55131Re: Ztrack, Plans for 2008
- Jan 1, 2008I look forward to seeing other modules and layouts as many are not up
on the web for others to see. Hopefully, nice quality images along
with a track plan overview and a website link for further
exploration. So many module pix have terrible lighting, gigantic
overviews that don't show detail or select areas and often are poorly
focused or use a flash to was out nearly everthing. This is going to
be great to see other's ideas, especially the European ones as we
only get periodic glimpses from posting.
I agree with you about the forums. Many don't know about them or,
prefer not to participate in them. I'm still looking for a good list
of websites and references for Z scale to hand out at shows.
I'm guilty about not submitting how-to's. This year was tight with
double moves and a massive relayment of track on my Wye module. Now
back to the detail work on a new work bench with camera on a goose
neck so I can snap pictures without the excuse.
SF Bay Area Z
"The BAZ BoyZ"
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Tom Browning" <thomascb2004@...>
> I will surely miss Jeffery's and John's columns. But I look
> to a new ZTrack look and feel. Best of luck for 2008, Rob.our
> Tom in Dallas
> --- In email@example.com, ztrack@ wrote:
> > With today being the last day of 2007, I thought I would share
> plans andtime,
> > thoughts for 2008. First, I would like to announce that two long
> > columns will be ending. Jeffrey MacHan's Last Spike will end with
> > January/February issue. This long running column has chronicled
> Jeffrey's VEC and travels.
> > Over 40 articles have appeared in Ztrack during the past 7 years.
> It has been
> > an amazing run.
> > John Bartolotto's Z Web Search column is also ending. At this
> > appears the November/December 2007 column will be his last. John
> has been sharing
> > amazing Z scale-oriented web sites in every issue of Ztrack. John
> is moving on,
> > as is his column. Of course both will live on in our back issues!
> > We are sorry to lose these outstanding columns, but we are very
> grateful for
> > the work Jeffrey and John have done. Thank you to you both!
> > With one door closing, another opens. I feel there are areas of
> Z scalethe
> > community and interests that we need to enhance our coverage on.
> The first area
> > is track plans. We have been trying to increase track plans in
> Ztrack, but
> > with little success. We are looking for track plans of Marklin
> > Micro-Trains track, flex track and even module configurations.
> Ztrack is also looking to
> > add a column for someone who can help us create track plans,
> associated art
> > and graphics as well as conceptual plans. If you are interested,
> please contact
> > us off-line.
> > The second area we would like to focus on is module clubs and
> modules. We
> > would like to see at least one article in every issue of Ztrack
> dedicated to
> > modules. This would include club news and a featured module of
> issue. I thinkit
> > modules are one of the most exciting aspects of Z today. I think
> > important we share the work of module builders with the Z
> community. The
> > November/December 2007 issue of Ztrack will feature Robert Ray's
> Time Saver Module. We
> > hope this article will be a kick off to regular module features.
> > The third area is increased coverage of European Z layouts. About
> 40% of our
> > readers are interested in European prototypes. We need to
> > coverage of these areas. Finally, we are looking for more how-to
> and instructional
> > articles.
> > We see so much amazing work being done on the forums, that it is
> amazing. I
> > do hope and encourage those doing this work to submit articles to
> Ztrack. A
> > large portion of our readers do not follow the forums and we
> love to shareto
> > your creations with our complete readership.
> > Ztrack is also working to increase our page count and content.
> Deane Shepard
> > is working extremely hard to bring in new advertisers, which will
> allow Ztrack
> > to grow and increase our content. This is not necessarily an easy
> task, but
> > Deane is already doing an exceptional job. Thank you Deane!
> > The last area I want to talk about is the web. John Cubbin has
> created two
> > outstanding websites for us. Ztrack.com is a beautiful site that
> promotes Ztrack
> > incredibly well. We are planning to increase content on the site.
> John has
> > visions of creating an HTML newsletter and we will be working on
> that in the new
> > year.
> > Ztrack Center is our new retail web site. Look for new products
> appear inJohn
> > 2008. Ztrack is in the process of bringing in two new lines from
> > which will add almost 200 more products to the site. Thank you
> for all oftime
> > your hard work and dedication!
> > Ztrack will continue to offer subscriber specials on AZL new
> releases and spec
> > ial imprint cars from FR. We are also looking to continue special
> car runs
> > with Micro-Trains.
> > As we move into 2008, it looks like another exciting year for Z
> scale. Ztrack
> > is growing and adapting as the scale grows. It is a wonderful
> to be in
> > Z!
> > Happy New Year!
> > Rob Kluz
> > Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
> > 6142 Northcliff Blvd.
> > Dublin, OH 43016
> > phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
> > http://www.ztrack.com/
> > Distributor American Z Line
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