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In model railroading, N-scale is smaller than HO and bigger than Z-scale, or exactly 1:160 scale... or is it 1:148 scale? For me, N-scale is about fun with miniatures, which includes Japanese 1:150 scale buildings, 1:140 tanks and 12" Japanese monsters. (They look cool smashing n-scale buildings and stomping tanks!)

I'm not a die-hard model railroader or an expert in any aspect of it, but I've been interested in it off and on since the late '80s, and have ridden trains before (never played one on TV though). I'm almost totally ignorant of the operation and terminology of actual railroads. I mainly like to spend money and have fun. Soooo... if you're looking for answers to your pressing model railroading questions, you're at the wrong place!

My interest in model railroading has been spread over three "visitations" that last until I move on to something else of interest. These articles cover my 21st century visitations of n-scale model railroading; v.2 was documented after-the-fact.

v.1 Pre-Internet Mongrelia My first n-scale model railroad layout in the late '80s was a "permanent" one, scenic'd with hills and tunnels made with rock molds and Durham's water putty, ballasted track, foam turf and trees. Thematically, it was U.S.A. locomotives and rolling stock with European-ish buildings. In other words, whatever I found at the local hobby shop, liked, and could afford. It was largely dismantled in the '90s, salvaging whatever I deemed worth saving.

v.2 Reichland In 2014, I revisited the hobby in the form of a "temporary" layout, with Kato sectional track on a dense foam rubber surface. I explored Digital Command Control (DCC) and European (German) trains. The theme was quasi-WWII German, called "Reichland" (future theme park) to give cover for the numerous anachronisms and the touchy subject matter. Basically, fun stuff because there's so much cool WWII German n-scale stuff out there. (I like WWII German tanks.)

v.3 Kaijuland In 2015, I revisited Japanese giant monsters, who happen to look great amidst n-scale buildings. This led to getting Japanese n-scale buildings, the dismantling of Reichland (to reclaim space for photography), which led to exploring Japanese trains and morphing the temporary Germany-ish layout into something Japanese-ish.