Do it Yourself in Z-scale

Z-scale (1:220) model railroading has many rewards. The novelty of being the smallest mass-produced electric model railroad, the high quality of the available products, and the ability to squeeze a complex and varied layout into a very small space are among them.

However, those who work with Z don't necessarily have all the same luxuries as N or HO-scale modelers, such as a huge selection of spare parts and accessories in every local hobby shop, or the large number of manufacturers to drive down prices. So, those in the Z world must learn to do many things themselves, which can only increase the enjoyment and satisfaction of this hobby. These pages serve to provide assistance and information for the Z-scale modeler. Choose any of the following articles, search this site, or write me with any feedback, tips, or questions you might have.

Content and Design by David A. Karp
Last modified March 13, 2011

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  • June 16, 2009 - I've added instructions for upgrading Marklin's 0-6-0 locomotives to Replacing 3-Pole Motors with 5-Pole Motors.

  • June 8, 2009 - After a brief hiatus, I've completely overhauled the Coping with Couplers article to reflect the changes in the industry since 2001 when it was originally written. I've also expanded it with in-depth coupler conversion instructions, a Micro-Trains assembly guide, and a bit of historical trivia.

  • June 8, 2009 - Lots of updates to the Manufacturers page.

  • May 20, 2005 - Check out my new book, eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition - look carefully, and you'll see photos of several Z-scale trains by American Z lines, Marklin, and Freudenreich!

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