Welcome to the PlateLayer by Svein-Martin Holt Site!

This site will feature my main hobby and interest, modeling Z-scale railroads. The heading, "Have you ZZeen it?", also reflects that.

Follow the building of the new Z-scale layout in the project blog.
The latest development on the Zity Edge Layout.

Follow the building of the new Z-scale layout in the project blog.
The complete cityline on Zity Edge Layout.

Follow the building of the new Z-scale layout in the project blog.
From the last run and photoshoot on Jacobs Creek Railroad.

Follow the building of the new Z-scale layout in the project blog.
From the city on Jacobs Creek Railroad.


From the Silver Creek ZMOD-modul.


From the Silver Creek ZMOD-modul.

From an old layout

The Z-scale is the smallest available major scale and it is only 1:220 in size. The more common scales, HO, 1:87, and N, 1:160, are "much" bigger than this small, tiny Z-scale.

It fit my small available space for a layout and also give some other good challenges because of it's small size.

Another good reason to select this scale, is the possibility to model big landscapes, and let the landscape with mountains, rivers, fields and other, be the main part of the layout. You can see more of the whole picture, using less space.

Since my main interest in this hobby is to plan and model landscapes, I find the scale a good Choice.

The size could be a challenge because everything are so small, but I can buy better glasses.

And I have done that. smiley

The Z-scale community has grown a lot since I started with the hobby in 1984, and I have got many, many good friends from all scales during the years of modeling. There have also been much more available from different vendors in the Z-scale the last years. That's good, but could be expensive.smiley

What's New?

Using adresseable LED's creating a matrix to light up a skybox, let you show different images and lightpattern on the....
Check out the latest images from Zity Edge RR Layout. Zity Edge skyline with mirror on the left side. ....
Another set of images from Zity Edge Layout. The same scene in daylight and night showing the effect using adresseable LED's....
Zity Moving & Storage Company. Zity Moving & Storage Company is one of the industries on Zity....
Check out the article about billboards on Zity Edge Layout. You want a hamburger?
There have been a great progress the last months on the layout. Many buildings have been added and they are all now....
The roads on ZIty Edge Layout are created using raster images and PhotoShop. Check out the description in this....
Check out the new article about using adresseable LED's on the layout, including some Arduino coding you can use: ....
Check out the article "Hearth Tower, a landmark for hope and love in Zity Edge".
3 different images from Zity Edge Layout, showing some progress. A few homemade trees are installed around the churdch. The....
The Zity Edge downtown cityline starts to come to live with internal lights in the buildings. Hundreds of windows are cut....
Check out the progress on the layout: The Powerplant and the Flashing warning beacons.
Check out the YouTube playlist for my new layout, the Z-scale Zity Edge Layout. read more
2 trains with 4 and 2 engines running on High Line on Zity Edge. Still a lot to do on the buildings and the environment, but....
An updated version of the JMRI Switchpanel for Zity Edge RR is ready: Buttons to set all turnouts for the different routes ....
Finally, I have installed all tracks and the High Line bridge, so I could do a complete testrun. I took the layout out of....
A few photos showing the effect of the printed streets and the track in the middle of the road. Engine and car are....
The last few weeks there have been a lot of activity. Now, more than 20 buildings have been created in their inital state,....
The last days I have build many of the background skyline high-rise buildings using images of the fasades, photoshop to....
There have been a lot of progress installing the different streetsurfaces and the tunnelportals for the road. I have also....
Kind of sad day today. Because of lack of space, I have thrown many of my modules into the dust bin. Hours, weeks, months and ....