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The BUG Photo Etch Bending Tool

The BUG Photo Etch Bending Tool

My Z scale tool arsenal is very basic, really about as fancy as I get is my resistance soldering unit. I now have a new favorite tool on my workbench… the “BUG” made by The Small Shop. Conceptually it’s a remarkably simple little device in that it allows you to make clean, precise bends in […]

November 30, 2011 4 Comments More
New Z Scale Forum?

New Z Scale Forum?

I’ve been in both a reflective as well as a looking-forward mood the past week or so regarding things that pertain to Z scale, the overall community and my own Ztrains.com. Earlier this year I moved my site to this new software platform and overall I think it’s has been a solid success. Bit of […]

November 17, 2011 16 Comments More
Good Economy For Z Scale?

Good Economy For Z Scale?

With the recent opening of our own Ztrains Store, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the business of Z scale is now doing in the current economy. While I don’t know the numbers of the larger Z scale players like AZL or MTL, in many ways I’d think the business of hobbies should do […]

November 10, 2011 5 Comments More
Occupy Z Scale (aka The Coffee Party)

Occupy Z Scale (aka The Coffee Party)

I like revolutions, not full blown let’s burn the thing to the ground revolutions, but smaller and more focused ones. Pretty much everyone in the US, and likely worldwide, has heard of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements. Without getting into the politics or the specifics of either group, what I find appealing […]

November 7, 2011 3 Comments More
Stress Free Z

Stress Free Z

Here at Ztrains we’ve recently; last night actually, reopened our own Ztrains Store. As with many things in model railroading, schedules and deadlines are sometimes more… flexible than we plan. Personally, I lean on the old chestnut: It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish that counts. Plans and schedules are great things to […]

November 3, 2011 2 Comments More
Stress Free Wallpaper

Stress Free Wallpaper

As I was writing this recent article on not getting stressed when working with the very things that should relax you, I thought a calming visual reminder would be a good idea. Here then is the latest Ztrains desktop wallpaper, Stress Free Z! Download the wallpaper of your choice below, these images will open in […]

November 3, 2011 2 Comments More

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