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Waterfront Project | Build 1

Waterfront Project | Build 1

It’s been a couple of months since the last Waterfront Project update so I thought it best to get a clean start as the actual layout construction begins. Since we have the buildings built, the best place to start was to get a general feel for where these kits would sit on the base. Though […]

June 13, 2012 0 Comments More
Collecting In Z Scale

Collecting In Z Scale

I’ve never been much of a Z scale collector myself, I simply tend to buy and keep what I like. I was wondering recently if the wave of good quality trains available from AZL and MTL haven’t put a dent into the Z scale collector market? This is a purely unscientific observation on my part […]

June 10, 2012 0 Comments More
Locos We Need In Z Scale

Locos We Need In Z Scale

The 2012 National Z Scale Convention wrapped up last weekend in Denver, Colorado, and I think lots of folks are now wondering… when do we get some of the Z scale goodies that were announced? Without going over every new product that the major manufacturers showed off or spoke about, I have to admit there […]

May 13, 2012 0 Comments More
Pelle K. Soeeborg

Pelle K. Soeeborg

When you’re involved in model railroading for awhile there are a handful of notable names you’ll come across time and time again, people whose modeling work stands out from the rest. Pelle K. Soeeborg is definitely one of these names. When I began looking at model railroad scenery set in the US Southwest, I’d come […]

May 4, 2012 0 Comments More
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 0 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 0 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 0 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
Coal Diorama | Part 1

Coal Diorama | Part 1

We have the new Micro-Trains Line Coal Mine Tipple kit (MTL Part 799 90 955) in hand, ready to build the diorama for the upcoming 2012 National Z Scale Convention in Denver, Co. I have to admit I was really torn on how to build this kit regarding the wall siding. I often like to […]

March 26, 2012 0 Comments More
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