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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
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
Beginning In Z Scale 1:220

Beginning In Z Scale 1:220

The Marklin Company of Germany has been making model trains since the late 1800’s and in 1972 introduced their Z scale model trains to the world. At 1/220 (commonly written as 1:220) the size of real […]

June 10, 2011 0 Comments More
Santa Fe Diorama

Santa Fe Diorama

Our new desktop wallpaper is brought to you by Ztrack Magazine and features two very cool recent Santa Fe releases. We have a pair of Santa Fe Budd cars by AZL and these are traveling over the Micro-Trains Line through-girder, Santa Fe bridge. The scene is a recent diorama I completed here at Ztrains to […]

May 28, 2011 0 Comments More
Dave Frary | Blue Ribbon Models

Dave Frary | Blue Ribbon Models

If you’ve ever walked into a hobby shop and looked at the book rack or picked up a copy of Model Railroader, you’ve likely seen Dave Frary’s work. Dave has written the definitive guide to model railroad scenery in his book, How To Build Realistic Model Railroad Scenery, now in its 3rd revision. In addition […]

May 14, 2011 0 Comments More
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