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Hi all! My name's Ben, from Australia, and after years of dreaming I'm finally getting into Z. I'm going to use this blog to track my experiences starting out with two Markin starter sets - the 81560 and 81862 - to create a portable, easily stored large-case layout with a IV-V era German alpine theme.

Category: MyBlog
Created: Tuesday, 02 March 2010 19:00
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Category: MyBlog
Created: Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:14
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For the TL;DR - just scroll down an look at photos is useful since it's about architecture :) Feedback appreciated !

I want my layout to have a high level of what's called suspension of disbelief. Context and texture can't be altogether forgotten forever. Light, sound, sense, feel, can't really put my finger on it sort of senses should abound.

Category: MyBlog
Created: Wednesday, 01 August 2012 20:23
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Z Clearance 2% Run
Inch mm Inch mm
1.5 40 75 2000
3% Run 4% Run
Inch mm Inch mm
50 1333.33 37.5 1000
Run Values are for one grade only
Category: General
Created: Saturday, 14 June 2014 12:29
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Scale Length Conversions
Actual Length Z scale
288 inches 1 mile
24 feet 1 mile
8 yards 1 mile
1 inch 0.003472 miles
1 foot 0.041666 miles
1 yard 0.125 miles
0.054545 inches 1 foot
0.055 inches 1 foot
454.5454545 mm 1 km
45.45454545 cm 1 km
4.545454545 meters 1 km
1 mm 0.0022 km
1 cm 0.022 km
1.385454 mm 1 foot
1.385 mm 1 foot
Category: General
Created: Saturday, 14 June 2014 12:26
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Scale Size Conversions
Scale 1/ Scale To From
T 450 Z 2.045 0.489
N 160 Z 0.727 1.375
TT 120 Z 0.545 1.833
HO 87.1 Z 0.396 2.526
S 64 Z 0.291 3.438
O 48 Z 0.218 4.583
#1 32 Z 0.145 6.875
G 22.5 Z 0.102 9.778
F 20.3 Z 0.092 10.837
Round up to nearest hundreths
for copier conversions
Category: General
Created: Saturday, 14 June 2014 12:27
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Scale Speed Conversions
MPH Inches/Sec MPH Inches/Sec
1 0.08 50 4.00
5 0.40 75 6.00
10 0.80 100 8.00
15 1.20 125 10.00
20 1.60 150 12.00
25 2.00 175 14.00
Category: General
Created: Saturday, 14 June 2014 12:27
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Stonebridge Models Greenhouse Build by Modelersguild.com

GEDC0171It's funny - Sometimes in this gig, I come across a project that just amazes me. This Greenhouse from Stonebridge Designs is one of those projects. It is remarkably small. This kit I'm told is available in Z, N and HO. Gardener not included.

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When opening the kit, I noticed something immediately.

Category: Instructionals
Created: Saturday, 25 October 2014 13:37
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Detailing Stony's LCL Cement Canisters Here is a photo of the cement canisters in their raw form. I cut the sprue lengthwise, so the sprue will now act as a holder and a stand for painting, decaling, and sealing. A word of caution, the eyelets on top are very fragile. After breaking an eyelet, I used the barrels and sprue to 'handle' them.

Category: Instructionals
Created: Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:40
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