Collecting/Display

The purpose of this page is to cover collecting and displaying your S-scale items. Even if you don't flag yourself as a "collector", per-se, if you model in S-scale you are highly likely to be a collector. Since S-scale manufacturing is usually done in small batches, this generally means that if you want something that is being produced, even if you have no need for it "today", you have to buy it then, because it is likely not to be available again in the future.

Most of us have a stash of unbuilt kits (engines, cars, structures, vehicles) sitting in a closet or a drawer somewhere. However, this page is not about that kind of collecting, but rather about those who value items in their collection that are built and either too valuable to operate on a layout, or you don't have a layout and you simply enjoy having the items out for you to view at any time, or you are in between layouts and need a safe place to store your collection.

Example Displays

Below are a few examples of creative displays of collections. Click on the name or photo to few more or a larger photo. Please contact the webmaster to submit photos of your display.

Bill Drake
Ted Hamler
Marvin Harger
Mike Marmer
Glenn Ritter

Notes

What's My American Flyer Worth?
This is a common question we get. Like with any collecting, the price of an item is based on what the owner is willing to sell it for and what the potential buyer is willing to pay for it. For American Flyer products, the recommended guide is the Greenberg's American Flyer Pocket Price Guide. A new, updated guide comes out around September or October of each year and usually sells for around $16. The guide does not have any photos, but does have detailed explanations regarding condition, grading, etc. It is published by Kalmbach Publications (of Model Railroader magazine fame), and it should be available at nearly any model railroad hobby shop or on the Web.

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