I would like your inputs on how to overcome a challenge. Please have a read and let me know how you would approach this problem. My need to build some ladders for an N scale tender has become an opportunity to attempt some accelerated learning on modern model building. Here is a drawing, admittedly not machine shop ready, illustrating what I am after. Material is brass. The next challenge is drilling holes in the rails for the steps. I can actually do a fair job of drilling the holes by hand. Accuracy is quite a different challenge with my current skill set. Several idea have been rolling around my head. Here is a summary of thoughts and questions: 1. My old drill press and cross vise are not going to get me there. Is there a jewelers drill press and x-y table combo that offer the accuracy needed? Which ones: Proxxon, MicroLux, Cameron ($$$$), etc. 2. Could a 30/40W laser cutter dimple the brass sufficiently to substitute for a center punch? 3. I wanted to scratch build with brass. Would you use a different approach? Say scratch build with styrene, 3D print, photo etch, etc.? My skill set is still stuck at about 1999. I am beginning to see the possibilities of CAD, CNC, laser cutting and 3D printing. Maybe you can help me up a steeper learning curve by sharing your insights and experience. Thanks!