Re: [z_scale] Z scale ties - one more time
- On Mon, 27 Mar 2000 07:20:37 -0800, you wrote:
>From: "Alex W" <TrainRunner@...>Hi Alex,
I have been away for a few days with only occasional access to a
>Actually, Z scale is about 3/4 the size of N. Or, if you want to beYou are absolutely right! If it was I who said "twice as large" (I
>absurdly accurate, it's 72.7% the size of N. Therefore, Nn3 ties would be
>about 37% too big, not twice as large. Not to say that they wouldn't stick
>out like a sore thumb, just that they wouldn't stick out as badly as, say,
>TT scale ties, which are almost twice as big (83% oversize).
actually don't remember - I could have been the one) my mistake was,
that I by mistake referred to short side of a danish 1:1 tie.
I should of course have used the size of the long side of the
rectangular cross section.
Doing this the correct tie-meassure will be 1,1 mm x 0,7 mm (25,4
mm to the inch) .
Severall experiments have proved to me that I - to get a somewhat
realistic scenery - must use the 1.4 mm ties (pcp annd wooden) and
up-scale the distance between ties equally.. This is - of course - not
prototypically correct, but the result is nevertheless better looking
than the attemps to have 1,1 mm woden ties mixed with the 1.4 mm pcb
As I didn't foresee this outcome of my efforts I'll have to solder a
new rail/tie unit together, with more exact spacing between ties.
If I use 7 pc pcb ties soldered to the rail for every inch, I'll get
app 15 cm ( app 6 inch) of track with room for wooden ties between the
I'll use tracks this size to refine my skills. Soldering ties to one
rail is not the whole story. I have ordered more rail lengths and two
more 3-point gauges. And some flux-paste will arrive shortly.
Yesterday I bought a digital camera (Olympus 920 with 3 x optical and
2 x digital zoom - for those interested in this information). So I
*could* document my efforts hopefully leading to a new layout
incorporating homelaid track.
I'm still not convinced that I can do it, though. There is still
curved track. Some would add: "and turn-outs" I wouldn' even dream of
building turn-outs myself. I bought a few code 40 turn-outs. Maybe
(repeat: maybe) I - when (if ever) I have made 50-100 pc of straight
and curved track - will try turn-out making as well.
If I'm lucky (usually I am not) trains will begin to run on my lay-out
as early as 2005.
This is not exactly what I had in mind when I bought the Z-starter
set. But it is great fun nevertheless.
regards Ole Rosted, Denmark