Re: [z_scale] Re: Member introduction (Dominique)
- Bonjour Dominique,
Merci beaucoup for your words of wisdom. They are very helpful for me,
especially the web site you listed.
>Subject: [z_scale] Re: Member introduction
>Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 14:06:30 -0000
>--- In z_scale@y..., "Howard Koch" <greenforest100@h...> wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> > This is a great group- the best list on the net!
> > My name is Howard Koch. I am an Accountant living in Toronto,
> > Canada. I am new to model RR and know very little about it. But I
> > had the bug in me since I was a kid, when my father had a Lionel
> > train set he ran on the living room floor.
> > I was thinking of getting into N scale, as I had heard very little
> > about Z scale (space is limited in my apt). Then I went to the
> > Model RR Show and met Jeffrey MacHan and his outstanding Val Ease
> > Central - (I had never seen any thing like it)!! He told me about
> > group and Z scale. That was a real eye opener for me. I have become
> > fascinated with z scale, even though I am very wet behind the ears
> > regard to all model RR.
> > I am now in the planning and studying phase before a start on my
> > layout. I will have to wait a little longer as I am short of money
> > just now (between jobs). Just planning and dreaming is fine for now.
> > If anyone wants to get in touch with me at my e-mail address below,
> > feel free to do so at any time.
> > I would also like to thank Jeffrey for promoting Z scale and for
> > group.
> > Regards,
> > Howard Koch E-mail: greenforest100@h...
> > Toronto, Ont.
> > Canada
>Welcome in the world of Z scale modelrailroading Howard!
>About Z scale, which is I agree with you a wonderful scale, You must
>be aware of one primary important thing: there is very few choice in
>rolling stock, track and structures, in comparison with other scales;
>it`s due according to me to the fact our favorite scale is very
>marginal in the modelrailroaders world (ah, you are modelling Z, very
>funny, ah, ah!). Well, no, our scale is not desk-top or Briefcase
>scale, as other scales modelrailroaders think of it (cf.
>Modelrailroader, april issue). So what do you want to model? Very few
>choice, unless scratchbuilding.
>Basically, you have choice between European and North American trains.
>If you want European, only a main choice, Marklin Miniclub
>(essentially German, a little Swiss, a little Austrian). Very good
>products. Several small builders, who make beautiful brass models,
>like Freudenreich in Germany (but more expensive)
>On the other hand, if you want North American, one main choice:
>Microtrains: very nice models, very accurate, very good running
>characteristics, but few choice: essentially years fifties, F-units,
>a small Mogul steamer,40' and 50' boxcars,gondolas and low-capacity
>tankcars. No modern power,no double-stack, no autoracks, no TOFC.
>Marklin makes some american models (same era than Microtrains), but I
>think their shape is not prototypical. But modelrailroaders seem to
>be very happy with them . And you have small builders who make modern
>equipment, like Rogue Lines who release wonderful Dash9-44CW's (very
>expensive, about $500 each, see with www.Ztrack.com ), Pennzee who
>release coal hoppers of very good quality, and other like
>Freudenreich, who release very nice brass models like the Gunderson
>Husky car). I think that looking at all the site
>www.creativelement.com/z will give you a full idea of what is
>possible in Z. But, I think, if you want to model anything else than
>above, only one choice: scratchbuilding. But, whichever your choice,
>you will have fun. It`s according to me the only purpose in
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