News: Recent News

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

October 16, 2021

NYC Box Car by Miniatures From The North

Well-known S-scale modeler, Simon Parent, has started a new company called "Miniatures From The North" (as he is based in Canada). His first official product is this NYC box car, which was sponsored by Jim Kindraka (the photo is of Jim's model).

This car is based on the NYC-adjusted AAR 1918 and revised 1923 specification, which they called "Specification 486". It is a 40-foot car that had the ability to carry 110,000lbs. The kit is resin, and sells for $85, plus shipping. The kit does not come with decals, trucks, or couplers. The underframe is designed to take the Kadee S-scale 802, or equivalent, coupler box. Decals are available from Tichy Train Group, Cloverhouse (dry transfers), or K4 Decals. Note that this car was used by a number of other railroads, such as Boston & Albany, CNJ, CCC&StL, Michigan Central, P&LE, and the Reading, hence the no-decals-included.

Simon does not have a web site up yet, so contact him via e-mail to make arrangements to place your order. Click to send an e-mail.

October 16, 2021

Wheels & Trucks by Miniatures From The North

The company also announces wheelsets and trucks. The wheels are CNC-turned to NMRA/NASG RP25 code 110 standards. The wheels and axle are made from stainless steel and are non-magnetic. The wheels are blackened and are insulated on both sides. The axle length is 32.38mm / 1.276" so the wheel sets should fit any trucks from Pacific Rail Shop, Des Plaines Hobbies, or American Models. They appear to be a bit too tight in the former MTH/S-Helper Service trucks (with some adjustments to the truck, they can be made to be free-rolling). The wheelsets can also be used in the old ACE trucks by using the Tichy cone bearings epoxied in place (the Tichy bearings are too loose with no flange for a simple press-fit in the ACE trucks).

The first in a line of trucks are the 50-ton Bettendorf trucks. These are 3D-printed in resin, primed in black color, and fitted with nylon cone bearings for smooth rolling. The trucks are assembled and sprung.

The wheelsets are $15 for a package of four wheels (enough for one car), or in a bulk pack of 100 for $210 (enough for 25 cars), plus shipping.

The trucks are available at $30 for a pair, or $27 per pair if you order 4 or more pair, plus shipping.

Simon does not have a web site up yet, so contact him via e-mail to make arrangements to place your order. Click to send an e-mail.

October 14, 2021

Southern Pacific Automobile Box Car Kit by Pre-Size Model Specialties

Bill Green, member of the Houston S Gaugers, scratchbuilt a model of the Southern Pacific door-and-a-half 50-foot automobile box car, class A-50-6, many years ago. Many people wanted to see it produced as an S-scale kit, and, after some detours, Pre-Size Model Specialties took on the project and has been able to produce this kit. It was introduced to the public at the O & S Scale Midwest Show in early October 2021, and it is now available for sale directly from the company's web site. The SP built 1,200 of these cars in 1923 and they lasted well into the 1950s. The kit consists of a one-piece resin body with true Z bracing, a separate floor/underframe, all the necessary details to complete the model, including the decals. It does not come with trucks nor couplers.

October 13, 2021

New Automobiles by Ertl announces these models.

October 13, 2021

New Automobiles by Greenlight

October 13, 2021

New Tractors by Ertl announces these models.

October 12, 2021

New Animated Signs by Miller Engineering

These new signs are scheduled to be available in late-October 2021.

October 09, 2021

Switch Motors by Multiscale Digital

3D-printed simulated switch motors (non-functional). Three per package for either one.

October 09, 2021

Yankee Lobster Traps by Multiscale Digital

3D-printed traps (8 per package).

October 08, 2021

New 3D-printed Figures by Miniprints

October 07, 2021

Joe Kimber's Layout Photos

Michael McConnell has been working with Joe Kimber (the former track plan designer for the NASG Dispatch and S Gaugian magazines) on getting a collection of photos of Joe's layout up on the South Jersey S Gaugers' web site. Those photos on their site nicely complement the photos we have of Joe's layout here on the NASG web site.

October 06, 2021

New Automobiles by Johnny Lightning announces these models. These sets include:
- 1969 Chevrolet Kingswood Estate
- 2011 Chevrolet Camaro
- 1975 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible
- 1950 Mercury Woody Wagon
- The Emperor
- 1976 Ford Van

October 06, 2021

New Truck by Ertl announces this model.

October 06, 2021

Product Gallery Addition

Bob Hogan provides photos that were missing for this locomotive entry.

October 06, 2021

Vic Cherven's Layout Photos Added

Vic Cherven provided some additional photos of his layout, including some more construction photos and a group shot of the people who attended the first official operating session.

October 06, 2021

Wooden Pallets by 3D To Scale announces these.

October 03, 2021

More Jesse Bennett Layout Photos

Vic Cherven provided some additional photos of Jesse Bennett's layout taken in 2010.

October 03, 2021

Product Gallery Additions

Allen Ambler provides some missing photos for our Product Gallery:

October 02, 2021

Fairmont S-2 Speeder by Miniprints

Stephen Gardiner's model of this speeder was previously available via Shapeways, but it is now available through Miniprints. This version now comes complete with a two-person crew. The HO-scale model is shown in the photo and on the linked-to web page, but the S-scale version is available by request. These are non-operating, i.e. static scenic cars only. They are 3D-printed and will arrive unpainted.

Note that if you are an NMRA members, Miniprints now offers a 15% discount on most of their products for NMRA members (see the NMRA web site for details and offer code).

October 02, 2021

Future NASG Conventions

The 2022 NASG Convention in Buffalo, NY is the only Convention that we have planned so far. The NASG is kindly requesting of S clubs to consider taking on the 2023 or later NASG Convention.

October 02, 2021

NASG Convention Handbook Updated

The NASG Convention committee has reviewed and updated the official NASG Convention Handbook. New PDF files are available from this web site, and old ones are now void.

September 30, 2021

"American Flyer Trains by A.C. Gilbert" PDF eBook

Harry Noble (a.k.a. Cinder Sam) has written a number of books over the years related to model trains. He has contributed a free copy of his American Flyer Trains by A.C. Gilbert book for NASG web site visitors. You can follow the link below, or go to "How-to" on the right, click on "American Flyer", and then "How to Model with American Flyer".

September 30, 2021

Concept Models For Sale

Concept Models produced a number of very unique S-scale kits, such as the large Schnabel car, and many tank cars. The owner, Dave Allen, is offering his S-scale product line up for sale for $1,500. The HO-scale product line is also for sale, and both can be had for $15,000. Click to send an e-mail.

September 30, 2021

Innovative Hobby Supply Added

Innovative Hobby Supply has been around for a while now, and they produce photo-realistic paper-based kits that are very affordable. Their products have now been added to our Product Gallery.

September 30, 2021

NAFTA Scale Models

Based in Alberta, Canada, NAFTA Scale Models offers a number of S-scale modern diesel detailing parts, a gondola cover, and decals for the cover and track-side structures. The company makes products in all scales, so if you see something on their web site that is only available in a scale other than S, contact the company to see if they can produce it in S. The company also offers the services of rapid-prototyping, 3D-printing, CNC machining, and resin/urethane casting, if you are looking for having a custom part or product produced.

On their web site, click on the "NAFTA SHOP BY ECWID" link for the best results in seeing what they currently have available (many of the other links don't appear to work).

September 29, 2021

New Truck by Ertl announces this model.

September 28, 2021

John Wackerman

Ron Kemp informs us that John Wackerman of Alpharetta, Georgia, passed away on September 13. He was 73. He was an NASG member and a member of the Atlantic Coast S Gauger (Georgia Division). John obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree and worked for GM for 42 years, retiring in 2008. He was in the army reserves for 6 years. We offer our condolences to his wife, Joy, children, grandchildren, and the many friends who knew him well.

September 28, 2021

Product Gallery Locomotive Added

Our Product Gallery listing of locomotives is pretty mature, i.e. it is extremely rare that a particular locomotive is not listed there. However, thanks to Jim Whipple drawing Dick Karnes' attention to it, Dick's model of the GE boxcab diesel switcher was not listed on our web site. The model was a styrene kit that was produced in 2012 by Great American Locomotion. We don't know the history behind this kit, but the company is still around today, although they only focus on 1:29 scale model production now. If anyone knows of any other products this company created in S-scale, and/or how this kit came about, please contact the NASG's webmaster.

September 28, 2021

Sn2 P&R RPO Baggage #5 / SR&RL #7 by Portland Locomotive Works

Gary Kohler announced that he is planning on creating an Sn2 kit for the P&R RPO baggage #5 (SR&RL RPO baggage #7) car, the original version, soon. If you are interested in this kit, be sure to let Gary know. He also planning on creating a kit for the re-built version in the future. Click to send an e-mail.

September 28, 2021

The Oct/Nov 2021 S Scale Resource by The Model Railroad Resource

The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

September 25, 2021

New Photographers by Modelu

September 22, 2021

Kingfield Covered Station Kit by Portland Locomotive Works

Gary Kohler announced, back in January, that he is going to create a kit for this station in S-scale. Since these are limited-run kits, he would need to know ahead of time how many to produce. Update: he has received enough interest in the S-scale model, so he is getting ready to produce the kit. He will only make enough to match requests, so if you want one, contact Gary a.s.a.p.

The Kingfield, Maine covered station was originally built for the Franklin & Megantic Railroad, and it became the longest-surviving covered station of the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad. The problem with covered stations back then was the errand sparks from steam engines that caught the building on fire. Click to send an e-mail.

September 22, 2021

Miniatures From The North

Back in 2016 a mysterious buyer bought the masters, tooling, and remaining inventory of the former S Scale Locomotive & Supply from Fred Rouse. Some speculated that it was Simon Parent from Canada, as he had been involved as a sub-contractor for SSL&S parts. This month, Simon publicly stated on the S-scale list that he was indeed the one who bought the aforementioned items (but NOT the SSL&S name), and that he is now retired from his day job and planning on making parts available for sale under his new company name. Click to send an e-mail.

September 22, 2021

MTH Parts and Sales LLC

MTH Parts and Sales LLC is one of M.T.H.'s three new spinoffs and will promote and process all parts sales exclusively through their all-new parts site (scheduled to go "live" on Thursday September 23rd).

As to the other two spinoffs, M.T.H. Electric Trains' R&D Division will continue developing DCS and other electronic products on its own in the satellite location it has occupied in Western Michigan for the past 24 years. M.T.H. Electric Trains will be operating alongside the parts company in the smaller Elkridge, Maryland headquarters.

MTH Parts and Sales LLC's new web site will begin taking parts orders. The new site will include some tutorial videos to assist visitors in their parts ordering journey. While the site is quite intuitive, the tutorial videos are worth a quick watch prior to entering the site to ensure visitors understand how it works and make searching for parts a breeze! Consumers must register on the site before checking out. Registering is simple and requires a valid e-mail address and a password you choose. Once registered, you can return to the site and use those same credentials to log in and order additional parts.

September 22, 2021

New Automobiles by Johnny Lightning

September 21, 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.

September 21, 2021

Two New 3D-printed Models by Precision Vintage Classics

The company announces the SP Oil Tank at Laws, California (3D-printed, available as a kit or fully assembled, your choice), and the SP Oil Spout at Laws, California (3D-printed, only available fully assembled).

September 21, 2021

Two New Sn3 Freight Cars by Precision Vintage Classics

The company announces the Sn3 side-door dump car, the Sn3 open-top container.

September 18, 2021

New Resources Page

Under "The Full Listing" topic of the main Resources page, you will find a new link called "Quick Web Sites Listing". This leads to a page that has the same listing as the "All Known Companies" page does, except that it only lists those entries that have a web site, and this new page provides just the company name, which, when clicked, will take you directly to their web site. The purpose of this new page is to more quickly go to the web site of interest if you already know which company you want to go visit. If you need to do more research or learn more about the company, the main "All Known Companies" is the better page to go to.

September 17, 2021

Code 3 Collectibles Product Gallery Finished

The entire known collection of Code 3 Collectibles emergency equipment models has now been listed on this web site for your enjoyment.

September 15, 2021

New Automobile by Maisto

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