NASG Dispatch Articles: Electronics

An American Flyer Reverse Loop Made Easy!

Issue:
1993 #2 April
Page:
12
Author:
Bob Furtado
Description:

This article describes what it takes to make an automated reverse loop for an A.F. layout. Includes a parts list and diagrams.

Building a Hand-held Throttle

Issue:
1985 #3 Summer
Page:
14
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

Diagrams accompany this article about how to build this throttle that has been in use with members of the Central New Jersey S Scalers.

Building Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Issue:
2013 #3 June
Page:
18
Author:
Gerry Evans
Description:

The author provides a detailed guide for how to add exterior lighting to structures, to liven up the scenes.

Command Control in S

Issue:
1992 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

This is an in-depth article describing what command control is, which the major systems are on the market at the time of the writing, how these systems works, and how to wire them to your layout.

DC on a Shoe-string

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
12
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

The author describes how he used a diode to have a DC locomotive run on half-wave AC output from a Lionel transformer. The article also covers full-wave (bridge rectifier) usage with AF steam locomotives, and converting AC AF locomotives to DC.

Engine Terminal Wiring

Issue:
1987 #4 Fall
Page:
12
Author:
Dick Karnes
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 to Make a Portable Control Assembly Using a Kurtz-Kraft TH-2A Throttle

Issue:
1995 #1 February
Page:
23
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

How to install these throttles to operate A.F. AC equipment with DC throttles and track.

Installing "Onboard" Command Control in S-scale Locomotives

Issue:
1990 #3 June
Page:
12
Author:
John H. Long, Jr.
Description:

The author describes how he was able to install the Onboard system by Keller into an AF PA-1 and a Rex Mogul. Includes diagrams and an installation photo.

Installing Onboard Command Control in S Gauge Part III

Issue:
1991 #4 August
Page:
6
Author:
John Long
Description:

The author describes how he installed command control into an American Model FP7.

Installing Onboard Command Control in S Gauge Part VI

Issue:
1994 #5 October
Page:
30
Author:
John Long
Description:

This installment covers installing the Keller Engineering system into an American Models GP, which proved to be difficult due to the lack of interior space.

Installing Onboard Command Control in S Gauge Part VII

Issue:
1995 #1 February
Page:
8
Author:
John Long
Description:

This installment covers how to provide flicker-free lighting. Several engine installations are covered in the article.

Installing Onboard Command Control in S Gauge Part VIII

Issue:
1995 #2 April
Page:
17
Author:
John Long
Description:

More about the flicker-free circuitry introduced in the previous issue, specifically covering the Rex engines.

Installing Onboard Command Control in S Scale Part IV, V

Issue:
1992 #2 April
Page:
10
Author:
John Long
Description:

The article starts off with a preface by the editor Bob Jackson, correcting a number of mistakes in his previous introductory article on command control in the February 1992 issue. The series continues with a description of install the Onboard system in Omnicon F7 A and B units, and in an American Model GP9.

More Command Control

Issue:
1992 #4 August
Page:
6
Authors:
Bob Jackson & John Long
Description:

Continuing with the series of how command-control can be implemented in S-scale, the authors cover the ability to plug in the controller at various points along the layout and how to wire that with the Keller Engineering Onboard system, and how to wire the layout for the system.

More Lore...

Issue:
1993 #1 February
Page:
12
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:

The author describes how he takes audio speakers, dresses them up as buildings, and places them around his layout.

Operating American Flyer On Direct Current

Issue:
1992 #4 August
Page:
10
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

The author describes that A.C. Gilbert A.F. locomotives can run on DC track power just fine, and that using walk-around throttles is a good alternative to increasing the power of your power pack.

S Gauge One Evening Project

Issue:
2009 #2 April
Page:
30
Author:
Herb King
Description:

This half-page drawing-with-notes shows how to add a mars light to a passenger car.

S Lore

Issue:
1993 #5 October
Page:
20
Author:
Monte Heppe
Description:

The author shares his method for automatic control for American Flyer reverse loops.

Short & Easy

Issue:
1988 #4 October
Page:
30
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

The author describes his light-duty home-made resistance soldering tool.

Yard Wiring

Issue:
1987 #2 Spring
Page:
11
Author:
Dick Karnes
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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