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Digital Command Control | DCC

Digital Command Control | DCC

What Is DCC? Digital Command Control (DCC) allows multiple model trains on the same section of track to operate independently of each other. Independent locomotive speed, direction and effects such as lighting are all possible through DCC. Developed by Lenz of Germany for Marklin in the 1980s, Lenz donated the technology to the National Model […]

April 20, 2012 8 Comments More
Coal Diorama | Final

Coal Diorama | Final

In this article we come to the end of the Coal Diorama build, it’s been a fun build and just a little challenging, fitting in enough track and scenery to keep things interesting in this compact size. On the coal tipple I was going to go with tar paper for the roof but I wanted […]

April 15, 2012 16 Comments More
Coal Diorama | Part 4

Coal Diorama | Part 4

We’re now in a pretty good position with our 2012 National Z Scale Convention, Coal Tipple diorama, there’s still work to do but at this stage this piece really starts to develop a feel. With the addition of talus and smaller rock, more soils and just a light weathering on the rock work; our scene […]

April 13, 2012 9 Comments More
Coal Diorama | Part 3

Coal Diorama | Part 3

This is one part of any scene build I’m not crazy about photographing, the bare bones scenery look, still I think it’s good to share a sense of how things look worse before they look better! I’ve laid my short track sections on cork subroadbed. I actually use a half-section of N scale cork and […]

April 10, 2012 0 Comments More
Coal Diorama | Part 2

Coal Diorama | Part 2

In this installment of the Coal Mine diorama, we’ll be modifying the coal chute just a bit to better fit our scene. We’ll also lay in a little expanding foam to begin forming our scenery. I’ve decided to leave the roof sections off for now as I’m still deciding on a roofing material (though I’m […]

April 5, 2012 0 Comments More

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