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[z scale] Great looking trees
« on: July 07, 2007, 05:09:22 PM »
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Re: [z scale] Great looking trees
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2007, 11:38:47 PM »
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WOW!  :) :o :)   Who makes those centerbeams?  Are they photo-etched kits?

Is that Code 40 rail?   To me it looks oversized, would you have any links to Z-scale track made using the 0.030" strip metal for rails?

BTW & FWIW, I think Fast Tracks is going to be releasing their laser-cut Twist Ties in Z scale too (timeframe unclear, maybe this Fall?).   Should be real interesting...

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Re: [z scale] Great looking trees
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2007, 03:34:17 AM »
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Robert made those center beams with a laser.

I don't know what rail he used, but he did come up with a way to hand lay Z track:
http://raybob.boche.net/projects/page921.htm

I used the same method to lay code 40, here is some:



When it is painted and ballasted it looks like this:


Turnouts were made with a Fast Track jig.

Check out David's track work:
http://jamesriverbranch.net/diorama_2.htm

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Re: [z scale] Great looking trees
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2007, 08:09:13 AM »
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Chris .. are you using FastTracks?

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Re: [z scale] Great looking trees
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2007, 04:13:19 PM »
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John,
Yeah they are Fast Tracks C40 #6. I added a few extra ties when I was done to add strength.

The other "flex" track is make with a laser cut jig Robert made. You line it up with PC ties (every inch) solder on one rail and glue it down. Now add the second rail with a MT gauge. To finish slide laser cut wood filler ties in-between the PC ties.

I used 3/64 x 1/32 strip wood for the turnout ties.

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Re: [z scale] Great looking trees
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2007, 07:59:01 PM »
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Hi Guys, the trees visible in this shot are the Architrees sold by Treedad  (Filomon) on ebay. The track is just handlaid code 60? (it's Peco Z Scale flextrack rails pulled from the plastic), and I had to hand lay it because of the trestle. I used the code 55/60 because it matched Marklin track that I have to use for Z-Bend Track modules, as this is a ZBT module.:



In this picture is a mix of the Architrees and Loren Snyder's handmade trees:

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Re: [z scale] Great looking trees
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2007, 03:44:33 AM »
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Robert,

Did you re-lay that track? I remember a spur track and now I just see an old roadbed there  ???

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Re: [z scale] Great looking trees
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2007, 10:47:37 AM »
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Yes, I relaid the track on this side of the module when I reworked the trestle. I also pulled up the siding, and made a logging road out of it. Going to build my Mack logging trucks and place a couple on that road, empties going up, and full loads coming down. ;D