There are not many variations in the C class today.
Basically, green paint or blue paint, except for C501 that didn't get the long hood toilet added.
But surely the word "build" refers to locomotives as built, not as subsequently modified.
The main change to the C class when with VR/VicRail/V/line was the addition of the front platform.
Side hand rails, I think, came later but I may be wrong....
The original Austrains model represented them in VR colours.
Many of the later changes occurred after the model was released, particularly the new cab side windows.
But you can't blame Austrains for not making a model of locomotives that didn't exist when they made the model.
The biggest market then was for VR blue locomotives, and still is....
John Eassie even had me check my photos from 1979 to determine the colour of the side of the frame...
If someone wants to make a model of them as they are now (basically out of service) go right ahead.
But if you don't make a model of one in VR blue, (even C 501 with handrails) you'll lose sales.
It costs more to include variations in the dies, so you pay your money and make your choices.
I think they looked best in Silverton blue and yellow, and I have such an Austrains model, even though it is not strictly correct.
M636CAny decision made by an importer in what version/variation of a locomotive type ends up on the model scene is fraught with danger, it is especially so with 1st generation diesels that have been in service throughout the years up to todays versions. In affect, a model can only be representative of a class, be that a small numerical class or larger one.
Todays modellers are in many ways very much spoilt for choice owing to a tendency to produce many, if not all variations of particular classes along with the wide ranging variations of colour schemes that have changed over the years, along with the old quirks that were permitted/tolerated in prior government operations.
Perhaps, Auscision is best for the amount of variations the produce in models, however, the modeler in this aspect can be thankful that the factory/ies they use do not appear to put a price disadvantage when more than the usual half dozen or so different schemes usually allowed for. I would sense though, they get stuck with a fair few models that end up being lemons in regard to popularity, when certain schemes prove to be less popular than indications would have for them.
Previously as was the case with most, a different or more modern colour would end up on a model that it should not have been applied to, but perhaps for the majority not a big issue.
To get accurate models, for a type, it would have to be a replication of a specific locomotive, based upon detailed photo's in colour taken at a specific time & probably location & the model is identical to that locomotive. Outside of that, models are only really a representation of a class, that operated over a certain period of time.
I think we are getting tied up in "words" and descriptions.
I drove, washed and blocked, and operated these locomotives and took them through service at Dynon during their government time.
As a fireman, I watched them arrive brand new at Dynon, from the classrooms near the SG turntable. Our Class were taken over the first engine for instructions, before the drivers got trained on them. Some of you will remember Geoff Marks, a Dynon class room instructor who often drove a train in full bib and brace striped overalls with a huge Casey Jones American engineers hat and gloves, and you will understand how he and Jimmy Swann confiscated the engine to the turntable "to instruct the crews for testing purposes, and instruct the instructors by teaching the cleaners first
Already one had a paint modification, as we could see the yellow stripes on the long end had been painted over blue.
During my association with this engine, I watched the windscreen opening being modified at Dynon, because they decided one windscreen should be allocated to both C Class and New X Class. A few got rebuilt because of accident damage, and the new nose handrail and walkway appeared. Cannot remember seeing a total rebuild, but it is likely this was done in their lives with V/Line? However in a total rebuild everything would be taken off the frame, and they would repair it, weld up cracks where necessary and undercoat it and repaint it like new. Every component would be reconditioned or replaced, and the loco would emerge almost as good as it looked that first day I was introduced to it.
Drivers and Fireman, Inspectors and Fitters called that a total rebuild.
I care not what outsiders might actually want to call it.
In the V/line days (I think?) we fitted air conditioning in the cab roof, rerouted rain water and condensation via new pipework and added a half moon shape clear of the front windscreen to mount satellite antennas and provide a ground plain.
We got Harmon fuel saving devices and extra radios ans antennas for Interstate working and safe working. We got roller bearings that were exposed and gradually after they were returned to service under National Rail and private ownership, we got different marker lights and hand rails as well as wheel creep control and possibly many other things that happened after my time.
All I was saying is that the original Austrains model represented as delivered or after the new windscreen modification, and was suitable only for a very short time, which I call the VR or the V/Line build
You cannot accurately repaint that locomotive into 62 (
)different liveries without taking compromises.