Hard to believe it’s already been 2 years since the last National Z Scale Convention in Medford, Oregon but here it comes again! This time the convention will be held in Denver, Colorado, May 4 and 5th, 2012. For the Medford convention in 2010, Micro-Trains asked if I would build a diorama as a special raffle prize to be given away at the dinner banquet. I was flattered they’d ask and I accepted!
MTL liked the results of that effort as they’ve asked me to build another diorama for the upcoming convention dinner banquet raffle, this time featuring their Coal Mine Tipple kit as the centerpiece and theme for this new diorama.
I just received the kit, it looks terrific and it’s a great tie in with the Colorado locale. According to Wikipedia, Coal mining in Colorado dates back to 1859 when a pair of men began mining a coal deposit between the gold rush settlements of Denver and Boulder. Today Colorado is the seventh largest coal-producing state in the country.
I’ll be showing the progress of this kit as I build it and its eventual home on our new diorama. I’ve got a few ideas for the scene but I’ll wait until the kit is built and finished before I begin the scenery. If you’re going to be attending the convention, you might get to take our new diorama home with you! To learn more about the convention, please visit the convention website for all your information: www.nzsc.org.
Since the last convention we’ve begun our new retail site, www.jcubbin.com, and this will be the first MTL project built from our new store.