My Library - Magazine Articles By Edwin C. Kirstatter

A 4-truck Flatcar Conversion

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2014 #1 February
Page:
25
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Scale:
S
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 Boxcar Shanty on the Ground

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2018 #2 March
Page:
28
Category:
Structures - Trackside
Scale:
S
Description:
The author built this MOW building from a spare body made by Smoky Mountain Model Works. Includes a couple of photos.

A Converted Track Cleaner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2018 #4 July
Page:
12
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Scale:
S
Description:
The author builds a super-structure (a B&O U-2 Unloader) on top of a Centerline Products track cleaner, so that it can remain on the layout without being so obvious.

A Fire Hose House

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2015 #5 September
Page:
21
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
S
Description:
A simple structure that holds the fire hose for keeping the wooden structures of an engine servicing facility safe. Model is based on the B&O design.

A Mountainous Pike in S-scale

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2018 #1 January
Page:
15
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers Ed Sauers' B&O Mountaintop branch line layout that fits in his 17'x31' basement. The article covers the track's design (a plan is included), layout construction methods, and motive power. Includes photos of the layout and its owner.

A Poultry Car as an S Model

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2017 #3 May
Page:
40
Category:
Freight Cars - Stock Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
Author shares how he built the Lehigh Valley Models Palace Poultry Car kit #LVM45. Includes several final-model photos.

A Tale of Two Gondolas

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #2 April
Page:
13
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Scale:
S
Description:
Converting two O-27 gondolas to 46-foot, close-enough, S-scale gondolas, one for the Pennsylvania Railroad and one for the B&O. Includes a couple of paragraphs on how the author built two different pipe loads (with photos).

A Truck Painting Mask

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2018 #2 March
Page:
28
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the mask he made so that he could paint the freight car wheels and not everything else.

Adding Details to AM 40 Foot Boxcars

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2012 #3 June
Page:
29
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author admits to not knowing what the prototype for the American Models' 40-foot box car is, but he does describe how he added some more details to the model to enhance its appearance. Several close-up photos are included.

Build a Barber Shop

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2018 #3 May
Page:
11
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
S
Description:
The drawing and photo is of the barber shop in Fountain, Michigan. The author then describes how he built his in S-scale. Has one model photo, one prototype photo, scaled drawings, and scale colored signs. More photos are available on page 33 of the online PDF version of this magazine.

Building a Composite Gondola in S

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2018 #1 January
Page:
23
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Scale:
S
Description:
The author takes an A.C. Gilbert American Flyer flat car, and shows how to add parts to it to make it be a composite (steel frame, wooden sides/ends) gondola. Includes construction photos. The model uses 3D-printed parts.

Cheap Watches by Train

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2017 #5 September
Page:
42
Category:
Railroading Stories
Description:
In the 1880s you bought a good-quality watch at a train station!

Coal Dealer Down by the Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2017 #4 July
Page:
9
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a scale for the local coal retailer. Includes photos and scale drawings.

Convert a Lionel Flat to S Scale

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2016 #4 July
Page:
24
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he converted a Lionel O-scale UP 9020 yellow flat car to S-scale.

Converting a Flyer Gondola to Scale

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2013 #6 December
Page:
24
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Scale:
S
Description:
One of the two types of gondolas designed by the USRA during WWI was modeled by the author using two damaged A.F. gondolas. Includes several model photos.

Detailing a Putt Trains Diesel Switcher

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #1 February
Page:
16
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his building this small, unpowered industrial switcher, with a battery powering the LED headlights. It would be great in a train or as a scenic element.

Keep Them Doors Open

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2017 #3 May
Page:
19
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
S
Description:
The author examines the prototype devices that keep roundhouse doors open while engines go in and out of the facility. Prototype and model photos are included, as well as some design diagrams.

Kitbash a 65ft Gondola

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2016 #5 September
Page:
28
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Scale:
S
Description:
The author took two A.F. gondolas and modified them to build this one car. Includes construction, prototype, and final photos.

Lionel Gondola Conversion

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2013 #5 October
Page:
24
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Scale:
S
Description:
The author converts a Lionel O-27 short gondola to one that is usable in S-scale. Includes detailed instructions to do the conversion, with several supplemental photos. Also includes prototype reference material.

Load It, Don't Trash It

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2014 #5 October
Page:
13
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
S
Description:
Reusing parts of a medicine bottle as gondola loads.

Loads for "S" Scale Open Top Cars

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #3 June
Page:
10
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shows and describes loads for a flat car and a gondola.

Loads for S Scale Open Top Cars

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Fall
Page:
14
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers the following loads: Chooch Enterprises #7282 "120 Ton Steam Boiler Equipment", Lionel General Motors diesel-driven generator set, Ertl Farmall Super M tractors, Blue Mountain Hobbies coal loads, Steam Depot baled scrap load, and S-Helper Service trailers. Also covered are lumber loads made from ice cream sticks, and pipe loads from plastic drinking straws. Includes photo of all.

Make a Container Car

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2017 #6 November
Page:
7
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Scale:
S
Description:
Starting with an O-scale gondola, the author describes how he built one of these cars, accompanied by a handful of photos.

Making an S Scale MOW Crane

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2014 #2 April
Page:
20
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Scale:
S
Description:
The author takes a Lionel American Flyer Maintenance-of-way crane and kit-bashes it into a very nice model.

Modeling a Heavy Flatcar Load

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2016 #6 November
Page:
7
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
S
Description:
Inspired by a prototype photo, the author describes how he built the 100-ton load for a flat car. Includes model photos and design diagrams.

Modeling with the Masters

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1996-10
Page:
25
Category:
Painting & Weathering
Scale:
S
Description:
How to paint freight car trucks without getting the wheels wet, using a painting mask when using an airbrush.

More Loads for S Scale Open Top Cars

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #5 October
Page:
24
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
S
Description:
A Rex flat car with a box and a GM engine as its load. A converted AF flat car with a large lumber load.

More Loads for S Scale Open Top Cars

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2011 #1 February
Page:
27
Category:
Freight Car Loads
Scale:
S
Description:
Two photos, one of a Rex Engineering Lowside gondola loaded with a Building & Structure Co. wooden container kit. The other is an American Models flat car with a load of seven John Deere tractors.

Narrow Gauge Industrial Railroads

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2015 #3 May
Page:
22
Category:
Track
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
A small industrial switching area with a turntable can be easily built to hand-switch cars in an industrial complex. Includes two photos.

Short & Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2013 #1 February
Page:
11
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Scale:
S
Description:
This article describes how the author converted an HO-scale Bachmann starter set's bridge for S-scale use as a steel truss country road bridge.

Super Detailing a Covered Hopper

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2014 #6 November
Page:
19
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he super-detailed an S-Helper Service PS-2 hopper. Includes photos of the finished model.

Tankcar Fuel Facility for Ed Sauers' Layout

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2018 #1 January
Page:
18
Category:
Structures - Trackside
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he used an old A.C. Gilbert tank car body to build a freelanced, trackside re-fueling station.

The Last Detail

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2016 #2 March
Page:
14
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
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.

Twin Quads?

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #6 December
Page:
15
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Description:
The author describes how he detailed two American Models 4-bay offset-side hoppers, including removable loads. One was modeled after a B&O and another after a C&O hopper. Includes several photos of the completed models.