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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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Welcome to the Z Central Station!  A model railroad site dedicated to 1:220 scale model trains. Z Central Station was created to provide Z Scalers a full featured online community.  Members can share their Z Scale experiences via our discussion forum, photo gallery, classifieds, videos, chat room and more!  Membership to Z Central Station is free!  Have an idea, comment, or concern? Z Central Station has a Contact us link under "My ZCS" menu option.  24 x 7 Active Chat for up to 20 members. Regular scheduled times are Sundays 1PM EST and Wednesdays 9:00PM EST.  Chat is open to any member. Stop in and say Hi!  10,000+ Z scaled image gallery open for all to enjoy.   Home Page Shout Box.13,000+ Forums Postings.  More than 200 free downloads in our Library containing Instructionals, decals, paper/cardstock models, paintchip charts, modeler pad, and more!  Ever wanted to create your own Blog?  Here is your chance to create a Blog on your Z scale layout, modeling project, or even contest entry!  You can add photos, videos, and links to show in your blog.  This is one of the latest modules, I wanted to be sure to re-introduce this powerful  tool for our members use.  It is simple to join Z Central Station with a Free membership!

Free Community Banners Free Z scale community banners are provided for individuals or groups looking to expand their current Z scale modeling group, starting a Z scale modeling group, or just to create a Z scale awareness in their area.  Community banners are displayed on every Z Central Station page.  For more information use the 'Contact us' form.  Z Central Station Private Messaging  ZCS always had the ability to allow private messaging between members but now it is functional for you to use.  When you log in you will notice a PM Notifier just under the search box on every ZCS web page.  When you go to your profile page you will notice several new PM modules.  Here is where you can have ZCS email you when you receive a new PM, compose a PM to another ZCS member by using their screen name.  You can also review sent, received, and deleted private messages.

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Wanted!  Z Central Station is looking to add more photos, articles, and kit instructions.  Z Central Station has 270+ documents in our library with 45+ kit instruction documents.  We want to add more for future references.  We would also like to add any articles from a simple kit build, train car repaint, anything to do with Z scale modeling.  For more information or if you need help uploading images and files to ZCS, click on the 'Contact Us' Page.

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ZFRANK - Sun 14 Jul - 06:52

Looking foward to the AZL RS3, SW1000 and SW1500 :D

soccrdad30 - Thu 4 Jul - 20:11

Happy 4th of July!

soccrdad30 - Sun 30 Jun - 09:51

Welcome back all! It feels good to have ZCS back online. I have added 500+ images and several new categories in the Z Spotlight module.

GNFan - Wed 26 Jun - 22:03

Great to have ZCS back. Thanks for the great work, John.

JoomJunk - Mon 16 Jan - 15:00

Welcome to the Shoutbox

rvn2001 - Sun 17 Mar - 15:40

Happy St. Patrick's Day

ZFRANK - Thu 3 Jan - 18:39

Happy New Year!

rvn2001 - Tue 1 Jan - 06:45

Yappy Hew Near ..... er ...... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

soccrdad30 - Thu 27 Dec - 03:13

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone

rvn2001 - Tue 25 Dec - 11:59

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

stonysmith - Mon 8 Oct - 00:20

@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 - 16:50

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 - 16:16

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

jdo - Thu 27 Sep - 13:02

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

stonysmith - Wed 19 Sep - 14:56

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 - 21:45

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 - 21:29

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 - 21:26

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 - 21:20

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

clubzscale - Thu 13 Sep - 01:36

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

rvn2001 - Tue 4 Sep - 02:19

Good to see you back, Bruce.

umchappy08 - Mon 3 Sep - 22:37

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 - 06:33

Here are my NTS photos. NTS Photos

ejshelton - Sun 19 Aug - 18:01

I missed that....

rvn2001 - Sun 19 Aug - 17:59

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

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29 Jun 2019 11:09 - John Kellett

Simple window shades made from masking tape.  Take the plain old masking tape roll, the off-white color and cut a piece off to place on the inside of the building window.  Usually covering the top half of the window is the way to go to show a half drawn window shade.  But to mix it up you can cover any amount of window to show a fully drawn window shade to a partially drawn window shade.  And they do make masking tape in various colors to match your need!

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