Georg from Sweden has been in touch with his Z scale layout:
These are my pics from my Z- Layout. I hope some builders may be inspired…
Started with an approximate layout made with a program (Scarm) in the computer. I printed it out in scale 1:220 (Z). The plate is made of two layers of styrofoam, one 50 mm and one 25 mm glued together. The whole plate is 1250 x 590 mm The hills are of same material. I use an electric cutter and a scalpel to form the landscape.
There are 9 separated blocks and 11 switches. The “underground” is filled with wires.
The hills are painted with acrylic, first a base color, black/white/red mix. Then several layers of black washes and then washes in different colors until it looks right! Go out and take photos of the real landscape – you learn how it really looks and you will get lots of fresh air to!
After painting I use Woodland Scenics stuff for grass and bushes.
The trees are made of copper wire of different dimensions, the leafs are again Woodland Scenics. You may spend lots of hours making the scenery, adding lots of small details will always improve. My choice is almost no time in front of the TV!
All running vehicles will be weathered.
In the future this layout will be extended with a harbour. (I hope!)
A superb layout from Georg – his wiring pic made me go dizzy!
That’s your lot today.
But please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get stop day dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.