The AZL GP38-2 locomotives have been billed as an entry level locomotive to z scale. While that may bay true, many, many have been sold. When you look back at the start of z gauge, these really are great little locomotives, especially with such a great price point. Now Micron Art has made it easy to take the detail up a notch. Kit contains .010 photo-etched stainless steel components and drilling guides for handrails and grab-irons; also a complete list of recommended tools, glues and paints. There are illustrations for forming, drilling and inserting the new handrails. Find the Micron Art 1038 Super Detail Kit for your AZL GP38-2 here. Check out the image below for list of details included in the kit. I like the fact that they added the drilling guides. Let’s face it, it takes a steady hand as it is to work on z scale. The drilling guides will help you make sure that your grab irons and handrails end up just where you want them. Recommended tools include the usual tools you already have like tweezers, magnifying glasses, emery board etc. The recommend drill size is an .017 or a #78 or #79. Priced under $25 this is a great little kit.
Micron art offers three very nice z scale semi truck trailer kits to get the freight to and from the rails on your z gauge layout. The three different versions offer ribbed side and panel sides. All three of the kits share some common features including: Tractor Features: cast wheels, detailed wheel hubs,diesel horn(s), side mirrors, seat, steering wheel, stack, 2 fuel tanks (improved mounts), trailer tongue, running boards, Swarovski crystal headlamps and saffire color brake lights.Three different style grills. Trailer Features: cast wheels, detailed wheel hubs, trailer stand, rear doors can be opened and closed, side door, new refrigeration unit,Swarovski crystal saffire rear tail lights, full set of decals for four different lines. Micron Art part numbers are 1075, 1077 and 1079.
Small details even on small scale trains are the difference between a train set and a layout. As technology continues to move forward, the quality of details in z scale will continue to improve. When you look at some of real early details available even for n scale it is incredible what these z scale semi truck trailer kits offer. I think back to some of the n scale cars and trucks my father bought when I was young. There is no comparison. He actually whittled a semi truck and trailer from balsa and sliced tires out of a pencil tip eraser. Makes me wonder what some of these old timers could have done with our technology! Find more vehicles, buildings, bridges and other details from Micron Art at Zgauge.Com.
Another winner from Uncle Wills Full Throttle Z Scale, the BNSF 100 Ton hopper 2 car set. Part number FTPZ-8007 set 1. This set is of the classic Black Swoosh BNSF hopper that was used as Burlington Northern and Santa Fe became fully merged. This type of hopper was first built in the 1960’s with over 130,000 being produced and used by many of the railroads across North America. They are still seen on a fairly regular basis today. Now you can see them on your z gauge line in this very nice, very limited set from Uncle Wills Full Throttle Z Scale. As always the cars are well done and feature loads by Hay Brothers Garage and are packed in stacking cases that are well appointed with BNSF logos and information. Road numbers in FTPZ-8007 Set 1 are #616274 and #616568. You can find them in stock while they last at Zgauge.Com along with a nice selection of other Full Throttle Z scale car sets and product from AZL, Micron Art and more.
The Marklin 8998 Z scale turntable is another one of those Marklin classics that is hard to come buy. The turntable is remote powered, a controller comes installed and came pre assembled ready to use. Here are the dimensions from the factory: External turntable diameter 170 mm / 6-11/16*. Deck length 132 mm / 5-3/16*. Flush mount installation requiring 145 mm / 5-3/4* diameter hole. Unit will shut power off to tracks not being in contact with the deck. Released in 2000 and just available for a few years, they are hard to come by. You can find the Marklin 8998 z scale turntable here and there on the net, your best bet is probably ebay. Fortunately, owners of Marklin z scale appreciate quality pieces and the can still be had in really nice or even unused condition. Click to check ebay for the Marklin 8998 Z scale turntable. There is no question a turntable is one of those details that really adds to the main yard. The Marklin 8998 z scale turntable really is a cool little piece, I actually think many were purchased and just kept in the box. If you are looking to add details to your z scale layout, check out the new buildings, vehicle and detail section added to our store at Zguage.Com.