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A Rock Outcrop Made With Water Putty

A Rock Outcrop Made With Water Putty

I came across some photos recently on TrainBoard in the HO section and enjoyed these images so much I contacted the model builder, Michael Cawdrey of Brisbane, Australia, and asked if he’d write an article for us here at Ztrains. I was really taken with Michael’s groundwork but what I didn’t know at the time […]

March 19, 2013 0 Comments More
Where Is Marklin In 2013?

Where Is Marklin In 2013?

When many of us in this hobby think about small trains, Marklin and Z scale really are synonymous. In the past couple of years though, there were financial issues with Marklin including a 2009 insolvency filing in Göppingen, Germany. Companies (and countries) around the world had major financial issues after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, […]

March 9, 2013 0 Comments More
The WLE Track Plan

The WLE Track Plan

This material is a supplement to the Westphalian-Eisenbahn GmbH (WLE) article and track plan in the January | February 2013 issue of Ztrack Magazine. Recently I was talking with Rob Kluz of Ztrack Magazine about a railroad webcam in Germany featuring a crossing on the Westphalian-Eisenbahn GmbH (WLE) in Lippstadt, Germany. Rob decided to write […]

March 8, 2013 0 Comments More
2013 Z Scale Resolutions

2013 Z Scale Resolutions

With the New Year recently begun, many of us are now making good attempts at keeping our resolutions intact, always a tough thing to do a few weeks beyond the January 1 mark. I tried a new approach to my New Year resolutions for 2013 though; I began about 6 weeks early, in November 2012, […]

January 9, 2013 0 Comments More
Desktop Layout | Milwaukee Road 2

Desktop Layout | Milwaukee Road 2

This month we’re back to our scenes, starting with the Milwaukee Road desktop layout. In the last installment, we showed the basic foam shape covered in latex paste. It’s always a process to go from that very basic shape to fine tuning the carving of the scene with areas being reworked several times in some […]

December 14, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Turnout Build 2

Waterfront Project | Turnout Build 2

In the previous turnout article, we showed the very basics of attaching our turnout stock rails to the ties. In this article, we’ll take a look at our turnout in its near complete form and we’ll also point out a few mistakes we made so you can avoid making them too. This is less of […]

October 27, 2012 0 Comments More
Desktop Layout | Milwaukee Road 1

Desktop Layout | Milwaukee Road 1

Our first desktop layout is clearly a desert-themed operation so I wanted to go in a very different direction on this second layout. With the recent release of the AZL Milwaukee Road GP38-2, Rob Kluz over at Ztrack Magazine suggested I do a Milwaukee Road layout. Not a bad choice at all when you consider […]

October 24, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Turnout Build 1

Waterfront Project | Turnout Build 1

This weekend I began working on the turnouts for the Waterfront Project using the #8 Fast Tracks turnout fixture and Code 55 unweathered rail, a good match for Micro-Trains Line flex track. I had always referred to these Fast Tracks tools incorrectly as jigs. A quick definition of jigs vs. fixtures: a jig is a […]

October 22, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Fast Tracks Turnouts

Waterfront Project | Fast Tracks Turnouts

This week should be fun, as I’ll be building the turnouts for the Waterfront Project layout. I’ll be using what I feel is the best combination of Z scale track and turnouts, Micro-Trains flex track and Fast Tracks turnouts. Yes, the Fast Tracks turnouts do require a bit more work than an out-of-the-package turnout, but […]

October 15, 2012 0 Comments More
OnDrew Hartigan | Model Railroad Benchwork

OnDrew Hartigan | Model Railroad Benchwork

If you’re building a small switching layout or a full modular model railroad layout, it just makes sense to build it on a high quality foundation.

October 11, 2012 0 Comments More
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