SDS Models web update mk2

 
  a6et Minister for Railways

I thought their comment regarding lighting referred to internal lighting in things like the XPT and other coaching stock. I have to agree with them as I am yet to see realistic lighting in coaching stock and what aspect of the lighting on the SDS 81 has not been catered for by Auscision on any of their loco releases over the past couple of years.
Lima started off the Australian prototype one globe light 30 years ago.
Powerline kept the single globe, however they lighted up the marker lights and the number lights and made them directional.
Along came Austrains who just lit the headlights and painted the rest on like Lima did 12 years before them.
Trainorama and then Auscision put the marker lights back in as well as the number lights. but all on or all off, about the same as Powerline offered.

SDS have used a dcc chip that is capable of using up to 11 extra functions, and I believe the number lights, marker lights high and low headlights and ditch lights can be operated independently. That is quite a leap forward without a cost increase.
I think SDS do deserve our praise.
Peter was very negative about lighting, and I guess he really was wearing his bean counter cloak.
Some people on these forums rave that real railways rolling stock have graffiti painted all over them, so should the models. Well some of us say that the beaut stainless steel Aurora cars ran at night, and the shiny stainless steel was always complimented by the bright interior lighting and I guess we can be thankful they decided to add the tail lights on the two vans, all at $150 a car.
When I get my SDS vans it will be relatively easy to light up the guards desk, that is if SDS have not already thought of that. SDS might be the little guy, but they certainly seem to try harder Wink

Cheers
Rod
comtrain
The aspect that hinders internal lights is the flickering nature of them, as found with the Austrains BS/FS carriages, along with the suburban cars but they were not as bad, yet for all intended purposes the idea of the lighting is good, the problem is getting it right,

How come when we can get the all wheel pickup needed for good & reliable DCC operation right, that its not able to be reproduced into lighting of carriages & guards vans, without the problem of the pick ups creating too much a drag on the wheels, meaning the loss of free rolling models?

How many modellers have layouts that operate without the bright overhead lights, which replicate only daylight operations, yet most of those want operating headlights & the like, yet,, at least in NSW the requirement for headlights to be switched on during daylight hours for diesels/electics/DMU/EMU's, under the same rules that applied to the general use of them did not take place until mid-late 1965?  That did not apply to steam however, as the requirement to not have the dynamo turned on during daylight hours, owing to it being a waste of steam owing to the amount of coal & water wastage?

Each new model that comes out with added lighting also generally means that the pick up problem is more often than not is improved as well. What does surprise me though is how some model builders here can build up kits with internal lighting, & add all wheel pick ups to the model, internal lights that do not have these problems, on a full length RUB SET, WHAT SAY YOU ROD?

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  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
I'm surprised some enterprising person hasn't worked out a way to use AAA rechargeable NiMA (?) batteries to run the lights with a very simple charger powered by the rails. The wipers for the pick-up wouldn't have to be perfect....the spring arm from a Kadee return-to-centre base plate pressing against the inside of one set of wheels would be sufficient because it wouldn't matter if the charge didn't happen 100% of the time. I use a similar charger for my 2 NCE hammerhead throttles which I converted to be rechargeable following instructions on Marcus Ammann's website: http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/nswmn/Cradle%20Charger.htm

It would need to be tweaked to operate off the track power as opposed to the 5vdc walwart and the size of the resistor and/or diode might have to be different. I know sweet FA about electronics so I won't make any further comments.....just a thought bubble.

Roachie
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
As Col alluded to,  I wanted my RUB set lighted, so rather than wait for the dark Auscision set, I organised a new build and got what I wanted a bit cheaper than what I would expect to pay Auscision in a few years time.
The lighting does not flicker, is an incandescent soft yellow light evenly distributed through the car. The interior and passengers are now visible at night. The lighting is even noticeable during the day.  Lighting can be improved with a few cents worth of parts. Just a capacitor, a few resistors, and diodes and the cars will remain lighted for 20 minutes after the power is turned off.
If dragging pickups is a problem, why not run a cable through the train, just like the real ones do?  A rechargeable battery will last for years Smile Not sure that the 81 Class ever hauled a tuscan daylight into Victoria, but feel certain the SDS 81 Class will look great on the front of this set Wink   Cant wait to see what Steven does with the Silver City Comet Very Happy   How the hell I am going to explain that set on my layout? It will have to stay on the NSW side around South Grafton I guess Smile
Cheers
Rod
  linton78 Train Controller

Location: South Coast NSW
If you feel like spending more money on your flickering lit coaches you could try a Flicker Free unit from DCC Concepts - http://www.dccconcepts.com/catalogue/e/flicker-free-pickup-springs-and-pickups

If you feel like spending less money you can build one yourself. The Austrains coach lighting boards only require two cheap components, a capacitor and Zener diode to turn it into a flicker free circuit.

http://stonequarrycreek.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/fs-bs-coaches.html

http://stonequarrycreek.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/one-step-at-time.html

http://stonequarrycreek.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/happy-easter.html

The second picture in the last link shows the cap in the door way and wires connecting.

It works well if you like lights.

Linton
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Just need SDS to upload their new order forms soon for pre-payment in full on forthcoming models before the previously advised 1st November price increase so we can budget......

Regards,

Catchpoint
catchpoint
VR oil wagons info page & order form added. http://sdsmodels.com.au/twfx.htm
  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
Just need SDS to upload their new order forms soon for pre-payment in full on forthcoming models before the previously advised 1st November price increase so we can budget......

Regards,

Catchpoint
VR oil wagons info page & order form added. http://sdsmodels.com.au/twfx.htm
Poath Junction

Yeah... but nah, not the Mexican stuff, t'was the NSW forthcoming products

Regards,

Catchpoint
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

My FX wagons arrived today, stunning.

Paul
  ed31880 Train Controller

I too received my FX wagons today and agree that they are definitely a great looking model. The only thing I noticed is that compared to an Austrains JX wagon they seem a lot lighter in weight.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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

Product pages & order forms added:
MRC http://sdsmodels.com.au/mrcx.htm (3 per pack $198)
JHG http://sdsmodels.com.au/jhgx.htm (single packs $110 each pre-order, $125 after delivery)
  sydneyshortnorth Junior Train Controller

Location:
Website is now showing JCW/NQJW 80' Container flats 'In Stock'.

Steve
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Both SDS website and Hobbyland at Hornsby show the first five packs of JCW wagons as being in stock. No mention of the eta for the remainder.
  brissim Chief Train Controller

Both SDS website and Hobbyland at Hornsby show the first five packs of JCW wagons as being in stock. No mention of the eta for the remainder.
meh
From my email enquiry last week was that the first batch (of the first five packs) arrived last week and that apparently the factory is assembling the run in sequence so "we'll likely see three shipments coming a few weeks apart". Not sure whether this means two or three additional batch deliveries on the one that's already here.

Tony
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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

40' container artwork added to facebook, expected Q2/2016.

Pic of an NR hauling SOC variant wagons also added with a note "Another pending release for early 2016."
  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop

40' container artwork added to facebook, expected Q2/2016.

Pic of an NR hauling SOC variant wagons also added with a note "Another pending release for early 2016."
Poath Junction


There was a pilot model of the SOC wagon in the SDS display cabinet at Liverpool this year.

Regards,

Catchpoint
  GT46C-ACe Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Slightly annoyed I missed that, then again it was impossible to get near the stand. Did it have the lid?
  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
Slightly annoyed I missed that, then again it was impossible to get near the stand. Did it have the lid?
GT46C-ACe

Those Hawaiian shirts did the trick........ the wagon possibly had the distinctive lid, but given its not a model that I am interested in, I have not committed it to memory so am willing to stand corrected by others.

Regards,

Catchpoint
  GT46C-ACe Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
I'll be rather interested if they have the lids.
  K-Class Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne

40' container artwork added to facebook, expected Q2/2016.

Pic of an NR hauling SOC variant wagons also added with a note "Another pending release for early 2016."
Poath Junction
A great collection of domestic containers from the late 80's to early 2000's. Wish they would also do some of the more modern 48' and 53' domestic containers as well.

Matt
  GT46C-ACe Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
I asked SDS on their Facebook page RE the lids and got the following response.

"There is an Ecofab lid for the ROQF/ROHF, we might also tool the correct 70 tonne bogie for the ROHF version."
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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

SHG samples via https://www.facebook.com/SdsModels/
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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

The uber-ultimate S trucks announced! Details at https://www.facebook.com/SdsModels/?fref=photo
  Peter_Irving_4472 Station Staff

Hi.

Not sure if this has been covered in another thread, so admin please remove if not appropriate.

I was wondering, as I had found out that SDS had purchased the Austrains moulds, whether SDS would be updating and producing Austrains models such as the PL cars, C vans, G class, Y class, X class, C class etc.

Thanks,

Peter
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Hi.

Not sure if this has been covered in another thread, so admin please remove if not appropriate.

I was wondering, as I had found out that SDS had purchased the Austrains moulds, whether SDS would be updating and producing Austrains models such as the PL cars, C vans, G class, Y class, X class, C class etc.

Thanks,

Peter
Peter_Irving_4472

see https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11382803.htm
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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


First batch of MRC's have landed, lots more painted sample pics added to http://sdsmodels.com.au/mrcx.htm
  ed31880 Train Controller

Is it just me or does it seem that it is taking a rather long time for the balance of the JCW wagon production run to arrive?  It's been approximately 3 months since the first lot arrived and with Christmas nearly here it is hard to see them arriving until well into the new year?  Also, there has been no news or production samples of the GS gas tanker which they indicated would arrive at the end of October?

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