SDS Models web update mk2

 
  The railway dog Junior Train Controller

My wants are a bit more humble, I'm sweating on those brake vans.

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  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
My wants are a bit more humble, I'm sweating on those brake vans.
The railway dog

Not sure which vans in particular your sweating on but there is a recent FB update of their EHO's

Regards,

Catchpoint

"Some early renditions of our High elliptical roofed EHO. Delivery is anticipated Qtr 3 2015."

  The railway dog Junior Train Controller

Catchpoint

Thanks, I should've been more specific. I'm waiting on the goods brakevans, SHGs etc. They're my favourites.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
https://www.facebook.com/SdsModels/photos/a.369409706509610.1073741826.319134508203797/722428684541042/?type=1&theater
"All models will feature a factory fitted ESU LokSound Select (8 function) decoder and are suitable for operation on DC or DCC systems. The models will feature working headlights, illuminated number boxes, white and red marker lights and ditch lights. Your options will be locally recorded and developed 'Profound Sound' and custom numbering."

note: PN Intermodal 8103 is a typo, it'll be 8102.
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

Wow! 12 candy numbers and both bicentennials. This really is a great announcement but there is no mention of a release date.
Assuming $350-400 a loco might be realistic?
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Not that I am complaining (decals can resolve this any) but a bit strange that only 2 Freightcorp Blue numbers are being done. That said there is more than enough Blue units being done that decals can be used to customise them.
Price and release dates will be interesting and will govern how many i get.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Extra info posted to facebook by SDS about the 81's "The Non-Sound units will feature a factory fitted ESU LokSound Pilot decoder.".
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.

1978 built versions of the VR QMX - https://www.facebook.com/SdsModels/photos/a.369409706509610.1073741826.319134508203797/729012253882685/?type=1&theatre

Website has also been updated 3 March with various product updates, of interest to many will be the 81 class pricing "Our Introductory pricing is $275.00 for non-sound models and $385.00 for sound models. This pricing is for full payment prior to delivery. Post-delivery RRP will be $335.00 and $445.00 respectively. "
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

Website has also been updated 3 March with various product updates, of interest to many will be the 81 class pricing "Our Introductory pricing is $275.00 for non-sound models and $385.00 for sound models. This pricing is for full payment prior to delivery. Post-delivery RRP will be $335.00 and $445.00 respectively. "
Poath Junction

I see $275 (including the non-sound DCC decoder and full lighting control) as a killer price, $385 for the sound version seems reasonable. The after delivery price is certainly a lot harder to swallow, but this is the reality we need to face in the (very) near future.

Interesting now to see what price point Auscision can bring their NR / G & BL's in at, with sound as the only option.

How do people feel if $385 (or thereabouts) is the base (pre-order) price for new models?

Paul
  a6et Minister for Railways

I see $275 (including the non-sound DCC decoder and full lighting control) as a killer price, $385 for the sound version seems reasonable. The after delivery price is certainly a lot harder to swallow, but this is the reality we need to face in the (very) near future.

Interesting now to see what price point Auscision can bring their NR / G & BL's in at, with sound as the only option.

How do people feel if $385 (or thereabouts) is the base (pre-order) price for new models?

Paul
FirstStopCentral
Paul as far as I am concerned & its something I have been saying for some time now, the prices are fair enough & they will be cheap prices within 12 months.

Anyone expecting the prices we have enjoyed now for years, with minimal increases especially in the loco range is living in either a fools paradise or Pixieland.

The prices are after all for diesels but there has been gradual & higher increases for those modelling steam. AR kits owner Al Cutmore said at Liverpool last year that DJH in England who produce the white metal kits have told him that a minimum of 20% will be added to kit prices each year for some time to.
  Fairlight Station Master

Location: Always watching....
I think those prices are fine....the days of the $250 pre-order are numbered.
A $385 prepaid with sound is a great deal....
The only thing this changes is the finer selection in choosing what you want and limiting purchases. Buying with sound is my new direction and installing sound into my current fleet also.....

A Pair of Bicentennials is a good start.Smile
  LaidlayM Chief Commissioner

Location: Research
Now that SRM have released their FX can I get some re-assurance from SDS that they will get the shunter steps the right colour on the early versions?

Mark
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
81 order form available. http://www.sdsmodels.com.au/81x.htm
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Definitely looking forward to the NR livery for these; was dissappointed when Austrains dropped it (and the BL for that matter) and to have sound as well for $385 is pretty damn good (even Auscisions $250 preorder + S180 for a sound chip is $430 total).
  qldchook Locomotive Driver

Has anyone received their 1960s pack B bitumen tanks yet?
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Has anyone received their 1960s pack B bitumen tanks yet?
qldchook
Held up in customs, hadn't been released to SDS at the time of the Sandown exhibition (10 days ago). Shouldn't be too far away now.
  NSWGR1855 Deputy Commissioner

Now that SRM have released their FX can I get some re-assurance from SDS that they will get the shunter steps the right colour on the early versions?

Mark
LaidlayM
SDS's track record for getting the colour right is second to none, however an email to SDS should guarantee the right colour on early versions, unlike the second rate models from some competitors who just rush poorly researched inaccurate models onto the market. Remember with the SDS model you get a more accurate model with the correct sized (diameter) wheels.

Terry Flynn.
  qldchook Locomotive Driver

Held up in customs, hadn't been released to SDS at the time of the Sandown exhibition (10 days ago). Shouldn't be too far away now.
Poath Junction

Thanks Poath Junction.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.

Bargains! - http://sdsmodels.com.au/ocyspec.pdf
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
I was just idly scrolling through the SDS site and I noticed a drawing of a JCW container flat.  Not yet delivered as far as I can tell, and it does not fit my era so this is merely out of interest.

The thing that struck me was the distance from the bogie pivots to the coupler.  Since I am in the process of moving the pivot on my TAM and other 72'6" cars from centre of the three axle bogie to over the outer axle to reduce the distance from centre of track that the coupler swings out on curves, I wonder how those JCWs will be coupled.  I see the Kadee have a coupler designed for long cars, but I have not experimented with that coupling as yet.

Any comments. ideas or suggestions for those interested in a JCW?

Best regards,
John
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
I was just idly scrolling through the SDS site and I noticed a drawing of a JCW container flat.  Not yet delivered as far as I can tell, and it does not fit my era so this is merely out of interest.

The thing that struck me was the distance from the bogie pivots to the coupler.  Since I am in the process of moving the pivot on my TAM and other 72'6" cars from centre of the three axle bogie to over the outer axle to reduce the distance from centre of track that the coupler swings out on curves, I wonder how those JCWs will be coupled.  I see the Kadee have a coupler designed for long cars, but I have not experimented with that coupling as yet.

Any comments. ideas or suggestions for those interested in a JCW?

Best regards,
John
John_Bushell
John I have 25 packs of the Kadee #451 long swing couplers in transit now. I intend to use them on long pass cars to keep the cars close coupled and still allow them to turn. I only managed to find three packs in Australia on line, but I will show them on my blog when I get a chance The pin attaching them is sprung and notched to force them straight when not restrained by another coupler.
Cheers
Rod
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
John I have 25 packs of the Kadee #451 long swing couplers in transit now. I intend to use them on long pass cars to keep the cars close coupled and still allow them to turn. I only managed to find three packs in Australia on line, but I will show them on my blog when I get a chance The pin attaching them is sprung and notched to force them straight when not restrained by another coupler.
Cheers
Rod
comtrain
Thanks Rod, I might have a look at those, or buy a couple to test.  I want to keep the cars as close as is feasible because big gaps between carriages look ugly.

Rgds,
John
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.


https://www.facebook.com/SdsModels/photos/a.369409706509610.1073741826.319134508203797/755144497936127/?type=1&theater
SDS will be doing FX series 1 hoppers as single packs.
  Draffa Chief Commissioner

How do people feel if $385 (or thereabouts) is the base (pre-order) price for new models?

Paul
FirstStopCentral
Not good, but it's reality.  Prices for Chinese-built items cannot be held down indefinately while wages are rising in China.  Plus our wages have been rising to compensate, although we've been living in some kind of dream world for the last few years with our $ held artificially high due to the mining boom (without the high $, the prices increases would have been easier to swallow, as they'd have been over an extended period rather than ~$70 in one hit).
I feel that within a short timeframe, $350 will be the new $220.  But for that price we will be getting much higher quality models than we could have dreamed about ten or fifteen years ago, some with bells and whistles (literally).

Five years ago, people scoffed at the very idea of mass-produced RTR QLD locos, and now we have two companies in a race with each other to cater for our market. $329 for a loco for what is admittedly a small market should be considered a bargain.
  sandown Chief Commissioner

Location: sydney
I was just idly scrolling through the SDS site and I noticed a drawing of a JCW container flat.  Not yet delivered as far as I can tell, and it does not fit my era so this is merely out of interest.

The thing that struck me was the distance from the bogie pivots to the coupler.  Since I am in the process of moving the pivot on my TAM and other 72'6" cars from centre of the three axle bogie to over the outer axle to reduce the distance from centre of track that the coupler swings out on curves, I wonder how those JCWs will be coupled.  I see the Kadee have a coupler designed for long cars, but I have not experimented with that coupling as yet.

Any comments. ideas or suggestions for those interested in a JCW?

Best regards,
John
John_Bushell
At Hobosn's Bay expo last the was a JCW sample running on Maryborough, the wagon is fitted with long shank scale head Kadees and the coupler pocket has a wide throat like the prototype. It's designed to run around 24" radius curves.

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