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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 1 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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      >
      > 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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    • 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 2 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 3 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

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          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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        • 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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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                • John Mui
                  Melissa and Rob, you need enlist the help of the basement cleaning specialist, Randall Smidt. :D John ... From: To:
                  Message 8 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
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                    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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                  • 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 9 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 10 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 11 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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