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Black Poly Fiber

Black Poly Fiber

I liked the way the new diorama was coming along, highlighted by the Fast Tracks #8 turnout and supported with an array of soils and multiple static grass colors applied. Since I’m not using any rock castings on this scene I wanted to add something else, maybe some bushes or general scrub around the tracks […]

August 21, 2011 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Part 6

Waterfront Project | Part 6

In the last Waterfront Project article we built the Micro-Trains Line Fish Market Kit, for the most part we added just a little bit of age and weathering to that kit so let’s ramp it up just a bit this time out with the Boat Repair Shop Kit (MTL Part 799 90 939). I wanted […]

August 21, 2011 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Part 5

Waterfront Project | Part 5

We continue along with the Waterfront Project by presenting the buildings we’ll be using on our Florida themed layout. Here we have our build of the Micro-Trains Line Fish Market Kit (MTL Part 799 90 937). I had thought about doing just a bit of kitbashing with these buildings but decided against this for a […]

August 13, 2011 0 Comments More
A Quick Diorama

A Quick Diorama

I don’t know why I always do this, I begin what I think will be a quick little project and before I know it, it’s not! This time out I wanted to build a very simple and fairly generic scene on which I would shoot some photos of the Z-Panzer K5 rail gun for an […]

August 9, 2011 0 Comments More
RSLaser Kits

RSLaser Kits

Over the past few years we’ve seen the rise of desktop, midsized and large format laser cutters making their way into the hands of Z scale kit designers. Machines that once would have been completely out of reach for the small business owner are now being used to create the modestly priced kits most of […]

August 8, 2011 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Part 4

Waterfront Project | Part 4

After writing Part 3 of this article series I was feeling pretty good about the Waterfront Project layout, I’d read through the Lance Mindheim book a couple of times and made some casual notes, I thought I had taken the advice in the book to heart… what could go wrong? Old habits. I made a […]

July 20, 2011 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Part 3

Waterfront Project | Part 3

I have to admit this Waterfront Project layout has given me more pause than any previous desktop layout or diorama I’ve built. I thought it would be a relatively quick matter of firing up the track planning software and laying out a visually interesting track pattern, then building up the structures and scenery around the […]

July 8, 2011 0 Comments More
Point-And-Shoot Finale

Point-And-Shoot Finale

When last we wrote of our camera for Z scale saga I had just purchased a used Nikon 8800 bridge camera and was waiting on its arrival. The Nikon 8800 was built to be a bit more than a standard point-and-shoot but short of a DSLR, a bridge between the two. The 8800 arrived and […]

July 3, 2011 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Part 2

Waterfront Project | Part 2

After what may have been a bit of overthinking things (I do that occasionally) I’ve decided to make the Waterfront Project a shelf layout with switching capabilities and of course with an emphasis on the scenery. I’ve decided on a size of 48” long by 12” deep, a good size for a Z scale shelf […]

June 28, 2011 0 Comments More
Z-Panzer Eyeing North America?

Z-Panzer Eyeing North America?

I received an email earlier today from Andy Hart of Z-Panzer, a company based in England producing WWII military models in Z scale. I own several of Z-Panzer’s models including their BP42, Panzerzug armored train set; it’s an amazing thing to see on the desk in front of me. I also have Andy’s recent model […]

June 20, 2011 0 Comments More
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