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

Category: MyBlog
Created: Wednesday, 29 December 2010 22:18
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Adding Panel Lines to ACF Hoppers
Bill Mock
January 2010

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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.

Category: Instructional
Created: Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:07
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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.

Category: Instructional
Created: Wednesday, 08 February 2012 10:32
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Hopper Weathering Clinic II
By Bill Mock
December 2009
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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.

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OK, it's after working hours, time to add some surface rust.

Category: Instructional
Created: Thursday, 09 February 2012 17:10
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Hopper Weathering Clinic
By Bill Mock
December 2009
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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.

Category: Instructional
Created: Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:17
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Hopper Weathering Clinic III
By Bill Mock
January 2010
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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.

Category: Instructional
Created: Thursday, 09 February 2012 17:00
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Micro-Trains 2 Story Barracks Build by Modelersguild.com

These Micro Trains kits are nice, real nice. A few nights build timeguild 09 02 d08 and you have a piece for that micro sized layout. No major surgery involved just plain fun.

guild 09 01 51To start this build we followed the instructions and sealed the card with dull coat.

Category: Instructional
Created: Saturday, 25 October 2014 11:25
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Micro-Trains Farmers Co-op Build by Modelersguild.com

100 0856I 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.

100 0860Its not a matter of sight for me, but more of a knowing how to do it, makes all the difference.

Category: Instructional
Created: Saturday, 25 October 2014 19:58
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Micro-Trains Grain Tower Build by Modelersguild.com

guild 2009 may 18 025Oh I can feel it, the empire is growing. Granted it is Z scale yet that diminishes nothing in the eyes of my children.

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.

Category: Instructional
Created: Saturday, 25 October 2014 16:18
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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.

guild 2009 may 14 269This Logging Camp Car (Dining car and Office car, also refered to as the "clerestory") was fun and fairly easy to construct.

Category: Instructional
Created: Saturday, 25 October 2014 11:39
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Micro-Trains Military Barracks Build by Modelersguild.com

Building this Z-Scale kit was a real pleasure. The parts fit nicely, the materials were right, this all added up to a very enjoyable build.guild 12 09 08 024

Working with Z-Scale should be a challenge for my vision issues, however that is not the case. The way the kits are made makes it easy to both prepare and assemble such a small model.

Category: Instructional
Created: Saturday, 25 October 2014 14:40
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100 3589s

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.

Category: Instructional
Created: Saturday, 25 October 2014 20:59
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Passengers in MTL Empire Builder dome cars

By Mike Scully

June 2009

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.

Category: Instructional
Created: Friday, 23 March 2012 09:04
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RSLaserkits Cheltenham Station Build by Modelersguild.com

guild 09 01 f010If 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...

guild 09 01 d017Z Scale kits have an appeal to them that other kits lack. The smallest of available scales Z adds that sense that if I can do this I can model anything.

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.

Category: Instructional
Created: Saturday, 25 October 2014 15:48
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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: Instructional
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: Instructional
Created: Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:40
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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.

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Created: Wednesday, 09 May 2012 15:54
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Under $15 Turntable

By Jim O’Connell

May 2008

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.

Category: Instructional
Created: Thursday, 09 February 2012 20:52
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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.

Category: Interviews
Created: Tuesday, 07 February 2012 21:56
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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.

Category: Interviews
Created: Tuesday, 07 February 2012 21:53
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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.

Category: Thoughts
Created: Tuesday, 14 April 2015 20:33
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  • Scale Length
  • Scale Speed
  • Scale Size
  • Scale Clearance
          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
           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
         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  
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: Uncategorised
Created: Saturday, 14 June 2014 12:32
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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: Uncategorised
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: Uncategorised
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: Uncategorised
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
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Created: Saturday, 14 June 2014 12:27
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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.

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Wednesday, 11 February 2009 03:00
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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.

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Monday, 16 February 2009 03:00
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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.

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:25
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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).

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Friday, 30 September 2011 12:34
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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.

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Monday, 27 December 2010 11:16
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In other news, John M. is hospitalized, suffering from shock. ;-)

My layout, now painted; ground-cover to follow

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:06
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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

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Saturday, 03 September 2011 14:26
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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).

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:07
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This is the first mainline run without any of the extras.

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Tuesday, 25 January 2011 16:33
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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).

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:00
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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".

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Wednesday, 21 December 2011 11:07
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Here's a pic of the six, so far...

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Wednesday, 21 December 2011 11:15
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Category: My Z Scale
Created: Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:04
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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.

Category: My Z Scale
Created: Thursday, 07 April 2011 18:30
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