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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.

Pete Nolan - Sun 12 Aug - 19:08

Indeed, sad! I will miss him.

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Logging Camp Car Kit #3 Build

Micro-Trains Line Logging Camp Cars #3 Build

 

I built the Micro-Trains Line Dormitory Camp Cars Kit #2, now I am going to document the build for the camp cars kit #3.  The cars are both about 32’ long but from coupler-to-coupler they are about 40’ long.  Again, remember I am not a professional and I may deviate from the original instructions, or even worse… make mistake(s).

 

After opening the package, I laid out the pieces to check them over.  I am not building the kits as logging cars, they are going to be added to my train of D&RGW MOW cars.  So my first step is to use my Prismacolor pens to paint the outset sides.  I used French Grey 20% broad end to color the pieces.  I am not worried about uniform painting, these will be MOW cars.

 

 

Now, the kit assembly.  The 3-piece chassis assembly is very simple since they are “peel-and-stick”.  I have both chassis assembled, but this time I attached the wheels and trucks.  I found it easier to attach the trucks at this stage since the chassis is flat and I can use the small screwdriver to apply pressure to the bolster pin.  In my build of MTL’s Dormitory Camp Cars, I attached the trucks last which took some delicacy so I did not damage the assembled car.  And my preference in using Tacky Glue, but any wood glue will work.  And to apply the glue I use a toothpick or the safety pin, sometimes it is easier to hold the safety pin.

 

 

The MOW cars are really developing their own unique personality.  If you notice the door frames, window frames, clerestory’s, and windows, are installed BEFORE attaching them to the chassis.  In my previous logging car build, it was cumbersome to me to attach the window frames and windows after the sides were previously attached to the chassis.  The progress of this page completes Page #1 and Page #3 instructions.  This also partially completes Page #2 instructions.

 

  

The next photo displays the completed Page #2 instructions. The trim strips have been applied covering the center/end support tabs.  Use tweezers to lightly place the piece onto the area of coverage, then used a toothpick to set the piece.

 

The cars are really developing.  There is an extra window frame, window, and strips for a future use.  I keep everything that is left over.

 

 

I attached the roof upside down (wood up).  I plan to use Elmer’s Washable White glue to attach the roof paper.  Some roof pieces fit in a specific manner, so be aware of that.  This photo completes the instructions for Page #4.  I took the Prismacolor pen to “color in” any bare spots around the windows and trim pieces.

 

 

The roof tarp is attached and the stacks are set.  This photo shows the completed instructions for Page #4 and Page #5.  The last item(s) to attach are the couplers.  These car kits are very nice.  Normally one could spend a few nights assembling the cars.  I am sure there are some speed demons out there that could easily build the cars in a day.

 

 

The stacks have been painted with Polly Scale Tarnished Black.  I started to use some chalks on the roofing.  I used a few shades of gray, black, brown, and some reddish brown around the stacks.  I applied my custom D&RGW MOW decals.  Now I have two more unique MOW cars for my train project.  I plan to weather the cars more with chalks, then seal with Testor’s Dullcoat.

 

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Dormitory Camp Cars Build

Micro-Trains Line Dormitory Camp Cars #2 Build

 

I enjoy building laser kits, but have never attempted to document a build.  This is my first try at documenting a laser-kit build.  But first, remember I am not a professional and I may deviate from the original instructions, even worse… make mistake(s).

 

After opening the package, I laid out the pieces.  I am not building the kits as logging cars, but plan to decorate them as MOW cars.  So my first step is to use my Prismacolor pens to paint the outset sides.  I have French Grey 20% and Cool Grey 50% color pens, the percentages represent the darkness (opaqueness) of the color.  I used the broad end of the French Grey 20% to paint a base color.  I am not worried about uniform painting, this is a MOW car.



Now we get to business with assembly.  The 3-piece chassis assembly is simple since they are “peel-and-stick”.  I have one chassis assembled and the other with three braces and a wall glued to it.  My preference is using Tacky Glue, but any wood glue will work.  And to apply the glue I use a toothpick or the safety pin, sometimes it is easier to hold the safety pin.  The emery board is used to clean excess from the parts and any dried glue from the toothpick/safety pin.



You can see the cars are taking shape, and you can see how the MOW cars are developing their own unique personality.  The sides are glued to the chassis and this completes Page #1 instructions.  This also completes assembly of the large pieces.



This next photo displays the completed instructions Page #2 and Page #3.  This part is the time consuming portion of the build.  Applying the “peel-and-stick” windows, door trim, and side strips took some time.  Using tweezers, I tried to lightly place the piece onto the area of coverage, then used the toothpick to set the piece.  One comment about the “peel-and-stick” is once it is on, it is firmly on.

 Note: If I every build another logging car kit, I will assemble the window frames, windows, and door strips first before assembling the sides.  It would have been easier to apply the window frames, windows, and the door strips before the wall is glued to the chassis.

 

Now you can see the cars really developing.  Oh, and there is an extra window frame, window, and strips for a future kit bash.



Now comes the car roofing.  Original instructions stated to glue the roof parts on to the frame.  Knowing that “I” have a problem with lining up pre-glued pieces with “area coverage”, I took a different assembly route.  I used the pre-glued roof side and applied that to the car frame, which I did not have to wait for it to dry or set.  Some of the roof pieces fit in a specific manner, so be aware of that.  This step also completes the instructions for Page #4.



Here you can see the kit pieces are missing from their original locations.  The MOW cars are definitely looking good.  Ok.  To glue the roofing tarp on, I used Elmer’s “Washable School Glue”.  Elmer’s produces several formulas of their white glue, and this type is thin and very manageable, it gives me extra time to align roofing pieces.  The stacks are in and this completes not only Page #5 instructions but the complete instruction pamphlet.



The stacks have been painted with Polly Scale Tarnished Black.  I started to use some chalks on the roofing.  I believe I used a few shades of gray, black, brown, and red around the stacks.  I applied my custom decals, and it looks my D&RGW MOW train project is turning out fantastic.  Once the decals are dried I will weather the cars more with chalks, then seal with some Dullcoat.



These car kits have been out for some time, it has not been until recently that I picked up a few, and set some time aside to build them.  I can see many different variations to building/decorating these cars.  Once I get the final finish, I will post those photos.

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Chasing tail

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Uncle Sugar gave me a bit a change, so as soon as I could, I got in touch with my favorite dealer.  Picked up another B unit for the CB&Q (this one had all the stripes it was supposed to on it) and I got 2 PENNZEE reefers that were sitting on the virtual shelf for a while. This puts my total reefers at 6, even though the numbers are starting to repeat.

I got the Pennsy shell in the mail, a trade for a CB&Q A unit shell. When that comes in, oh boy oh boy. Next step will be trying to erase the tiny, tiny, art deco "A", and try to find an art deco "C" to take its place.
Hopefully, my new job will pan out and I will make enough scratch to send them off to get DCC'd.

For now, I am now running my A & B unit and reefers round and round my oval, chasing the tail.

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Lighting the speeder

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So there I was..had my speeder all painted and glass in the window and everything dull coated and figure inside and..hunky-dory.
I went to LHS becasue they called and said my LED was there. The guys who sent it did not charge store so the store said, OK its free..COOL!
So I was comapring it to the LED I got from Conrad and ..HOLY SMOKES..The one fron Conrad was like 1.6 mm ..the one I got for free was as TINY..IF the LEDS were trains it would be like Z compared to O scale..
So ..there I was..drilled a tiny hole and mounted the LED to the back of the windscreen and ran the wires down throw holes I drilled.
I hooked up the battery and..
CRIPES the whole thing lit up..Im talking through the orange paint..the wheels the back the front, everything..like a plastic wallmart halloween pumpkin..I swear even the dude glued in glowed. The superglue glowed. Wowsers.
That cool paintjob..gone.I literally had to dunk the thing in the 5 gallon paintbucket of flat black to keep the thing from glowing. I mean even the wheels and the frame in the back was glowing.
This gives me ideas of glowy things..like perhaps for halloween or Christmas.

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Layout, finally painted!

In other news, John M. is hospitalized, suffering from shock. ;-)

 

My layout, now painted; ground-cover to follow

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