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Re: Ztrack, Plans for 2008

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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 1 of 18 , Jan 2, 2008
      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 2 of 18 , Jan 2, 2008
        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 3 of 18 , Jan 3, 2008
          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 4 of 18 , Jan 3, 2008
            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 5 of 18 , Jan 4, 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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            • John Mui
              Melissa and Rob, you need enlist the help of the basement cleaning specialist, Randall Smidt. :D John ... From: To:
              Message 6 of 18 , Jan 4, 2008
                Melissa and Rob, you need enlist the help of the basement cleaning
                specialist, Randall Smidt. :D

                John
                ----- Original Message -----
                From: <ztrack@...>
                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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                >
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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 7 of 18 , Jan 5, 2008
                  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 8 of 18 , Jan 5, 2008
                    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 9 of 18 , Jan 5, 2008
                      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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