Forgive me if I get a bit long winded here. Bottom line is I'm looking for opinions/advice on the best scale to use in my situation.
I'm not entirely new to the hobby; I had a super small 4x4 HO kit setup about 10 years ago. It wasn't very impressive, but was all I could handle at the time due to space restrictions. I ended up having to tear it down and get rid of it when I moved away.
Fast forward to today and I think I'm ready to start planning another setup. My space is still limited, but not nearly as bad. I have a metal shed in the back yard. I still need to run power and get a window AC unit (it's HOT in Texas!), but that will happen in the very near future. My useable space is mostly likely going to be near the 8x8 range, give or take a few feet on each side.
I kind of got a bitter taste from the HO scale set I had. The small space kind of ruined it for me (it was really only enough to have an outer ring and an inner figure 8, of sorts; not very fun). At 4 times the space now, I'm sure it will be better but will it still be enough?
I've really had my eye on the N scale. I think being about half the size of the HO and being on an 8x8 area, I could really come up with a nice layout (I'm going for kind of a high alpine/mountain tunnel type)...
But then I stumbled upon the Z scale. I could almost have an entire world built on an 8x8 table! The price is a killer, though. This might end up being just too small.
Am I leaning towards the best choice with the N scale, or should I consider something else? Keep in mind, this will be in a shed that WILL collect dust and will not be humidity/climate controlled for the most part. I don't know if that plays in to choosing a scale, but it's still something to consider.