Auscision Models Blog

 
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller



On the other hand, I'm curious as to whether they'll be offering a "Buy 4, pay NOW and get a 5th 45 loco FREE" offer??? If so, I'll be very happy indeed!!!!! hahaha

Roachie
Roachie

Only if another importer were to suddenly display painted samples of an alternative version of the 45.

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  a6et Minister for Railways

Ian,

I wouldn't read too much into the various sketches shown on their website; I reckon they are just exactly that (ie: sketches), designed to show the various paint schemes rather than being accurate as far as body details are concerned. Another thing that jumps out is that they all have 4 windows per side of cab; whereas the early versions only had 3 windows. Again, I'm not concerned about that whatsoever.

On the other hand, I'm curious as to whether they'll be offering a "Buy 4, pay NOW and get a 5th 45 loco FREE" offer??? If so, I'll be very happy indeed!!!!! hahaha

Roachie
Bill  A bit of a correction.  They all had (sort of) 4 windows on the side during their service lives.  The middle or main windows were split sliding windows that moved to the front & rear.  The early versions also had the side window that was closest to the door on the firemans side as a drop down window whereas the rear window was a fixture & the drivers side the front & rear windows were also fixed.

Ian.  The twin marker lights were fitted over a longish period from the late 60's following the arrival of the MK 4 48cl, & they then became generally standard on most diesels following that.  Likewise the front sand boxes were relocated from around 68 onwards, owing to the difficulty in many depots sand hoses not being long enough to reach around to the front of the bodies. This was especially the case in depots that still primarily had old loose steam hoses, & a lot of sand was wasted.

Likewise what Bill has said, I would think the drawings are more art sketches than anything else.
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Bill  A bit of a correction.  They all had (sort of) 4 windows on the side during their service lives.  The middle or main windows were split sliding windows that moved to the front & rear.  The early versions also had the side window that was closest to the door on the firemans side as a drop down window whereas the rear window was a fixture & the drivers side the front & rear windows were also fixed.

Ian.  The twin marker lights were fitted over a longish period from the late 60's following the arrival of the MK 4 48cl, & they then became generally standard on most diesels following that.  Likewise the front sand boxes were relocated from around 68 onwards, owing to the difficulty in many depots sand hoses not being long enough to reach around to the front of the bodies. This was especially the case in depots that still primarily had old loose steam hoses, & a lot of sand was wasted.

Likewise what Bill has said, I would think the drawings are more art sketches than anything else.
a6et
Yes, sorry....I made a boo boo....got mixed up with the SA 600 class. I'm pretty sure they had only 3 windows initially, but then the 4th window was added at the front of the observer's position on each side. IE: the panel behind the driver's left shoulder, close to the cab door, was originally solid steel, but later changed to a glass window.

My apologies for the slip-up.

Roachie
  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
I noted on the Auscision stand various 73 class locos for sale at Liverpool for only $130.00, marked as "no warranty" and "as is" or "damaged box" etc.

So were they complete duds or just moving units of unwanted liveries?

Anyone?

Regards,

Catchpoint
  lkernan Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I noted on the Auscision stand various 73 class locos for sale at Liverpool for only $130.00, marked as "no warranty" and "as is" or "damaged box" etc.
catchpoint

Damn, i wish they'd had those at Caulfield.  
All I ever see in that box is A and B class leftovers.
  a6et Minister for Railways

Yes, sorry....I made a boo boo....got mixed up with the SA 600 class. I'm pretty sure they had only 3 windows initially, but then the 4th window was added at the front of the observer's position on each side. IE: the panel behind the driver's left shoulder, close to the cab door, was originally solid steel, but later changed to a glass window.

My apologies for the slip-up.

Roachie
Roachie

Bill its no big deal & an easy one to do, especially with the split sliding windows. The later 45's that had the modified Beclawat windows & some having the tinted glass makes the sighting of the individual frames hard.

The other aspect is that the as delivered versions all had the drop down window on the firemans side, rather than the later fitted rubber sealed window as found on the drivers side.  The idea was ok as it was supposed to allow for more air flow with that window open, the problem being that the theory was fine but they idea was flawed as the sliding front panel covered up the window & little air flow occurred.

The other issue was that when opened the top latching mechanism never worked properly, meaning it was almost impossible to fully close the window, & most were then sealed in place with the catches being removed.  The roughness of the 45cl also meant even when fully closed there was still strong drafts coming from the top & around the sides of the window tracks.  

I never got on to a 600 class except when the first one came to PTK, but had to be sent back to SA for approved mods to be done, so cannot really comment other than to say that the one I looked at one the day in PTK, they had better crew amenities including sound proofing & the skins on the cab roof did help reflect the suns heat.  Although I thought a backward step with the older A7 type brake valve.
  Wildtony Beginner

Location: Ingleburn NSW
It's funny, I noted the number of 73 classes in those bargain bins as well and wondered if the one I sent back to Auscision was in there! The Patrick liveried 73 class I originally received had an extremely noisy engine and would intermittently emit loud grinding noises so I would imagine that there was something loose inside the engine that was occasionally jamming in the engine.

Being under warranty I didn't risk opening it up to have a look but rather just sent it back for replacement. The problem was not irreparable I guess but where the heck would you get the spare parts.

I'd imagine that they don't bother either and just flog them off at a discount at train shows.

The other nugget I overheard at the On Track Models stand about someone "spewing" when they saw their models with both timber and steel floors made more sense when I hit the net later and learned that OTM and Auscision are releasing the same Victorian vans. Sounds like the OTM ones will have more internal detail so it may be interesting trying to decide which brand to purchase.
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

I noted on the Auscision stand various 73 class locos for sale at Liverpool for only $130.00, marked as "no warranty" and "as is" or "damaged box" etc.

So were they complete duds or just moving units of unwanted liveries?

Anyone?

Regards,

Catchpoint
catchpoint

I grabbed 7320 in Tuscan (sold out) for $130 about 9:10am on the Saturday and it only had a broken coupler.

Paul
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

I grabbed 7320 in Tuscan (sold out) for $130 about 9:10am on the Saturday and it only had a broken coupler.

Paul
FirstStopCentral
There were also a few 422 dummy units for $150, completely new still sealed in their packets. Must have been engineering samples or something, not fitted with any electrics / lighting at all. Heavy, but they roll better than some RTR rolling stock.

Interesting there were 8 or 9 of these units on ebay that finished on the Friday night before the show. Where did they come from and obviously someone knew they had to get rid of them before Liverpool. They were going for $200+ on ebay.

Paul
  Captain Underpants Train Controller

It's funny, I noted the number of 73 classes in those bargain bins as well and wondered if the one I sent back to Auscision was in there! The Patrick liveried 73 class I originally received had an extremely noisy engine and would intermittently emit loud grinding noises so I would imagine that there was something loose inside the engine that was occasionally jamming in the engine.

Being under warranty I didn't risk opening it up to have a look but rather just sent it back for replacement. The problem was not irreparable I guess but where the heck would you get the spare parts.

I'd imagine that they don't bother either and just flog them off at a discount at train shows.

The other nugget I overheard at the On Track Models stand about someone "spewing" when they saw their models with both timber and steel floors made more sense when I hit the net later and learned that OTM and Auscision are releasing the same Victorian vans. Sounds like the OTM ones will have more internal detail so it may be interesting trying to decide which brand to purchase.
Wildtony
I've opened up a few of these to convert to DCC and a few have had a loose bracket that sits over the front flywheel with the front pickup wires attached to it. It would rub on the flywheel creating noise. A simple fix with glue.

I have 3 of those $130 bargains. One has a cooked board probably place on a DCC layout. Doesn't bother me as the board goes in the bin when converting to DCC. Tested and everything else works. Another has the noise but haven't opened it yet. The third one works ok so not sure why it was reduced.
The manufactures don't bother fixing them. They have a % of the run for warranty returns so just replace and then sell them off as non working models
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Small blog update today. VLX order form now available at http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/VLX%20Louvered%20Van.htm

edit: interestingly, the WCR twin pack and VR + PN single packs aren't on the order form.
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
I did notice the lack of WCR vans on the order form - I thought I missed it in the sea of codes!

Perhaps they'll be on a second order form at a later date?

I think I saw someone ask on the Facebook page about the WBAX vans, too. I wonder how far away they are? I know it's only early October and it does say 2013.

And, of course, how quickly pack WLV-9 will sell out so I don't miss out! Smile

Wolfpac
  LochRannoch Junior Train Controller

Does anyone know what WCR used these vans for? Only pictures I have found they appear to be stabled.

Cheers,

Al.
  ethansx49 Chief Train Controller

Location: Warrnambool
Looks like I may be replacing my old Trainorama VLCX,s with Auscision's
  R719 Locomotive Driver

I just downloaded the PDF, printed it off and wrote on the bottom "1x VLV-36 WCR - $119.95" and sent it in.   They processed my order without issue.
  LiverpoolRange Locomotive Fireman

Location: Port Macquarie NSW
Geez, the Auscision boys have been noticeably quiet since their return from "holidays"!! Wink

Even their FB page is quiet.

C'mon guys - where are the 45 class order forms?
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Geez, the Auscision boys have been noticeably quiet since their return from "holidays"!! Wink

Even their FB page is quiet.

C'mon guys - where are the 45 class order forms?
LiverpoolRange
Agree!!! I have added a few very broad hints (on their FB page) about the order forms for the 45 too.

I recall somewhere that they said the order forms would be available "after the Liverpool Exhibition".... Now the English language being what it is, I guess I was stupid to think they would add the forms "soon after.....". Hell: all their statement meant (in hindsight) was that the forms would NOT be available BEFORE the Liverpool exhibition.....so it could be another 6 months or more before we see them....hahaha

Roachie
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
I suppose if there's nothing to tell, there's nothing to update the FB page/website with. Smile

Wolfpac
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
I find it interesting that on their FB page they mentioned the XPT price rise, however there is no mention of it on the website or blog.

If somebody doesnt have facebook and doesnt participate in any forums, they would'nt know anything about it so presumably they are still able to be ordered at $895. Im no expert at consumer rules but that seems logical to me.

Either way I ordered mine a few days before november, so i'm set Smile
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

yeah I agree on the XPT price rise - communication is the key to all happy transactions to which I am surprised as Auscision are the leader in that area.

The price has limited me to just one candy set - bit pricey for wanting two sets!
  standard gauge Station Master

Blog update

V set drawing

20 and 40 foot containers back in stock
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Blog update 22/11 - 45 Class, 86 Class, 46 Class and XP Locomotive tooling samples. And more teasers too!
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

Wow! That 86 is divine.
Lovely detail and cant wait to see her arrive!!!
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
I just noticed this little sentence on their latest blog update too:

This week we are expecting to receive samples of 3 more locomotives. 2 of them are still unannounced and will be a future announcement/release.

So, what do we collectively reckon the 2 unannounced models might be? I guess it's difficult to even begin to guess without knowing which state and scale they will be.

If NSW HO, I would like to see the 43 as one of them!!!!

Roachie
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
I just noticed this little sentence on their latest blog update too:

This week we are expecting to receive samples of 3 more locomotives. 2 of them are still unannounced and will be a future announcement/release.

So, what do we collectively reckon the 2 unannounced models might be? I guess it's difficult to even begin to guess without knowing which state and scale they will be.

If NSW HO, I would like to see the 43 as one of them!!!!

Roachie
Roachie
Thought the 45 looked nice Roachie for old buggers like us.  Hoping for a 43 would be too much to expect.  Although it is almost Christmas.  Nah they will be some of these box things that all look the same to me.  Anything from 422 onwards until the NR brought in some variation.  Has anyone done a Cedric for the Vics?  Probably have but I don't take much notice of stuff newer than 1967 or further south than Albury.

Perhaps a 41?  Even if they were a lemon still needed for models of Sydney metropolitan area of the 50s and 60s.  Hmmm, not so many of those layouts about.  Put the 41 on hold.

Best regards,
John

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