NASG Dispatch Articles by Steve Monson

A Different Perspective

Issue:
2018 #4 July
Page:
24
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

Using HO-scale structures in the background in deep corners can yield an effective forced-perspective.

Circus Advance Car

Issue:
2018 #5 September
Page:
24
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:

A review of the purpose of this special car, and how the author created an S-scale model of it.

Coupler Upgrade

Issue:
2017 #5 September
Page:
9
Category:
Couplers
Description:

The author shares a couple of examples of upgrading older S-scale models with Kadee couplers.

Easy to Build Turntable

Issue:
2017 #1 January
Page:
5
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:

After describing the history and fundamentals of prototype turntables, the author describes in step-by-step instructions how to build a turntable. Includes prototype photos, construction diagrams, construction photos, and a materials list. More photos can be found on page 33 of the PDF version of this issue.

Gear Replacement S Helper 2-8-0

Issue:
2017 #3 May
Page:
17
Category:
Locomotives - 2-8-0
Description:

The author describes how to replace a split/worn gear in this locomotive using a replacement part from NWSL. He also describes how to add weight to the tender, to keep if from derailing on curves that are a bit too tight for the model.

Ideas for Spectacular Bridges

Issue:
2018 #2 March
Page:
4
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

The author wants bridges, but didn't want to deal with grades. His layout is only 30" deep. He shares his ideas on how to model them effectively given those constraints. Includes construction photos, final photos, as well as prototype photos.

Installing DCC Sound

Issue:
2016 #3 May
Page:
12
Category:
Electronics
Description:

The author describes how he installed a Soundtraxx Econami DCC sound decoder into a Rex Suburban locomotive. Includes installation photos.

My Favorite Glues

Issue:
2019 #4 July
Page:
7
Category:
Tools
Description:

This is a primer on available glues and which to use where.

NASG Contest Winners

Issue:
1999 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Contest results, and a detailed description of the models, from the 1999 NASG Convention, including some photos.

New Motors for Old Locomotives

Issue:
2017 #2 March
Page:
13
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

The author examines the sources of noise in our steam locomotives, what we can do to improve their running abilities while keeping them quiet, and his conclusions after replacing and testing several motors. He used four different Rex steam locomotives for his tests.

Product Review: Corn Loads

Issue:
2019 #1 January
Page:
9
Category:
Product Review
Description:

The author reviews the corn load made by Lenny and Rita Leier (available via eBay).

Remote Control or Hands On?

Issue:
2017 #4 July
Page:
15
Category:
Electronics
Description:

The days of the large control panels are done. The author is building his layout with DCC and radio-frequency throttle.

Small American Flyer Play Layout

Issue:
2019 #2 March
Page:
24
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

The author describes a small (24"x54") layout he built using A.C. Gilbert AF parts. Includes photos and a track plan.

Taking the Locomotive for a Night on the Town

Issue:
2016 #5 September
Page:
8
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

The author describes a historical event that caused an NP steam locomotive to fall into the pit of a turntable. The author built a scene on his home layout to replicate the event.

The Lionel Train Game

Issue:
2017 #6 November
Page:
21
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

A fun board game produced by Lionel in 1988, but may be found online still.

The Wonderful American Flyer Sawmill

Issue:
2018 #6 November
Page:
8
Category:
American Flyer
Description:

The author describes his desire to own one of these since being a young boy, but he finally had a chance to buy one. He describes the workings of the accessory in this article, accompanied by several photos.

What Powers Our Locomotives?

Issue:
2019 #3 May
Page:
7
Category:
Electronics
Description:

A good explanation of how our locomotives have been powered from the 1950s (AC, DC) to now (DCC).

Wooden Truss Bridges Built the Right Way

Issue:
2018 #4 July
Page:
4
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:

The author describes how a Howe bridge gains its strength. He provides templates and a step-by-step guide to building such a bridge. Also included are construction photos.

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