According to the US Model Forums, Regalway were a pretty small affair, and definitely not the prefferred place for European and USA companies to buy from. I have heard it said that Auscision were quickly their main customer and that they pushed the Chinese company to greater heights. The others started to arrive at the factory doors, after Auscisions successes. Auscision has supposed to have an excellent connection with the Company and get preference over bigger (new) users.
As I believe the above to be true, it seemed appropriate to mention that SSR is a profitable Company in Australia that appears to be behind both Auscision and BRM. That makes Auscision more independent from the Bankers and just like you and I, if you own everything and have an independent income, you can do things free of outside interference. I am pretty certain that SDS , Southern Models Eureka and even Austrains, suffer at the hands of the bloody Bankers much more than Auscision.
But you are right, its only watching what is actually happening, looking at its history and adding it all up and hopefully getting it about right.
So Iain what do you think is happening? Tell us your ideas, please? After all its a forum, isn't it?
When one looks back to the RS that Auscision first produced, & IIRC they were some coal hoppers, the add on detail was to my mind horriblly oversized, especialy hand rails, I did a measurement on them especially hand & other grab rails, the sizes were that large, I doubt even a man like West Indian cricketer Clive Lloyd who had about the largest hand I have ever seen on a person could have gripped a full sized hand rail based on those scale items.
Regal Way at the time was primarilly making models for the U.S toy market, in Tyco & Atlas type F7 toy train sets & at that level of quality. The arrival of Auscision was a big challenge for them & in some ways a gamble by Auscision, but like often happens a company that is prepared to move with the times & accept the challenge will lift, & Auscision has supremely benefitted from the trust they put in Regal Way, & so has Regal Way benefited big time by the association & arrangements.
On both counts its been a good solid arrangement & good luck to them, the thing is though that Auscision has benefited also by the association owing to the stability in that factory, as against what happened to the 3 Oz companies along with the many others that used SDK & were basically shafted by them, even Hornby has given up on them & cut their losses.
The other thing is that just as Rod has mentioned, Auscision has a reasonable backer here in Oz with SSR as well. None of this really is a negative for Auscision but nothing more than a positive for them.