8974Re: Z scale "aura" compared to N
- Mar 5, 2002Hi Bill,
You are quite correct in mentioning that opinions come in all siZes
as well as viewing heights ;-)
I'm glad that there are a variety of layouts and differing viewing
heights at train shows. The Z-Bend Track 50" standard is fine for a
walk-around modular layout and has many advantages. Setting up the
VECRR at 50" would require a platform lift and is impractical
obviously. My viewing height is determined by the height of the
table or counter top so it does vary on occasion. At some shows the
height was such that I placed a bench in front of the layout so that
little ones could get up to see the layout properly.
My only beef with standing-level viewing heights at train shows is
that our handicapped and wheelchair bound visitors are unable to
enjoy the Z trains above their heads. If it were possible to do so,
I would suggest a modular concept with two leg lengths, one for
public shows with comfortable viewing when seated and the second for
club gatherings at 50". Perhaps this could be done with a two part
screw-in tubular leg system? Just food for thought.
I noticed that David George had incorporated this idea into his
layout at NTS2001.
--- In z_scale@y..., zbendtrack@a... wrote:
> > The perspective of looking down compared to looking at
> > the trains is a topic of much discussion here lately
> And it will probably continue as long as their are modeler's out
> Each of us "sees" with a different mindset.
> For what it's worth, both the modular standards are at 50" which
> an eye level viewpoint. Both groups independently arrived at the
> height, which is even more amazing. When these very large layouts
> assembled at shows, its a ton of fun walking along with the trains
> sensation of "being in the scene" and not flying over it.
> Opinions come in all sizes....
> Bill Kronenberger
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