Here's a message I've been meaning to reply to and just haven't managed yet.
I don't think the sender will object to others considering these points and
I thought they were great ideas.
**************On 24-Mar-99, RGSPEMKT@...
>Hi Mike --
>I've been watching, with interest, your CAD ideas.
>In case you didn't know, I own American Model Builders and
>95% of our product line is designed in CAD and laser cut.
>The other 5% is made up primarily of white metal casting,
>with a lot of the masters using laser cut components.
>Check out our website for further information: <A HREF="www.laserkit.com">
>There are two of us at AMB who are Trolley/Traction nuts,
>myself and one of my VP's, Bill Hoss, and we both subscribe
>to the Trolley List --- I'm also the one who started the
>"Interurbans" list and I must admit that was done with an
>eye to researching the feasability of marketing laser cut
>trolley/traction kits. I also did it for my personal interest and
>the hope of increasing interest in trolley modleing.
>Right now, the trolley/traction model market is small, as all of
>us obviously know, so what we would do through our regular
>product line might not mesh exactly with what you, Bill and
>I might hope for, but with some careful planning and patience
>we might be able to produce the types of products that will
>get more people interested. I sort of feel that this can be done,
>as I have had this same philosophy in mind since I saw my first
>laser cut part in 1981. I knew at that time that laser cutting could
>be a real "boon" to the model railroading world.
>We got our first laser in 1992 and now are the largest manufacturer
>of laser cut model railroad kits, plus we do the custom cutting
>for 25 other model railroad manufacturers who advertise and
>market laser cut railroad kits.
>Bill and I have made quite a few trolley models for ourselves using
>the laser cutters. If you're interested I can post some jpegs
>of a couple of those models directly to you or re-run them on
>We can provide custom laser cutting of parts for individuals,
>but cost is a factor. We have two lasers and they are run 24
>hours a day to keep up with LASERKit production. So doing
>custom cutting has to fit in economically from the business
>standpoint. However, some of the items you've been discussing
>could be of use to enough people that the amortization of the
>cost would make it affordable. Or, we could include the items
>in our product line and work it out that way too.
>Just food for thought.
>American Model Builders, Inc.