Heine
Description:

After explaining what Sn3 is, the author describes the benefits of Sn3 over HOn3.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1996 #2 April
Page:
28
Author:
David Heine
Description:

This is a product review for the Berlyn Locomotive Works Sn3 car kit, a C&S Type II box car. Includes a photo. Part of the article got chopped off during editing of the magazine; the text is included in the next issue's column.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2004 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
David Heine
Description:

The author makes an argument for why one might want to model in narrow gauge.

Things Evolve in Your Modeling

Issue:
2018 #4 July
Page:
10
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author shares his personal story about how he evolved in his modeling interests, and how some well-known S-scale modelers are doing something similar now.

To Clutter or Not?

Issue:
2018 #5 September
Page:
2
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Should we add clutter to our layouts and dioramas?

Which Comes First?

Issue:
2017 #5 September
Page:
6
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Are we are railfan first or a model railroader? The author shares his life's experiences.

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