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  • Glen Chenier
    What Rob says... When submitting informative responses, files, items of general and useful Z Scale interest, you might want to also CC Rob at Ztrack @ aol.com
    Message 1 of 18 , Jan 1, 2008
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      What Rob says...

      When submitting informative responses, files, items of general and
      useful Z Scale interest, you might want to also CC Rob at Ztrack @
      aol.com (remove spaces) for potential Ztrack Magazine print
      publication. Shared experiences are invaluable.


      --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, ztrack@... wrote:
      <snip>....
      >
      > We see so much amazing work being done on the forums, that it is
      amazing. I
      > do hope and encourage those doing this work to submit articles to
      Ztrack. A
      > large portion of our readers do not follow the forums and we would
      love to share
      > your creations with our complete readership.
      ...<snip>...
    • Bob Mitchell
      Hi, Rob, And thanks for that great message--I m glad to be a tiny part of your growing, Essential magazine, and will keep in mind your wishes for pertinent
      Message 2 of 18 , Jan 1, 2008
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        Hi, Rob,

        And thanks for that great message--I'm glad to be a
        tiny part of your growing, Essential magazine, and
        will keep in mind your wishes for pertinent articles
        that you described.
        I'm working on a "review on steriods": a compilation
        of product reviews of three new laser micro-ply
        residential building kits, comparing 'em, adding some
        improvements, and perhaps depicting the three in a
        scene. Suggestions?
        To a great new year, and thanks for your magazine!

        Best,

        Bob Mitchell


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      • Don A
        Bob: Why did you select micro-ply as opposed to three super good kits - or will you also do a side-by-side on non-micro ply? I ve built both types and with
        Message 3 of 18 , Jan 1, 2008
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          Bob:

          Why did you select micro-ply as opposed to three super good kits - or
          will you also do a side-by-side on non-micro ply? I've built both
          types and with care can not see any difference in the final results.

          Thanks. ...don



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          wrote:
          >
          >
          > Hi, Rob,
          >
          > And thanks for that great message--I'm glad to be a
          > tiny part of your growing, Essential magazine, and
          > will keep in mind your wishes for pertinent articles
          > that you described.
          > I'm working on a "review on steriods": a compilation
          > of product reviews of three new laser micro-ply
          > residential building kits, comparing 'em, adding some
          > improvements, and perhaps depicting the three in a
          > scene. Suggestions?
          > To a great new year, and thanks for your magazine!
          >
          > Best,
          >
          > Bob Mitchell
          >
          >
          >
          ____________________________________________________________________________________
          > Never miss a thing. Make Yahoo your home page.
          > http://www.yahoo.com/r/hs
          >
        • Bob Mitchell
          Hi, Don, I meant that mess. for Rob Kluz, but am a digi-bonehead, not that it s a big deal... I just happened to acquire three laser-cut micro-ply residence
          Message 4 of 18 , Jan 2, 2008
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            Hi, Don,

            I meant that mess. for Rob Kluz, but am a digi-bonehead, not that it's a big deal...

            I just happened to acquire three laser-cut micro-ply residence kits in succession, so thought it might be a neat twist to review 'em as a gang, rather than do seperate product reviews for each. I have no special fetish for the manufacturing technique, but I do deeply admire artisans like Robert Ray, who can make that laser talk.

            I'm wondering if it isn't "cricket" to compare the different manufacturer's model houses, as some do a better job than others? I know from expereince that some hobby periodicals don't like me "bashing" (read: saying one's better than another) kits, as that can translate to loss of advert dollars. I don't suspect Rob Kluz of that, but the situation does exist in our "little" world.
            Since I blundered into the bigger Yahoo sphere, does anyone else have any ideas about these, or any, product reviews?

            Hey, y'all,

            Bob Mitchell


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          • Don A
            Well, I have built quite a number of kits of all types including scratch. On the laser front there are three superb kits to look at - Robert Ray s - also
            Message 5 of 18 , Jan 2, 2008
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              Well, I have built quite a number of kits of all types including
              scratch. On the laser front there are three superb kits to look at -
              Robert Ray's - also makes kits for MTL, Jason Alles [Fannocreek] and
              Ben "Anemick" and there are others. There are also some brands way
              low on the quality scale. These good kits all range from micro ply -
              to regular wood - to plastic. Once a kit is finished I think you
              would be hard pressed to say one's materials are any better than
              another. It is really a case of using the best suited materials for
              the kit being built. Alles's plastic wood chip hoppers are almost
              dead-on for appearance since the plastic is so thin and smooth - and
              he has some clever stiffeners that are prototypical. On the other
              hand this material might not be too good for a building's walls etc.
              ...and so it goes.

              ...don

              --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, Bob Mitchell <miniatureerections@...>
              wrote:
              >
              >
              >
              > Hi, Don,
              >
              > I meant that mess. for Rob Kluz, but am a digi-bonehead, not that
              it's a big deal...
              >
              > I just happened to acquire three laser-cut micro-ply residence
              kits in succession, so thought it might be a neat twist to review 'em
              as a gang, rather than do seperate product reviews for each. I have no
              special fetish for the manufacturing technique, but I do deeply admire
              artisans like Robert Ray, who can make that laser talk.
              >
              > I'm wondering if it isn't "cricket" to compare the different
              manufacturer's model houses, as some do a better job than others? I
              know from expereince that some hobby periodicals don't like me
              "bashing" (read: saying one's better than another) kits, as that can
              translate to loss of advert dollars. I don't suspect Rob Kluz of that,
              but the situation does exist in our "little" world.
              > Since I blundered into the bigger Yahoo sphere, does anyone else
              have any ideas about these, or any, product reviews?
              >
              > Hey, y'all,
              >
              > Bob Mitchell
              >
              >
              > ---------------------------------
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              Search.
              >
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            • ztrack@aol.com
              ... Randy, Yes, these are in addition to HTM and Luetke. Once we have the lines up on Ztrack Center, we will make the announcements. Stay tuned! Rob Ztrack
              Message 6 of 18 , Jan 2, 2008
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                In a message dated 12/31/07 10:47:19 AM, randy@... writes:


                > Can you tell us what two new product lines from Germany are being added (or
                > at least tell us when you CAN tell us)?  Are these in addition to the
                > HighTech and Luetke lines that were added recently?
                >

                Randy,

                Yes, these are in addition to HTM and Luetke. Once we have the lines up on
                Ztrack Center, we will make the announcements. Stay tuned!

                Rob



                Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
                6142 Northcliff Blvd.
                Dublin, OH 43016
                phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
                http://www.ztrack.com/
                Distributor American Z Line



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              • Randall Smidt
                Well, tell John to hurry up and get the info onto to ZTrack Center then. ;-) Thanks, Randy ztrack@aol.com wrote: ... Randy, Yes, these are in addition to HTM
                Message 7 of 18 , Jan 3, 2008
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                  Well, tell John to hurry up and get the info onto to ZTrack Center then. ;-)

                  Thanks,
                  Randy

                  ztrack@... wrote:

                  In a message dated 12/31/07 10:47:19 AM, randy@... writes:

                  > Can you tell us what two new product lines from Germany are being added (or
                  > at least tell us when you CAN tell us)? Are these in addition to the
                  > HighTech and Luetke lines that were added recently?
                  >

                  Randy,

                  Yes, these are in addition to HTM and Luetke. Once we have the lines up on
                  Ztrack Center, we will make the announcements. Stay tuned!

                  Rob

                  Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
                  6142 Northcliff Blvd.
                  Dublin, OH 43016
                  phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
                  http://www.ztrack.com/
                  Distributor American Z Line

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                • Melissa Cull
                  Hi Rob, I like the sound of the changes for 2008 especially the track plans (not my strong point), the European coverage means Ztrack is the only magazine
                  Message 8 of 18 , Jan 3, 2008
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                    Hi Rob,

                    I like the sound of the changes for 2008 especially the track plans (not my
                    strong point), the European coverage means Ztrack is the only magazine
                    printed in English.

                    I know I've promised you a couple of how to articles, I'll try and complete
                    them this year once I've tided my model workshop out and can find the ones I
                    built earlier to photograph - at the moment I can't get in there as it's a
                    mess of baseboards, boxes, tools and books....

                    Kind RegardZ

                    Melissa Cull
                    UK




                    With today being the last day of 2007, I thought I would share our plans
                    and
                    thoughts for 2008. First, I would like to announce that two long running
                    columns will be ending. Jeffrey MacHan's Last Spike will end with the
                    January/February issue. This long running column has chronicled Jeffrey's
                    VEC and travels.
                    Over 40 articles have appeared in Ztrack during the past 7 years. It has
                    been
                    an amazing run.

                    John Bartolotto's Z Web Search column is also ending. At this time, it
                    appears the November/December 2007 column will be his last. John has been
                    sharing
                    amazing Z scale-oriented web sites in every issue of Ztrack. John is moving
                    on,
                    as is his column. Of course both will live on in our back issues!

                    We are sorry to lose these outstanding columns, but we are very grateful for
                    the work Jeffrey and John have done. Thank you to you both!

                    With one door closing, another opens. I feel there are areas of the Z scale
                    community and interests that we need to enhance our coverage on. The first
                    area
                    is track plans. We have been trying to increase track plans in Ztrack, but
                    with little success. We are looking for track plans of Marklin track,
                    Micro-Trains track, flex track and even module configurations. Ztrack is
                    also looking to
                    add a column for someone who can help us create track plans, associated art
                    and graphics as well as conceptual plans. If you are interested, please
                    contact
                    us off-line.

                    The second area we would like to focus on is module clubs and modules. We
                    would like to see at least one article in every issue of Ztrack dedicated to
                    modules. This would include club news and a featured module of the issue. I
                    think
                    modules are one of the most exciting aspects of Z today. I think it is
                    important we share the work of module builders with the Z community. The
                    November/December 2007 issue of Ztrack will feature Robert Ray's Time Saver
                    Module. We
                    hope this article will be a kick off to regular module features.

                    The third area is increased coverage of European Z layouts. About 40% of our
                    readers are interested in European prototypes. We need to increase our
                    coverage of these areas. Finally, we are looking for more how-to and
                    instructional
                    articles.

                    We see so much amazing work being done on the forums, that it is amazing. I
                    do hope and encourage those doing this work to submit articles to Ztrack. A
                    large portion of our readers do not follow the forums and we would love to
                    share
                    your creations with our complete readership.

                    Ztrack is also working to increase our page count and content. Deane Shepard
                    is working extremely hard to bring in new advertisers, which will allow
                    Ztrack
                    to grow and increase our content. This is not necessarily an easy task, but
                    Deane is already doing an exceptional job. Thank you Deane!

                    The last area I want to talk about is the web. John Cubbin has created two
                    outstanding websites for us. Ztrack.com is a beautiful site that promotes
                    Ztrack
                    incredibly well. We are planning to increase content on the site. John has
                    visions of creating an HTML newsletter and we will be working on that in the
                    new
                    year.

                    Ztrack Center is our new retail web site. Look for new products to appear in
                    2008. Ztrack is in the process of bringing in two new lines from Germany,
                    which will add almost 200 more products to the site. Thank you John for all
                    of
                    your hard work and dedication!

                    Ztrack will continue to offer subscriber specials on AZL new releases and
                    spec
                    ial imprint cars from FR. We are also looking to continue special car runs
                    with Micro-Trains.

                    As we move into 2008, it looks like another exciting year for Z scale.
                    Ztrack
                    is growing and adapting as the scale grows. It is a wonderful time to be in
                    Z!

                    Happy New Year!
                    Rob Kluz

                    Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
                    6142 Northcliff Blvd.
                    Dublin, OH 43016
                    phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
                    http://www.ztrack.com/
                    Distributor American Z Line


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                  • ztrack@aol.com
                    In a message dated 1/3/08 10:47:45 AM, melissa.cull@mlcull.demon.co.uk ... Melissa, LOL! I had have to do the same thing. Before I can work on the layout, I
                    Message 9 of 18 , Jan 4, 2008
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                      In a message dated 1/3/08 10:47:45 AM, melissa.cull@...
                      writes:


                      > I'll try and complete
                      > them this year once I've tided my model workshop out and can find the ones I
                      > built earlier to photograph -- at the moment I can't get in there as it's a
                      > mess of baseboards, boxes, tools and books....
                      >

                      Melissa,

                      LOL! I had have to do the same thing. Before I can work on the layout, I
                      have to dig a path to it. It is getting better, but I have more clean up to do.

                      Best,
                      Rob



                      Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
                      6142 Northcliff Blvd.
                      Dublin, OH 43016
                      phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
                      www.ztrack.com
                      www.ztrackcenter.com
                      Distributor American Z Line



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                      Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape.

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                    • John Mui
                      Melissa and Rob, you need enlist the help of the basement cleaning specialist, Randall Smidt. :D John ... From: To:
                      Message 10 of 18 , Jan 4, 2008
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                        Melissa and Rob, you need enlist the help of the basement cleaning
                        specialist, Randall Smidt. :D

                        John
                        ----- Original Message -----
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                        To: <z_scale@yahoogroups.com>
                        Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 11:47 PM
                        Subject: Re: [Z_Scale] Ztrack, Plans for 2008


                        >
                        > In a message dated 1/3/08 10:47:45 AM, melissa.cull@...
                        > writes:
                        >
                        >
                        >> I'll try and complete
                        >> them this year once I've tided my model workshop out and can find the
                        >> ones I
                        >> built earlier to photograph -- at the moment I can't get in there as it's
                        >> a
                        >> mess of baseboards, boxes, tools and books....
                        >>
                        >
                        > Melissa,
                        >
                        > LOL! I had have to do the same thing. Before I can work on the layout, I
                        > have to dig a path to it. It is getting better, but I have more clean up
                        > to do.
                        >
                        > Best,
                        > Rob
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
                        > 6142 Northcliff Blvd.
                        > Dublin, OH 43016
                        > phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
                        > www.ztrack.com
                        > www.ztrackcenter.com
                        > Distributor American Z Line
                        >
                        >
                        >
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                        > Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape.
                        >
                        > http://body.aol.com/fitness/winter-exercise?NCID=aolcmp00300000002489
                        >
                        >
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                      • Melissa Cull
                        Hi Rob & John, I don t have a basement:-( Just a tiny box room for my modelmaking room. I ve made a start over the seasonal holiday to dig a path to my
                        Message 11 of 18 , Jan 5, 2008
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                          Hi Rob & John,

                          I don't have a basement:-( Just a tiny box room for my modelmaking room.

                          I've made a start over the seasonal holiday to dig a path to my workbench,
                          might get there by Easter:-(

                          If I let my Mom loose in there she would clear it in a day but her method
                          would be just hire a skip and chuck everything including my
                          models.....eeeeeeeeek!

                          I think I need a bit more IKEA storage systems then I can get it tidy
                          again.....

                          Kind RegardZ

                          Melissa
                          UK




                          Melissa and Rob, you need enlist the help of the basement cleaning
                          specialist, Randall Smidt. :D

                          John



                          Melissa,

                          LOL! I had have to do the same thing. Before I can work on the layout, I
                          have to dig a path to it. It is getting better, but I have more clean up to
                          do.

                          Best,
                          Rob



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                        • ztrack@aol.com
                          ... Same here! I use the Ikea three drawer cabinets for storage under the layout. These have been great. Since I expanded the layout, I may need a few more
                          Message 12 of 18 , Jan 5, 2008
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                            In a message dated 1/5/08 5:00:20 AM, melissa.cull@... writes:


                            > I think I need a bit more IKEA storage systems then I can get it tidy
                            > again.....
                            >

                            Same here! I use the Ikea three drawer cabinets for storage under the layout.
                            These have been great. Since I expanded the layout, I may need a few more
                            for storage.

                            Rob



                            Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
                            6142 Northcliff Blvd.
                            Dublin, OH 43016
                            phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
                            www.ztrack.com
                            www.ztrackcenter.com
                            Distributor American Z Line



                            **************
                            Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape.

                            http://body.aol.com/fitness/winter-exercise?NCID=aolcmp00300000002489


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                          • Melissa Cull
                            Hi Rob, Perhaps the Z scale community should commision IKEA to do dedicated pine Z scale storage systems as many of us use there products for either storing or
                            Message 13 of 18 , Jan 5, 2008
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                              Hi Rob,

                              Perhaps the Z scale community should commision IKEA to do dedicated pine Z
                              scale storage systems as many of us use there products for either storing or
                              mounting out layouts on??

                              IKEA seem to like storage and getting as much into as small a space as
                              possible so would be ideal or perhaps they would like to sponsor a Swedish Z
                              scale train (preferably steam) - even better:-)

                              My modelmaking room got in such as mess also because I had brought new
                              furniture for it which is just the right height for me to put the larger Z
                              scale layout on I'm building but was to be temporaily used for my bedroom
                              until I found a nice pine wardrobe and a couple of chest of drawers for that
                              but they stopped the range I was collecting before I completed the set as
                              IKEA have a habit of doing so am still awaiting replacing my bedroom
                              furniture so the modelmaking room furniture can go in the correct room.

                              Kind RegardZ

                              Melissa
                              UK





                              > I think I need a bit more IKEA storage systems then I can get it tidy
                              > again.....
                              >

                              Same here! I use the Ikea three drawer cabinets for storage under the
                              layout.
                              These have been great. Since I expanded the layout, I may need a few more
                              for storage.

                              Rob


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