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rvn2001 - Wed 10 Oct - 19:46

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rvn20012000/albums/72157672127480577 Here's a link to some photos I took at the train show last weekend of my new western layout.

stonysmith - Sun 7 Oct - 19:20

@ZOPTIONS - welcome!There's a good number of folks here who can help.One of the best resources it to come to chat at 9:00pm EDT almost any day

ZOPTIONS - Sun 7 Oct - 11:50

Greetings to all! Coming from Lionel O scale - "sizing down" if you will. Have a lot of trouble trying to determine the "best" products for constructing sidewalks AND structure bases? GM

rvn2001 - Thu 27 Sep - 11:16

You just need to sand the bottom of the plow a little.

jdo - Thu 27 Sep - 08:02

Is anyone having problems with the new MTL SD-40S plow hanging up on switches ETC.?

stonysmith - Wed 19 Sep - 09:56

Make sure you click on the image first so that you get the full size image. The image is properly 11105x450 and if printed at 300dpi will be the correct size.

mohican - Mon 17 Sep - 16:45

who creates the container freight pics? It would be nice if they were created using an adobe file instead of a jpg rendering. The details are too far blurred to make a decent model

mohican - Mon 17 Sep - 16:29

I'm thinking it should be more like 330 ohms which would make a direct short pass 2.7 milliamps and draw only 1/4 watt of power

mohican - Mon 17 Sep - 16:26

The Z Maker SW1200 kit says the he used a 33Kohm resistor in series with the motor but that would make the current passed through the resistor at .02 milliamps if the resistor were directly shorted

mohican - Mon 17 Sep - 16:20

does anyone know what value resistor is in the voltage reducer cable for rokuhan mini motors?

clubzscale - Wed 12 Sep - 20:36

Okay I’m back in... thanx Stony everything all better now. Log in reset successful.

rvn2001 - Mon 3 Sep - 21:19

Good to see you back, Bruce.

umchappy08 - Mon 3 Sep - 17:37

Been out of the ZCS for quite a while, but coming back. Been running Z though. Hope to get reconnected with you all. Enjoyed showing in NTS 2018.

DAZed - Mon 20 Aug - 01:33

Here are my NTS photos. NTS Photos

ejshelton - Sun 19 Aug - 13:01

I missed that....

rvn2001 - Sun 19 Aug - 12:59

You can see me walking behind Chad. I must have been working a wreck...

ejshelton - Sun 19 Aug - 12:39

I enjoyed the video......but one mystery. You're seat was empty.....I thought you never left that spot all three days......lol

circusbuilder - Sat 18 Aug - 13:09

Still alive. After nts 17 I was a little in the dumps. Nice to see 18 a better showing.

southernnscale - Fri 17 Aug - 20:38

Thanks for sharing the 2018NTS. I was watching model railroad 2018 video and they didn't show any of the Z scale. They even had Atlas there and not a word was said about the new flex track!

rvn2001 - Fri 17 Aug - 20:08

Here's a link to a video with our modules. Our modules appear at minute 25:12https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRASkyDmO3c

carlb - Fri 17 Aug - 19:45

Just responding to an email that I haven't logged in for awhile.I'm still interested in Z scale model trains, so just checking in to say, don't cancel my membership!

jim29t - Thu 16 Aug - 21:27

Thanks for the great pictures of the NTS

JR59 - Thu 16 Aug - 05:41

Greetings from Switzerland and yes I'm still alive!

zinzere - Thu 16 Aug - 00:49

Why does the site load so slowly? Discourages visiting the site more often.

soccrdad30 - Sun 12 Aug - 21:04

I will miss Johnathan very much too.

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My new AZL MILW Bay Window Caboose.

Is so awesome!! Not exactly prototypical, but Milwaukee Road none the less! So glad someone made this!!

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Milwuakee Road 40' Log Bunks

Here's a pic of the six, so far...

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Milwaukee Road in Z!

Hi all! I am attempting to model the Milwaukee Road in Western Wa during the early 70's. Lot's of Milwaukee to come!! My one problem was the Milwaukee road used old boxcars, cut down to flats, welded on uprights, and used them for log trains-no one makes those! So I did, using Micro-Trains flats and Stone Bridge Designs "Log Bunks". Looks good for me! I've made six so far, just need a trip to the paint shop!

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Turf Club

I am a bit timid about certain things, making changes to my layout among them.  I note that my previous blog entry said I painted the layout was in July and now in November I can finally say I have taken the next step.  

This past weekend, at GTE (Puyallup, WA), I brought my mountain layout, a bottle of Woodland Scenics turf powder, a bottle of white glue, and a spray bottle.  On Saturday, just as I was starting an inconsequential corner of the layout, Jacob, the son of the folks running a neighboring layout came over, asking what I was doing, and could he help (I felt like Tom Sawyer whitewashing the fence).  Once I showed him what I wanted to do, he was at it like a wild man.  In under 45 minutes, my "chocolate" mountain was replete with turf.  Jacob approached the task with a concentrated abandon.  The result was that we had to spend about half the time it took to add turf to clean up powder from the table, the floor, and spots on the layout that didn't get the prepatory glue.  The latter was actually an advantage, as it left some bare spots where the raw earth poked through the turf - just like the real thing.

Jacob going to town:

By the following day, the glue was dry enough that my Sounder commuter train was making a special Sunday run:

(Next task: asking Becky Thatcher to the dance!)

 

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