Bret’s Z scale

“Hi Al

I am a model railroader from Chandler, Arizona, USA. I make 2’x3’ frames with bottoms and removable hi density foam inserts. I time everything done during construction. The ranch layout took 15 ½ hrs. to complete. That’s including the frame. The village took 17 hrs. As you can see they are easy to carry around. I make my own control boxes and everything is glued down.

My next project is to use a ping pong table that folds up to save room. I’ll use flex track pieces to connect the 2 halves after setting up the table. Should be able to get 2 or 3 cities and a lot of scenery on that setup… It is wonder full to see all the different stuff people are doing on your web site… keep it coming…

THX Bret”

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And now Dangerous Dave has been in touch again. And at first, I thought he’d been on the sherry again:



Well, it’s all about having fun isn’t it? Otherwise, what’s the point? If only I’d posted it before the weekend…

And don’t forget, if it’s fun you want with your layout – rather than pulling out your hair – this guide will sort you out.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

26 Responses to Bret’s Z scale

  1. david howarth says:

    Brett you sure must have great eyesight modelling in Z scale , that is some nice layout you have built with all the detail …very well done …Dave

  2. Frederick says:

    Thought has anybody modelled Spanish or French rail on this site ?

  3. Steve Roberts says:

    Amazing modelling in this scale, mine’s ‘N’ and that is bad enough. Great work Steve R uk

  4. Ian McDonald says:

    they are great layouts I have trouble with my n scale you must have a lot of patience very interested in seeing the table tennis layout when completed. great video Dave. Very good rain effect. nice garden feature.

  5. Tim says:

    Well done Dave your productions get better and better – BBC watch out.

  6. Bill Fitzpatrick says:

    Fine job Bret. My sausage fingers and wonky eyes have a hard enough time with HO let alone Z!
    Dave, those Koi are very realistic are they DCC controlled? I also like the airplane flying through. I couldn’t see the wires at all! A thought, the kids amusement rides are all running in reverse. Then again it is anything goes!
    . Fitz from near Philadelphia

  7. Dave Whatley says:

    Great job Brett, thanks for showing them off, I to will be watching for your next layout. Dave in Savannah, Ga. USA

  8. Peter Boston says:

    Dave, all your vids are brilliant, but this one surpasses all.

  9. Well done, Dave. A treat as always.

  10. Lynn says:

    Brett, well done! I can’t see much with my HO gage layout without good specs. Your Z scale is superb!

  11. Lynn says:

    Dave, your video was great. I noticed the red ballast you used this time. What kind of ballast is it? I still want to know what your favorite brand of sherri is?

  12. Carl Kinzinger says:

    Well done, both Brett and Dave. What an empire could be built in Z scale!
    I think Dave’s vids with special effects is only surpassed by his layout.
    Keep up the good work fellows.
    Carl, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada

  13. Nathan says:

    Awesome job Bret,
    you look like a happy camper finishing your z scale layout. I am also working on a z scale layout it’ll have a European look. Yesterday I just got done finalizing my track plan hopefully in the future once I start building the layout I’ll be able to share some photos with everyone. Nathan on Maui

  14. modular portable train sets…….how groovy it that?
    and I still dont see how you guys work with that small scale stuff
    keep em runnin fellas

  15. Phil says:

    Z scale. Wow.

  16. paul Otway says:

    Nice Z scale layout.

  17. Nathan says:

    If you think this z scale small try checking out TT scale / teeny tiny Scale. Nathan

  18. Dr. Bob says:

    Soo tiny and soo not to scale. Love the idea though, very well put together and modeled.

  19. Tom Oliver says:

    Fantastic modelling Brett. So much in a small area. Well done. And clever Dave has done it again!

  20. Ian Campbell says:

    Great to see so much detail – animals & fences – in Z scale.

    Z is really hard to obtain here, or I’d do it as I am very size-limited. It would be good to have really long lines with extented running, as the rails take up so little space & near-realistic landscaping could be done in not much room.

  21. Lyndon Vickery says:

    Dave’s missed his vocation……….. A1:)

  22. Gary Jurgens says:

    With “Z” scale I would like to have a finger wraped around and engine just so we could see how small “Z scale is.

  23. SHELDON H. SCHUSLER says:

    Great job BRET…….
    SHELDON. Chandler Arizona

  24. Jim says:

    Great bit of modeling there, Bret. And I too would have a difficult time with this scale. HO is tough enough.

    Well, Dave is just being Dave. Always on the cutting edge.

    Jim AZ

  25. Gerry says:

    Dave,

    Which program are you using to do your video’s and editing??.

  26. Dampflok says:

    Hi, Brett. Great to see your Z scale layout. Such an inspiration. I especially like the scenery. It’s just right. You’re an inspiration to me as I am currently building a 90cm by 50 by 10 high. Thank you. (Maybe it will appear here someday.)

    And Dangerous Dave, what a delight to see real length trains running in a suitable sized layout. Bravo.

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