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Old 07-09-2011, 04:28 PM   #11
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I've seen Z-scale stuff, it's impressive, but tiny! If I were going really small, I think N-scale would be my lower limit.
Hmm, nice idea, but I didn't think N scale is as prototypical - and I've been a Maerklin fan since 1962!
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:40 PM   #12
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What's less prototypical about N-scale over Z-scale?
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:46 PM   #13
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What's less prototypical about N-scale over Z-scale?
I don't know, as I've never really been interested in it. I'm only repeating what I was told, and therefore happy to be proven wrong.

From Wikipedia, N scale can range from 1:148 to 1:160, depending on location, which can lead to inconsistencies, but Z scale stays at 1:220

Anyway, I guess it's up to the modeller :-)
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:50 PM   #14
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Well, as long as you stuck with 1:160 say for all your stuff, everything would be to scale. I agree if you mixed sizes then things wouldn't look right. O-scale has some of the same issues, there is "scale" and "semi-scale".
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:05 PM   #15
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Now where in the world would you go to look that up?
Z scale is very interesting to me. I don't have any of it because it wasn't there when I started with trains and HO was what I could afford. Just because it's tiny doesn't mean it costs less. Can you imagine having the job of assembling those little engines and cars? It would be a short trip to Chatahootchee for me. I'd like to have some z stuff though sometime. Pete
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:49 PM   #16
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In truth, most of the time the smaller stuff with similar capabilities is more expensive. Don't know why the O-scale stuff is so much more expensive than HO or N, that makes little sense.
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:44 PM   #17
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I'll jump in and revive the thread!

Actually, the stuff from Micro Trains, and more recently, the injection-molded stuff from AZL is not expensive, $130 for a geep... decoders are pretty cheap too if you run DCC.

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update: just realized that I helped further derail the original intent of this thread.

I do have some information and links on my site:

http://www.elmassian.com/trains-mainmenu-27/z-scale-mainmenu-108
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:23 PM   #18
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I was getting interested in Z Scale, until I read the piece about the coupler issues. I think the N-Scale couplers are trouble enough.
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:06 AM   #19
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I don't have issues with the couplers, generally.

Sometimes, on older carriages, they can be a bit stiff (or slack) but they're not complicated!
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:38 PM   #20
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The swmbo person is hard to deal with. We live in a four bedroom house, just the two of us moldy oldies, and dammed if i can have a room for an N scale layout. Have considered Z scale myself. Z on a door might be interesting. First, I want to see someone's z scale stuff in operation however.
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