Help!!!!!

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by flare_951, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. flare_951

    flare_951 New Member

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    :confused: I have little model RR experiance and what I have is all HO :(. I really don't have room for my dream layout, so I did my " :rolleyes:Homework:rolleyes: " and found out about N and Z. I want to know any tips, tricks and prices for N/Z.

    Thanks for any replies,
    Flare_951
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Flare...

    Welcome to The Gauge!

    Z scale is quite expensive compared with N and especially HO. N/Z are comparible when considering the space you need for a layout (N is 1:160, and Z is only a bit smaller at 1:220).

    I would take some time to read through the N/Z forum and see what others have to say. We've had this debate/discussion often... :D

    Andrew

    PS - please stop calling all your posts "Help!!!!" - you are more likely to get a response if you put your subject in the title, e.g. "Tell me about N vs Z scale" ;)
  3. Zman

    Zman Member

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    A good place to start is by getting the Walthers N/Z catalog. It's a good sampling of what's available and how much it costs. Most hobby stores have them, or you can order one online at www.walthers.com.
  4. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

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    Another consideration would be eyesight and dexterity. If repairing antique watches (or something similar) is something you can do, Z wouldn't be a problem. However if you have trouble putting the lid back on the catsup bottle (like me) I wouldn't attempt it. :D :D :D :D
  5. jhoban

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    I just made the disicion to go with N scale myself. I just got back into the hobby and asked the same thing you did. I cant say anything about Z, other than what I have seen is quite expensive. As for comparing HO to N, N scale is slightly cheaper. The catch though is that with N scale, you can and will fit more stuff into a smaller area, making the cost more.

    So yes, I find N scale cheaper initially, but if you are not careful, you will end up spending alot more than planned.
  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    I went through the same delema a few years ago. I bought some HO, then N sets and a few kits, and decided that my eyes and fingers were still good enough to work in N scale, and so I could get the layout I wanted in a lot less space. Costwise, I see little difference in N scale vs. HO in rolling stock and locos, but structures tend to be cheaper. And obviously, you use less scenic material, and track and roadbed becomes a lot cheaper per protoype foot.
  7. Zman

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    My main project is in N scale, but to satisfy my hankering for a little Z, I bought a holiday train set - going to build a little scene for the Christmas tree.
  8. Jeremy m

    Jeremy m New Member

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    I have been in N scale for about 30 years now. It just keeps on getting better. Items to think about. 1. DCC or block system 2. Get a good set to start with. (Kato or Atlas) 3. Get good track. (Kato) After some time in the n scale you may want to hand lay your track. 4. most of all have fun with your railroad.