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AZL November New Releases Part 1
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:51:25 PM »
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AMERICAN Z LINE
November 2013 New Release – Part 1

Rocky the Goat is here! This month, AZL is bringing Great Northern heavy Mikados to Z scale!

GN Heavy Mikado:



50103-1 GN USRA Heavy Mikado 3145 GN Green - MSRP $219.00
50103-2 GN USRA Heavy Mikado 3146 GN Green - MSRP $219.00
50103-3 GN USRA Heavy Mikado 3147 GN Green - MSRP $219.00
50103-4 GN USRA Heavy Mikado 3148 GN Green - MSRP $219.00

Photos of all new items can be found at: http://www.americanzline.com

Recommended pairing for the GN Mikados, GN waffle gondolas! These are still available in both sets and a single!

91247-1 GN 2420 Waffle Gondola 78622 Single - MSRP $32.00
90247-1 GN 2420 Waffle Gondola 78604, 78605, 78606, 78621 Set 1 - MSRP $117.00

See the new American Z Line ad on page 31 of the December 2013 issue of Model Railroader!

AZL has launched an ad campaign in Model Railroader Magazine to show readers what is available in Z scale and increase exposure of the product line. More ads are coming!

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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2013, 09:44:23 AM »
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AZL really needs to start centering the logos on the tenders.   :|
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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 11:52:45 AM »
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That just does look wrong.   :o
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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2013, 11:55:31 AM »
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But is it?



Note how the logo aligns over the front axle of the rear truck. This is the same placement on the AZL version.

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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2013, 12:39:34 PM »
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But is it?



Note how the logo aligns over the front axle of the rear truck. This is the same placement on the AZL version.

Rob

Sorry Rob, but that photo shows a centered logo, and it does not align over the front axle of the lead truck, it is further forward than that. Remember also that the front and rear trucks aren't centered on a USRA style tender. And coal bunkers varied. The logos were almost always centered on the bulk of the body for aesthetics. The AZL tenders all look off balance because of the logo placement.

Did these all arrive in one shipment and road names are being doled out one per month, or are they still being produced this way each month?
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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2013, 09:50:39 PM »
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Mike,

All runs are done. They were produced at the same time. As we have shown, logos are not necessarily all centered. AZL has found plenty of examples where they were not. The CBQ photo was a prime example. But I concur that being centered does look more esthetically pleasing. The question is it accurate? Again looking at the GN photo, AZL's placement is much closer to reality. The GN logo is definitely over the truck on the prototype. So is AZLs… Is it right or is it wrong? I can argue both ways on this. But it is what it is, in reality and in model form…

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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2013, 11:36:26 PM »
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Over the truck or not, the logo is centered on that tender.
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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2013, 11:43:34 PM »
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Mike, you should bookmark this so you copy/paste next month  :trollface:

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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2013, 08:20:33 AM »
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If you guys want, I can just add it to the bottom on my announcement. Hey it would save time!

 :D

But I don't think the logo placement on the tender will be an issue with the next release…

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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2013, 01:35:08 PM »
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Looks centered here:


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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2013, 03:51:32 PM »
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Their ad in MR magazine shows a model with another roadname. That road's logo on the tender is also not centered...
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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2013, 03:54:13 PM »
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Their ad in MR magazine shows a model with another roadname. That road's logo on the tender is also not centered...

I think every release so far has had either the logo or lettering set towards the back.

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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2013, 03:58:36 PM »
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Bingo, well almost all:



Not that it matters to me, but it matters to people who think it matters  :ashat:

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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2013, 04:05:08 PM »
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Do we have an emoticon for beating a dead horse? :facepalm:

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Re: AZL November New Releases Part 1
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2013, 04:12:50 PM »
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Seriously....

And again we covered the CB&Q Mikado which is what appeared in the ad. See the below photo. Not all logos were centered.



And yes, I know the above photo it not an USRA Mikado... etc, etc. etc. Right or wrong. AZL has proven their point. Not all logos were centered. It is okay to admit this.

But can't we all admit that the Mikados are a serious advancement for Z scale? Or do I need to post some photos of circa 1985 Marklin Mikados to illustrate the other option?

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