Post by Rob Albritton on Jun 5, 2012 15:21:06 GMT -5
Now that we have updated our web site, we thought we would add something new: our AZL Forum.
Right now your thinking "what?!? ANOTHER Z scale forum?" Well lets face it, you just can't have enough Z, and the forum doesn't cost anything (other than time) and what better way to spend your time than talking about Z?
But seriously, we want to have an open place where we can share our modeling experiences and techniques as well as keep folks up to date about our products and services. This is IT!
Post by Rob Albritton on Jun 7, 2012 15:17:38 GMT -5
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Last Edit: May 12, 2017 6:35:32 GMT -5 by Rob Albritton: Updated and clarified language
Glad I found this forum. Being new to the scale I sure can't get enough info and to also get first hand info from one of the leading manufacturers is priceless. Look forward to sharing and learning from you all.
Is there a section in this AZL forum that I can post a "For Sale" of AZL only items I have available? Is that even allowed for this group? Again, to be clear, of only AZL items... new, never run. ThankZ.