News: Recent News

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

May 30, 2020

Donald Beem

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Long-time NASG member Donald Beem, of Silver City, New Mexico, passed away on March 23, 2020.

May 30, 2020

How-to Section Work Started

With the new "Layouts" section of this web site being pretty close to being finished (a few more minor items left to do), work has begun on the new "How-to" section of this web site. The "About Modeling in S" and "American Flyer" sections are "finished". More content can be added at any time, but the basics are there.

May 30, 2020

Steam Up Annual Event Added

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Members of the Susquehanna S Gaugers put on an annual event called "Steam Up!". Information about this event was added to this web site's "Events" button.

May 27, 2020

Layout Updated

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Dave Heine provided detailed information and photos of his former layout.

May 26, 2020

Layout Added

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Added photos and layout information for Blake Horner's layout. Blake is a college student!

May 26, 2020

Layouts Added, Updated

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The following layout was updated:
- Bill Winans.

The following layouts were added:
- Trevor Marshall.
- Vic Cherven.

May 25, 2020

Mattel's HotWheels Record Year

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Odds are pretty good that if you are into trains, you are also into cars. While Mattel's HotWheels brand is flagged as 1:64 scale, the individual models may vary in actual scale-correctness. Nonetheless, they are a major force in the model automobile market. The link is to a recent video where they are announcing their 1:64 Jaguar F-type model, which is slated to be released in about a year's time. The Mattel executive being interviewed mentions that 2019 was a record year for them, selling 500 million individual models during that year! There has got to be room for some bleed-over into S-scale model railroad modeling!...

May 23, 2020

2021 NASG Convention

The Western New York S Scale Association and the S Scale Workshop will host the 2021 NASG Convention in Buffalo, NY August 3 through 7, 2021. More information will be forthcoming soon.

May 23, 2020

Dispatch Issue Delivery

Some members have received their May/June Dispatch issues, but some have not. The printer mailed the issues on April 21, but in some areas the post office is understaffed, so if you haven't gotten yours yet, please be patient. You can log in to the "Members Only" section of the web site, and read or download the PDF version, if so desired.

May 23, 2020

Layouts Added, Updated

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Many layouts were updated with references to magazine articles (more to come, soon). Jim Martin provided information and photos of his layout. Chuck Kemper provides new photos of his layout.

May 23, 2020

PRR Container Load

PRR DB4A Container

by Lanes Trains
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A few details that won't 3D-print correctly have been omitted, but can be added by the modeler with brass wire. The bottom is hollow, so you can add weight, if needed. Photos of the O-scale version Bill Lane mentions on his page can be found here: Kohs O-scale.

PRR HB1A Container

by Lanes Trains
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May 20, 2020

Ford Decals

by OBS-CALS

John Hagen of OBS-CALS (Obscure Decals) mentioned that he can produce decals for those who want to model the automobile company's Ford freight cars. The image shown here shows the white text on a black background (the printed decals will have a transparent background with white texts). These hopper decals are $5 each. John can compose the tank car and gondola Ford car decals as well.

May 20, 2020

Layout Updated

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Jeff Madden provided detailed information about his layout.

May 20, 2020

New Farming Equipment

New Holland T8.410 Tractor

by Ertl
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May 20, 2020

New Vehicles

1990 Chevrolet Caprice

by Greenlight
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1977 Pontiac Firebird

by Greenlight
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1979 Pontiac Firebird

by Greenlight
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May 20, 2020

Trevor Provides Flying Yankee Photos

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Trevor Marshall provides three photos he just took on his beautiful layout of the B&M "Flying Yankee".

May 19, 2020

Layout Updated

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Chris Elliott provided detailed information about his layout.

May 19, 2020

NASG AF Commemorative Cars Change

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Upon thorough review of the NASG's contract with Lionel, Lionel's requirement that the NASG American Flyer Commemorative Cars be sold only to active NASG members, apparently expires after three years of the signing of the contract. So, for all but the 2019 car, the previous restriction of having to be an NASG member has now been lifted from this web site (and if you order them directly from Dave Blum). It applies to the 2018 tank car, because the contract for those was signed back in 2017 (they were a bundled deal).

May 19, 2020

Port Lines Hobby Supply's Show Attendance

by Port Lines Hobby Supply
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Doug Peck announced that he will not be attending any more train shows as a vendor, this includes the York, PA show. The good news is that you can contact Doug via his web site, e-mail, or phone more, and place your order at any time. HOWEVER, please see the Port Lines web site's home page for Doug's backlog of processing orders. Apparently he's been getting lots of orders from those of us stuck at home!

May 19, 2020

SceniKing Is Back

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The company closed several years ago. They produce photo-realistic backdrops. They are back, and they have a page dedicated to O- and S-scale backdrops.

May 18, 2020

Layouts Added, Updated

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The following layouts were updated:
- Ron Kemp (report on dismantled one; new layout is under construction)
- Ed Sauers

The following layouts were added:
- Chris Elliott
- Pete Silcox

May 17, 2020

Layouts Updated

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The following Sn3 layout was updated:
- Bill Busacca

May 16, 2020

Layouts Added, Updated

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The following layouts were updated:
- Mike Swederska, Sr.
- Bill Lane
- Roger Nulton
- Dick Karnes

The following layouts were added:
- Joe Coen
- Charles Malinowski
- Hugh Sinn

May 16, 2020

Layouts Data Submission Page Revised

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We were experiencing a high rate of failure of getting the submissions of data and/or photos to the webmaster on the "Provide Layout Info" page of the "Layouts" section of this web site. It would work for some, but not for others, so that excludes a webmaster's coding error. There was something that the server operating system itself did not like or allow. So, that page has been completely revised. We now rely on e-mail, as that is an effective way of communicating information. A text-only form is still provided, as that seems to work just fine. Photos can be provided via e-mail. Please do not use any photo-sharing services, as there are too many of those, and they are time-consuming for the webmaster to log in to and download from.

May 16, 2020

Missing Files

I, as the webmaster, had become aware of several missing files on the NASG web site's server. There are over 53,000 files on our web site, so making sure that each one is there and is the latest version is not a trivial task. Over the past two days, I have re-uploaded every single file, to make sure they are all there (yes, it takes that long!). If you find any broken links now, please let me know, so I can fix them right away. Thank you.

May 13, 2020

New Automobile Buildings

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Vintage Gas Station

by Greenlight
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Union 76 Service Vintage Gas Station

by Greenlight
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Busted Knuckle Weekend Workshop

by Greenlight
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May 13, 2020

New Farming Equipment

T-L Irrigation Center Pivot with Drops

by Die Cast Promotions
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May 13, 2020

New Trucks

Freightliner 2018 Cascadia High-Roof Sleeper with 53' Utility Trailer

by Die Cast Promotions
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Kenworth K100 Flattop with Wabash Dual Pup Trailers

by Die Cast Promotions
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May 13, 2020

New Vehicles

1958 Chevy Impala Hardtop

by Racing Champions
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1964 Chevy Impala Hardtop

by Racing Champions
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Johnny Lightning Collector's Tin 2019 Release 3

by Johnny Lightning
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Includes:
- 1992 GMC Typhoon
- 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
- 1972 Vega Panel Express
- 1992 GMC Typhoon
- 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
- 1972 Vega Panel Express

1970 Checker Motors Marathon Taxi

by Greenlight
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1977 Dodge Royal Monaco

by Greenlight
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1970 Jeep CJ-5

by Greenlight
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1965 Nissan Patrol

by Greenlight
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1964 Volkswagen Samba Bus

by Greenlight
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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

by Greenlight
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1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible

by Greenlight
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1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible

by Greenlight
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May 13, 2020

Skip Sanchez

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The Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers reported that their member Salvador "Skip" Sanchez passed away on May 3, 2020 due to cancer.

May 12, 2020

Randy Griggs Supplemental Files Available

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Due to confusion on the webmaster's part, the supplemental files that Randy Griggs references in his May/June 2020 Dispatch article were not made available when the issue's PDF file was made available. For that I apologize. These files are now available for download by NASG members, via the "Members Only" section (follow the link above). There are a total of 57 files, compressed into one .zip file, which is 34MB. The files consist of many .pdf files that hold the colored images of the containers. These are to be printed on a color printer for best results (see Randy's article). Also included are four photos by Randy of a number of his containers on his layout. Since submitting his article, Randy created some 48-foot containers as well, which are included as part of those 57 files, but were not specifically mentioned in his article.

While adding Randy's file, I took this opportunity to change how to select a file to download. Instead of a drop-down selection list, there are now individual listings shown for each file that can be downloaded. Also, when the file has been retrieved and is made available for downloading, the "back" arrow in the top-right corner of the page took you all the way back to the log-in screen. This has been fixed to now take you back to the logged-in main menu. If you wish to download more than one file, you can just go back to the "Recent Dispatch Issues" section of the "Members Only" page.

May 11, 2020

CatzPaw

by CatzPaw Innovations, LLC

CatzPaw Innovations, LLC announces that Shapeways has increased their prices starting on April 15, 2020, so Catzpaw is in the process of transitioning back to using their own in-house 3D-printer away from Shapeways. Please note that individual items listed on the NASG web site may still be referencing their Shapeways page. If so, please try to locate their product via their CatzPaw page. The NASG web site will be updated over time.

May 10, 2020

Reviresco Announces Chinese Joss House

by Reviresco
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This paper model is designed to be built over a 1/4"-thick foamcore, and builds into a 12" x 8.5" model. The model is based on the prototype found in Weaverville, California. You can buy the printed version, or save a bit by buying the downloadable version, if you have the ability to print it yourself.

May 09, 2020

South Dock Models

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South Dock Models is a New Zealand-based Sn42 (Sn3.5) kit manufacturer, producing kits for New Zealand Railways modelers. Kits are also available via North Yard's web site. Both companies are owned by Rodger and Christina Cullen.

May 07, 2020

New Vehicles

Aston Martin DB5

by Johnny Lightning
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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

by Johnny Lightning
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May 06, 2020

Tim Benner

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Tim Benner passed away on April 23, 2020 from a battle with cancer. Tim was briefly an NASG member, and a member of the Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers club. He was building an S-scale layout at his home, modeling the PRR.

May 04, 2020

Sn2 24-foot Box Car Kit

by Mount Blue Model Co.
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Mount Blue Model Co. releases a new Sn2 box car kit for a 24-foot early Dyer-built model with a 5'3" door opening. When on their web site, search of the kit number "61s" to find it more quickly.

May 01, 2020

May/June 2019, 2020 Dispatch PDFs Available

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

April 30, 2020

New Vehicles

2018 Chevrolet 3500 Dually Pickup

by Acme
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With 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS and heavy-duty car trailer.

Johnny Lightning Classic Gold - 2020 Release 1B

by Johnny Lightning
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Includes:
- 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10
- 1967 Dodge Charger
- 1968 Ford Torino Convertible
- 1971 Buick Riviera
- 1973 Cadillac Eldorado
- Jeep Cherokee XJ

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

by Greenlight
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1967 Ford Mustang Coupe

by Greenlight
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1967 Ford Mustang Coupe

by Greenlight
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2009 Ford Mustang GT

by Greenlight
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1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

by Greenlight
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1969 Chevrolet Corvette

by Greenlight
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April 29, 2020

banta Releases Revised Building & Structures Kit

by banta modelworks
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banta model works releases a redesigned Building & Structure kit of the Ophir, Colorado saloon. The finished model's footprint is 11" by 6-1/2".

April 29, 2020

Frank Emiro

Long-time NASG member Frank Emiro passed away recently. Frank lived in Kodak, Tennessee. He was an active member of the Bristol S Gauge Railroaders club.

April 29, 2020

Sidetracks Opens Its Doors Again

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Sidetracks is an online-only retailer of a large inventory of S products. Sidetracks' owner Tom Henderson is still dealing with significant health issues, but things seemed to have stabilized. Several years ago when Tom underwent some medical work, he offered to sell the company's inventory, but no deals were made. So, Tom is happy to announce that his web site is open for individual sales again. Tom will not be adding new products to his inventory. The objective is to do a gradual sell-down of his entire inventory. So, if you see something you like, don't wait too long! Please note that many items not previously listed on the web site are now offered for sale, so if you have visited his site before, be sure to pay it another visit. Due to COVID-19 and Tom's serious health issue, please be patient with shipping your orders.

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