Who is winning The RACE (part 2)?

 
  a6et Minister for Railways

I guess the problem as I see it is that the race has probably seen its run and the runners of the past have likely been placed back into the stalls or retirements.

Some years back now as some of the then newer entrants came into the market, there were many, including myself who believed that the Oz hobby could not sustain the amount of them each competing against each others, especially as over time there became the duplication of many models and the so called increased competition has done nothing to help in stemming the rising costs of models. Likewise if one was to look at the factory situation in China, compared to how it was at the turn of this decade, the number of factories over there that can produce models at reasonable costs and with the quality that is wanted and desired have also decreased, none of which has helped a race that has in affect had contestants pull up lame.

Like many others I know, I have taken stock of what has gone on and what I actually have in regard to models and what I have any perceived needs for, I have some money put aside for any future models that interest me, but what I have found that its very hard to justify paying out the increased costs for models as we see them these days.  This I do not believe is the fault of the importers as they are forced to pay the money and also under very different rules imposed by the factories these days, making the end cost very hard to estimate let alone guarantee.

There are some models that I would like, but I seriously doubt that I will ever obtain owing to costs but at least I have enough as it is to run all I want to, with a fair variation of mixes.

One other factor, at least for me, and I know others will disagree on this but, thing is that what I have found with some recent releases, is the amount of errors that I find very much of a type that is a distraction.  When I notice at first, I am ever drawn to them when I see them both on my layout and on others as well. Some of these errors should not be there maybe, some are part of what is called compromises to allow for running or the like, but I wonder how much discussion and looking at alternatives could have been considered with these problems. Many of which would have seriously been pointed out as little as 6 years ago.

Its not just a matter of having a model that "looks" like xxx at a distance but one that you can place on a layout and view from the arm length or 1 metre in distance from it, and not notice it.  The cost and basic mistakes/errors have many with wallets that have closed.

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  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

I believe Toby posts on soem facebook groups now, cannot remember which.

Regards,
David Head
dthead
After he stopped posting to this thread he started to present "The RACE' on one of the Facebook groups under a different format but he left the group shortly after I believe as a result of a disagreement with some other members of the group over the quality of then recently released SRM models. This was well over twelve months ago now and he hasn't been a member of that group since.
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Clearly the answer is Auscision with a combination of skillful marketing; interesting products and the ability to deliver (and not mention the products that seem to have gone missing).

Following them are second tier players such as Southern, SDS, Orient Express, On-Track who produce good models but less frequently.

Falling behind are Austrains (is John retired yet?), Powerline (are they going to deliver the promised S cars), Trainorama and Eureka (due to unforeseen circumstances the next train will be 5 years late).

Honorable mention should go to David Foulkes at SEM for continuing to produce excellent kits in the face of the Chinese invasion and the rise of the Shapeway producers such as Ray Pilgrim who produce detailed items to enhance (dare I say correct) some of the RTR models.

I am sure I have missed some like VR Casts and Ian Wilson but this is my view of the Race.

Cheers

Iain
Iain
And so it seems Toby found the subject no longer interesting enough to continue, what must have taken up a lot of his time. All the hard work, eventually became rather pointless, I guess?

The interesting race for most Victorians, is in my opinion, divided between Auscision and SDS-Neo Austrains. These two companies are differently orientated. However Stephen and Co are quickly growing their company.  SDS are doing Victorian / NSW Interstate and older stuff whilst their Neo Austrains division keeps the old Austrains stuff coming. I hear that the PL cars and the C Van have / will receive die mods and will be much improved on their re-release.
I hope that the Austrains T class will be upgraded as should the X Class and C Class. Maybe the finished but unreleased flat top T Class might even be resurrected?
Cheers
Rod
  Iain Chief Commissioner

Location: Concord, NSW
And while we were thinking about the last posts, a new horse has entered the RACE, Llanelly Concept Services who want to produce brass R class locos as used by West Coast Railways.

Iain
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
And while we were thinking about the last posts, a new horse has entered the RACE, Llanelly Concept Services who want to produce brass R class locos as used by West Coast Railways.

Iain
Iain
They released order forms for them today at Corio Exhibition. Rather large photographic display

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