8993RE: [z_scale] Re: Z scale "aura" compared to N
- Mar 5, 2002Thank you Robert A. for your kind thoughts on my module scenery. Jeffery
M. stated earlier that he builds dioramas with trains in them. I guess
that is my starting point also. Maybe we should borrow from a famous movie
and book and paraphrase to " And A Train Runs Through It ".
--- Robert Allbritton <robert@...> wrote:
> Hi folks,__________________________________________________
> Just my 2 cents worth: A track height of 50 inches works very well for
> me. I
> constructed all of my modules with them standing at the 50" height -
> result? - when I placed them on the ground for the first time they
> silly. A thin mountain snaked down the middle with seemingly impossible
> grades. Raise it up to that 50" height and it looks fantastic (well, at
> least it does to me.) and that is the point. Build something that makes
> happy. If you derive happiness from the approval of others, then build
> the majority prefer. But, something tells me that if you are looking for
> approval of the masses, then you would be working with HO, not Z.
> David George has a good point: if you have lots of interior details,
> they are going to be hard to view at the 50" height. I had the chance to
> his work in St. Louis, and they are really fantastic (makes my stuff
> like poo - poo) but I kind of liked his modules at the 50" height. There
> were tons of interior details that I knew I could not see, and that
> added to
> the magic and realism. We can not see everything in everyday life, and I
> really enjoyed trains popping up in locations I could not predict.
> To Jeffrey's point on viewing things from above, I agree: I like to see
> things from a bird's eye point of view as well (Probably explains why my
> other "fun" activity is piloting airplanes) but I spend the majority of
> time on the ground. When I want that unusually bird's eye perspective,
> go get the ladder (grin)
> To quote an old line: "To each his own," said the old lady as she kissed
> On the subject of viewing height, the debat continues to rage. I
> like to have the layout at eye level when I am sitting down. When
> I stand and tower over the layout I enjoy the helicopter
> perspective. At train shows I also enjoy watching my trains from
> 10 to 20 feet away. Perhaps the surprise of seeing the miniature
> landscape from many percieved distances is what appeals to
> viewers. We can all pretend to be Superman zooming in to save
> the day as we approach the Z landscape from afar. Didn't you
> ever have dreams of flying like a bird?
> I have heard that Z appeals to many people who seem to sum
> up their feelings with the word "cute". <wink> When the
> cuteness of Z trains is enveloped by a fully scenicked landscape
> the public seems to lose sight of the trains and see an animated
> world. At least that is the impression I get from talking to
> to the Val Ease Central.
> After almost 10 years on the road with the layout, I still get a
> when I step back and enjoy the colours and visual textures of the
> finished diorama (i.e. layout). Our animated dioramas have
> railroads as a central theme but they are really just a series of
> dioramas that may be discreet or continuous.
> Diorama building is a very impressionistic art form. I have tried
> to express my modelling philosophy with the phrase "Don't Look
> for Perfection, Perfect the Look". And I'm still working on it!
> "Z" WARNING! HANDLE WITH CARE! Highly addictive in Small DoseZ!
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