- Dec 2, 2003Jim,
I don't want to bring your enthusiasm down but I feel what we
currently lack in building Z scale anything is either casting or
injection molding. Some level of detail can be obtained by Photo
etching, but none of the lathe and end mills can get to the level of
detail that casting or injection molding gets. For Z you need all the
tiny details. For example take a Z-scale loco from Marklin and
observe the details from the rivets to the trucks, no mechanical
machine can do that. I own a 4 axis CNC Mill and CNC Lathe and access
to most CAD software. The only things I can build for Z loco are some
parts for the drive mechanism, even making the gears right is
extremely time consuming, so I use Marklin gears and drive mechanism.
If we could find an artist like Yuji who could make a master
mould in styrene or wax or resin then it could be reproduced in
Brass, add some PE details and use some CNC for making the chassis
and drive mechanism parts and you have a working loco.
So in order of priority I would say Casting, Photo Etch, CNC
machining, decal making and painting. The CNC parts could also be
It is a great effort that you making for Z scale community,
but concentrating on CNC alone will not be able to achieve what you
are trying to do.
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