31569Re: MR - Why not Z?
- Apr 3, 2005I haven't read the May issue yet. However, Rob's post brings to
mind the Feb, Mar and Apr of 1985 issues of MR where they did a
series on the beautiful Rio Grande in three modules. In that series
they covered everything from layout planning, carpentry, kit bashing
N scale buildings, building handheld throttles to making trees.
The end result was stunning, especially the mountain section showing
a beautiful sweeping curve around a 4 foot wide end module. As I
recall the other end module showed a city scene complete with a
turntable and the middle module included a desert mining scene on
one side and a rural scene through California on the other.
That's the only issue that I can remember where MR devoted some
serious print to Z scale.
I have to agree with Rob that many of the MR layouts would be more
appropriate for Z scale. In the 1985 series MR made the point that
if big sweeping curves and mountain scenery was your focus, then Z
scale was a good way to go.
--- In email@example.com, ztrack@a... wrote:
> I just received the May 2005 issue of Model Railroader. One
> caught my eye... Mountain railroading in a small room (page 86).
The two page
> photo shows the B&O Sand Patch Grade during the autumn. The photo
> The article goes on how you can model this sweeping curved scene
in a small
> room. Okay what scale, N or Z. Of course not, they are talking HO.
> goes on to use terms such as tricky carpentry, and big time
> order to make it work. Also factor no room for staging. What the
> See to fit this in a 13' x 13' room, it require two levels
> curves on a helix. The room is crammed and can accommodate two
> My question, why would the author even consider HO for this layout
> space? N scale would be a better choice, but again compromises
would have to be
> made. Why not Z? The photo on page 86 would made an awesome Z
scale layout or
> series of modules. It could be done too scale! For instance, I
> train shown in the photo is about 1000 feet long. That takes up
about 1/2 of the
> photo. In, Z, that train would be about 4 1/2 feet long. If this
is the true,
> the complete scene, modeled to scale would be about 9' - 10' feet
> would easily fit on one wall of a normal room (again, to scale).
> So here is a classic case of the wrong scale for the right
project. I wish MR
> would stop forcing track plans on readers that do not fit the
> should look closer at the smaller scales the can realistically
fill the space and
> offer modelers choices such as staging and prototypical operations
> uncompressed spaces. I do not want to bass MR, it is not my
intent. HO is the king of
> scales and because of this, it will also be a focal point for MR.
To me, I
> see this as another opportunity for Z to shine.
> Rob Kluz
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