News: Recent News

This page shows a listing of news entries from the past month.

August 09, 2020

Battery Power Page Added

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The new "Battery Power" page in the "How-to" section has been added and completed.

August 08, 2020

New Layout Photos & Track Plan Added

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Both photos and a track plan have been added for Bill Young's layout.

August 06, 2020

Upcoming NASG Elections

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While maybe not as exciting as that other election later this year, the NASG will have another election in early 2021. Up for election are these positions: President, Treasurer, Central Region Vice President, Eastern Region Vice-President, Western Region Vice-President.

This is a reminder that your nominations are due to Jamie Bothwell, our election chairman, by November. Follow the link for more details about NASG elections.

August 05, 2020

New Garage Building

Union 76 Service Station - Vintage Gas Station

by Greenlight
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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - Vintage Gas Station

by Greenlight
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Busted Knuckle Garage - Weekend Workshop

by Greenlight
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August 05, 2020

New Trucks

Harley-Davidson Highway Hauler

by Maisto
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Harley-Davidson Highway Hauler

by Maisto
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Harley-Davidson Highway Hauler

by Maisto
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August 05, 2020

New Vehicles

Johnny Lightning Street Freaks - 2020 Release 2B

by Johnny Lightning
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The set includes:
- 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass
- 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Custom
- 1976 Chevrolet G-20 Van
- 1990 Ford Crown Victoria
- 2000 Nissan Skyline
- 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

Johnny Lightning Street Freaks - 2020 Release 2A

by Johnny Lightning
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The set includes:
- 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass
- 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Custom
- 1976 Chevrolet G-20 Van
- 1990 Ford Crown Victoria
- 2000 Nissan Skyline
- 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

2020 Nissan 370Z

by Greenlight
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2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Sport

by Auto World
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2018 Ford F-150

by Auto World
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1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth

by Greenlight
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1994 Ford Escort RS Cosworth

by Greenlight
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1994 Ford Bronco

by Greenlight
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1992 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

by Greenlight
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1988 Ford Mustang GT

by Greenlight
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1982 Volkswagen Golf GTI

by Greenlight
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1980 Volkswagen Golf GTI

by Greenlight
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1979 Jeep CJ-7

by Greenlight
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1977 Volkswagen Rabbit

by Greenlight
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1977 Dodge Monaco

by Greenlight
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1975 Plymouth Fury

by Greenlight
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1973 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab Pickup Ladder Truck

by Greenlight
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1972 AMC Matador

by Greenlight
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1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible

by Greenlight
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1970 Dodge Challenger Convertible

by Greenlight
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1968 Chevrolet Nova

by Greenlight
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1965 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback

by Greenlight
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1965 Austin Mini Cooper S

by Greenlight
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1964 Volkswagen Samba Bus

by Greenlight
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1964 Volkswagen Beetle

by Greenlight
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1962 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible

by Auto World
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1962 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible

by Auto World
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1960 Austin Mini Cooper MkI

by Greenlight
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August 05, 2020

Railmaster Exports Temporarily Closed

by Railmaster Exports

Railmaster Exports will be closed from August 11, 2020 until the end of September as its owner is undergoing surgery.

August 04, 2020

New Product Gallery Photos Added

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Bob Hogan helped make sense of the various configurations of Bob McCarthy's "The Supply Car" box car kits. Bob also provided some more photos of models he has recently completed, specifically the NP reefer car (which was a rare kit).

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Dick Karnes provided a photo of the Chester dining car.

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Dick Karnes offered a comparison photo of the original Enhorning 4-wheel passenger car truck and SSL&S' reproduction of it.

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Jace Kahn provides a photo of the Cascade Hobby drive system.

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Jace Kahn provides a photo of the Steam Depot drive system.

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John Gibson provided photos of the "undecorated" composite GS gondola by Pre-Size Model Specialties.

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John Gibson provides a photo of the Wiseman 40-foot flat car that was the 2009 OSW+S show car.

August 02, 2020

Copy of Edward Bowness' Article Posted

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In 1896 Edward Bowness scratchbuilt the second known S-scale model ever. We have added to this web site the pages of a re-published article of his, in which he describes who he is and how he built the model.

August 01, 2020

MTH Auction

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Cabin Fever Auction has been commissioned to auction off MTH Electric Trains' items to liquidate all content of MTH's 124,000sqft warehouse in Columbia, MD. There is no specific mention of S-scale products, so there is no guarantee that there will be anything there of interest to S-scale modelers. The auction house mentions that the items will include those from MTH's showroom, workrooms, library, archives, and storage rooms, totaling approximately 8 tractor trailer truckloads. There will be a series of auctions, with the first one being on September 26, 2020, with in-person preview available on the 25th by appointment only at 1860 Weavertown Rd. Douglassville, PA 18518.

July 30, 2020

The Aug/Sep 2020 S Scale Resource Magazine Available

by The Model Railroad Resource
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The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

July 30, 2020

The NASG Annual Cars Are Shipping!

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Chuck Kemper reports that the American Models MNS cars have arrived and are being shipped out to those whom have ordered them now. Please be aware that shipping times will vary depending on how each region is responding to the Covid-19 issues.

July 29, 2020

B.T.S. Announces Re-run of Cabin Creek Coal Tipple Kit

by B.T.S.
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B.T.S. is now taking orders for a re-run of this kit. It will be slightly different from the original version. Kits will be manufactured on a per-demand basis, so expect about a two-week delay in shipping.

July 29, 2020

New Farm Equipment

Valley Irrigation Span

by Die Cast Promotions
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Valley Irrigation Pivot with Span

by Die Cast Promotions
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July 29, 2020

New Trucks

2019 Mack LR Refuse Truck

by Greenlight
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2019 Mack Anthem Truck Cab

by Greenlight
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2018 International WorkStar Tanker Truck

by Greenlight
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2018 Freightliner Cascadia

by Die Cast Promotions
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With high-roof sleeper and 53' utility refrigerated trailer.

July 29, 2020

New Vehicles

1979 Chevrolet Scottsdale Custom

by M2
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1970 Ford Mustang BOSS 429

by M2
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1970 Dodge Super Bee 440

by M2
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1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 H.O.

by M2
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1969 Plymouth Road Runner 440-6

by M2
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1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS/RS

by M2
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1966 Shelby GT 350

by M2
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July 28, 2020

New Product Gallery Photos Added

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Bill Lane shared photos and a video of his P-B-L standard-gauge Shay.

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Dick Karnes shared a photo of his American Hi-Rail EP-5.

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Dick also shares a photo of his Chester Industrial Arts baggage car...

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... and his combine car.

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Dick also shared two photos of an Enhorning passenger car truck, and...

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... and a S Scale America passenger car truck.

July 26, 2020

More Scratchbuilding Efforts

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Bill Lane shares with us a model he built from scratch using his 3D-printer.

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Woody Mitchell provided photos of his scratchbuilt bridge.

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Brooks Stover offered a link to his web site where he has a page where he covered some of his scratchbuilt models. Brooks also made available to us a PowerPoint presentation on how he scratchbuilds wood-frame structures without spending a lot of money. You can download it from the page linked to above.

July 26, 2020

Scratchbuilt ATSF Caswell Gondola

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Paul Washburn completed the construction of two ATSF Caswell gondolas. He sent us some photos, and so a page was added to this web site to document that project.

July 25, 2020

MTH News

by MTH Electric Trains

As you may know, MTH's CEO is retiring and closing the company. Whether or not the company's product lines will be taken over has not been announced. They are planning on closing in May 2021, so items in the latest MTH S-scale catalog are going to be produced. However, they have announced that the following items will not be manufactured (either due to lack of demand, or due to them not being able to get them delivered by May, 2021):
- 20051-1, 20052-1: CSX NW2
- 20029-1, 20030-1: EMD DEMONSTRATOR SW8
- 20065-1, 20066-1: Southern F7 powered A-unit.
- 20067-1: Southern F7 powered B-unit.
- 20066-4: Southern F7 non-powered A-unit.
- 20065-3: Southern F7 non-powered B-unit.

Due to the corona virus reactions and lockdowns, delivery dates stated on MTH's web site are no longer valid. The current estimates are as follows (which may continue to be delayed):
September, 2020: fishbelly hoppers.
October, 2020: SW8 locomotives.
November, 2020: NW2 locomotives.
December, 2020: F7 locomotives.

July 25, 2020

New Layout Photo Added

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One photo of Rick Wark's layout was added.

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One photo of Ed Claypoole's layout was added.

July 25, 2020

New Layout Photos & Track Plan Added

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Both photos and a track plan have been added for Ron Schlicht's home layout.

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Both a track plan and one extra photo have been added for Steve Monson's layout.

July 25, 2020

New Layout Track Plan Added

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A track plan for Tom Robinson's layout has been added.

July 25, 2020

Port Lines Hobby Supply News

by Port Lines Hobby Supply
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Port Lines Hobby Supply announces that they are ready to take orders for the items that appear in the recently-released Lionel 2020 #2 catalog (see this page for that). Doug noted that Lionel's catalog has fewer American Flyer items, fewer O-scale items, and no HO-scale or G-gauge items. Port Lines Hobby Supply will take 20% off the Lionel list price for items in this catalog for rolling stock and train sets, and 15% off engines, if you place your order through them by August 15, 2020.

Port Lines Hobby Supply now has the following parts back in stock:
- gray, non-polarized transformer cords.
- AF #591-592-600 Crossing Gate arms.
- improved bulbs for "Sam the Semaphore".
- cast box car brake wheels with correct large mounting hole.
- re-stock of all their LED bulbs.
- re-stock of the entire Arttista S-scale figures line.
- #751 Log Loader solenoid coil rod & plunger.
- crane crank wheels with handle.
- 1.5" rod and collar for the side of the tin #606-906 cranes.
- box car metal brake wheels with the large hole for pin.
- the SHS/MTH connector which joins the turnout cable to the extension cable.

Port Lines Hobby Supply has received the following Lionel items:
- BAR sound box cars.
- TP&W sound box cars.
- WM three-bay hoppers.
- UP three-bay hoppers.
- Polar Express milk container flat car.
- Rutland box cars.
- GN box cars.
- GB&W box cars.
- Renkins container flat cars.
- Bordens container flat cars.
- Sealtest container flat cars.
- Florida Juice container flat cars.

July 25, 2020

River Raisin 4-6-2 Pacific Engines

Southern Pacific F-19

by River Raisin Models
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Updated: River Raisin announces that the production models are being assembled and painted now. The current plans are to have the production models imported as early as September, 2020. This may be delayed due to the corona virus reactions and lockdowns. They are importing a limited run of these 4-6-2 models. The Southern Pacific models will feature the standard boiler locomotives and two streamlined versions. These are:
- #2479 standard boiler
- #2482 Skyline casing
- #2484 streamlined with Daylight colors (shown)
- #2484 streamlined in black
- #2487 standard boiler
The models are in standard DC, but Loksound V5 sound decoders can be factory-installed as an additional option. The sound files have been prepared just for these locomotives. There are still a few of the models available for reservation. Contact River Raisin for the available models. Photos are of the sample model that River Raisin reviewed.

Southern Pacific F-19

by River Raisin Models

Chesapeake & Ohio 4-6-2 F-19

by River Raisin Models
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Updated: River Raisin announces that the production models are being assembled and painted now. The current plans are to have the production models imported as early as September, 2020. This may be delayed due to the corona virus reactions and lockdowns. They are importing a limited run of these 4-6-2 models. The C&O F-19 models will feature all five of the original locomotives: #490, #491, #492, #493, #494. The models are in standard DC, but Loksound V5 sound decoders can be factory-installed as an additional option. The sound files have been prepared just for these locomotives. There are still a few of the models available for reservation. Contact River Raisin for the available models. Photos are of the sample model that River Raisin reviewed.

Chesapeake & Ohio 4-6-2 F-19

by River Raisin Models

Chesapeake & Ohio 4-6-2 F-19

by River Raisin Models

Chesapeake & Ohio 4-6-2 F-17

by River Raisin Models
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Updated: River Raisin announces that the production models are being assembled and painted now. The current plans are to have the production models imported as early as September, 2020. This may be delayed due to the corona virus reactions and lockdowns. They are importing a limited run of these 4-6-2 models. The C&O F-17 models that will be imported are the ones with these three road numbers: #470, #472, #474. The models are in standard DC, but Loksound V5 sound decoders can be factory-installed as an additional option. The sound files have been prepared just for these locomotives. There are still a few of the models available for reservation. Contact River Raisin for the available models. Photos are of the sample model that River Raisin reviewed.

Chesapeake & Ohio 4-6-2 F-17

by River Raisin Models

Chesapeake & Ohio 4-6-2 F-17

by River Raisin Models

July 22, 2020

New Farm Equipment

John Deere Decades

by Ertl
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Each tractor is individually packaged. It represents 9 decades of John Deere tractors:
- John Deere A with Man represents the 1940s
- John Deere 430 represents the 1950s
- John Deere 4010 represents the 1960s
- John Deere 4430 represents the 1970s
- John Deere 4455 represents the 1980s
- John Deere 4960 represents the 1990s
- John Deere 8530 represents the 2000s
- John Deere 7250R represents the 2010s
- John Deere 8370R represents the 2020s

July 22, 2020

New Vehicles

Pop Culture 2020 Release 1

by Johnny Lightning
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This set includes:
- Chevrolet School Bus
- 1933 Ford Panel Delivery (available separately as well)
- 2004 Hummer H1
- 1958 Plymouth Fury (available separately as well)
- 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish (available separately as well)
- 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

July 21, 2020

90' Bridge Kit

by B.T.S.
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B.T.S announces a new kit now also available in S-scale. It is a 90-foot bridge. The kit includes the parts to make the bridge, and plenty of nut-bolt-washer castings to detail it to your heart's content. Rail and spikes are not included. O-scale model shown in the photo.

July 21, 2020

B.T.S. Truss Rod Box Car Photo

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Jamie Bothwell provides a photo of the B.T.S. PRR XA box car kit built and decorated.

July 21, 2020

Rusty Stumps is Back!

by Rusty Stumps Scale Models
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Walt announced in his newsletter and on his web site that the company is open again. They took a bit of a break when they announced that they closed late last year. Walt mentioned that the reason for re-opening the company is that they are looking for something to do. The previous product line of S-scale 3D-printed and resin casts are available again. He did ask to be patient with their shipping. Rusty Stumps offers a large collection of detailing parts for buildings (including HVAC piping systems) for both interiors and exteriors, and a lot of general scenery detailing parts.

July 21, 2020

S-Helper Service 2-8-0 Documents

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Don Thompson provides two PDF documents related to the S-Helper Service's 2-8-0 locomotives. One is a general diagram and other is an updated document on how to repair a broken drawbar pin.

July 19, 2020

How-to Scratchbuilding Page Returns

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The content related to scratchbuilding that used to be on this web site has been re-formatted and brought into the new "How-to" section's "Scratchbuilding" menu option. Check it out, as there are a couple of new items added as well.

July 19, 2020

Lionel's 2020 Catalog Volume 2 is Out

2020 Lionel Catalog #2

by Lionel
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The American Flyer products can be found on the last number of pages of the catalog. When you are on their catalog page, click on the down-arrow at the top-center of the page, which will display a "tool bar". In its "search" field, type "American Flyer". That will take you a page that mentions that text.

July 19, 2020

New Layout Track Plan Added

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A track plan of Dave Held's layout has been added.

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A track plan of Roger Nulton's layout has been added.

July 18, 2020

New Layout Pages Added

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Danny Click provided photos of his layout under construction.

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A new page was added for Gregg Miller's layout, with photos and a track plan.

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Added a track plan for Gregg Mummert's layout.

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Shane Lambert provided info and a link to his web site showing his new layout under construction.

July 18, 2020

New Layout Photos & Track Plan Added

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Both photos and a track plan have been added to Brian Nicholson's layout page.

July 18, 2020

New Layout Photos Added

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Bob Hogan provided us with some updated layout photos.

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Bruce Hanley provided us with some updated layout photos.

July 15, 2020

New Farm Equipment

John Deere 8RX 410 Tractor

by Ertl
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July 15, 2020

New Trucks

Mack Anthem Day Cab

by Die Cast Promotions
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With trailer.

2018 Freightliner Cascadia High-Roof Sleeper

by Die Cast Promotions
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With trailer.

2018 Freightliner Cascadia High-Roof Sleeper

by Die Cast Promotions
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With trailer.

July 15, 2020

New Vehicles

1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

by Greenlight
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1976 GMC Sierra Grande 15

by M2
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1972 Chevrolet Corvette

by Greenlight
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1971 Plymouth Cuda

by M2
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1970 Chevrolet Camaro

by Greenlight
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1969 Ford F-100 Ranger

by M2
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1969 Ford F-100 Ranger

by M2
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1969 Dodge Charger

by Greenlight
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1969 Chevrolet Camaro

by Greenlight
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1968 Chevrolet C-10

by Acme
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With Airstream Bambi sport camper trailer.

1967 Chevrolet Nova Gasser

by M2
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1966 Ford Mustang Fastback

by Greenlight
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1966 Dodge Charger

by M2
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1965 Ford Econoline Van

by M2
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1964 Dodge A100 Camper Van

by M2
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1960 Volkswagen Delivery Van

by M2
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1959 Volkswagen Double Cab Truck USA Model

by M2
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1957 Plymouth Belvedere Hardtop

by Greenlight
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1957 Plymouth Belvedere Hardtop

by Greenlight
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Heavily factory-weathered.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

by M2
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1957 Chevrolet 150 Handyman Station Wagon

by M2
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1954 Chevrolet Bel Air

by M2
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July 14, 2020

Conoco Gas Station Kit

by Crescent Creek Models
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Crescent Creek Models produces O- and HO-scale structure kits, and they are proposing the S-scale Conoco Gas Station kit that they are currently producing for HO-scale. HO-scale model shown in the photos. The kit is based on a prototype Conoco station that stood in Penasco, NM. The kit is laser-cut and will include many details. They are also working on some unique S-scale 3D-printed detailing parts. If you might be interested in this gas station kit in S-scale, please contact the company, so that they can get a feel for how many they would need to produce.

by Crescent Creek Models

This photo also shows the road signs they make available in S-scale.

July 14, 2020

Dick Kloes

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Richard (Dick) Kloes, a long-time NASG member, passed away due to cancer on June 22, 2020 at the age of 83. Dick was also a key member of the Badgerland S Gaugers club (for 45 years!). Dick's "Root River & Southern" appeared in the NASG Dispatch, the February 2003 issue on page 14. The layout was open during the 2003 NASG Convention. Dick introduced himself in the April 1997 issue of the Dispatch (pg. 13).

July 14, 2020

Milwaukee Road 40-foot Ribside Box Car Kit

by Smoky Mountain Model Works
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Jim King, of Smoky Mountain Model Works, announced that the production of the S-scale kit for this car is getting started. The kit will include decals (your choice of HIAWATHA or OLYMPIAN), and Kadee 802 couplers. The kit will be priced at $90 each plus postage. The 40-ton trucks will be sold separately and should be available prior to shipping of the box car kit (trucks are $32 a pair). The full-rib body will be produced first, followed closely by the short-rib. SMMW is currently looking for you to confirm your prior commitments, with an accounting of the number of kits for each version that you want (short and/or long rib).

July 12, 2020

Bill Oertly

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(this entry was originally posted on April 23, 2020, but more information about Bill has been provided, including the link above)

Long-time NASG member Bill Oertly passed away on April 17, 2020 due to complications from cancer. Bill was 70 years old. Bill, who modeled the Western Maryland (and the B&O), was a fantastic S-scale modeler and a member of the Potomac Valley S Gauge Association. He served the NASG as its Treasurer in the late 1970s (the first full-term one after the NASG, Inc. was created). Bill also wrote two books related to the Western Maryland. He was an expert on tank cars, as he was an inspector for the Norfolk Southern Railroad.

July 11, 2020

New Layout Pages Added

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Joe Kimber provided photos of his previous "scale" layout.

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Gary Carmichael provides us with a brief introduction to his current project, which is a triple-gauge diorama based on Pittsburgh's West End.

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John Agnew sent a number of photos and some information about his fantastic Sn42 (Sn3-1/2) layout on the other side of the world.

July 11, 2020

New Photos & Track Plan Added to Layout Pages

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Both photos and a track plan have been added to Bob Johnson's layout page.

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Both photos and a track plan have been added to Jim Mallone's layout page.

July 11, 2020

New Photos & Video Added to Layout Pages

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Darby Marriott shares with us additional photos and a video of William Flatt's layout.

July 11, 2020

Track Plan Added to Layout Pages

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A track plan of Jeff Madden's layout has been added to Jeff's layout page.

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A track plan of Neil Froese's layout has been added to his layout's page.

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A track plan for Dave Heine's previous layout has been added to his page.

July 10, 2020

Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette Article July Issue

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Brooks Stover has an article about the interesting engine house he built for his current layout.

July 10, 2020

Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette Article May Issue

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Brooks Stover has an article about the Elk River Coal & Lumber Company Swandale Sawmill on his layout in this issue.

July 08, 2020

New Farm Equipment

Unverferth 3755 XL Seed Tender

by Spec-Cast
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Unverferth 2755 XL Seed Tender

by Spec-Cast
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New Holland T6.165 Tractor with V-Tank Spreader

by Ertl
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J&M 390 Seed Tender

by Spec-Cast
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J&M 390 Seed Tender

by Spec-Cast
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J&M 1112 Grain Cart

by Spec-Cast
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Fendt 1050 Tractor

by Spec-Cast
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Challenger 1050 Tractor

by Spec-Cast
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July 08, 2020

New RVs

Shasta Airflyte

by Greenlight
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Airstream 16' Bambi

by Greenlight
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1961 Holiday House

by Greenlight
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1959 Siesta Travel Trailer

by Greenlight
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July 08, 2020

New Trucks

Kenworth T880 with Lowboy Trailer

by Spec-Cast
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Kenworth T880 with Lowboy Trailer

by Spec-Cast
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Ford F-250 Flatbed

by Spec-Cast
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Ford F-250 Flatbed

by Spec-Cast
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July 08, 2020

New Vehicles

Truck & Trailer 2020 Release 1B

by Johnny Lightning
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The set includes:
- 1980 Toyota Land Cruiser with Open Trailer
- 1973 Chevy Caprice Station Wagon with Camper Trailer
- 1959 Ford F-250 with Enclosed Car Trailer

Truck & Trailer 2020 Release 1A

by Johnny Lightning
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The set includes:
- 1980 Toyota Land Cruiser with Open Trailer
- 1973 Chevy Caprice Station Wagon with Camper Trailer
- 1959 Ford F-250 with Enclosed Car Trailer

July 07, 2020

Don Thompson Provides Enhorning F3B Photos

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We did not have an entry for this locomotive in the Product Gallery section of the web site.

July 07, 2020

George Sorensen Provides Missing Seltzer's Freight Car Photos

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We had no Seltzer's freight cars listed, but George shares a few photos of models he has.

July 05, 2020

Added Sn2 Track Page

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Added a page to the "How-to" section related to track for Sn2 modelers.

July 04, 2020

AF Layout Pages Updated

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Ed Cooper's layout page has had a track plan and several more photos added to it.

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Marvin Harger's layout page has had a track plan added to it, and two updated photos added.

July 04, 2020

Layout Page Added

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Added a page for Neil Froese's layout to the site.

July 04, 2020

Layout Pages Updated

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Mike Fyten's layout page has had two photos added, as well as a track plan by Joe Kimber.

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William Flatt's layout has more information about the layout, and a track plan and photos were also added.

July 04, 2020

NASG Switching Layout

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A page has been added to capture information and photos of the NASG Switching Layout. You can access this page via the "NASG" button on the left, and then clicking on the "NASG Switching Layout" menu option. If you have any correction, extra information, and especially photos, please contact the NASG webmaster.

July 02, 2020

July/August 2019, 2020 Dispatch PDFs Available

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The public version of the July/August 2019 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the July/August 2020 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.

July 01, 2020

FM H10-44 Re-run (updated)

by Smoky Mountain Model Works
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Smoky Mountain Model Works is planning to do a re-run of this engine's kit. The photo shows Bob Hogan's model from the first run of the kit. At this point in time the company is accepting a no-money-down reservation. Jim previously stated that the model comes with Stanton drives, but NorthWest ShortLine have over a two-month backlog on orders, so he is proceeding with this kit as the "unpowered" version. This version will accept the Stanton drives, so when they become available again, you should be able to install them. The unpowered kit is listed at $235 plus shipping. The kit will include the SMMW AAR-A sideframes. Contact the company with your reservations.

July 01, 2020

IMPORTANT: NASG Regional Re-organization

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Effective today, the NASG has re-arranged the geographical areas flagged under the eastern, central, and western regions, each of which is represented by a vice-president. Follow the link above, scroll down to "Article IV REGIONAL ORGANIZATION", and see to which area you have been assigned.

What does that mean to you if you are an NASG member? If your geographical region is affected by this change (for example, you used to be in the eastern region, but you are now in the central region), the last character of your NASG membership number will change. The NASG Membership Secretary will start to update the NASG database now, and he is expecting it to take most of the month of July 2020 to apply the changes (over half of the members are affected by this).

You will likely see the biggest impact on this NASG web site, when you attempt to do any of the following:
a) log in via the "Members Only" page
b) purchase one or more products that require an NASG membership
c) you are renewing an existing membership.

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July 01, 2020

New Vehicles

Muscle Cars 2020 Release 1B

by Johnny Lightning
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- 1971 Plymouth Duster 340
- 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback GT
- 1968 AMC AMX
- 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
- 1968 Pontiac Firebird
- 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass W31 Ram Rod 350

Muscle Cars 2020 Release 1A

by Johnny Lightning
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- 1971 Plymouth Duster 340
- 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback GT
- 1968 AMC AMX
- 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
- 1968 Pontiac Firebird
- 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass W31 Ram Rod 350

1972 Airstream Double-Axle Land Yacht Safari

by Greenlight
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1971 Airstream Double-Axle Land Yacht Safari

by Greenlight
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1958 Plymouth Fury

by Auto World
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Charred/burned.

1955 Chevrolet Nomad

by Greenlight
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1954 Studebaker

by Greenlight
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July 01, 2020

PS 5277 Waffle Box Car Re-run

by Smoky Mountain Model Works
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Smoky Mountain Model Works is planning to re-run the 2008 kit of this car. Jim announced that it will now include the 70-ton Barber S-2 roller bearing trucks. Further prototype information is now available, which includes the 10-post side design, which was purchased by Family Lines System ("FLS") for SCL, Georgia Road, Clinchfield, and L&N (all painted black with yellow stenciling) in 1980. Southern's cars were built in 1976 to the same design. Most of these cars made it to CSX; many were sold off and may still be operating on short-lines. The majority of Southern's cars soldiered on well into the NS era, often completely repainted. Like with CSX, a lot were sold to short-lines. The original SMMW kit was offered only for the Southern-style (without the door opening wheel and rack) which had one waffle missing at the lower left and lower right of the door (due to a reinforcing plate welded to the side in that area). FLS cars didn't have that plate so PS put a waffle in its place. The re-issued kit will have separate waffles so you can model the FLS cars (scrape off the "plate" before gluing on a waffle). To reserve this kit, contact SMMW. The kit is expected to cost $95. The 70-ton trucks are $32/pair. Southern decals are to be determined. CSX/NS decals likely available from Highball Graphics.

by Smoky Mountain Model Works

by Smoky Mountain Model Works

June 29, 2020

Monster Model Works Is Now Larkspur LaserArt

by Larkspur LaserArt
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Monster Model Works went on hiatus when the owner found a fulltime job. However, he appears to be back again. They have a new web site with a new name. So far, they have one S-scale structure listed.

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