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.

A Truck Painting Mask

Issue:
2018 #2 March
Page:
28
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
Description:

The author describes the mask he made so that he could paint the freight car wheels and not everything else.

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.

Freightcar Tack Board

Issue:
2018 #2 March
Page:
11
Author:
John Stein
Description:

Prototype information about tack boards. S-scale placards can be ordered from the Dispatch editor.

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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