News: Recent News

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

April 10, 2024

New Vehicles by Ertl

April 10, 2024

Planter Attachment by SpecCast Collectibles announces this model.

April 08, 2024

K&P Brick & Building, Co. Web Site Updated

The company, who owns the Lehigh Valley Models product line, has revised their web site to now clearly show the individual S products that they have available, including many photos of the actual items (something they didn't have before - some suspiciously similar/identical to what we already had on our web site! :-)... ).

April 07, 2024

Product Gallery Photos Added

John Degnan provided extensive photos of his S-Helper Service FEC SW9.

Hugh Sinn provided a missing photo of the American Models Northern Pacific lightweight dome passenger car.

Rich Gajnak continues to build his Kinsman caboose kit.

Karl Johnson provides photos and the instruction sheets for the Train & Trooper New England Barn kit. This was an item that was completely missing from the Product Gallery.

Bill Lane shares a photo of the BTS Green Springs Depot model as built by Mike Berus and shown at the recent 2024 Valley Forge RPM. This model was also never listed in the Product Gallery.

Mark Mugnai provides missing photo of an Enhorning Industries NYC F-unit.

April 06, 2024

Logging Truck with Trailer

Joe Piazza, under the name of "Camp 8 Models", is making available the 1939 West Side Lumber Peterbilt 354/355 tractor with a Reliance 450L trailer kit in HO-scale. Many people have requested an O-scale version of this set as well, and Joe indicated that he will be able to do so. Several S-scale modelers contacted Joe, and he said that he would be able to produce the set in S-scale as well, so long as he can get at least 25 orders, to make it worth his while. Joe does not have a web site, so contact him via e-mail to express your interest in one or more of these logging trucks. This Peterbilt/Reliance combination was used up and down the west coast by all kinds of logging outfits. This is not Joe's first product. Photos are of the pre-production HO-scale version. Joe did a YouTube video about 3D-printing these trucks. So far he's indicated that orders for S are coming in.
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April 02, 2024

Several New Scenery Items by Miniprints

The company announces new items to super-detail your layout or diorama. These are 3D-printed items, some can be painted for you for an extra fee.

March 27, 2024

New Vehicle by Maisto announces this model.

March 27, 2024

New Vehicles by Johnny Lightning announces these models:
- 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
- 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
- 1969 Chevrolet Corvette
- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS
- 1969 Shelby GT500 Mustang
- 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass S W-31

March 27, 2024

The Apr/May 2024 S Scale Resource Released by The Model Railroad Resource

The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

March 26, 2024

2024 NASG Convention

Just a quick update on the 2024 NASG Convention. On the Convention's home page, scroll down a bit to find the link to the hotel's reservations page. Also updated are the "Tours" page and the "Car" page, with just a little bit of information.

March 23, 2024

Berkshire Valley Models Buys American Model Builders Product Line

Rich Rands, owner of Berkshire Valley Models, announced that he bought the rights to the American Model Builders (AMB) product line from John Hitzeman's estate. John passed away in July 2022. For S-scale, AMB produced wheelstops, hydrants, chimneys, roofing materials, and a number of really nice laser-cut structure kits. Rich indicated that he will integrate their product line into his own, and plans to release all of the kits. If you have been wanting a particular kit, contact him so that he can proritize his production.

March 21, 2024

Jon Stetz

Jon Stetz passed away on March 20, 2024 due to a heart attack. Jon was an avid Sn3 modeler. He recently shared photos, which we have on this web site, of his new layout under construction. Jon started JAKS Industries, Inc. in 1983, and over the years purchased Scale Structures Ltd., Period Miniatures, Finest Kind Models, Triangle Scale Models, Mini-Structures, Mecca Mineral Works, Milepost, and Arkansas Valley Scale Models. In 2000 Jon was recalled to active duty in the U.S. Navy. At some point in time their product lines were bought by Wiseman Model Services and Turner Model Works (Finest Kind Models was the only S-scale product line). Our condolences to Jon's family and friends for this sudden loss.

March 20, 2024

Robert Roule

We have been informed that Robert C. Roule, "Bob", of Durham, North Carolina, passed away on May 23, 2023 at the age of 83. Bob was a long-time member of the NASG. We offer our belated condolences to his family and friends.

March 20, 2024

Inter-Action Hobbies Presentation

Darryl Jacobs does a brief presentation of his company's products. They have a number of S-scale kits, and they are open to doing more based on demand.
(editorial: I have requested that they'd produce the early-1900s cars that they have available in HO, in S).

March 20, 2024

3D-printing a Cement Car

In this video, S-scale modeler Aaron Myers shows, in great detail, how he took a set of HO-scaled 3D-printing files freely available from Thingyverse, converted them into S-scale, and then printed and built the cement car. It is a neat see-what-it-takes kind of video. His video has the link to the Thingyverse web site if you are interested in printing this car yourself.

March 20, 2024

New Vehicle by Auto World announces this model.

March 19, 2024

NASG Regional Ambassador Program

The NASG Board of Trustees is announcing the new "Regional Ambassador Program". We are looking for regional volunteers to help the organization with this program.

General Overview
The Regional Ambassadors constitute one of the most fundamentally important positions in the NASG because they are the ones in the broadest contact with the general public, and therefore serve as the public face of the organization by attending local and regional open houses, train shows, modeling meets, and conventions. Consequently, it is important that Regional Ambassadors recognize that person-to-person contact lies at the heart of their service to the NASG. An Ambassador is much more likely to have success if he or she is a "people person" willing to engage the public despite the tedium of answering uninformed questions or spending long hours standing in front of a display table.

In addition to engaging the public, the Regional Ambassadors liaison with the local S clubs regardless of the clubs' orientation toward AF, Hi-rail, or Scale. The role the Regional Ambassadors play in their engagement with local S clubs is of critical importance; they provide a timely and vital link between the national organization and local clubs, encouraging its members to join the NASG and to take an active role in its affairs, including volunteering for NASG positions and hosting national conventions as well as providing feedback on how the national organization can respond more productively to the needs of local clubs.

The Regional Ambassador's Role
Proactively solicits conversion to S:
- By attending local and regional, model-railroad-club open houses, train shows, modeling meets, and conventions.
- By distributing the relevant tri-fold promotional pamphlets at each event.
- By explaining the advantages of 3/16th scale model railroading to potential converts from other scales.

Works with local S clubs:
- To assist in distribution of tri-fold pamphlets.
- To create a communication channel between local clubs and the Promotions Committee Chair.
- To promote membership in the NASG.

Proactively solicits membership in the NASG:
- By explaining the advantages of NASG membership in the course of distributing the relevant, tri-fold promotional pamphlets to AF, Hi-rail, and Scale S enthusiasts.

Works with the Promotions Committee Chair:
- To identify the most important open houses, train shows, modeling meets, and conventions in his or her region.
- To create an annual promotions strategy for all events.
- To analyze feedback from his or her attendance experience and share it with the Promotions Committee Chair.
- To create a plan to visit the clubs in his or her region once every three years.

If you are interested in participating, please contact NASG Central Vice President, Brian Jackson.
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March 19, 2024

Don Richards

Don Thompson, of the former S-Helper Service company, reports the passing of Don Richards (of Uniontown, Ohio) on March 18, 2024. Don Thompson remembers Don Richards as an early S-Helper Service customer. Don T. recalls Don R. called to place an order for two of the Conrail GP35 locomotives (manufactured by American Models for SHS at the time), which started off their long friendship. Don R. had lots of questions about the locomotive's electronics and about DCC. He convinced S-Helper Service to become one of the first Digitrax dealers. Later, Don R. helped to design the SHS AC/DC boards for the SW9. Don R. was the Quality Control Manager at Novar Electronics (a company owned by Honeywell), and taught Don T. a lot about electronics. Don states "I will miss our periodic conversations about S-scale and life in general". Don Richards was a long-time NASG member, as well. Our condolences to Don's family and friends.

March 17, 2024

Introducing 3D Central

This company is a 3D-printing service company, much like Shapeways. They have a number of S-scale products listed. These are printed on behalf of the original designer.

March 17, 2024

Union Pacific 52-foot Gondola

The Southern California S Gaugers club have their 2023 S Fest West Car available for sale to the general public. The car was manufactured for them by American Models. The removable load is included. The car is available with two prototype-based road numbers, and can be ordered with AF-compatible wheels and couplers (default) or "scale" wheels and couplers. Follow the link to their web site, scroll down a bit, and download and print their PDF order form. Additional loads are separately available (see their web site for details).

March 17, 2024

Sn3 ET&WNC Jackson & Sharp Coaches by Merritt 3D Designs & Printing

This model represents the Jackson & Sharp-built coaches. Note that road number 17 did not have a segregation divider, so it had 50 seats instead of 48. The kit includes the 3D-printed body and roof (separate), a diaphragm kit, clear plastic window inserts, and wire for forming the grab irons. When ordering on their web site, be sure to select "Sn3" as it defaults to "HOn3". The photos are likely of their HOn3 version.

March 17, 2024

Sn3 ET&WNC Caboose #503 by Merritt 3D Designs & Printing

The kit includes the 3D-printed body, grab irons, ladders, wire to make the platform handrails, additional grab irons, and brake shaft, and two jigs to form railing and grab irons. When ordering on their web site, be sure to select "Sn3" as it defaults to "HOn3". The photos are likely of their HOn3 version.

March 17, 2024

New Detailing Items by Miniprints

The company has available several new 3D-printed detailing items for your layout or diorama. These are available unpainted or painted.

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