To build models that appear "realistic"
- "Richard Butler" <rbutler77@...> wrote:
> What scale can be made to look more realistic N-scale or Z-scale?
> Rick B.
Welcome to Z.
Realistic is in the eyes of the beholder. In HO scale there is
Malcom Furlow who models New Mexico desert scenes. His scenery is
described by many as caricatures or fanciful. He is a professional
artist and has a large following with the HO scale modelers. There
is also scenery done by George Sellios (SP?). He models the gritty
look of industrial East Coast life during the steam engine era. In a
way his modeling is also a caricature but it conveys an entirely
different feeling. George is a manufacturer of highly detailed HO
scale structure kits.
In Z scale we have models built by many talented model makers.. For
a scale reference I have posted to the Files section in the Bill
H 'Odds and ends' folder two photos from Lionel Gazeau. One shows
an O scale and a Z scale model of the same structure. You can see
that if you model in Z scale, you could include a whole town in the
space that is taken up by the O scale model.
The O scale model shows how more minute detail can be modeled in O
scale so the viewer becomes drawn into the minutia. "Look at the
little oranges." The Z scale model, on the other hand, shows the
total scene and conveys an entirely different artistic feel. "I saw
a building just like that in Mexico". Of course, if you desire, you
can also include oranges and dried garlic in your Z scale model.
The photo of the Chama station shows the relationship between
Lionel's hand and the size of the Z scale model. An N scale model
will be less than twice that size. A HO scale model will require two
hands to hold and an O scale model will requie a base for the
structure to sit upon.
I don't know how much, if any of these models are built of wood.
Robert Ray uses a laser cut machine and much of the basis of his
model are made from wood. Also his models are models of things that,
in real life, are basically built from wood.
The Chama station is a wooden structure but I don't know what
modeling materials Lionel used. I don't believe that he utilizes a
Laser cutting machine.
In a direct answer to your question: What scale can be made to look
more realistic N-scale or Z-scale? My answer would be, depends on
your talent and the perception of the viewer.
I have posted these two photos without Lionel's permission so I will
remove them in 7 days.
I hope that this helps.
El Toro, CA
- I like to scratchbuild things in Z out of wood too. N Scale can be
made more realistic, as it's closer to real size. But there is no
challenge making realistic N Scale stuff, You want Z! It's much more
satisfying to make a realistic grist mill with waterwheel in Z than in
N. That's something I have wanted to do too, but never got around to it.
Check out this guy's Z Scale scratchbuilding:
Lionel can get down. Most of his photos show a coin so you can see how
small his work really is.
I have made reference to a few professional model builders. Here is
are links to view their work.
Malcom Furlow's G scale layouts
Malcom's HO layout
Malcom is an artist and in a strict sense he is not a model
railroader. After appearing in Model Railroader Magazine he gets
commissioned to build model layouts. His work is expensive because
it is not his principle field of activity.
George is a manufacturer of HO scale structures.
Lionel is also an artist who appears to concentrates his work within
a model railroad atmosphere.
I get no renumeration from any of these professionals and I have
never communicated with any of them. I am simply a huge model
railroad fan. If you have a lot of time to surf the net, check out
Although my name appears in the URL it is not mine.
El Toro, CA
- Richard----- The real trump cards in Z scale structure building are the
arts of photoetching and laser cutting. Check our cyber-pal Reynard's
work at Micronart, and the equally wonderful Microstructures-- these
kits are as good or better than ANYTHING in any scale, bar none. Add
Robt. Ray's kits, the various paper kits and others,and, though you
won't have quite the variety, you'll have all the quality. As for
scenery, the beauty of Z is the ability to approach scale scenery-to-
train/structures ratios so as to give the appearance of a RR built
through geography, rather than geography added to a layout. I think the
advent of Microtrains turnouts will facilitate some large layouts, and
Z will garner publicity beyond "curiosity".
It's a good time to get on board.......