News: Recent News

This page shows a listing of news entries from the past month or so. Click photos to visit the web sites.

May 11, 2021

6hp Motors by Berkshire Valley Models

The company now carries white metal castings of, what in S-scale appear to be 6hp, motors. Three per package.

May 09, 2021

Cardboard Boxes by Model Tech Studios

The company releases a new version of their cardboard boxes detailing part. These represent old and used boxes, and they come pre-assembled and finished, ready to be placed on your layout or diorama. The set consists of 24 individual boxes, grouped in 4 sets, which can be arranged in a variety of manner.

May 08, 2021

Northeastern Scale Models Product Gallery Updated

Jeff Wilson provided a catalog page that listed all of Northeastern Scale Models' kits at the time. There was no date on the page. However, there were a large number of kits that were not listed on our web site, so the Product Gallery listing has been updated with many more models that they offered, and screen captures of their catalog photos of the models.

May 05, 2021

New Detailing Parts by Greenlight

May 04, 2021

New Turn-of-last-century Figures by Modelu

May 02, 2021

May/June 2020, 2021 Dispatch PDFs Available

The digital file of the May/June 2021 Dispatch issue is now available on this web site. Also, the May/June 2020 Dispatch issue is now publicly available (its articles are also indexed).

May 01, 2021

NASG Open Positions

The NASG is run by volunteers. As people's schedules or priorities change, some positions became vacant, and so we are looking to fill those.

Note that some of these tasks must be performed regardless of whether or not there is someone dedicated to the task, so that generally means that one of the existing volunteers has to temporarily take on the task. So, by volunteering you are not only helping the NASG, but you may very well be helping a fellow S modeler have just a bit of extra time to work on their own layout!

If you are a member of the NASG, please take a look at these positions and see if that might be something you would be willing to volunteer for. If you are not an NASG member but are interested in S-scale and can volunteer for one of these positions, please consider becoming an NASG member (only $30 per year), and offer your time and services.

Contacting the NASG president is the best way to offer your services, and he will then be able to direct you to the right person for more details.

Assistant Treasurer
We are looking for someone to help the NASG's Treasurer with some of the tasks. These include bookkeeping, invoicing, collections, credit/debit card processing, processing online orders. Experience with QuickBooks is a plus.

Convention Committee
We have a chairman, but we are looking for additional people to help with planning events and meetings.

Promotions Committee
We have a chairman, but we are looking for individuals who would be able to help with implementing some of the plans.

Service Committee
This is a committee that is required by the NASG Constitution, but we have had no one to volunteer for this, so we are looking for a chairperson to take this on.

If you are interested, Click to send an e-mail.

May 01, 2021

Product Gallery Track Components

The Product Gallery section of this web site now has the complete listing of track components known to have existed in the past, as well as what is available today. As is customary with that section of the web site, there are several reports available to view the listing of about 200 track components, so that you can choose how to find something. All components that include metal rail have had their "code", or rail height, indicated, so that you can see which ones are compatible with each other and which ones are compatible with the type of wheels that you use on your cars and engines. As always, e-mails of any missing data, components, or manufacturers are always welcome, and we are also looking for representative photos (even if the component is already installed on your layout) for these items.

April 28, 2021

New Automobiles by Greenlight announces these models.

April 28, 2021

New Automobiles by Johnny Lightning announces this set (some are also available individually). The set contains:
- 1933 Willys Delivery Sedan
- 1965 Volkswagen Transporter
- 1978 Mustang Cobra
- 2010 Dodge Challenger
- George Barris, Barris Koach
- Special open-wheeled race car

April 28, 2021

New Truck by Ertl announces this set.

April 27, 2021

Product Gallery Photo Added

James Whipple provided a missing photo of the Hoquat Hobbies 3-bay hopper lettered for Sam Powell's layout.

April 25, 2021

Added Air Transportation Report

There are now about 100 air-based vehicles in our listing, so the Air Transportation by Prototype Manufacturer report has been added to the Product Gallery of the web site.

April 25, 2021

American Flyer Collection For Sale

William Weber has a collection of American Flyer items that he would like to have find a good home. These include track accessories, semaphores, turnouts, etc. He also has a large assortment of cars, action cars, and cabooses, mostly original and in good shape. The photos are ones he has provided, and he may provide additional ones. Contact William if you are interested. Click to send an e-mail.

April 25, 2021

Layouts Page Updated

Warren Judge provided information, photos, and videos of his "Elk Creek Lumber & Mining Railroad" Sn2 display/exhibition layout.

April 24, 2021

Please Pardon the Dust...

... while the passenger cars portion of the Product Gallery is being organized. All entries are being reviewed. We are sub-dividing the various categories to separate the "heavyweight" from "lightweight" cars. So far the American Models Budd cars have been processed, as well as several other smaller manufacturers. This will take a couple of weekends to complete, so if you are looking for passenger car-related entries, just be aware that things might shift around. This requires several hours of concentrated work, so this will only be worked on on the weekends.

April 22, 2021

NASG Publications Order Form Updated

The 2021 version of the NASG Publications Order Form is now available for clubs to order their free materials, in preparation for train shows being resumed.

April 22, 2021

Opening MTH F7 Rear Doors

Rich Gajnak provided, via the mailing list, hints and tips for how to open up the rear door on the MTH F7 locomotives to gain access to the electronics settings.

April 21, 2021

New Tractors by Ertl announces these models.

April 21, 2021

River Raisin Models Listing

Dan Navarre provided a listing of all the models River Raisin Models has produced over its 33-year history so far. The listings on this web site have been updated accordingly and is now spot-on accurate, removing items not produced, adding some missing details, and adding the individual quantity of models for each that were actually produced. The totals are quite impressive. River Raisin imported a total of 1,093 steam locomotives, 943 diesel/gas/electric locomotives, 2,702 pieces of rolling stock, and 341 structure models over those years.

April 20, 2021

Non-S News

MTH announces that Atlas has bought their O-scale tooling, as well as the RailKing O accessories (presumably that includes the figures collection that many of us are using in S as a cheap option to populate our layouts and passenger cars with affordable figures), and the Proto-Sound 3 system, with the right to sell the DCS components.

April 20, 2021

Rex Suburban Manual

Bill Lane provided the Rex Suburban manual (click to view the page, and then click on the Supplemental link for the PDF file).

April 19, 2021

Bob Greengrove

Long time NASG member, Robert (Bob) Greengrove of Nutley, NJ, passed away on April 13, 2021 at the age of 91.

April 18, 2021

Rex Valve Gear Instructions

Bill Lane provided the instructions for the original Rex valve gearing installation.

April 15, 2021

Layouts Page Updated

Bill Winans shares photos and details about his previous layout.

April 14, 2021

New Automobile by Maisto announces only this one 1:64 model this week.

April 14, 2021

O & S Scale Midwest Show

The O & S Scale Midwest Show has been moved from September 17 through 19, 2021 to October 8 through 10, 2021.

April 13, 2021

Layouts Page Updated

Dan Navarre provided several more photos of Tom Hess' layout.

April 10, 2021

Magic of Model Railroading Exhibit

Michael Eldridge visited the recently-opened "Magic of Model Railroading" exhibit, sponsored by the NMRA, at the California State Railroad Museum.

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