Hello Malcolm, Lajos and Bill K.
Again, these problems with cost vs. volume have reared
up on the board. Malcolm has a good point in demanding
better contemporary railroad equipment and I believe that if we
we are patient, we will see Z products that fill these needed
billings. FR (Harald Fredenreich) has been doing a great
job of filling some of these needs. Micro-Structures (Chris Miller)
offered some of the first two bay hoppers as well.
But there are so many epochs and railroad cars to cover.
I believe PennZee, Marklin and especially Micro-Trains Line
have been doing their best to provide a small market with
various and fun products in Z scale at a reasonable price.
Modeling scale replicas of real world items sometimes requires
all the adventure of research, design and accomplishment
we find in puttering around in our own workshops.
"Off the shelf" finished items will always be the most cautiously
considered by any manufacturer. I find it encouraging that
recently there has be very little "duplication of effort" between
these manufacturers, so each one will be offering products that
are unique and will help widen our roster of railroad cars and
ancillary equipment. But It requires staff and
machinery, research and marketing to put those little items
on the shelf. Eventually we will see some great new
stuff pop up. Hang in there. Great Z scale stuff is being
On Saturday, May 1, 2004, at 11:38 PM, Lajos Thek wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, d.f.avila@a... wrote:
> > How about a little input from anybody that is in the mold making /
> NCC business.� $100,000 for a mold seems a little steep based upon
> work I am familar with quite some time ago.�
> According to Bill, the $100,000 included the cost of not ignorable
> research and development, additional tooling, jigs, printing
> setups,etc... For a new car design, you need an injection mold for
> the shell, an additional mold for the frame, and a few small molds
> for detail parts, so the cost of molds can reach the 65 - 70,000
> range easily. When you have the perfect (I mean PERFECT) molds, you
> still don't have the product yet. Additional steps required:
> producing the parts, painting, printing, assembly, packaging,
> marketing, distributing...
> I have to conclude, Marklin, MT, FR, Pennzee deZerves our maximum
> support, they're, proven, the real risk takers...
> "Z" WARNING! HANDLE WITH CARE!� Highly addictive in Small
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