Re: [z_scale] Sadly,HO, N & Z Have Problems
- Hello N & Z Scale,
I started out in HO scale in the late 50s. Had problems with
with everything; track, turnouts, engines, rolling stock.
It was not until the early 60s that we saw some better performing
engines and turnouts at a reasonable price.
When N scale first came out in the mid 60s I was one
of the first to purchase Arnold Rapido products. As
the sole providers of N scale products they
were in the position that Marklin is in today with Z.
Arnold invented and created all the standards for N scale.
But it wasn't until the 80s that decent competition and better
trackwork came out for N scale. I still remember my
disappointment with bad N scale turnouts, bad performing
engines, ad nauseum. By the late 80s-90s, N scale had
manufacturers like Kato, who through sheer quality
improvements, forced manufacturers like Atlas,
Bachman, Peco and even Arnold to step up to plate
or get washed out.
Marklin can and will do better. Competition will drive them
to it. The smaller the scale, the more sensitive all mechanisms
are to misalignments, manufacturing errors, dust and grime.
If I had the space and the money, I would build myself
an O scale empire, but I would always have my charming
miniature Z scale empire in an adjoining area.
Now that N scale has started to mature, I understand
completely anyone who desires to switch to that scale.
Z scale and Nn3 has had a long hard infancy and will
not mature until there is serious competition, especially
in the trackwork department.
Best of luck,
Reynard Wellman, DBA Micron Art
"D. A. Karp" wrote:
Well, I wish you luck. I agree that sometimes having to tap locomotives to
make them move is aggravating - it's one of the concessions we Z-scalers
make. The problem is that one makes concessions when working in any scale
- you just have to choose which concessions are acceptable to you. My $.02...
At 05:52 PM 3/1/2001 +0000, you wrote:
>Given the hours (weeks, months?) that go into working on a layout, I
>just can't see accepting this kind of performance. Nor when I purchase
>a fairly expensive locomotive or turnout should I have to modify it so
>it will work. Not work better than anything I've ever seen, but just
>work, I have too great a problem with that.