Were the expressions of interest so low that it is not now going to happen?
Wonder how popular these would be at $215 without the Martian?
(that is if they could lose that damn clock)
Certainly is a long waited step in the right direction. Does at least show they're willing to act on the criticism (quite justified) they received for the first run. The motorised fan was always a gimmick and pleased to see it gone. I suppose without drivers it makes it more realistic to run in the shafts and just how compatible its running characteristics will be with other manufacturers 48s (or whatever) could be interesting.Sorry Tony, I was being a little creative (as usual) My local shop just put the T Class and 48 Class up to $350 in Albury. I could not see the Candy 48 selling along side at $295. Of course Powerline could do a price change and lower all models to $295, but that would go against what all the Direct Sellers are telling us. Remember also Powerlines Policy has always been that every product always has a retail margin built in. If a manufacturer does / did not abide by that, they were excluded from exhibiting at Sandown...
Rod, not sure where you're getting the $350 in shops. They do say on the order form they "expect" the after delivery price - and I would assume that means in the shops - will be $290-295. However I do agree it would be better to at least give some timeline for the expected arrival of these models.
Isn't it funny how there were dire pedictions of a doomed industry with Auscisions percieved predatory pricing and duplication but wow Powerline now dropping their prices by $100 !!! Nothing like competition to bring down prices to the benifit of all.My understanding is that the first run of a model pays for the tooling and that there is more of a margin in re runs as the tooling is already payed for, so this may help explain part of the reason why Powerline have been able to drop their price.
I know whos will be more accrate and it aint Powerlines 48.
My understanding is that the first run of a model pays for the tooling and that there is more of a margin in re runs as the tooling is already payed for, so this may help explain part of the reason why Powerline have been able to drop their price.
Competition is good for the buyer, but it would be nice if the manufacturers could some how avoid doubling up on models as it would be hurting the bottom line of those who have in the past/ or are about to release the same models in competition to each other (VLX/BLX-Auscision and On Track, FX-SDS and Southern Rail, PRX-SDS and Southern Rail). The hobby needs these manufacturers to have healthy bottom lines so that they can continue in business and keep producing quality models.
As for Auscision and their perceived predatory pricing, it would be nice if they could charge $225 as the early bird price for all of their models and not just the 48 class. At a time were manufacturers are constantly telling the hobby that current prices can't be sustained and that the $Aus is dropping and wages and manufacturing cost in China are rising, it's interesting that Auscision have been able to reduce their early bird cost. I am sure you can see why people would think that Auscision is being predatory with their pricing.
For the perceived benefit of all, i hope Auscision's 48 class is more accurate than your spelling.
Considering they're not a main player in the game, reruns or being second to the plate is all they have. Clearly its aimed at another part of the market. G class got done only because someone else did a better one, S cars are clearly being done before someone else did.Interestingly Powerline ,when started off, were the big movers in Australian railway modelling. Well in truth, the only movers, as Lima had stalled about that time.
It'd be a nice change to see Powerline first to the plate with something great the hobby raves about. I've not seen that from them yet.
Underside detail looks great, what's the chance of PL surprising us with a Parlor Car? Not likely given the apparent lack of rivets on these cars. MarkPowerline were taking expressions of interest in a Parlor Car on their Facebook page a while back. They also mentioned that the rivetted cars would be done in the second run.
They already have riveted sides for the buffet car and I assume they intend to upgrade that in the same way.Underside detail looks great, what's the chance of PL surprising us with a Parlor Car? Not likely given the apparent lack of rivets on these cars. MarkPowerline were taking expressions of interest in a Parlor Car on their Facebook page a while back. They also mentioned that the rivetted cars would be done in the second run.