Free Z Central Station 2012 Monthly Calendar
Welcome to the 2012 Z Central Station's free PDF monthly calendar! This is a free download. Just click on the calendar image to start the download. Enjoy!
Never had a blog but now seems just as good a time as any to start one. I think that I never really had a good subject to write on but chronicling the creation of my first layout seems like a good place to start.
When I was in high school my parent moved to Japan and I went from a suburban neighborhood to living in an apartment in Tokyo.
I finally decided on the Zize of my layout. A mere 30 inches wide, L shape, length 77.5 inches on the short and 126.5 on the long. Now I've just gotta come up with a track plan that will let me do switching & run trains continuously. I have an idea from an article in model railroad magazine based on a real modern RR in Lakesville Minn.
Creation actually began in January of 2008 as part of a New Year's resolution to get my trains up and running. I had looked at book and magazines for years dreaming and planning but finally time to make a reality.
I decided on a lightweight bench work with a quick set of supports that I could embellish later if needed.
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.
I've read lots of advice, howto, intro, and helpful things on the internet about modeling railroads.
But nowhere is there any information for the beginner, such as myself, on how to document a build online. A sort of best practices for noobs. Sure I can read about how to blog one place and macro photo in another;
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).
This is a test of some photos I took with my iPad2. It's all z-scale stuff - code 40 ME unweathered rail with z- and n-scale PCB ties from handlaidtrack.com. Not really sure if this componentized variant of trackwork is considered handlaid, but considering all the extra work required versus popping some snap track into place - it should be considered handlaid.
It's said that people who live with a pet being to look like each other. I wonder if it's true with layouts?
After a little advice with where to start, I'm going to start sharing how I'm about to make my first layout. I'll try to open it up to feedback as much as possible, especially at the beginning when it's most likely to have a big impact.
or why did I decide on Z-Scale model railroad.
I had been dabbling in N Gauge off and on since 1974, when I gave my dad a Postage Stamp train set for Christmas. During those 40 years, I had 16 different "homes" and no real rooms for a railroad layout.
Here is the deal. IF somebody wants me to make figures, they have to be SPECIFIC. If you dance around the subject and hint you want hookers,or anything else, then please say it. I cannot work with the abstract. I am a 49, a free thinker , a heathen, and live in Europe.
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.
Well here goes nothing. I bought a MTL F-7 trainset, a GP-35 trainset, also a Marklin 81466 Micado steam loco set.I also got 2 packs flex track (599),2 packs 110mm track.also add 990-40-101 and 990-40-102.This should get me started.I used to N scale but alas space and time constraints got in the way.I
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.
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!
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).
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).
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".
The more I research the buildings involved in baseball, the industry, the more I realize two things.
1. The types and variety of buildings reflect all kinds of architectural styles, from colonial farmhouse factory to strip mall. The rather simple vocabularies of these buildings should be easy to manipulate in order to create the "right-sized" buildings and still maintain their familiar character.
Well here goes, my first (and hopefully not only) attempt to blog my layout, it's progress (or lack), problems etc.
As a youth I first came across Marklin when Z first sprang up, started to collect it, plan vast layouts, then discovered work, girls, parties etc etc etc. Now some 25-odd years on I have come back to Z having rediscovered it via Ebay.
My layout is called the GREAT WEST ROCKY MOUNTAIN, KENORA-SUDBURY RAILROAD COMPANY. The general scenery is modelled on my hometown, Kenora, Ontario as I remember it in the 1940's and 50's. The engines and rolling stock are a blend of steam and diesel, matching the 1950's steam/diesel conversion era. I also enjoy running engines and carriages such as the Marklin's Orient Express and european, urban commuter and steam trains, which create a bizarre effect as they stop at the local hometown scale model former CPR station! It's coffee table size, consisting of a figure 8 track with steep inclined mountain and tunnel route, crosses a high trestle made of matchsticks with track connecting to a railway yard parking spurs in the center of the layout.
Since NOBODY will be reading this I guess I can vent here.
Same thing other people have griped about in the past, and actually people have said I have been guilty of. It's the "Why don't company X build Y" vs why don't YOU build X yourself.
I've finally added as much plaster cloth as I expect I'll need, and have moved on to priming the base before painting it. Priming made it look unfamiliar, but also like I've actually *done* something. No more odd mix of pink foam, black artboard and white plaster cloth.
The painter tape on the track serves as motivation to keep moving on this layout.
This is a rant, and you may agree or disagree, but you are welcome to comment.
The other night I was in a discussion with some very talented model railroaders, the top people in z scale.
The subject came up about lighted bumper posts.
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.
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.
A favorite animated film of mine is "The Man Who Planted Trees". In it, a man spends a lifetime planting trees, and in different ways, affecting thousands of lives by doing so. I likely will not affect thousands of lives, but I have spent the last couple of sunny afternoons planting trees on my layout.
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.
You may have a link on your desktop, a bookmark or favorite for ZCS, maybe you just key in zcentralstation.com into your browsers URL window. Maybe, you key in ‘zcentral’ into your favorite search engine, either way or any way you get to www.zcentralstation.com. There are many aspects of running a website, but what I want to share with you are the ‘Trues”, the actual data from 2010.
|Scale Length Conversions|
|Actual Length||Z scale|
|Scale Speed Conversions|
|Scale Size Conversions|
|Round up to nearest hundreths|
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|Z Clearance||2% Run|
|3% Run||4% Run|
|Run Values are for one grade only|
A few days ago, I received an email from one of my Yahoo groups, which I would like to share and see what your thoughts are. Though the modeler in question does not model in Z, he is into model railroading. The email in its entirety is below in black font and the sender's name removed.
|Scale Length Conversions|
|Actual Length||Z scale|
|Scale Size Conversions|
|Round up to nearest hundreths|
|for copier conversions|
Adding Panel Lines to ACF Hoppers
Here's a cheap and easy way to add those panel lines to your ACF Hoppers. Take a PrismaColor pencil and lightly trace the panel lines on the sides of the car. The box makes a great cradle for the car. Use the plastic box edges to help align your straight edge while you draw the panel lines.
Welcome to Articles and Blog Scroll!
Anytime you create an Blog entry from "My Blog Dashboard" located under the "My ZCS" menu option, it will be inserted into this scroll module.
This module will 'grab' the first image in the article or blog and display it along with an active title link.
|Hopper Weathering Clinic II
By Bill Mock
So here's how those BN Hoppers turned out after the surface rust dried. Not bad. I'll see if they need another wash. Maybe I'll just chalk them. But I now need to add some spots of rust; some random and some at the ladder, etc.
OK, it's after working hours, time to add some surface rust.
|Hopper Weathering Clinic
By Bill Mock
Here is the first stages of weathering of my new BN Open Hoppers and UP PS2 Hopper. The trucks and wheels were removed and painted with a wash of Poly Scale Oily Black and Rust. The car bodies were airbrushed with a 10:1 wash of Poly Scale Reefer White and Earth to fade them.
|Hopper Weathering Clinic III
By Bill Mock
OK, I gave the inside of these hoppers a wash of Engine Black below the coal line. They look pretty good. At least they no longer look like raw plastic. Why am I weathering the inside of these hoppers? I don't know. You can see some of this surface above the Hay Brothers Coal Load.
Micro-Trains 2 Story Barracks Build by Modelersguild.com
Micro-Trains Farmers Co-op Build by Modelersguild.com
I am definitely getting better at Z-Scale. Another Micro-Trains kit, I am liking these more and more with each build. It is a nice two night-er, and I suggest, a nice sit down with the podcast, Model Rail Cast Show and enjoy the build.
Micro-Trains Grain Tower Build by Modelersguild.com
The grain tower kit is made by Micro-Trains. Each time I try out a MT kit I find myself dreaming of large landscapes and industry.
Micro-Trains Logging Camp Cars Build by Modelersguild.com
Working with my brother-in-law has its challenges. It doesn't always go so well, some of you know what I mean. But when he delivers with work like this. I think we might be able to do it again.
Micro-Trains Military Barracks Build by Modelersguild.com
The sawmill has a permanent place in our hobby as an industry built in the sticks. The location of these structures usually is located far from civilization and the scenes displayed in historical records show a real rag-tag operation. The oportunity to create a busy and living scene with this model is one I cannot let pass.
Passengers in MTL Empire Builder dome cars
By Mike Scully
Step 1: paint passengers on sprue.
This is my project to add passengers to the provided seats in the MTL dome cars, Great Northern Empire Builder, in my case. The first step is to paint the passengers (except their heads) on the sprues.
RSLaserkits Cheltenham Station Build by Modelersguild.com
If someone had told me two months ago, that there is such a thing as a Z scale Craftsman kit, I'd tell them they were crazy. Today I am that crazy fool telling you about a Z scale Craftsman kit, interested ? Good...
These RS Laser make a very nice kit. The kits parts are small and very delicate, however with a sharp knife, some toothpicks for glue, time and patience.
Stonebridge Models Greenhouse Build by Modelersguild.com
It'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.
When opening the kit, I noticed something immediately.
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.
Tree & Shrub Tutorial
By Animek Models
First, I've started creating the forms of the trees, here I've done 2 kind of cedars trees, a "menhir form" and some "ball form", a piece of balsa wood of 3/8 x 3/8 was use to achieve those forms, all turned on a mini lathe, and then sanded briefly.
Under $15 Turntable
By Jim O’Connell
Most important is the 64oz Big Gulp cup. Next is the little plastic 'stay fresh' can top. I recommend purchasing the Roundhouse brand N Scale Gondola. Buy two @$2.99 each. You will need a dowel to make the turntable turn. You will need some MTL flex track.
Scratch building is defined in Wikipedia as “The process of building a scale model "from scratch", ie. from raw materials, rather than building it from a commercial kit, kit bashing or buying it pre-assembled.”
Wikipedia further explains the motives as “The reasons hobbyists scratchbuild may vary. Often a desired model is unavailable in kit form in the desired scale, or entirely non-existent.
Yes! You could win $250 for 1st Place, $100 for 2nd Place, or $75 for 3rd Place in the Walthers Magic of Model Railroading Contest. Photos chosen as publishable Honorable Mentions will win $25. Photographers will receive a copy of the reference book in which their photo(s) appears. Act quickly, May 17th 2011 is the deadline for your entries.