Re: [Z_Scale] BAZ in Pomona Feb 25 2006
- Congratulations to the new ZoCal group on your first show (with a little help from the overachiever to the north of you ;-) . Sounds like you all had a great time!
I was talking with Rob Kluz yesterday about how now we see groups and individuals taking part in at least 3 shows a month nationwide (in the USA) now. All this growth is really helping to get Z scale out there in front of the public and increase the awareness of Z scale.
Thanks to all of you.
Bill Hoshiko <billhko@...> wrote:
Jay Greer, David Barnblatt, Steve Gibbs, John Duino, Jim Manley, Jon
Labrie, Keith O. Todhunter, Lajos Thek and I were at the Pomona show.
Jim Manley arrived a little late. He got lost in our LA freeway
system. You ain't in a big city until you drive our freeways. You
enter Los Angeles City when you are at the split of the I-5 and the
210 fwy. You drive for almost 60 miles, drive through mountain
passes, drive through about 6 different cities and arrive back in
Los Angeles where you finally arrive at the LA County Fairgrounds.
What he thought would take 15 minutes took him over an hour.
He brought along a few trains. How many Z scale trains can an
Office Depot computer paper box hold? We never even tried
counting. Well there were many many boxes. Also a brand new box of
Uncle Wills cylindrical hoppers. More than you could count on the
fingers on two hands. (at least it seemed so) The lettering is
amazing. The N scale guys would think that their lettering is crude
and the HO guys should be asking for their money back. Black
lettering on yellow. No room for errors.
David and Jon had two of Jim's preformed layouts operating. The
Marklin locomotives had problems on one. Curved turnouts caused
many stalling moments. When they finally found a MTL Pennsy GP35
the stalling moments ended. The GP35 ran, crawled, and kept moving
without a hitch for the rest of the show. They used the Zthek Snail
Speed controller to power it. Everyone was amazed at the smooth
control and slow speed achieved by it. Power by a 9 volt battery.
No need for an electrical outlet or a two pound power pack. It
redefines portable hand held train control.
The GP35 was relieved by Lajos Thek's SW1 for a short while. Then
one of the visiting observers gave Lajos an offer that he could not
refuse and the SW1 found a new home.
Jim worked on his super lightweight folding modules until he got an
almost flat top on it. He opened a box of MTL MicroTrack that had
enough pieces of track to build a room sized layout.
There will be pictures some where soon. If I only could remember
how to do all the different things with a computer. You heard that
old joke about the guy with Alzheimer's. He could have an Easter
egg hunt in his own back yard all by himself. Is that like playing
hide and seek all by my self?
I will be posting this very same message in several other groups. I
am too tired to write different messages for each.
If I can't post pictures tonight I will try tomorrow morning.
El Toro, CA
Z-scale: minimum siZe, MAXIMUM enjoyment!
G scale model train Ho scale model train Model train n scale Scale model train Z scale model train Z scale
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