NASG Dispatch Articles by Dick Karnes

A Look at Current S Scale Track Products

Issue:
2007 #6 December
Page:
36
Category:
Track
Description:

After covering some general advice about track laying, the author provides a quick review of the various S-scale manufacturers that produce track products (at the time of the article's writing).

A Simple, Cheap Switch Machine

Issue:
2003 #1 February
Page:
18
Category:
Track
Description:

The author describes how he uses the DPDT switches to control the turnout's throwbar and the polarity to the frog. Includes an installation diagram.

A Visit With Dave Smith

Issue:
1988 #5 December
Page:
12
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

After a brief introduction on how Dave got into S-scale, there are several pages of photos of his NYC/UP layout, including a full-page photo of his scratchbuilt trestle bridge.

A Visit with Ron Tilton

Issue:
1991 #2 April
Page:
6
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

The author describes Ron and his layout, and shares many photos of the work Ron has done. Ron specializes in scratchbuilding rolling stock.

Cab Ladders For Your American Models GG1

Issue:
2002 #1 February
Page:
11
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Description:

How to add ladders below the cab doors. Includes model photos and drawings.

DCC Decoders

Issue:
2014 #6 November
Page:
14
Category:
Electronics
Description:

How to determine wheel-slip current draw and stall current, so that you can find the appropriate DCC decoder, is described in this article.

Editorial

Issue:
1985 #4 Fall
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Dick starts off as the editor of this Dispatch with this issue.

Editorial

Issue:
1988 #1 March
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

The author lists things he would like see manufacturers produce in S-scale.

Editorial

Issue:
1988 #3 August
Page:
4
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

A photo tour to Spokane, WA, and this is the first Dispatch issue with a theme: tracklaying.

Editorial

Issue:
1988 #5 December
Page:
20
Category:
American Flyer
Description:

Dick describes his transition from A.F. to scale. His request is for more A.F.-related materials to be published in the Dispatch.

Engine Terminal Wiring

Issue:
1987 #4 Fall
Page:
12
Category:
Electronics
Description:

Breaking a storage yard into small blocks allows the controlled movement of just one engine in the yard, without the others moving as well.

How About a Bascule Bridge

Issue:
2006 #2 April
Page:
24
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:

The author describes the Walthers HO-scale Bascule bridge kit he built. It is plenty big for use in S-scale.

Interior Detail Sets for S Scale Pullman Cars

Issue:
2007 #6 December
Page:
12
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:

Introduction of the passenger car interior details made available in a joint special project between the NASG and Palace Car Co.

John Ramm's Three-Dimensional Layout

Issue:
1991 #1 February
Page:
13
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

This American Flyer-based layout measures 15'x25' and is 5 feet tall, covering several levels. The article includes several photos of the layout as the Greater Seattle S Gaugers club met at John's house.

Kansas City '89 Convention Overview

Issue:
1989 #4 August
Page:
12
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author reviews the 1989 NASG Convention.

Kansas City '89 Manufacturer News

Issue:
1989 #4 August
Page:
16
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A listing of what was new at the Convention.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies

Issue:
1986 #1 Winter
Page:
8
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:

How to convert an A.C. Gilbert American Flyer flat car into a "scale" model. Includes drawings showing how to modify the body, and includes a parts list.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies Part 2

Issue:
1986 #2 Spring
Page:
11
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Description:

Taking A.C. Gilbert American Flyer gondola bodies and converting them into credible "scale" models. Includes model photos and cut diagrams. Also covered is the 42-foot hydracushion box car.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies Part 3

Issue:
1986 #4 Fall
Page:
12
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:

The series continues with converting A.F. cars to scale models, by converting a quad hopper, and a wine tank car. Includes diagrams and model photos.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies Part 4

Issue:
1987 #1 Winter
Page:
12
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:

The author describes how to create a Virginian-style rotary coal car and a transfer caboose. Includes model photos and diagrams.

Kitbashing: See It Before You Do It

Issue:
1987 #4 Fall
Page:
18
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Description:

Using paper copies of locomotive diagrams, the author describes how he "paper-dolled" the engine together by cutting out pieces from the diagrams. Includes the "kitbashed" diagram, and a photo of the finished locomotive.

Life Membership - Then and Now

Issue:
2003 #2 April
Page:
23
Category:
Model Railroad Organizations
Description:

The author compares what a life membership entailed in 1970, and what a 2003 NASG membership means.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1991 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The author introduces Kent Singer, a Dispatch columnist, to the audience.

NASG Launches "Special Interest Groups"

Issue:
2006 #6 December
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The NASG BOT wants to launch SIGs that represent the three groups of modelers within the S-scale community, similar to the NMRA SIGs.

NASG Pullman Car Project

Issue:
2004 #2 April
Page:
8
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:

In this article the author answers questions raised about the joint NASG/American Models/Artist-Aid heavyweight Pullman passenger cars.

New Brunswick '88 Convention Overview

Issue:
1988 #4 October
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author reports on his visit to the 1988 NASG Convention. Includes several photos, including most of the contest winners' models.

Oregon S Gaugers Meet

Issue:
1989 #4 August
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Clubs
Description:

The first meeting of Oregon state-wide S-scale modelers, to gauge interest in a state-wide meeting, and to consider organizing a joint NASG/NMRA convention. People brought models, and John Verser (of Pacific Rail Shops) brought the latest box car model. Includes several photos.

Reflections

Issue:
1987 #3 Summer
Page:
20
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Description:

Having left the East coast in 1964 to move to the West coast, the author's visit to the east has him noticing everything that once was is no more.

S Climbs The Alleghenies

Issue:
2005 #1 February
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Some information about what goes on at an NASG Convention, and detailed information about the upcoming 2005 one. Includes photos of nearby activities.

Short and Easy

Issue:
1998 #1 February
Page:
12
Category:
Scenery - Vehicles
Description:

How to make license plates for S-scale vehicles.

The Oregon S Scalers' Portable Layout

Issue:
1993 #6 December
Page:
6
Category:
Modules
Description:

The club's modules do not necessarily conform to the NASG's S-MOD standard, but the layout has been set-up a number of times in 1992. Includes several close-up photos.

The Reviewer's Workbench

Issue:
1990 #1 January
Page:
31
Category:
Product Review
Description:

Reviewed is the Omnicon PRR M1 4-8-2. A number of issues were found with the four review samples, which Omnicon owner, Charlie Sandersfeld offered to correct, but he had become seriously ill at the time.

The Tinplate Road

Issue:
1989 #3 June
Page:
16
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

A visit and tour of Ernie Horr's layout. Includes several photos, some of which are full-page.

Yard Wiring

Issue:
1987 #2 Spring
Page:
11
Category:
Electronics
Description:

This article covers how to wire your layout's single-ended or double-ended yard, including an automatic stopping section. Several diagrams are included to clarify the text.

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