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Old January 8th, 2012, 07:32 PM   #21
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I dunno if virtual model railroading counts, but basically I've been doing some stuff on the computer for several years now. Some pictures:







Before anyone goes on bashing this for "not looking real enough", please bear with me: the software platform, believe it or not, is actually Roller Coaster Tycoon 3! It's a surprisingly old game (released 2004), but it's done wonders and as of my current budget, I don't feel that I can afford buying other train sims, not that I want any.

The main reason why I stick with RCT3 is because the level of detail isn't high enough in other train sims and there's no real joy of building - for most of them, it simply involves driving down pre-built routes; on the other hand, nearly everything in the pictures above are custom-built: the viaducts were built piece-by-piece from custom scenery packs, as are the rocks and catenary lines. Credits go to Justin Chan for designing the trains.
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Old January 8th, 2012, 10:00 PM   #22
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I like them very much, both their sur/realism are quite pleasing one needn't justify her/his passion either



Fascinating, 80-year-old garden model:


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Old January 9th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #23
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Visiting (touring?) British models on an American set in the USA
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Old January 9th, 2012, 05:03 AM   #24
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That garden railway is fantastic, will be on my to-do list when I next visit the UK next.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 06:51 PM   #25
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I agree, it is indeed





(Skip 20-second-long intro ) 1'00" -- mute!
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Old January 12th, 2012, 07:04 PM   #26
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I used to have a layout a couple of years ago.

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Old January 13th, 2012, 11:51 PM   #27
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-- May I ask what happened to it?








No more centipede after 0'49"
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Old January 14th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #28
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well, I had to move to another smaller apartment, so I cut down the whole layout.

H0 scale is very bulky but I still have another layout in z-scale. Later on I can post some pictures of it.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #29
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Good videos Trainrover!!! I still don´t have space to build my Märklin...
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Old January 14th, 2012, 09:48 PM   #30
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Thank you, elnordico.

I'm sorry to hear that, NorikNerd. You're ambitious, going for Z scale, for a brief glance at the scarcity of Z-scale train videos some months ago seemed to tell me that that scale still hadn't become popular (I remember Hamleys having a small set on display on their hobby floor, back in the late 1970s) ... I say ambitious because I can't imagine much variety of models to be acquiring
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Old January 15th, 2012, 10:41 PM   #31
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Thank you, elnordico.

I'm sorry to hear that, NorikNerd. You're ambitious, going for Z scale, for a brief glance at the scarcity of Z-scale train videos some months ago seemed to tell me that that scale still hadn't become popular (I remember Hamleys having a small set on display on their hobby floor, back in the late 1970s) ... I say ambitious because I can't imagine much variety of models to be acquiring
Z-scale is very practical, you can build a layout on a small space, but the locomotives are not very reliable, they easilly brake. Besides that z-scale is very expensive. I have bought all my z-scale second hand.
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Old January 15th, 2012, 11:56 PM   #32
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I know, it's a very attractive scale, although its variety and cost appear prohibitive. May I ask how easy is it to fix your locos yourself, e.g., replacing the brushes, resoldering a lead (cheesh, must I be revealing my age here? )?
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Old January 16th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #33
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HAHAHAHAHA!!! and of course the use of a pair o´glasses...
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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:05 PM   #34
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I know, it's a very attractive scale, although its variety and cost appear prohibitive. May I ask how easy is it to fix your locos yourself, e.g., replacing the brushes, resoldering a lead (cheesh, must I be revealing my age here? )?
you can change motor-coals, which wear out after some time. But you need
a magnifying glass. If the inductor brakes, you have to get a new one and they are expensive, second hand inductors are hard to get by.

H0-locos are much more reliable and sometimes even cheaper.



Some of my locos in z-scale.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:05 PM   #35
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Motor coals, inductors -- that vocabulary must've too much for me in my mid-childhood The detail to your steam loco there's impressive what with its smallness

Dang, elnordico, I've been caught again Well, at least I still handle objects --such as NordikNerd's lower trains there -- nimbly
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:16 AM   #36
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Old January 27th, 2012, 03:35 AM   #37
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Neat Makes me altogether wonder if an average NY'er would have a nervous breakdown if her/his environment become unusually quiet, coz noisiness enouraged around (throughout?) a botanical-garden setting strikes me as really odd, what with the sound files to their models and all
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Old January 27th, 2012, 10:06 PM   #38
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More of my z-scale

One disadvantage: the rolling stock avaliable is very limited. Most locos and waggons are models of german, swiss originals.



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Old January 28th, 2012, 01:37 AM   #39
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I don´t mind the design of german-swiss models, but would be nice to see other famous international models, nice scenery NordikN.
Trainrover: plant lovers and model train ones signed a peace accord for a while...hahahahaha
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