NASG Dispatch Articles: Freight Cars - Flat Cars

A 4-truck Flatcar Conversion

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
25
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
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 Modern Lumber Flat Car - the Old Fashioned Way

Issue:
1994 #2 April
Page:
10
Author:
Ernie Horr
Description:

The author describes how he scratchbuilt a lumber flat car. Includes a parts list, a few photos, and scale drawings.

An Easy-to-build Flatcar

Issue:
1985 #1 Winter
Page:
10
Author:
James Soberman
Description:

This article describes how to scratchbuild a model of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad's flat car as it was built around the late 1890s.

Hirail TOFC

Issue:
1992 #2 April
Page:
14
Author:
Gary Ippolito
Description:

Modeling trailer-on-flat-cars with some O-scale Lionel parts, and Ertl or similar trailers. Includes several model photos.

Installing Sill Steps and Couplers on Rex Car Bodies

Issue:
1983 #1 Winter
Page:
6
Author:
Richard Lind
Description:

The author replaced the Rex sill steps on his flat cars and gondolas with those made by Grandt Line. The article also covers installing Kadee No. 5 couplers.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies

Issue:
1986 #1 Winter
Page:
8
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

How to convert an A.C. Gilbert American Flyer flat car into a "scale" model. Includes drawings showing how to modify the body, and includes a parts list.

Pacific Lumber Company Log Flats

Issue:
2014 #3 June
Page:
12
Authors:
Peter Vanvliet & Bob Hogan
Description:

A report on the first experience of 3D-printing a TPL flat car in S-scale. Includes prototype and model photos. Also provided is the parts list needed to complete the printed model.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2007 #1 February
Page:
18
Author:
David Heine
Description:

(note that the article's page number is "20", but should have been 18) The topic is the construction of the BTS-09013 kit for a West Side Lumber Co.'s 24' flat car. Includes two photos.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2007 #2 April
Page:
18
Author:
David Heine
Description:

(again, note that the article's page number is "20", but should have been 18) The author is getting ready to lay ties and rail on his home layout. The article covers what a rail height's code number mimics in the real world (as scaled down to S). Several test tracks are described to prepare for the formal track work.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2007 #3 June
Page:
18
Author:
David Heine
Description:

(again, note that the article's page number is "20", but should have been 18) The author is getting ready to lay ties and rail on his home layout. The article covers what a rail height's code number mimics in the real world (as scaled down to S). Several test tracks are described to prepare for the formal track work.

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