The Dispatch is the bi-monthly magazine of the NASG published in January, March, May, July, September, and November of each year. Each issue is full of information on various aspects of S-scale (1:64) model railroading, including topics such as standard-gauge modeling, narrow-gauge modeling, hi-rail modeling, and American Flyer collecting and operating. The Dispatch is included as part of your NASG membership.
Each issue contains over 30 pages with color photos, professional-quality track plan designs, editorials, how-to modeling articles, layout feature articles, and several regular columns. Printed on high-quality paper. Pictured on the right is the current issue.
Most of the recent electronic PDF issues include supplemental bonus pages that are not available in the print version due to the extra printing cost of those pages.
For NASG members whom have also signed up for access to the "Members Only" section of this web site, the PDF of the new issue will be available as soon as the webmaster has received it from the editor.
Contact person: Bill Pyper (editor)
Advertising: Norman Bos (advertising manager)
Bill Pyper has been the NASG's Dispatch editor since 2013. He has a background in the printing business, and lives up in the Pacific Northwest. He used to have an O-scale hi-rail layout, but has since switched to building an S-scale hi-rail layout.
Bill Pyper announced his retirement from being the Dispatch editor in the November/December issue. In the January/February issue he announced his replacement. As you can well imagine, there will be a transition phase between the current and new editor. We will update this page when the new editor fully takes over. So, continue to use the e-mail address and/or the postal mailing address listed on this page to contact the editor.
We have our complete collection of Dispatch back issues available on this web site. This also includes the complete article index. If you want to receive a print
copy of a back issue, the current NASG policy is to contact a member of the NASG BOT to purchase the issue; the BOT has disallowed the sale of magazines on this web site.
View back issues listing
We invite you to write an article, submit a photo, or even consider becoming a regular columnist. The NASG does not pay for articles published in the Dispatch, but it is a great place to gain experience if you've never written an article before. The editor will provide his assistance. Be sure to read this document:
What Do Think of the Dispatch?
If you think the Dispatch has too much AF-related content, submit a "scale" or narrow-gauge article. If you think the Dispatch has too much "scale" content, submit an AF-related article. The editor can only publish articles from what has been submitted to him.
There are many file-sharing services available, and they may make your life easier. However, from the Dispatch editor's perspective, they tend to create a bunch of extra overhead. With time being a limited resource, when submitting content for possible publication, please do not use a file-sharing service that requires any kind of log-in, account-creation, or other such efforts. Content can be submitted as attachments to one or more e-mail messages, or by copying the files onto a CD or DVD and mailing it via postal mail. If you have your own web site, you could also temporarily upload the files to a temporary page, and notify the editor of that page, so that he can download the files from there (be sure to remove the files from your server later).
Deadlines are only applicable to time-sensitive material; all other content submitted for possible publication are published at the editor's discretion.
You can place a classified (non-commercial) ad in the Dispatch for free, if you are an active NASG member (be sure to include your NASG membership number). To place an ad, contact the advertising manager via e-mail or postal mail.
Any NASG member club, individual member, or dealer can purchase a Dispatch booster ad at any time. To place an ad, contact the
advertising manager via e-mail or postal mail.
Bill Pyper, Editor
4406 21st Court SE
Lacey, WA 98503.
If you are interested in discussing advertising opportunities in the Dispatch, please contact the advertising manager via e-mail or postal mail. Because we keep PDF files of back issues on this web site, your advertising dollars will continue to work for you as members and non-members read those back issues. You can now pay for your Dispatch advertising via our online store, if you so desired.
The Dispatch is funded by the NASG's annual membership fees. An ad helps offset costs, may prevent the need to raise the membership fees, or might allow for more color content, or possibly more pages per issue.
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