Re: [Z_Scale] The CarZtenbahn LIVES!
- From: "ulmubi" <cramcke@...>
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 9:33 AM
Subject: [Z_Scale] The CarZtenbahn LIVES!
> Dear fellow Z-scalers,Nicely done, however I have one question:
> In the wee hours of this morning I finished both the construction of
> and the webpage publishing of my newly completed Z-scale empire,
> affectionately called the CarZtenbahn after the egomaniac who built
> it. Feel free to see the construction photos and read the ZLog at:
> Okay, I'm off to collapse into bed...
> Best Regards,
> Carsten Ramcke
> (admitted egomaniac)
The Woodland scenics water looks good but what is underneath it? Is just
Styrofoam, plaster cloth, a layer of paint (what sort? Acrylic?) then the
I'm just about to need to start adding water to my layout this weekend with
a bit of luck but I've been a bit worried about whatever I use escaping out.
Both plaster cloth and the woodland scenics water I can get over the weekend
and use to get this bit done.
- --- In email@example.com, "Jeffrey MacHan" <jmac_han@y...>
> Hi Carsten,have
> Thanks for sharing your terrific Z layout-construction story. I
> two comments:for
> First, tell us when you are planning on taking the CarZtenbahn out
> a run at train shows. I'm sure that there are many of us who'dlove to
> see it in person and show you our moral support with the public.Well, Jeffrey, actually the CarZtenbahn goes on eBay this evening. I
have a nifty idea for a multi-level Swiss layout which lends itself
well to Z-scale. I plan to use the proceeds from the sale of the
CarZtenbahn to begin the construction of the new layout. As I
mentioned elsewhere, I have discovered that, for me, the joy is in
the journey, not the destination!
> Second, you mentioned how much an impact weathering structures hadon
> the overall look of the layout. I would humbly suggest that youwould
> be thunderstruck by the impact of weathering and ballasting thetrack.
I did consider this, but am not sure I have the patience to use a
strand or two of horsehair to dirty up the sides of the rails!
Still, I can agree that it would make a big difference! Perhaps
something for the next owner...
> Also, it is an easy job to hide the turnout motors using acrylicpaint
> and some fine "grass" flock or powder (tape over the actuatoropenings
> first). Rob Kluz has demonstrated how much better catenary lookswhen
> it is blackened although you'll have to contact him to get specificI blackened the catenary on my HO layout and was very, very pleased
> details on his technique.
with the results, and can imagine it is much more dramatic in Z-scale!
> Weathered rails and catenary, ballast, and camouflaged switch motorfinishing
> housings make huge differences on any layout and give it that
> touch.I agree. I will probably expand the detailing on my next Z-
adventure... Thanks for the excellent tips and reminders!
> All the best and hope to see you at a train show some day soon(keep
> NTS 2006 in Philadelphia in mind. It would be great to have youthere.)
Since I live in Michigan, I'm very much looking forward to 2007! The
Great Lakes Chapter of European Train Enthusiasts is planning on
attending with three layouts, in Z, H.O., and 1-scale... Still, I
will try and find my way to Philly next year first, perhaps with the
Swiss layout tucked in the back of my Subaru...
> Jeffrey MacHan
> Chief Imagineer - VECRR
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "ulmubi" <cramcke@g...> wrote:
> > Dear fellow Z-scalers,
> > http://www.greateventtours.com/carztenbahn.htm
> > Best Regards,
> > Carsten Ramcke
- --- In email@example.com, Joe Krepps <occupant@b...> wrote:
> Carsten! Does this mean we'll see some Z-scale at next year'sEuroEast? :)
Maybe. It won't be the CarZtenbahn, but perhaps the next Z-scale
layout. I have an idea for a Swiss layout that I'll be working on
over the next few months, also in Z...
> Nice work! We'd be insanely happy to have you back next year!Thanks, Joe! Sorry I couldn't bring the CarZtenbahn this year, but I
wasn't ready to show it, and I had no way of transporting it (all of
Jan's stuff was in the back).
> mfg,- Carsten (not short, but decidedly pudgy shameless self-promoter)
> Joe Krepps (short, pudgy buyer of your last DVD at EuroEast '05)
> Secretary:Keystone Chapter/European Train Enthusiasts www.ete.org
- Jeffrey is right on. I can't believe the difference painted rail and blacken
catenary make on a layout. In the overhead photo on the link below, the
catenary and rail in the station area has been weathered. The catenary wire in the
front of the photo and track has not been done yet. Big difference!
You will also see I am weathering the building. I love the affect!
Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
6142 Northcliff Blvd.
Dublin, OH 43016
phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
Distributor for American Z Line
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- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Peter Ibbotson" <yahoo@i...> wrote:
> Nicely done, however I have one question:Fire away, Peter!
> The Woodland scenics water looks good but what is underneath it? Isjust
> Styrofoam, plaster cloth, a layer of paint (what sort? Acrylic?)then the
> water?You can see the styrofoam in the previous pictures. I simply added a
couple of layers of plaster cloth over these bits and pieces, then
used a simple latex (water based) paint to color the riverbed. I had
visions of adding tallus for rocks, but found the appearence to be
unrealistic, so I simply poured the mixture right into the basin. I
started a bit above and behind the bridge and let the flow around the
bridge piers. The result looks quite good, though by no means
perfect. Still, it represents a low spot with some standing water
> I'm just about to need to start adding water to my layout thisweekend with
> a bit of luck but I've been a bit worried about whatever I useescaping out.
The stuff dries pretty quickly, so there is little chance of seeping
into the cloth. One word of caution: The mixture cools and hardens
very rapidly. If you have a way of heating your *disposable*
container very close to the layout, so much the better. Heat it
until it begins to smoke, then immediately pour into your riverbed /
basin / lakebed.
> Both plaster cloth and the woodland scenics water I can get overthe weekend
> and use to get this bit done.The ease of procurement of materials is one reason why I used the
materials I did! Good luck!