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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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