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2012 Z Scale Convention Diorama

2012 Z Scale Convention Diorama

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 […]

February 12, 2012 0 Comments More
My Z Scale New Year’s Resolutions

My Z Scale New Year’s Resolutions

Well it’s that time of year again, December 31, a great day to look back over the past year and look forward to the next. It’s also a time for many of us to make promises, deals and plans with and for ourselves. Many people find it easy to dismiss New Year’s resolutions as a […]

December 31, 2011 0 Comments More
Kronenberger Grant For Z Scale Promotions

Kronenberger Grant For Z Scale Promotions

In January of 2007, Z scale lost a friend and promoter, Bill Kronenberger. Bill was a consummate promoter of Z scale, actively attending shows, establishing the Z-Bend Track standards, educating Z scalers and sharing his passion. To honor Bill’s memory, we have created the ‘Kronenberger Grant For Z Scale Promotions’. The goal of this grant […]

December 28, 2011 0 Comments More
Bob Mitchell

Bob Mitchell

Many of our readers will recognize your name from your product builds and reviews in Ztrack Magazine, how about a little background information? Who exactly is Bob Mitchell? I’m freshly retired from 35 years as a High School photography and art teacher, a career I really loved, and have been a professional (albeit analog!) photographer. […]

December 16, 2011 0 Comments More
Steam Locomotives In Z Scale

Steam Locomotives In Z Scale

The Christmas season is always a popular time in model railroading. Whether you had the classic oval of track and steam locomotive under the tree, or if that image is just a nostalgic look back on what you wished you had… model trains and Christmas really do go together. Around this time of year, I’ll […]

December 10, 2011 0 Comments More
Start Small In Z Scale

Start Small In Z Scale

Whenever I talk to a potential new user interested in Z scale, I tend to be a bit conservative. One of the real benefits of Z scale is that in a relatively small space you can have operating yards, passing sidings, double mainlines, etc., great stuff. No question Z scale can excel at this, lots […]

December 4, 2011 0 Comments More
The BUG Photo Etch Bending Tool

The BUG Photo Etch Bending Tool

My Z scale tool arsenal is very basic, really about as fancy as I get is my resistance soldering unit. I now have a new favorite tool on my workbench… the “BUG” made by The Small Shop. Conceptually it’s a remarkably simple little device in that it allows you to make clean, precise bends in […]

November 30, 2011 0 Comments More
New Z Scale Forum?

New Z Scale Forum?

I’ve been in both a reflective as well as a looking-forward mood the past week or so regarding things that pertain to Z scale, the overall community and my own Ztrains.com. Earlier this year I moved my site to this new software platform and overall I think it’s has been a solid success. Bit of […]

November 17, 2011 0 Comments More
Good Economy For Z Scale?

Good Economy For Z Scale?

With the recent opening of our own Ztrains Store, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the business of Z scale is now doing in the current economy. While I don’t know the numbers of the larger Z scale players like AZL or MTL, in many ways I’d think the business of hobbies should do […]

November 10, 2011 0 Comments More
Occupy Z Scale (aka The Coffee Party)

Occupy Z Scale (aka The Coffee Party)

I like revolutions, not full blown let’s burn the thing to the ground revolutions, but smaller and more focused ones. Pretty much everyone in the US, and likely worldwide, has heard of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements. Without getting into the politics or the specifics of either group, what I find appealing […]

November 7, 2011 0 Comments More
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