Any chance of a photo of the bogie arrangements please.
Its an interesting setup reading what you say regarding the bogies & the way they are produced, maybe in regard to being able to produce more accurate & higher detailed bogies & perhaps cheaper is nice, but the question is at what real cost?
I am all for added on detail for models, but I wonder how far & to what extreme its taken us, especially with so much being made in the Delrin type plastics that are almost impossible to glue when broken or simply come adrift, more especially when the detail that is added cannot be seen to the average eye on a layout.
The Austrains range of 4 wheelers certainly improved detail & brought things to a new level, but with the cheap junk couplers failing & needing to be replaced it can be a job of frustration, made harder by the 2 hand brake rods that cover them, also if one wants to change a wheel the fiddly brake pull rod assembly blocks the way, & needs to be gently prized away, to allow the replacement then try to refit, more often than not it falls off, & another time consuming effort to try & get it back in place again. On several occasions I have then found the same assembly lying in between the rails, & I am blowed if I am going to go to the trouble of lifting all the wagons to see which one is missing & then go through the assembly process again, & the reason I need to individually check them is that the detail cannot be seen at eye level when stationary at any distance over an arms length, let alone when moving.
The thing then, or question really is, have we gone too far in the area of underfloor detail with this setup?
For some they may be happy but in the end there will come a time when one needs to do work on a wheel or similar & it will be a problem then, also how much of this snazzy new level of bogie springs & brake detail can be seen looking down at an angle of the model? If it cannot be seen is the detail really necessary at least to that extent?
From my perspective & I have not seen these vans, although will be getting some, I would prefer that they have sliding doors on them, that way some degree of internal detail can be more readily seen than what is under the floor. Guards seats on each side, pot belly stove in the middle of the seats, emergency equipment along the sides between the 2 doors, a wall between the long goods compartment & passenger compartment with seats along the ends, they would be preferable to me.
A6et here are some pics of the LHG
I had to buy one