NASG Dispatch Articles by Bill Pyper

A Salute to S Gaugian!

Issue:
2017 #5 September
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

The S Gaugian magazine is 55 years old this year. Don Heimburger started it in 1962 when he was 14!

Are Your Vehicles To Scale?

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
26
Category:
Automobiles
Description:

The author describes a handy grid card that can be used to quickly measure the wheelbase and track/tread width of S-scale vehicles to compare them against prototype measurements, to see if the model truly is to scale.

Booster Ads

Issue:
2017 #4 July
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

Booster ads (which support the finances of the Dispatch) can be placed in any issue, but the next issue will have extra pages.

Build a Turkey Hauler

Issue:
2016 #6 November
Page:
10
Category:
Freight Cars - Stock Cars
Description:

The article provides photos, diagrams, prototype information, and suggestions for how to model a car that can transport live turkeys.

Central Coast Trains

Issue:
2015 #2 March
Page:
4
Category:
Model Railroad Retailers
Description:

The author interviews Anita Walter, owner of this model trains-only store in Atascadero, California. The store stocks S-scale products, consignment items, Lionel, Kadee, and scratchbuilding materials. She has a mailing list for those who model in S-scale.

Conductor

Issue:
2016 #4 July
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

Changes to web site addresses, the inclusion of the Dispatch advertisers listing on the "S Resources" page of the NASG web site, and the new feature of additional pages to the Dispatch issue when you download the PDF version, starting this this issue.

Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2016 #5 September
Page:
38
Category:
Layout Detailing
Description:

Consider putting figures in your locomotives and automobiles on your layout. Put trains on empty tracks when composing a photo for the Dispatch. Starting the Scratchbuilding 101 column.

Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2016 #6 November
Page:
2
Category:
Freight Cars - Stock Cars
Description:

What is the connection between the holidays and trains? Turkeys in the town where the editor lived (continued on page 5, "Turkeys by Train"). Info about booster ads.

Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2017 #1 January
Page:
22
Category:
Freight Cars - Stock Cars
Description:

Some more follow-up information about poultry cars covered in the previous issue.

Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2017 #6 November
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroad Organizations
Description:

The editor asks for photos for next year's Christmas edition, lists previous survey results, and mentions the various services the Dispatch offers to NASG members and clubs.

Election Results

Issue:
2017 #5 September
Page:
7
Category:
Model Railroad Organizations
Description:

Photos and a brief description of each of the 5 people that were elected for this year's NASG BOT election.

From the Conductor

Issue:
2013 #5 October
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

The new editor introduces himself, and how he plans to edit the magazine.

From the Conductor

Issue:
2013 #6 December
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroad Organizations
Description:

The editor responds to feedback he got on the previous issue, the one he edited for the NASG.

From the Conductor

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
7
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

The editor of the Dispatch introduces his design idea of making the cover's text look like the font and style of a prototype railroad. Each issue will be different.

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Dispatch Authors

Issue:
2013 #5 October
Page:
30
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

Basic how-to information for submitting articles for the NASG's Dispatch.

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Dispatch Authors

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
31
Category:
Model Railroads and Computers
Description:

The Dispatch editor, Bill Pyper, provides guidelines for how to write an article for possible publication in the Dispatch.

More Poultry Cars

Issue:
2017 #3 May
Page:
38
Category:
Freight Cars - Stock Cars
Description:

An update, indicating the Lehigh Valley Models' Palace Poultry car kit. David Tyner shares photos of the construction of his kit.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2014 #3 June
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

The editor introduces the DCC series of articles, publicizes questions about S-MOD, and announces that the magazine's publication months will be changed later in 2014.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2014 #4 August
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

The editor describes this issue and why one should belong to the NASG.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2014 #5 October
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

The editor describes some changes in this issue.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2014 #6 November
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

This is the first issue on the new schedule (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov).

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2015 #1 January
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

Comments about the current issue, and ideas for future issues.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2015 #2 March
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

The editor requests that contributor NOT use photo-forwarding services, starts his series on local hobby shops, and the upcoming NASG election.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2015 #3 May
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

A note about grain elevators (covered in this issue), and the unfortunate duplication of Mike Fyten's article in the previous issue of the Dispatch and the S Gaugian magazine.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2015 #4 July
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

A request for Christmas photos and layout stories.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2015 #5 September
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

Membership renewals will no longer be mailed out starting in 2016. Booster ads. Many photos received related to the 2015 NASG Convention. The California State Railroad Museum has a static display of S-scale equipment.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2015 #6 November
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

Observations from manning the NASG booth at the 2015 National Train Show. Photos taken at the event are shown on page 4.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2016 #1 January
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

What it takes to write and submit an article and/or photos for possible inclusion in future Dispatch issues.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2016 #2 March
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

The big "S" on the Superman pajamas might be used in promoting S-scale! Typing in the web site address exactly as it appears in the Dispatch when accessing the NASG web site. A.C. Gilbert's "The Man Who Lives in Paradise" is now available as an eBook.

On the Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2016 #3 May
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

An evaluation of what the editor has accomplished, and how we need more advertisers to keep the Dispatch going and perhaps get bigger.

Remodeling a Wayside Station

Issue:
2015 #4 July
Page:
24
Category:
American Flyer
Description:

The story is about how Jim Bezek refurbishes old, non-functioning American Flyer accessories and brings them back to life again, using a passenger station platform as an example. Includes several construction photos.

RS Laser Kits S Products

Issue:
2016 #4 July
Page:
4
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

The author introduces the owner of RSLaserKits, showing some of their S-scale kits, and photos of their facilities and owner. Page 34 has a collection of photos that show the parts that make up the company's pickle car.

Scrap Building

Issue:
2013 #5 October
Page:
29
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:

The author describes how he built a small incinerator using an empty cinnamon container. He also shows how to build a smaller one using a spigot from a two-gallon water container.

Scrap Building

Issue:
2013 #6 December
Page:
28
Category:
Scenery - Homes and Lots
Description:

What color are sidewalks? The author takes a field trip to investigate (he goes outside!). Chipboard is the conclusion he reached for how best to model sidewalks in S-scale.

Scrap Building

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
28
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:

The author shows how he used some bottle caps and drip-irrigation pipefittings to make a structure for moving Soylent Green into tank cars on a siding.

Scrap Building a Water Tank

Issue:
2017 #5 September
Page:
29
Category:
Structures - Trackside
Description:

Using some common household items, the author builds a water tank. Includes many construction photos as well as prototype photos.

Scratchbuilding 101

Issue:
2016 #5 September
Page:
25
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:

Using cotter pins and eyelets for eyebolts to hold railings and piping, and polling-pockets, respectively.

Shell Tankcar Remodel

Issue:
2016 #4 July
Page:
33
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Description:

The author finds an old A.F. tank car in a junk sale, and repaints it for "Soylent Green".

Signs of the Times

Issue:
2017 #5 September
Page:
41
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Description:

The author shares a collection of prototype signs that offer a bit of humor.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere There's Signs

Issue:
2014 #3 June
Page:
23
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Description:

The author encourages all the add billboards to your layouts. He provides typical prototype dimensions. He then provides examples of how to make them. Includes prototype and model photos.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere...

Issue:
2014 #5 October
Page:
4
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Description:

The author describes where you can find, and how you can produce, S-scale signs for your layout. Includes several prototype photos, and step-by-step model photos.

The Conductor's Clipboard

Issue:
2017 #3 May
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A report of Dick Kramer attending the Railroad Hobby Show presented by the Amherst Railway Society and manning a table for the NASG. The Pioneer Valley S-Gaugers changes the club's name.

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