This page highlights changes made to this web site. Click on the "View the Page" link to the left of the announcement to view the affected web page.
Fred Schlegel shares more photos of his current layout.
Bob Werre scanned in a number of Train Stuff instruction sheets and with Don Thompson's blessing, we have posted them on this site.
Randy Griggs provided text and photos of two kitbashes he did to build S-scale trucks that he wanted to have.
The menu of the "S Product Gallery" button has been revised. It now provides menu options that take you directly to different product categories. Where applicable, you will be able to view standard-gauge products, the various narrow-gauge products, as well as A.C. Gilbert American Flyer products, all logically grouped together. As part of this revision, the narrow-gauge reports have been significantly expanded. All areas now have a somewhat similar look-n-feel to them.
Dispatch editor Bill Pyper has made some updates to the guidelines for Dispatch authors document.
The "Featured Video" section has been removed as being one of the main buttons, and it is now a menu item on the "Extra Board" button.
The two Product Galleries were embedded in the "Scale Modeling" button's menu and the "American Flyer" button's menu, respectively. However, they are such a dominant part of the NASG web site, that they really need to have their own dedicated button. (see November 11, 2018 entry above for the subsequent changes made)
The public version of the November/December 2017 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the November/December 2018 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section. There are no extra pages in this issue.
Some of the vehicle listings in the Product Gallery section of this web site are starting to number into the hundreds for the model manufacturers' reports. A page showing hundreds of models becomes unwieldy, so that report has been changed to add a third level that lists the models by their prototype manufacturer, before showing all those models on a single page. So, to sum up, the "Automobiles by Model Manufacturer" report now lists all the model manufacturers on a page, then when you click on an entry, it will list all the prototype manufacturers for which that company has made models, and, finally, when you click on one of those entries, it will show the final page listing all the models in prototype-data sorted order.
A video of the layouts at the 2018 NASG Convention.
Jace Kahn acquired the original Miller Engineering kit, and scanned the instruction sheets to share on the NASG web site. The 1950s kit was quite ingenious with its unique powered-truck system.
All of the publicly-available Dispatch issues have been indexed and documented. As newer issues become available to the public, their articles will continue to be documented.
The public version of the September/October 2017 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the September/October 2018 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.
The web site statistics have been updated (a "Members Only" feature). I normally don't report this on this page, since it is updated in the first couple of days of every month. However, with the new "secure" version of the NASG web site (https://...), the web server tracks the hits separately for the non-secure and secure version. The software used to generate the monthly report's data was only looking at the non-secure version. The reports for 2018 have been adjusted to now account for both versions.
The listing of who won which award at the 2018 NASG Convention last week has been updated.
As webmaster, I added this new page to say a big "THANK YOU" to those whom have contributed to this web site's content over the years.
The S Resources section of the web site has been reworked. The button's menu has a couple of new entries. The pages no longer show the screen capture thumbnails, and the formatting has been simplified. More details are provided with each listing, but the overall look is a bit cleaner. The top of each page has a quick-jump listing to take you to a section within the page if you are looking for a particular company. Hopefully, this will make things easier to find.
Since elections are held every other year, having a dedicated page that describes the process is worth it. That page will be updated any time something election-related is reported. The page is accessed via the "NASG" button's menu and clicking on the "Elections" option. Please submit your nomination to run by November 30, 2018 for the upcoming election.
Mike Swederska recently created this track-side view of his layout.
Photos of models that Jim recently had 3D-printed.
The public version of the July/August 2017 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the July/August 2018 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.
We don't handle any credit card or other financial data on this web site. When you purchase something through this web site (membership renewal or hard goods), the information about what you want is added to the shopping cart. When you decide to buy the items, your shopping cart data is copied to PayPal, which is where you complete your financial transactions. PayPal is responsible for keeping your financial data secure (part of the reason why I, as webmaster, have to pay a monthly fee for PayPal's services).
So, does the NASG's web site need to be secure? Not explicitly, but nonetheless there are two reasons for why you might want to browse the NASG web site with encryption active:
1. When you log into the Members Only section of the web site, your personal information can be retrieved and shown on the site.
2. On a secure web site, no one can see what you are doing, or what you are typing into the web site's forms.
So, we strongly recommend that, even while just routinely browsing, that you use the secure version of the NASG web site. You can do so by using this address:
Note the "s". With the letter s, you are visiting the secure version; without it, you are visiting the non-secure version. With the secure version, no one can monitor what you are doing on this web site, or what data you are entering.
You may want to update any links you maintain to the site, such as in your web browser's bookmarks or favorites.
The list of the 2019 train shows where the NASG's booth will be present, has been posted on the web site. If you live in the area of any of these shows, please consider volunteering to help with the booth. We need local help to make the booths a reality.
The NASG offers free publications to S-scale clubs. The listing of the available publications has been updated.
Ken had Shapeways print a speeder and Alco C420 body parts. He shares the photos of what he received.
We have new photos of the 2017 and 2018 cars (to replace the default Lionel line-drawings we had before). Check out the "Store" button's "A.F. Commemorative Cars" menu option to see the cars that the NASG still has for sale. Please help us move these cars to a good home. They would be so much happier running on your layout than sitting on a shelf or in a box in the store! :-)
Carl McAbee contributes photos of more of his vehicular constructions.
The public version of the May/June 2017 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the May/June 2018 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.
The "S-scale Pioneers" page has been renamed to "S-scale Hall of Fame". The concept is still the same; identifying those key people who have kept S-scale modeling alive over the past 60+ years. Based on several recommendations, the page has been expanded to include more people (and, you no longer have to be dead to be listed!!!).
The NASG button's menu on the left has been updated. Existing menu options have been re-arranged to better group related ones together, separating the groups with a line. The word "NASG" has been removed from some of the menu options, because all topics on this menu are directly related to the NASG organization itself. The "Leadership History" menu option has been added. That page has been there all along, but it was only accessible from the bottom of the "About the NASG" page. Finally, a new page has been added called "Special Projects" on the menu. This page covers the various NASG-sponsored special projects over the years. That page is still a work-in-progress.
The links to various catalogs were reviewed and updated, as well as prices. Many more A.F. books were added to the page as well.
A new page has been added to the web site, which will (hopefully over time) feature several kitbashed vehicle photos. To start us off, Carl McAbee provides a kitbashed dump truck.
American Models recently rolled out a completely-redesigned web site. This broke all the links the NASG web site had to their site. These have now been updated in the Product Gallery. In the process, American Models has added more photos of their products that were previously not listed, so they were updated in the Product Gallery as well. Of note is the fact that some of their previously-listed products are now no longer on their new site, such as the 4-6-2 and the SD60 locomotives. Maybe they will add them in the future, or maybe those products have been sold out and are permanently retired.
Added topics related to Overland Models specific models.
The public version of the March/April 2017 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the March/April 2018 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.
Ted Hamler shares his collection of original A.C. Gilbert press photo proofs for some pages of several catalogs.
The public version of the January/February 2017 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the January/February 2018 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.
Bill Lane provides the owner's manual for this car, just in case you bought one second-hand and the insert is missing. It describes how to adjust the car to be able to handle tight curves on your layout.
Dutchman Fred van der Lubbe has recently contributed a number of photos of European S-scale products that were contemporaries to A.C. Gilbert's American Flyer. As webmaster, I put those into the A.F. Product Gallery. However, upon further review, and considering that the information related to those items is likely not to change too often, I have decided to make it into a dedicated article, accessible via the American Flyer button's "Mini Articles" menu option. The article shows what kinds of products were being produced in Europe in the 1950s that were compatible with A.F. track.
The Hartoy AHL product line uses a manufacturer ID numbering system that Carl McAbee explains in this article.
On the Extra Board button you will find the "Modeling Notes" menu option. One of its topics is called "Product Notes", where information about specific models is shared. Up until now that has been one page because we didn't have that much content. However, over time, the content has grown, to where it now warranted better organizing of the information into separate pages. Some of the pages now also have additional content, and new pages were added.
The history of S-scale was part of the main about-the-NASG page, but it has now been made its own separate page. This page is directly accessible via the NASG button on the left, and then click on its new "S-scale's History" menu option.
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