My Z-Scale SD45

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by SmolderZ, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. SmolderZ

    SmolderZ Member

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    Good comparison, the SD40-2 looks very big doesn't it? :)

    I never liked American railroads, I was planning to build a european track until I saw the program "Super Trains" at discovery, it went about the Canadian railroads and they showed some shots of the famous spiral tunnels, and the locomotives looked very very cool, I fell in love with American railroads :) (they don't make canadian Z-scale locomotives ;))

    I didn't had a track (still don't, well I got a big plan and tons of rails ;)) but I dreamed about having one, and when I found out that AZL makes American Z-scale locomotives I jumped into Z scale, I think I made the right choice. I really liked them when I saw them in the pictures on the web, they look so small, so precise, the tinier the better imo :D

    When I had that SD45 in my hands for the first time, wow, it feels so massive and solid, there isn't anything like it, and it runs sooo smooth, it's a jewel, and very very hard to resist :)

    N scale is very good too, not as expensive as Z, and there is much available for it, if you got the space then you chose N, I like long realistic trains but I don't got much space, so Z was the best decision.
  2. hemiadda2d

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    My wife knew better than to allow me to hold that SD45 when I saw it..
    Being brass, I'll bet it weighs a bunch.
    I like Z, but those TEENY rail joiners are a PAIN to install!!!
  3. SmolderZ

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    It's not a problem with some care and love ;)
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    I designed a spriral tunnel based on the Canadian Spiral Tunnels
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    The numbers are in millimeter, I still have to figure out if my locomotives could take the incline.
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    Wow, a spiral tunnel in less than 2 feet! You can sure do alot with a small amount of room in Zscale!
    I would say that is about a 2.5 - 3% grade, I'm not sure how many cars a Z scale loco will pull, but I'm sure it will be fine.


    Mike.
  6. SmolderZ

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    My estimations also say it's a 2.5 - 3% grade. The heaviest cars I got are the husky double stack cars, 1 SD45 could take 10 of those up a 3% grade, more could be a problem, I'm going to run 28 double stack cars with 3 SD45's, it should be possible :)
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    my question is why are the two tracks on the right of the module so close together??? I understand they're going to be of different elevation...!


    All this Z stuff looks good. I considered Z for a while but it was too expensive...
  8. SmolderZ

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    They aren't going to be at a different elevation, they will come together again at the same hight and continui...but this is my first plan, I might let em continui at different hights and let em come together at a later point.

    Letting them come together at a later point would be much much better don't you think? I will change the plans :)
  9. SmolderZ

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    There are some new exciting releases in Z-Scale! :)

    AZL's GS3 in Daylight.
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    AZL's GS3 in desckirted black.
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    AZL's GS4 in Daylight. Southern Pacific lettering.
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    AZL's GS4 in Daylight. Southern Pacific Lines lettering.
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    AZL's GS4 in desckirted black.
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    I would go for the GS3 in desckirted black, I'm only running freight trains and the GS3 looks a bit slicker then the GS4.

    The price?...it's Z-Scale, it's brass, many details...

    take a deep breath...


    $1039 US dollars

    I really got to think this over before I purchase one...
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    ...hey, that's cheap, five brass engines for only $1039.00 :eek: :eek:
    (yes, I know, I know, for EACH steamer...)
  11. CN1

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    Great layout plans and beautifull steam SmolderZ :thumb:

    Are you going for Cab control or DCC? :confused:

    Are Decoders available for Z scale, yet:confused:

    More pics please:D :wave: :thumb: ;)
  12. hemiadda2d

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    The GS-4 Daylight is the no-brainer. Get a set of pass cars, painted in Daylight livery, and run them thru Canada's best scenery! Doubleheaded?:thumb:
  13. SmolderZ

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    hemiadda2d,

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    AZL's GS4 Daylight passenger set. Set comes with four passenger cars (two shown).

    I don't like it that much, and I don't got a station on my layout, freight only :)

    CN1, I'm going for DCC and yes decoders are available.

    More pics, ok! :D

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    AZL's GS3 Daylight passenger set. Set comes with four passenger cars (two shown).

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    AZL's GS3 Daylight passenger set 'Challenger'. Californian version also available. Set comes with four passenger cars (two shown).

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    AZL's GS3 freight set. Set comes with seven Pennzee reefers. Three shown.

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    GS4 freight set. Set comes with seven Pennzee reefers. Three shown.
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    Only 4 pass cars?
    You need at LEAST 10 to make it look realistic! That poor credit card....
  15. SmolderZ

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    Hehe hemiadda2d, I'm not going to buy a $1000 locomotive...well I might in 2005 ;)
  16. pray59

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    Hi Guys, I am also planning a Z layout. I want to rip the track off my N Scale modular layout and lay Z.

    I want to do transition era NP layout, with Pacific's, Mikado's, and F7's to start. I made some decals for my MT ABA set for Lowey Green, and am stripping an NCL worth of Daylight cars for the train too. I got 4 domes that I want to find something to tint the inside of the dome glass green with.
  17. hemiadda2d

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    Welcome aboard, Pray59!
    When I built my GN Ocean View Great dome lounge:
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    I used Tamiya clear green acrylic paint. I airbrushed it on the underside of the dome glass casting, full-strength from the bottle--too opaque.
    I then took a q-tip moistened lightly with 91% alky, and painstakingly wiped almost 3/4 of the color away, leaving a pleasing green tint.
  18. pray59

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    That IS a pleasing green tint Hemi! I'm going to order me some ASAP! :thumb:
  19. SmolderZ

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    nice one hemiadda2d! :cool:

    I've been working on my trackplan, cleaned it all up, tell me what you think! (2 modules, 300cm long, 80cm deep)
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  20. SmolderZ

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    Well hemiadda2d, I couldn't resist and reserved one GS3...I couldn't resist after seing this picture :(:
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    :D