NASG Dispatch Articles by Don Thompson

A Mack "Bulldog" Coal Delivery Truck in S Scale

Issue:
1986 #2 Spring
Page:
6
Category:
Automobiles
Description:

The author describes how to convert a Matchbox "Models of Yesteryear" series is No. Y3O, a 1920 Model AC Mack, to a local coal-delivery truck (made from 1916 through 1936). Includes scale diagrams and two model photos.

Car Identification Idea

Issue:
1990 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Operations
Description:

Using paint markers to mark the axles of cars using the resistors' marking bands scheme to help identify the owner of the car. Useful in large group settings and during operating settings.

Central Jersey S Scalers 8th Annual Fall Get-Together

Issue:
1989 #6 December
Page:
19
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The three-day show was held in November. The author covers all the activities during that time, with 60+ people attending. Includes a track plan of the modular layout's set-up at the show.

Detailing The American Models Twin Hopper

Issue:
1985 #2 Spring
Page:
8
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:

The American Models 1985 new hopper is based on a Unicast 55-ton outside-braced two-bay hopper. The author describes optional steps the modeler can take to make the model more detailed, covering grab irons, steps, couplers, brake details, cross-braces support, hopper door hardware, ladders, interior braces, glad hands, and painting the model.

Detailing The American Models Twin Hopper Part II

Issue:
1985 #3 Summer
Page:
8
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:

The drawings of the car shown in the previous Dispatch were too small to be of any use, so this issue devotes two full pages to those drawings.

MTH Purchases S-Helper Service

Issue:
2012 #3 June
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

Following the official press release, Don explains why the delay in making the announcement. The article also covers a bit of company history.

NASG Promotions

Issue:
1984 #4 Fall
Page:
12
Category:
Model Railroad Clubs
Description:

Efforts in the works by the NASG Promotions committee.

NASG Promotions 2007 National Train Show Report

Issue:
2007 #5 October
Page:
16
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author reports on the NASG booth's set up and S-scale layouts at the NMRA show. An additional report by Earl Carlsen reports about the same show from the Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers club's perspective.

NASG Trackwork and Wheel Standard

Issue:
1985 #4 Fall
Page:
4
Category:
Track
Description:

Information about the current NASG track standard. Includes a listing of track and brass models that comply with that standard.

Photo Tour of American Models

Issue:
1991 #1 February
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

A photo essay showing the American Models factory.

Port Huron & Northern Railroad

Issue:
1990 #6 December
Page:
14
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

A description, with track plan and several photos, of Dave Held's 34'x17' layout.

Promotions Committee Update

Issue:
1985 #1 Winter
Page:
11
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

A report on what the NASG's Promotions Committee has been working on.

Promotions Committee Update

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

Update on what the Committee has been up to.

Promotions Committee Update

Issue:
1985 #3 Summer
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Updates from the Committee.

Promotions Committee Update

Issue:
1985 #4 Fall
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The latest update of the Committee.

Reviewer's Workbench

Issue:
1989 #5 October
Page:
21
Category:
Product Review
Description:

Reviewed is the White 3000 series COE tractor truck with trailer by S DeSigns.

The 1988 AF Car Project

Issue:
1989 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
American Flyer
Description:

The author provides a behind-the-scenes look on how the NASG's A.F. Commemorative Car project was started, and working with Lionel to make it a reality.

The Sandy Creek and Pennsylvania R.R.

Issue:
1991 #4 August
Page:
15
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

The author describes a visit to Barry Mertz' S-scale layout. The brief article is accompanied by a good number of color photos.

Trade News And Views

Issue:
1986 #2 Spring
Page:
9
Category:
Track
Description:

Since there are now other magazines reporting on S-scale's new products, the author has decided to change his product-announcement column to one that reviews currently-available products, with this column covering S-scale track products.

Trade News And Views

Issue:
1986 #4 Fall
Page:
6
Category:
Track
Description:

The author reviews the current crop of S-scale turnouts that are available.

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