SDS Models web update mk2

 
  brissim Chief Train Controller

Just noticed my credit card has finally been debited for my order of GS tankers ordered some 18 months ago (my order was mainly made up of the single tankers which I understand arrived in a separate batch after the two-wagon packs). This is something I do thank SDS for - ie not debiting the credit card until the product is ready to be shipped.

However it does introduce the uncertainly of not knowing whether your order was received or not. With the others you at least know your order has been received when you see your credit card get debited. I would certainly encourage SDS to continue this practice of not initially debiting credit cards, though suggest that perhaps an email acknowledgement of receiving the order would be appreciated.

Tony

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  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Just noticed my credit card has finally been debited for my order of GS tankers ordered some 18 months ago (my order was mainly made up of the single tankers which I understand arrived in a separate batch after the two-wagon packs). This is something I do thank SDS for - ie not debiting the credit card until the product is ready to be shipped.

However it does introduce the uncertainly of not knowing whether your order was received or not. With the others you at least know your order has been received when you see your credit card get debited. I would certainly encourage SDS to continue this practice of not initially debiting credit cards, though suggest that perhaps an email acknowledgement of receiving the order would be appreciated.

Tony
brissim
Hi Tony,
I believe that in America they have a $1 order deduction that guarantees you your order. That would save these guys a lot of paperwork, I think.
Maybe it should be used here?
Your credit details are already on the order form, if you do what I do.
I actually download the order, if Acrobat will not allow me to fill it out, print it,scan it and send it to company concerned as email attachment.
They could easily charge a $1 and take the rest when model arrives. Seems to work in USA?
Cheers
Rod
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

EHOs should be in your mailbox this week
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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


ACM Composite Sleeping Car added to the "coming soon" models from SDS  http://sdsmodels.com.au/comings.htm
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

Well, well, well...

  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Well, well, well...
FirstStopCentral
LFW/LLW announced in Sept 2015, the LLW artwork pic has been on the website for 3 months.
https://www.facebook.com/SdsModels/posts/833411073442802
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

Well, well, well...
LFW/LLW announced in Sept 2015, the LLW artwork pic has been on the website for 3 months.
https://www.facebook.com/SdsModels/posts/833411073442802
Poath Junction
I know that, it was a Dad joke...

Paul
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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


First samples of the SAR  SO SOC Ore wagon via https://www.facebook.com/SdsModels/
  qldchook Locomotive Driver

Has anyone received their EHO brake vans yet?
  a6et Minister for Railways

Has anyone received their EHO brake vans yet?
qldchook
Yes! still in box, look ok through the window though.  Its joining all my other models in larger boxes for a while.
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
Has anyone received their EHO brake vans yet?
qldchook
Yes,

Received my pair a week ago.  Very nice, but watch out for loose components in the brake rigging on the bogies.  It seems they are all press fits now, with no glue present.  One touch and away they go.

I have some with yellow/orange, rather than brass "S" handles.  Oh well, out with the fine paint brush.

Happy stopping,

John
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Has anyone received their EHO brake vans yet?
Yes! still in box, look ok through the window though.  Its joining all my other models in larger boxes for a while.
a6et
According to SDS all were packed and in the post by last Friday.
As well some earlier orders got delayed in the system and were sent off today (eg my gas tanks held up by an expired credit card)

Cheers
Rod
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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

"An immenent release from SDS Models. A nice NSWGR wagon from the steam diesel transistion period. The model will carry suitable coding for wheat, cement, superphosphate and burnt lime traffic. Expected delivery June 2017." - via https://www.facebook.com/SdsModels/
  Just The Tip Junior Train Controller

Location: Danger zone
Brilliant! Really looking forward to more of these well researched and detailed, slightly rarer wagons from SDS.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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


"Rounding out our trio of 36' wagons is the NZMF wagon. It will be available complete with 5000 gallon containerised milk bottle. Availability Late 2017." - via https://www.facebook.com/SdsModels/
  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
Just been advised that the NSW JHG Guards vans and their derivatives are on their way in the post now.

Regards,

Catchpoint
  qldchook Locomotive Driver

Mine arrived this morning. They have certainly exceeded my expectations.

Well done SDS team.
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
Hi,

My pair of JHG arrived yesterday and had a trial run on our club layout last night.  

Interestingly the tail lighting circuits have a flicker free effect, but have trouble staying on, as though there is an intermittent break in the circuit. (Yes, the track and wheels are clean, I checked.)  Watching the end of the train going around the layout is amusing with the lights going on and off (slowly), but not prototypical.  Any ideas why?

Additionally on DC, with only partial voltage applied (to stop the train travelling at 100mph) the tail lights are fairly dim, not bright.  Lighting brightness is good on DCC, but still with the on/off variance effect in play.  One touch I do like is that the tail lighting level (when working correctly) is at a prototypical level, and not over bright like spot or ditch lights as is typical of many other models.

Happy braking (not breaking),

John
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Hi,

My pair of JHG arrived yesterday and had a trial run on our club layout last night.  

Interestingly the tail lighting circuits have a flicker free effect, but have trouble staying on, as though there is an intermittent break in the circuit. (Yes, the track and wheels are clean, I checked.)  Watching the end of the train going around the layout is amusing with the lights going on and off (slowly), but not prototypical.  Any ideas why?

Additionally on DC, with only partial voltage applied (to stop the train travelling at 100mph) the tail lights are fairly dim, not bright.  Lighting brightness is good on DCC, but still with the on/off variance effect in play.  One touch I do like is that the tail lighting level (when working correctly) is at a prototypical level, and not over bright like spot or ditch lights as is typical of many other models.

Happy braking (not breaking),

John
c3526blue
John,
it will be interesting to see how they work on DCC?
You appeared to be operating on DC, and the problem, as I see it, is that that DC operations require operating from a variable voltage that switches positive and negative to be directional.
DCC however has a near constant voltage and the switching is done in the loco chip for direction. Their is thus a fairly wide voltage range for the lighting circuit to operate under. zero to 13 v for Dc, and 14 to17 v for dcc. As well DCC has an AC component

In your case your vans are demonstrating that the capacitor is not holding much power.
However DC would  make reverse running easier, voltage reversal should simply change ends for tail lights. I believe DCC requires a magnetic wand, or a switch underneath to manually change ends (or a DCC lighting chip)

Your fix might be fairly simple. I would probably ask about fitting a super capacitor to hold the lights on longer. But first check if you have working pick ups on both bogies. Some are cheating and picking up of one bogie only.
I will check mine when they get here possibly by Wednesday.
Cheers
Rod
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
ARX page & pricing added http://sdsmodels.com.au/arxw.htm
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest


ACM Composite Sleeping Car added to the "coming soon" models from SDS  http://sdsmodels.com.au/comings.htm
Poath Junction
I was really intrigued by the early panelled versions of the EHO and BX, especially in lined purple.

I had to ask the question at a recent exhibition.  Are they for real?  Unfortunately it is unlikely that these will see the light of day in RTR form.  

However, one never knows!

Happy early days,

John
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
Hi,

My pair of JHG arrived yesterday and had a trial run on our club layout last night.  

Interestingly the tail lighting circuits have a flicker free effect, but have trouble staying on, as though there is an intermittent break in the circuit. (Yes, the track and wheels are clean, I checked.)  Watching the end of the train going around the layout is amusing with the lights going on and off (slowly), but not prototypical.  Any ideas why?

Additionally on DC, with only partial voltage applied (to stop the train travelling at 100mph) the tail lights are fairly dim, not bright.  Lighting brightness is good on DCC, but still with the on/off variance effect in play.  One touch I do like is that the tail lighting level (when working correctly) is at a prototypical level, and not over bright like spot or ditch lights as is typical of many other models.

Happy braking (not breaking),

John
John,
it will be interesting to see how they work on DCC?
You appeared to be operating on DC, and the problem, as I see it, is that that DC operations require operating from a variable voltage that switches positive and negative to be directional.
DCC however has a near constant voltage and the switching is done in the loco chip for direction. Their is thus a fairly wide voltage range for the lighting circuit to operate under. zero to 13 v for Dc, and 14 to17 v for dcc. As well DCC has an AC component

In your case your vans are demonstrating that the capacitor is not holding much power.
However DC would  make reverse running easier, voltage reversal should simply change ends for tail lights. I believe DCC requires a magnetic wand, or a switch underneath to manually change ends (or a DCC lighting chip)

Your fix might be fairly simple. I would probably ask about fitting a super capacitor to hold the lights on longer. But first check if you have working pick ups on both bogies. Some are cheating and picking up of one bogie only.
I will check mine when they get here possibly by Wednesday.
Cheers
Rod
comtrain
Hi Rod,

The vans were run on DCC as well with similar, but brighter, results.  I have since adjusted the tension on the pickups and placed some WD40 drops on the Axle/pickup interface.  Maybe it is this, or some more running in (about 20 laps around the layout), but the lights are more reliable now.  There may be an issue with the wheel blacking forming an insulating oxide which takes some time to wear through.

Happy guarding,

John
  a6et Minister for Railways



ACM Composite Sleeping Car added to the "coming soon" models from SDS  http://sdsmodels.com.au/comings.htm
I was really intrigued by the early panelled versions of the EHO and BX, especially in lined purple.

I had to ask the question at a recent exhibition.  Are they for real?  Unfortunately it is unlikely that these will see the light of day in RTR form.  

However, one never knows!

Happy early days,

John
c3526blue
I look forward to getting both ACM & BX, the end price may mean a rethink though.

The early Purple scheme would be interesting for a period piece but depending on the cost for the painting as both are fairly intricate there may be a bit of a premium for them. I doubt if SDS would show them if they were not looking at a production run though. Possible thought would be to ask for expressions of interest in them.
  railmod Chief Train Controller

Hi,

My pair of JHG arrived yesterday and had a trial run on our club layout last night.  

Interestingly the tail lighting circuits have a flicker free effect, but have trouble staying on, as though there is an intermittent break in the circuit. (Yes, the track and wheels are clean, I checked.)  Watching the end of the train going around the layout is amusing with the lights going on and off (slowly), but not prototypical.  Any ideas why?

Additionally on DC, with only partial voltage applied (to stop the train travelling at 100mph) the tail lights are fairly dim, not bright.  Lighting brightness is good on DCC, but still with the on/off variance effect in play.  One touch I do like is that the tail lighting level (when working correctly) is at a prototypical level, and not over bright like spot or ditch lights as is typical of many other models.

Happy braking (not breaking),

John
John,
it will be interesting to see how they work on DCC?
You appeared to be operating on DC, and the problem, as I see it, is that that DC operations require operating from a variable voltage that switches positive and negative to be directional.
DCC however has a near constant voltage and the switching is done in the loco chip for direction. Their is thus a fairly wide voltage range for the lighting circuit to operate under. zero to 13 v for Dc, and 14 to17 v for dcc. As well DCC has an AC component

In your case your vans are demonstrating that the capacitor is not holding much power.
However DC would  make reverse running easier, voltage reversal should simply change ends for tail lights. I believe DCC requires a magnetic wand, or a switch underneath to manually change ends (or a DCC lighting chip)

Your fix might be fairly simple. I would probably ask about fitting a super capacitor to hold the lights on longer. But first check if you have working pick ups on both bogies. Some are cheating and picking up of one bogie only.
I will check mine when they get here possibly by Wednesday.
Cheers
Rod
Hi Rod,

The vans were run on DCC as well with similar, but brighter, results.  I have since adjusted the tension on the pickups and placed some WD40 drops on the Axle/pickup interface.  Maybe it is this, or some more running in (about 20 laps around the layout), but the lights are more reliable now.  There may be an issue with the wheel blacking forming an insulating oxide which takes some time to wear through.

Happy guarding,

John
c3526blue
Hi John,
I had a similar issue with one of my JHG's, re-adjusted the pickup, applied a bit of graphite to the pickup/axle area and a lot better.
Cheers Alex.
  NSWGR1855 Deputy Commissioner

Hi,

My pair of JHG arrived yesterday and had a trial run on our club layout last night.  

Interestingly the tail lighting circuits have a flicker free effect, but have trouble staying on, as though there is an intermittent break in the circuit. (Yes, the track and wheels are clean, I checked.)  Watching the end of the train going around the layout is amusing with the lights going on and off (slowly), but not prototypical.  Any ideas why?

Additionally on DC, with only partial voltage applied (to stop the train travelling at 100mph) the tail lights are fairly dim, not bright.  Lighting brightness is good on DCC, but still with the on/off variance effect in play.  One touch I do like is that the tail lighting level (when working correctly) is at a prototypical level, and not over bright like spot or ditch lights as is typical of many other models.

Happy braking (not breaking),

John
John,
it will be interesting to see how they work on DCC?
You appeared to be operating on DC, and the problem, as I see it, is that that DC operations require operating from a variable voltage that switches positive and negative to be directional.
DCC however has a near constant voltage and the switching is done in the loco chip for direction. Their is thus a fairly wide voltage range for the lighting circuit to operate under. zero to 13 v for Dc, and 14 to17 v for dcc. As well DCC has an AC component

In your case your vans are demonstrating that the capacitor is not holding much power.
However DC would  make reverse running easier, voltage reversal should simply change ends for tail lights. I believe DCC requires a magnetic wand, or a switch underneath to manually change ends (or a DCC lighting chip)

Your fix might be fairly simple. I would probably ask about fitting a super capacitor to hold the lights on longer. But first check if you have working pick ups on both bogies. Some are cheating and picking up of one bogie only.
I will check mine when they get here possibly by Wednesday.
Cheers
Rod
comtrain
Hello Rod,

Most of what you have said is irrelevant in relation to the SDS JHG. Its clear you do not know what circuit is in the SDS JHG so why are you making uninformed comments? The capacitor size is large enough to get rid of flicker. It's all about dirty track and the pickups on the models correctly adjusted so they are in constant contact with the wheels axle. At the end of the day you can have a super capacitor installed but then you need a voltage regulator as well. What price are you prepared to pay for a more expensive circuit ? If the van is on dirty track, isolating the pick up wheels, the lights will go out no matter how big the capacitor is. The AC component of DCC is irrelevant because the circuit uses a bridge rectifier before the capacitor. The marker lights are turned on or off by a switch, DC or DCC.

Cheers
Terry Flynn.

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