AZL is offering another very nice addition to z scalers, the Trinity RAF 53′ spine car set with 53′ trailers. This is a five car set that includes five spline cars with 5 trailers. The spine cars are metal body with add on etched features. The Spine cars themselves are really well done and the 53′ trailers add to the deal.
Included Options For The AZL Spine Car Sets
The z scale spine car and trailer sets from American Z Line comes with a few different options for you. You get 5 sets of trailer hitches in both the up position as well as the down position. Also included are 5 sets of 4 container hole adapters for when the container is on the spline car as well as 5 sets of container posts for when you don’t have the containers on the car. These options will require some assembly and a steady hand. The video below on the left has more info.
53′ Trailers For The AZL Spine Cars
The 53′ trailers that come with the set really make the cars. The trailers feature the trailer legs, wheels that turn and wheel sets that can be repositioned. All of that in Z Scale!
A Couple Of Videos
Below are a couple of videos on for the AZL Spine Cars. The first gives a nice overview and the second shows the cars in action. Very nice work again by the crew at American Z Line!
I thought I would pass along a little info I received from AZL. As a dealer in the past, I still get a few updates from them. Most AZL locomotive issues can be resolved simply without having to return the locomotive to AZL. AZL stands behind there product and your chosen dealer should be your first source of help with any issues. It’s their job! So below is a video that will hopefully help you with any AZL locomotive repairs or issues you may have. Most of the issues point back to the PC board coming our of position. I know when I was a dealer, it was an issue and always and usually an easy fix. After that, start with your dealer. If they don’t respond, it may be time for a new dealer.
I just thought this layout was so cool! This is a shorty layout built by RG Layouts. It just shows you how cool z scale is. Not sure of the actual dimensions but the soda can gives you an idea. This layout is running the Shorty Series trains from Rokuhan that will negotiate a very small radius. They tend to go in and out of stock as is common with Z Scale. If your favorite dealer doesn’t stock them, check out both Amazon and ebay. You can actually buy this layouts and others prebuilt for RG Layouts. Check out their site and youtube channel. They have some really cool little layouts!
Little layouts like this really get my modeling juices flowing. Building a huge layout can be so intimidating. These little z scale layouts can be done and finished (when have you ever “finished” a layout) in a short period of time and be displayed just about anywhere. This is a great way to try your hand at building and detailing a layout without spending a boat load of time and money. Trying scenery techniques on a small layout will build your confidence. You can always build bigger in the future!
What You Need
If you decide to build your own little layout for the Rokuhan Shorty series, you will need just a few basics. A little bit of track, your choice of the Shorty locomotive and stock, a controller and a a base to build it on. As for the base, get creative! The base itself can be a work of art. As you shop for the Rokuhan Shorty locomotives, you may have to buy a powered chassis. Make sure you read the item description! You can find some Shorty sets with everything you need including the locomotive, track and controllers. Both Amazon and ebay offer a nice selection of Rokuhan Shorty products.
Just a quick reminder that on 11/25/22, AZL will start it’s Z Scale Friday Specials for 2022. Each Friday for the next 6 weeks, AZL will feature some great buys on z scale locomotives, cars and more. Truthfully, nobody really knows what the specials will be except the guys at AZL. If you check some of the past deals, there usually are some great buys including buy one get one deals including locomotives! What a great way to build your collection! The deals go live Friday AM and are available exclusively at AZL Direct. One thing they have done in the past is let the deals run through the 6 weeks until they sell out. I am sure they will do the same thing this year
Archistories Barn Kits Coming Soon
If you haven’t seen the video below, take a look. Coming fall 2022 these little barn kits will be a must have for many of you. If you have never built a Archistories kit, you really need to give them a try. It is so easy to build them and get great results that even I can do it! Here is a link to a build I did on their Turn of The Century House Kits. Enjoy the video!
We are still scouring ebay looking for deals, I am sure you are as well. I used to send a list of items that I felt was worth taking a look at when I was a dealer but it’s getting harder to find the time. Check out the Z scale category at our Trainlots Blog. Most of the posts draw live feeds from ebay that may spark you interest. I still toy with the idea of jumping back in as a dealer. Maybe when I retire?
For the second PA1 release, AZL brings you New Haven in the striking McGinnis paint scheme! While the PA1 were designed for passenger service, the New Haven used these unit to pull freight as well. AZL Is offering the locomotive in two different road nubmers. Contact you favorite AZL dealer now.
Another 8,000 Gallon Tanker
I really like the 8,000 Gallon tanker series AZL has produced. This month a single care is availalbe for the Paluxy Asphalt Companty, road number SHPX 4034. Contact you favorite AZL dealer now.