I think the sound option is going to be the next phase of the RTR revolution for Aussie outline. Considering the US market has it readily available in all the big brands, it was only a matter of time before it began here. Problem is that it will add that extra $100+ per model but in comparison to buying a separate decoder etc it would be about the same.Don't give the importers ideas No need to accept a (more like) $140 hike in prices for sound. Auscision sources a light board for every new Locomotive (except the 73 they tell me )
Well then, if they are not going to give their customers a choice then I hope that the decoders (presumably Loksound Selects) are fully featured so that we don't get stuck with a hobbled version as alluded to in an earlier post.Do they actually say that Selects are going to be used?
Whatever these decoders are going to be, I hope (for everyone's sake) that they can bring them in at $350 or so (maybe $325 earlybird discount).Absolutely!! As I said earlier, the 20% wages increase every year for 5 years is going to lift prices as the manufactures will want to lift profits to match prices. However the sound option could be added at cost and sugar coat the price increases. Aussie Dollar today is .7811 and is tipped to sit at close to .80 in 10 year projections, so that is going to impact as well. And don't forget that a good OEM sound chip replaces the light board and that reduces the cost by the cost of the light board which is designed anew for each new engine. That is a good savings. However for the first time our importers have to build their engines to match the sound boards and that will be great for modellers particularly if they use all 6 lighting functions (Select) which can see control of ditch lights, marker lights and correct tail lights or each off as required.
If they are not offering a 'quiet option' then people are going to balk at $400 (or more) per loco...
I'm not that fussed about sound in locos, really doesn't 'do it for me', but I have purchased a few (steam) locos with sound as an easy way to get a decent DCC decoder, even if I end up turning the sound off.
The current crop of 21 pin locos are setting me back around $45 each for a (quality) non-sound decoder anyway, so being able to buy with it already installed and not having to disassemble a new loco is a bonus.
G Class page updatedYou have to give Auscision credit for doing amazing presentations. Until I saw this one I did not want another G. Now it looks like a couple might find their way home and a couple of Powerline rebuilds can be sold off. Well done.
They've just announced the JLX/NLJX vans including the NQRX and NKQX wagons.Well that answers what was "coming soon" on their rollingstock page.
Hopefully the "coming soon" on their loco page includes the 2-4 series G class, the C class, and 2nd/3rd series X class. Or perhaps, something someone else might want......... (One can only hope you know)Probably safe to assume those spots are reserved for the already announced NR and 48/830 locos.
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