Introduction and question

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by michi_skip, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

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    Hi-I'm a total N scale newbie, and pretty much a model train newbie, we have done one lay out-HO scale, for a friends child--that was so much fun I asked Santa for my own train, and got it. Its a N scale bachmann Iron Duke. My husband bought it for me and now I need to figure out what kind of layout I want-- I would like to do a ZOO layout with the train being a tour train--just not sure if I can find animals that small. What do you think is it possible?? Has anyone ever tried before??
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    wow thats an excellent idea, very creative. Its defidently possible, im not sure about the animals, zoo's have a wide variety of animals.
  3. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

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    I believe Preiser makes a wide variety of Zoo animals, and they look great!

    Check out the Walther's website and type in the type of animals you want.

    Warning: typing "Crocidile" may introduce to either a swiss locomotive, or ALCo's RSD-15! :) They be pricey though! ;)

    Here's some links to get you started:
    Giraffe
    http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-20385
    Sea lion with tamer!
    http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-20260
    Penguins!
    http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-20398
    Tigers!
    http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-20380
    Lions!
    http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-20379
    Bears, oh my!
    http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-20386
    Polar bears! (soon only to be in zoos, as the polar ice caps are melting at alarming rates, drowning them one by one! :( )
    http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-20384
  4. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

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  5. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

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    Those are to cool--looks like I'll be working extra hours and saving some money--I wonder if I could craft them out of sculpey?? Have to look into it--maybe there are some molds out there.
  6. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

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    I highly doubt sculpey would achieve the level of realism these fantastic figures have, and I've never heard of commecially availble animal molds in HO scale.
  7. Meiriongwril

    Meiriongwril Member

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    Miles -
    Michi-Skip would be looking for molds in N Scale - even less likely I think.
    Michi-Skip -
    Go for Preiser, perhaps make the zoo a small one to start with, and add to it gradually as cash beomes available!!!
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    rowdygoudy New Member

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    Wouldn't it be realistic to model in HO scale, but use N scale equipment that is modified to carry passengers for the Zoo train.
  9. Meiriongwril

    Meiriongwril Member

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    Aaaah! I hadn't got that (duh!)
    Of course, the N Scale train is to be a 'garden-like' train for Zoo visitors. In which case, wouldn't O Scale be better for the people and animals? Assuming that O is roughly 7mm to the foot, then N Scale gauge (9mm) is roughly 1'3", a good representation of a Zoo type railway.
    Of course, that makes the figures and animals even more expensive, but they would be easier to make at that size!!
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    michi_skip New Member

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    That's a great idea, could actually use a wider selection of animals then and they wouldn't be as fragile. Thanks!
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    Will_annand Active Member

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