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Did someone say, "kudzu"?
I always loved Jim Downing's Mazda powered Kudzu
Forgive me if I'm missing something but I think that car is Buick powered.
Serious question: Did anyone ever BUILD a slug, from the ground up, as a slug, not a conversion from something else?
The track looks great (can't tell it is Z scale - looks more like N or H0), but with 3D printed ties, it mist be fairly pricey.
Thanks. I think price ended up coming pretty close to within reason.Compared to N Scale, based on MSRP and adjusting for to "per inch" prices, these come in at ~2.5x the cost of Atlas/ME C55 Flex. Compared to other Z Flex, *drumroll* dead equal! Of course, who pays MSRP? Based off MBK price, comparison jumps to ~4x of N Scale C55, and averages about ~1.3x vs other Z Scale flex. And let's not forget my ties come un-assembled and are very much more fragile to work with. But, given the end result of how insanely better C40 looks vs C55, especially for Z, I say totally justified. Except, when we bring in Atlas' Z Scale C55 flex (which I just now notice is already available) the difference jumps to 2x MSRP, 2.6x more than discount price. So bummer there; that difference will certainly add up quick. But the end game is expanded market to bring cost down and variety up! So, immediately Atlas has cut Z Scale Flex cost in half. Definitely a huge step! Visit the Atlas Z Flex product thread for gripes re: why they did not go C40 themselves.
I've started a new project. N scale has enormous potential for railfanning. It's the perfect balance between detail and size. However, most people have smaller layouts or narrow shelves so they can only do tight photo angles. But that's not what real life is like. In real life the trains are minuscule little snakes slithering through vast swaths of nature. I've always loved railroad pictures where the trains are dwarfed by landscapes. I seldom see model photos like that. And I can't say I've seen any large scenes that didn't involve mountains. I've always wanted to do something incredibly large--like the Royal Gorge in T to scale (and that's only about six feet tall. Very doable.) or B&O across the Indiana plains in about 10x6 ft of just flat nothing (not so easily doable). So that's the philosophy. Now that I have a fairly large bachelor pad that's not permanent enough to justify a layout, plus a new camera(!), I thought I'd act on my ideological convictions. Last week I stumbled upon this photograph and immediately noticed it's potential. I'm a scenery novice with practically no experience. I think I can do kudzu though! I'm also from the deep south and even though it's not western PA where I model it still fits with my SAL interests. Southbound at Emerson by Patrick Phelan, on FlickrI cobbled together a copy with my stash of free Styrofoam from work. It's about 6 ft. by 2.5 ft. That's still smaller than the real life, of course, but I still have to be able to transport this thing.Here's a mockup.I dragged out my B&O standard plans book and found that slopes are a 1:1.5 ratio. So much hacking and slathered plaster later and I've got this:And here it is with the opposite slope mocked up.I experimented with a different angle and immediately regretted only doing one side of the slope.So I mocked up something to add to that side.I'm barely into this but I've got a few thoughts so far:1. I think I made the slope too large. I'll beef up the other area to compensate.2. Focus stacking software is imperative for what I want.3. It's dawning on me that the "three foot rule" might actually apply here. I've never had to deal with it before lol. Some things will matter though, such as ride height, weathering, and coupler size.
I've started a new project. ...Last week I stumbled upon this photograph and immediately noticed it's potential. I'm a scenery novice with practically no experience. I think I can do kudzu though! I'm also from the deep south and even though it's not western PA where I model it still fits with my SAL interests. ...3. It's dawning on me that the "three foot rule" might actually apply here. I've never had to deal with it before lol. Some things will matter though, such as ride height, weathering, and coupler size.
The NP had 3 "slugs" in the 1960s, rebuilt in 1959, 1960, and 1965, but didn't call them that. These were the "electric trailers" ET-1,2,3 used in the Pasco hump yard. They started as Baldwin switchers, and were almost exclusively used as hump pushers.