Hello everyone. I'm very interested in modeling Z scale. I am a complete beginner, although I have a degree of modeling experience when it comes to planes and ships. I would appreciate any advice you gurus might have for me. I've done a considerable amount of research on the internet so far, and will continue to do so until I feel educated enough to start buying. I live in a small apartment, and only have enough room to store three 2' by 4' layouts, hence my interest in Z scale. Here are some of my specific questions: 1. Are the Markel starter sets any good? I particularly like the Bavarian Ludvig I set that Reynaulds has for sale right now. I know that many manufacturers don't necessarily include their top-of-the-line stuff in starter sets. Is this true of Markel? 2. Is there a good software for Z scale track planning? 3. What's a good resource for learning landscaping techniques in Z scale? I know it's practically like micro surgery, but that's part of what I find appealing about it. Thank you in advance for any advice you may have for me. John.