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rvn2001 - Sun 29 Oct - 12:57

I've already got one of each on order.

stonysmith - Sat 28 Oct - 21:42

ZSM is taking preorders for the Rokuhan powered chassis - this could be a game changer! Link

GNFan - Tue 10 Oct - 21:02

Phew! Glad to see ZCS is back in business.

southernnscale - Thu 17 Aug - 23:38

Working is another thing that gets in the way and help support their hobby. I was just wondering what happened to all those who were on here.

southernnscale - Thu 17 Aug - 23:33

I have six acres and a 3/4 pond. have plenty of out side work! But can't spend every min in the sun. I know people have to work and other thing in life that are more important! but I still find time!

tealplanes - Mon 31 Jul - 21:11

Certain projects can only be done in the summer months......like beginning to dig a Koi pond. I've also built garden boxes, a chicken coop, making trees for folks, and on it goes. Someday...........

tealplanes - Mon 31 Jul - 21:09

I suggest that for many, 'life' in general gets in the way all to often. I look at my trains every day, but just can't carve out any time to work on them. Someday, but today I am needed elsewhere.

tealplanes - Mon 31 Jul - 21:07

Walt, I am responding to your July 8 comment about people losing interest in Z. That is certainly true in some ways, but I'd bet my bottom dollar the reason for not being active is totally different

southernnscale - Mon 31 Jul - 00:48

eJshelton where can I get information on these show! Are they local for you!

ejshelton - Sun 16 Jul - 11:49

I haven't done a lot of work on my Z but I took Z to a show yesterday. Have plans to be at a show this coming weekend and also at the NTS. I also have plans for a display in Sept. So I'm busy with Z

ZRailFan - Mon 10 Jul - 21:48

Busy! For sure. But the good part is our hobby will wait patiently. (Thanks, Walt, for the kind comment in my blog...it's OK if nobody comments...I do it for myself...).

fairbanks - Mon 10 Jul - 00:58

I have not done any of the fun things I use to do.. I still love Z Scale and N Scale but now I need a layout to put them on.. It will come with time & I look forward to the time I can have free time.

fairbanks - Mon 10 Jul - 00:57

I think people are busy. I know my world has turned topsy turvy with both of my parents {Father With Severe Alzheimer & my mother broke her hip in March 2017} in a nursing home in Plainview NY.

southernnscale - Sat 8 Jul - 12:38

It seem people loose there interest in Z scale I thought they were all decated to the Z world, so they jumped track and headed for the town of Facebook and now that's doing the same thing. slowly !

circusbuilder - Mon 3 Jul - 12:24

I agree with you Walt.

southernnscale - Sun 2 Jul - 01:28

Happy 4th of July to every one this week end! We need to get back to the Z scale spirit!

tealplanes - Tue 27 Jun - 01:20

First time on in months. Also glad to see new photos........need changing more often.

ejshelton - Wed 21 Jun - 20:42

And I thank you for listening.....

soccrdad30 - Sun 18 Jun - 09:21

Happy Father's Day everyone!

soccrdad30 - Fri 16 Jun - 22:06

I got some ribbing from Ellen :) to change them.

ejshelton - Wed 14 Jun - 20:04

I agree Thom.....new photos are great!!!

rvn2001 - Wed 14 Jun - 14:37

It's good to see new photos cycling on the home page!!

southernnscale - Sat 20 May - 21:12

Prices changing for the better! but getting models to pass are getting harder for smaller models!

stonysmith - Tue 9 May - 19:47

Shapeways FUD prices are changing - many items will be cheaper.

southernnscale - Mon 8 May - 00:14

Johnathan you need to be more like 220% then you will be good to go! and on the right track!!!

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Layout video ("Night and Day")

Here's video of my layout, first in near-total darkness, then in daylight. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLmc2DIJHkY 100x100]

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John's Initial ZCS Blog

I have always wanted to start a blog, but 'starting' it is usually the first stumbling block.  This is true with a 2' by 5' canvas behind me for a layout.  I have projects and a test track on it, but nothing resembling any work of 'my' dream layout.  I am really hoping mid January to start some layout planning.  I do know I want to include a curved trestle bridge, a pickle plant, turntable, a couple of other types of bridges, and keep the scheme during the transition period.  I have some Marklin steamers and MTL F7's that will work well together.  But more on that project(s) later.

I do want to share different aspects of my modeling experience, along with maybe some ZCS website aspects.  I think mixing things up will be interesting.  Maybe some personal details too, so you can get to know who Soccrdad30 really is.  I do not want to 'plan' blog entries, so do not expect scheduled entries.

So, with that in mind.  I would like to share "My Favorite Z Project" Contest entry.  My project is a gas!  Okay, bad pun.  I am "Kitbashing" an MTL 40' standard single door boxcar, and turning it into a Navy U.S.N.X. Helium Freight Car.  What is interesting, is there were 3 container helium cars and 30 container helium cars produced.  And these were in the gray paint scheme.  I am working on the 30 container freight car.

In the below photo you can see the car so far. I used Plastruct channeled strip for the side supports, while cutting out the middle of the car but leaving the roofwalk.  I have the containers glued together and painted in gray.  I used 3/32” Plastruct tubing for the containers.  And you can see some of the tools I used, including my cheap 10.00 chopper that I bought at a train show (bonus!).  Slugger got me hooked on Plastruct Plastic Weld – Love it!  And for Christmas 2010, I received a couple of Railway Prototype Cyclopedia’s.  What is interesting is in this booklet has an article about brake wheels, but look at the Ajax April 1943 Brake Wheel ad showing a U.S.N.X. helium car.  The side supports are configured differently from the research images and from commercial RTR cars.  Oh well, I will stay with what I started.

 



Okay, here is a closer view of my contest entry.  I just need to paint, create my decals, then apply the decals before inserting the containers.  I know some thoughts are going on about the finer details.  But, on my next one, I would like to get it more proto.  This one I am happy to finish, and to be learning new modeling skills.  My next photos will be of the finished helium car, and will be entered into the contest.

 

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Kelley's Z Blog

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     Today I will start my Z blog.  At this time I am working on a  1/220 scale WW2 POW camp, just like on an old tv series out of the 60s.
     I downlowded some papers models of Stalg Luft III, from a wargamers site, and reduced it down to 32 percent. I measured and cut out of balsa the basic shapes using the paper model for measurments. Using contact cement, I glued the paper to the glued together framework. I used black construction paper for the roof with pencil lines drawn to make it look like tar paper. 
     I added wooden blocks on the bottom that  will be painted with Faller cement paint. I willuse the same paint to use on the balsa blocks I am using for the chimneys. 
    

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Marklin 81862 Starter Set arrives!

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A few days ago I received the set that I REALLY wanted in the first place - the 81862 30th Anniversary set from 2002.

For some inexplicable reason Marklin only do their starter sets these days - big or small - as German Era I/II or US steamers. Great, if that's you're thing, but not too cool if you want a more recent layout (as I do). Not only was the old set a draw because of the Era IV electric loco and generous rolling stock included (6 cars in total), but the track layout includes 3 electric turnouts and one electric double slip. In comparison to the very much bare bones starter kits like the 81560, this is a LOT more interesting!

I'm still some time away from doing a proper layout... looking at doing a small suitcase layout to hone my skills - it's been a while! - before tackling a larger 600mm by 1500mm (2'x6') custom-cased layout based on the KC Cornish layout at ZTrack, your typical post war German layout. Ideally I'd like to have it completed in time for exhibition next year at our local Model Hobby Expo...

Until then, I needed some way to set up the track properly so I could run the trains... a simple small oval works ok on the table but with points and wires everywhere I really needed to get a board and mount things properly. I ended up getting a 1200mm x 600mm (roughly 4'x2') sheet of MDF, elevated with two chunks of hardwood to keep the wiring off the floor, etc. I didn't have any track nails, so the track is held in place with thin hookup wire, looped over a tie then twisted and secured with tape at the other end. It's not perfect but it stops everything from falling off when moving around the board. Wiring in the power and turnouts took a while but it all works great now and is a lot of fun, even without scenery and structures.

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