PlateLayer by Svein-Martin Holt


Welcome To PlateLayer Z-scale Project Blog

From Jacobs Creek layout in Z-scale. This layout is now demolished, but a new layout, Zity Edge RR, is under construction.

Here you will find information about different  Z-scale ModelRailroad Projects I have been involved in..
Some of them are more finished than others, and some are under development and others are on hold.
A major part for me in my hobby are to develop new projects and to dream about the ultimate layout, and hopefully build it some day.
And with Z-scale I can have big dreams.

Check out the current project under development, Zity Edge Layout.

D type Hooded Signal in Z-scale

There have been some slow progress in the development of signals for the Zity Edge Layout.

The newest signal is a D-type Hooded 3 Light Signal, modelled using Fusion 360.

The first D-type signal is assembled, still unpainted. And a few more gate crossing signal bridges are waiting to be painted.

The D-type Hooded 3 Light Signal rendering, created with Fusion 360.


The D-type Hooded 3 Light Signal assembly, to the right, with 2 road crossing signals, waiting to be painted.

Working Z-scale 3D-printed Railroad Crossing

Check out the article

Check out the Working Z-scale 3D-printed Railroad Crossing.

The project is still under development.

The page: Railroad Crossing Gate


LED-Matrix skybox


Using adresseable LED's creating a matrix to light up a skybox, let you show different images and lightpattern on the skydrop.

Check out the article here:

LED-matrix skybox - PlateLayer by Svein-Martin Holt

The skybox with a sunset, using the image of the sunset.

Zity Edge Images

Check out the latest images from Zity Edge RR Layout.

Zity Edge skyline with mirror on the left side.


Zity Edge Layout by day.


Zity Edge Layout by night.


Zity Edge Layout by night.


Zity Edge Layout by day.


Zity Edge Layout by day.


Zity Edge Layout by night.


Zity Edge Layout by day.


Zity Edge Layout by night.

Zity Edge Image: Day or Night

Another set of images from Zity Edge Layout. The same scene in daylight and night showing the effect using adresseable LED's to light the different buildings.

Both levels of the layout shown in this images.


Zity Edge Layout by day.


Zity Edge Layout by night.

Zity Edge Image: Zity Moving & Storage


Zity Moving & Storage Company.


Zity Moving & Storage Company is one of the industries on Zity Edge. The building is based on the Ztrack REA Transfer Warehouse kit by Archistories.

The Fuller Paint building is created from a photo, glued on a foam base.

All lights are adresseable LED's, run by an Arduino Microcontroller.

All engines and boxcars are from AZL.

Zity Moving & Storage Company behind the Fuller Paint building(left).


Zity Moving & Storage Company behind the Fuller Paint building(left).

Billboards on Zity Edge Layout

Check out the article about billboards on Zity Edge Layout.

You want a hamburger?


Panorama view of Zity Edge Layout

There have been a great progress the last months on the layout.

Many buildings have been added and they are all now equipped with LED-light, all adresseable and run by an Arduino Mega.

Here a panorama overview of the Zity Edge Layout, both in daylight and by night.

Zity Edge Panorama by day.


City Edge Panorama by night.

Roads created using Raster Images


The roads on ZIty Edge Layout are created using raster images and PhotoShop. Check out the description in this article.

Adresseable LED's for lights and animations

Check out the new article about using adresseable LED's on the layout, including some Arduino coding you can use:


Adresseable LED's for Lights and animations

Images from Zity Edge

3 different images from Zity Edge Layout, showing some progress. A few homemade trees are installed around the churdch. The cars need paint. Still a lot to do.

A night shot from Zity Edge layout.
The cars need to be painted.
Homemade trees are installed around the church.

Cityline comes to live with lights

The Zity Edge downtown cityline starts to come to live with internal lights in the buildings.

Hundreds of windows are cut out on the facade and glazing are inserted.

54 adresseable WS2812 LED's in the current line, with various colortemperature in the different rooms, including the warning beacons and flashing light on top of the roof. All run by an arduino using the FastLED and MobaLedlib libraries.

The floodlight of the church are installed. More details on the landscape will be installed later.

The ZityEdge downtown cityline starting to come to life with lights in the buildings.


Video #4 from Zity Edge Layout

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 the trains are running.

Check out the short testvideo #4 from Zity Edge Layout.

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