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.
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?

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 ....
For the main lighting of the layout, I have installed a total of 5 LED-strips, 3 with Warm White LED's and 2 with adresseable ....
Some more progress on the building of the new layout. Skyboard and mountain backdrop are installed. The lights for the....
The High Line Bridge crosses three roads. Above the road, signs with Zity Edge is placed using Woodloand Scenics 5 mm dry....
Will the city skyline give the great feeling of a North-American City? I hope so, finally. Time is come to setup some....
Backdrop behind the layout is installed. I want to have curved corners and I used some flooring and have the backside out and ....
Time has come to test the placement of the High Line Bridge. The first layer of paint and a testinstall of some track, to see ....
Just finished the switchpanel for Zity Edge Layout using JMRI software. With a computer, NCE PowerCab, JMRI and NCE USB....
All tracks, turnouts, motors and electric wiring are installed and working on Low level. All decoders and turnout motors are....
Check out the first testrun on the Zity Edge Layout. The Low Level track is ready for action.
On Zity Edge Layou, finally all the tracks are installed, except for a few feet of tracks on the elevated track, and the....
Near all tracks are installed on the Zity Edge Layout. No electrical connections have been done yet. On all hidden areas I ....
A lot of the track will be hidden behind and under high citybuildings. The image below shows all visible tracks, and the....
After some more tweeking with the tracks I have changed the return loops, so its much easier to set the different trains in....
Now the plywood base sheet and the high level plywood base in cut and glued together, ready to start installing the track on....
The new layout room, a small closet in my new apartement, is now ready and I have installed the benchwork for the....