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51949Re: [Z_Scale] Re: MTL Passenger Car's in the Works and other stuff..

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  • Reynard Wellman
    Apr 3, 2007
      Hello Robert & Joe,

      I have some of Oliver Passman's lighted SP Daylight coaches
      and they are cool! He makes a kit for lighting up Marklin
      Z passenger cars that works just fine. So really there's no excuse
      for a manufacturer like MTL or AZL not to provide lighted
      coaches at least as an option these days.

      I had enough of cheap N scale equipment back in the
      70's and 80's. Now days all N scale equipment has become
      spectacularly better! More gizmos that are reliable is the
      way Model Railroading in is going and I look forward to the
      advances in lighting, digital, long radius track & turnouts, etc. for
      all our Z scale products. Z scale is small, but electronics are
      getting even smaller... Z scale is enormous when it comes
      to track space, so why confine our layout dreams to four
      square feet?

      Best regardZ,
      On Apr 2, 2007, at 10:55 AM, Robert Ray wrote:

      > Don Avila wrote:
      > > My three cents, and I AM a customer is to forget the inernals. For
      > > the few folks that want lighting and interiors, with kitchen
      > sinks and
      > > working lavs, I say get out the #11 Xacto.
      > The thing is Don, when a new product is being designed is the best
      > time
      > to get all the design work done. If KATOesque electrical pickup trucks
      > are designed as the standard, then all kinds of custom lighting
      > projects are possible down the road.
      > If you want to attract people from other scales to Z, you need to
      > apply
      > some of the more mundane, basic features, that are included in the
      > other scales, like electrical pickup trucks with metal wheels, and a
      > preformed row of seats so people can stick figures in them later on if
      > desired.
      > How do you compare a Marklin Z US passenger car with a new Rapido HO
      > Passenger car for the same price? The Z one is a lumpy toy train like
      > model, and the HO one is a beautiful scale representation of an exact
      > prototype.
      > I vote for a quality scale model with potential upgrades like flicker
      > free lighting and interior, and would gladly pay a premium for it, and
      > use the old Marklin cars for cheap kitbash fodder.
      > -Robert

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