NASG Dispatch Articles by Edwin C. Kirstatter

A 4-truck Flatcar Conversion

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
25
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:

The author took an American Flyer depressed-center flat car and kitbashed it into a four-truck depressed-center flat car designed for carrying heavy loads. He describes how he built the special trucks for this project. For the load he is using a SouthWind Models Type A large transformer.

A Fire Hose House

Issue:
2015 #5 September
Page:
21
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:

A simple structure that holds the fire hose for keeping the wooden structures of an engine servicing facility safe. Model is based on the B&O design.

A Poultry Car as an S Model

Issue:
2017 #3 May
Page:
40
Category:
Freight Cars - Stock Cars
Description:

Author shares how he built the Lehigh Valley Models Palace Poultry Car kit #LVM45. Includes several final-model photos.

A Tale of Two Gondolas

Issue:
2010 #2 April
Page:
13
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Description:

Converting two O-27 gondolas to 46-foot, close-enough, S-scale gondolas, one for the Pennsylvania Railroad and one for the B&O. Includes a couple of paragraphs on how the author built two different pipe loads (with photos).

Adding Details to AM 40 Foot Boxcars

Issue:
2012 #3 June
Page:
29
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:

The author admits to not knowing what the prototype for the American Models' 40-foot box car is, but he does describe how he added some more details to the model to enhance its appearance. Several close-up photos are included.

Cheap Watches by Train

Issue:
2017 #5 September
Page:
42
Category:
Railroading Stories
Description:

In the 1880s you bought a good-quality watch at a train station!

Coal Dealer Down by the Tracks

Issue:
2017 #4 July
Page:
9
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:

The author describes how he scratchbuilt a scale for the local coal retailer. Includes photos and scale drawings.

Convert a Lionel Flat to S Scale

Issue:
2016 #4 July
Page:
24
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:

The author describes how he converted a Lionel O-scale UP 9020 yellow flat car to S-scale.

Converting a Flyer Gondola to Scale

Issue:
2013 #6 December
Page:
24
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Description:

One of the two types of gondolas designed by the USRA during WWI was modeled by the author using two damaged A.F. gondolas. Includes several model photos.

Detailing a Putt Trains Diesel Switcher

Issue:
2010 #1 February
Page:
16
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:

The author describes his building this small, unpowered industrial switcher, with a battery powering the LED headlights. It would be great in a train or as a scenic element.

Keep Them Doors Open

Issue:
2017 #3 May
Page:
19
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:

The author examines the prototype devices that keep roundhouse doors open while engines go in and out of the facility. Prototype and model photos are included, as well as some design diagrams.

Kitbash a 65ft Gondola

Issue:
2016 #5 September
Page:
28
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Description:

The author took two A.F. gondolas and modified them to build this one car. Includes construction, prototype, and final photos.

Lionel Gondola Conversion

Issue:
2013 #5 October
Page:
24
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Description:

The author converts a Lionel O-27 short gondola to one that is usable in S-scale. Includes detailed instructions to do the conversion, with several supplemental photos. Also includes prototype reference material.

Load It, Don't Trash It

Issue:
2014 #5 October
Page:
13
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:

Reusing parts of a medicine bottle as gondola loads.

Loads for "S" Scale Open Top Cars

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
10
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:

The author shows and describes loads for a flat car and a gondola.

Making an S Scale MOW Crane

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
20
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Description:

The author takes a Lionel American Flyer Maintenance-of-way crane and kit-bashes it into a very nice model.

Modeling a Heavy Flatcar Load

Issue:
2016 #6 November
Page:
7
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:

Inspired by a prototype photo, the author describes how he built the 100-ton load for a flat car. Includes model photos and design diagrams.

More Loads for S Scale Open Top Cars

Issue:
2010 #5 October
Page:
24
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:

A Rex flat car with a box and a GM engine as its load. A converted AF flat car with a large lumber load.

More Loads for S Scale Open Top Cars

Issue:
2011 #1 February
Page:
27
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Description:

Two photos, one of a Rex Engineering Lowside gondola loaded with a Building & Structure Co. wooden container kit. The other is an American Models flat car with a load of seven John Deere tractors.

Narrow Gauge Industrial Railroads

Issue:
2015 #3 May
Page:
22
Category:
Track
Description:

A small industrial switching area with a turntable can be easily built to hand-switch cars in an industrial complex. Includes two photos.

Short & Easy

Issue:
2013 #1 February
Page:
11
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:

This article describes how the author converted an HO-scale Bachmann starter set's bridge for S-scale use as a steel truss country road bridge.

Super Detailing a Covered Hopper

Issue:
2014 #6 November
Page:
19
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:

The author describes how he super-detailed an S-Helper Service PS-2 hopper. Includes photos of the finished model.

The Last Detail

Issue:
2016 #2 March
Page:
14
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:

How to add car tags to freight cars. A sample set of tags is provided on the page, as well as some photos of models.

Twin Quads?

Issue:
2009 #6 December
Page:
15
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:

The author describes how he detailed two American Models 4-bay offset-side hoppers, including removable loads. One was modeled after a B&O and another after a C&O hopper. Includes several photos of the completed models.

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