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51239Re: Reducing G Scale to Z Scale

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  • Allan Miller
    Mar 4, 2007
      I believe that's true, although very few are using those designations.
      For one thing, it leads to extra effort and confusion on the part of
      the hobbyist because it requires the individual to actually know what
      scale the letters designate. "G" was relatively easy back when any
      Large Scale trains were pretty much grouped under that designation (as
      is Z and most other scales), but with the emergence of 1:20.3, 1:22.5,
      1:24, 1:29, and 1:32 (among some others) as viable scales in their own
      rite, going with letters just adds to the complexity.

      For example, Z alone probably means nothing to most novices; you
      pretty much have to expand on the designation every time you introduce
      someone to the hobby by explaining that the models are 1:220 the size
      of the prototype. Ditto for N, HO, S, O (and OO), etc. And then
      there's the added explanations that are needed for Nn3, HOn3, On30,
      and the like.

      --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, "Allan Borg" <themohican2003@...> wrote:
      > Interesingly enough I seem to have seen somewhere that the individual
      > scales in the "G" range have sometimes been divided into other
      > reference designations being G H I and J or was it F G H and I, while
      > 1/32 is Marklin's "1" gauge.
      > Allan Borg
      > >
      > > John B.
      > >
      > > G scale varies in size from 1:22.5 to 1:29 depending on the brand
      > however the track is identical (rail centers). Depending on what you
      > plan to reduce be sure you know what the ratio of the G scale is before
      > you do any reducing.
      > >
      > > Carl
      > > In Nebraska in a blowing snow advisory or blizzard warning depending
      > on how far west and south you are of the Missouri River
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      > >
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