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
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
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
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
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.