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Rokuhan Comes To Z Scale

Rokuhan Comes To Z Scale

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the new company in Z scale, Rokuhan of Japan. The talk has been centered around their new track system. Visually this system has the basic look of Micro-Trains Micro-Track and KATO Unitrack but with a much wider tie spacing, reminiscent of the Marklin tie spacing. A major […]

March 8, 2011 0 Comments More
Welcome To The Workshop

Welcome To The Workshop

Since opening our online store, JCubbin.com, we’ve been taking on some larger scale work and I thought it would be interesting to share some of our ongoing projects and builds. Many of these projects, upon completion, will be available for purchase on JCubbin.com. I’ll have a chance to design and cast new original pieces, look […]

March 5, 2011 0 Comments More
My Point-And-Shoot Education

My Point-And-Shoot Education

After my last article on cameras for Z scale I find I’m still on the hunt for a good, inexpensive point-and-shoot (P&S) digital camera to do most of our photo work here at Ztrains.com. Previously I had purchased a $200 Canon P&S that I found myself unhappy with, too much noise in moderate to low […]

February 19, 2011 0 Comments More
Micro-Trains Line Reissues The F7

Micro-Trains Line Reissues The F7

Micro-Trains Line is reissuing their popular F7 diesel locomotive, both the A and B units. We got in touch this morning with Ben Thielemann, Marketing Director at Micro-Trains, to ask a couple of quick questions on the reissued F7s. On some of the Z scale user forums, we’ve heard that the MTL F7 locomotive is […]

February 17, 2011 0 Comments More
The 5″ x 8″ Lined Notepad

The 5″ x 8″ Lined Notepad

I’ve occasionally written about how important it is to be organized in Z scale, to set realistic (but ambitious) goals and to track your progress as you work towards those goals. Good advice that I need right now at Ztrains.com, more so now than ever before. I have a small wheelbarrow full of articles that […]

February 13, 2011 0 Comments More
The Grassinator™

The Grassinator™

UPDATE | January 2019: We now have the Grassinator™ available for sale through Ztrack websites and through AZL and Rokuhan dealers. The Ztrains Grassinator™ is the handheld static grass applicator that can add upright static grass to your layout and add an amazing amount of realism quickly and easily. The Grassinator™ was originally built and sold […]

February 12, 2011 More
Choosing A Camera For Z Scale

Choosing A Camera For Z Scale

I was supposed to start photographing new pieces for the site this week and had prepared by buying a shiny, new 14 megapixel camera. Very exciting. It was when I began taking some test shots that I realized things looked a bit… off. In the macro shots I was seeing way too much grain for […]

February 10, 2011 0 Comments More
AZL Budd RDC-1 Cars

AZL Budd RDC-1 Cars

I always get excited when a new piece of motive power is released in Z scale, it’s a great indicator of where 1:220 is headed. Today AZL released their new Budd RDC-1 Car in 4 roadnames: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF), Western Pacific (WP), Canadian Pacific (CP) and Southern Pacific (SP). Highlights of this […]

February 4, 2011 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | New Series

Waterfront Project | New Series

Beginning in April 2011 and running for 4 consecutive months (April, May, June and July), we’ll be presenting a project layout series based on the Micro-Trains Line Waterfront laser kits. In this series we’ll go from basic conceptual sketches and track plan ideas through the building of our layout base, adding land and water features […]

February 3, 2011 0 Comments More
First Impressions Count

First Impressions Count

In the past couple of months I’ve been involved in the reworking of two popular Z scale websites: my own Ztrains.com as well as Ztrack Resale for Rob Kluz over at Ztrack Magazine. While these are both commercial Z scale ventures, there’s more than just business behind these website redesigns. Both Rob and I are […]

January 30, 2011 0 Comments More
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