NASG Dispatch Articles: Freight Cars

"Springing" The Pacific Rail Shops Bettendorf Trucks

Issue:
1990 #4 August
Page:
6
Author:
Jon Firpach
Description:

Improving the look and the performance of the PRS truck by removing the springs section and adding "real" springs. Includes photos.

A Quick Fix for SHS Trucks

Issue:
2015 #1 January
Page:
6
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Description:

The sideframes of early S-Helper Service freight car trucks tend to cant inwards, so this article describes two ways to fix that issue.

American Models AAR Freight Car Truck

Issue:
1983 #2 Spring
Page:
14
Author:
Dick Cataldi
Description:

A review of the standard North American truck used from the late 1930s on, which has self-aligning, spring-plankless, and double-truss plain bearings.

Civil War Rolling Stock

Issue:
2008 #1 February
Page:
15
Author:
Monte Heppe
Description:

The author describes how he converted some A.F. train sets' cars to be used for Civil War equipment. Includes several photos of completed models.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies Part 3

Issue:
1986 #4 Fall
Page:
12
Author:
Dick Karnes
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
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

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

NASG Convention Cars

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
30
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

A listing of the annual NASG Convention cars from 1985 through 2010.

Perma-Bilt Clinic Follow Up

Issue:
2003 #1 February
Page:
22
Author:
Bill Fraley
Description:

This is a follow-up article describing other modelers who have completed their Perma-Built freight car kits recently. Includes several photos of models

Short and Easy

Issue:
1991 #4 August
Page:
14
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

The idea is to decorate one side of a car for one railroad name or road number, and the other for another.

Short And Easy

Issue:
1994 #5 October
Page:
20
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

The page includes a scale weight guide. Place a car on it, and the scale will tell you what the model should weigh in S-scale to meet the NMRA/NASG standards.

Short And Easy

Issue:
1994 #6 December
Page:
31
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

Bill Lane contributes the idea of using music wire to reinforce the stirrups on Pacific Rail Shops' cars. Includes photos.

Short and Easy

Issue:
1996 #6 December
Page:
24
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

Some early S-Helper Service trucks' sideframes leaned out an angle. Bill Mark, Jr. presents his solution to resolve that.

Slim Gauge Observations

Issue:
2013 #1 February
Page:
16
Author:
David Heine
Description:

The author shares a good number of photos of models are older ones in his collection.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1999 #2 April
Page:
20
Author:
David Heine
Description:

How to build a reasonable selection of freight and passenger cars for narrow-gauge trains.

The Last Detail

Issue:
2016 #2 March
Page:
14
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
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.

The Long and Short of It

Issue:
2011 #1 February
Page:
19
Author:
Charles Bettinger
Description:

How to convert an ACF 3-bay covered hopper to a ACF 2-bay hopper.

Tips

Issue:
1993 #2 April
Page:
16
Author:
Gale Hall
Description:

Some ideas on changing things up a bit with freight cars, such as leaving off the journal box caps, leaving previous ownership paint schemes partially visible, odd gondola ends, hoppers freeze so a fire would be started next to them to defrost their load leading to interesting weathering,

Unique S Scale Freight Cars

Issue:
2014 #5 October
Page:
23
Author:
Bob Stelmach
Description:

Bachmann On30 flat cars, gondolas, and tank cars are a perfect fit for standard-gauge S-scale models. The author describes what he does to these to complete their conversion. Includes close-up and finished-model photos.

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