It didn't stop Auscisions versions of the SCT loco being a complete sellout and commanding a fairly big premium on the second hand market. Not sure they got anything wrong except underestimate the acceptance in the market place for the SCT version of this loco.
Edited 28 Jan 2016 14:31, 5 years ago, edited by comtrain
It didn't stop Auscisions versions of the SCT loco being a complete sellout and commanding a fairly big premium on the second hand market. Not sure they got anything wrong except underestimate the acceptance in the market place for the SCT version of this loco.when was the last time the attended an exhibition and released an unannounced model and not just an unannounced livery? I think there last attempt at Sandown with the SCT liveries of the GT46 was a bit of a flop and disappointed a few who expected more.They are going to need something to release at Sandown. They don't like Exhibitions without new releases, do they?Agreed, and we haven't seen painted samples yet. I have received invoices in the last couple of days for several projects Auscision have on the go at the moment.Looks like the car carriers aren't faraway, got my invoice for them yesterday.receiving an invoice from Auscision isn't necessarily a strong indication that a models arrival is imminent. in my experience, the time taken from receiving an invoice to when the model actually arrives can vary anywhere from 3-6 months.
These guys just keep churning out the models, but I'm not complaining.
And we all know the VR L Class Electric was a flop at Hobsons Bay . But that only goes to prove Auscison don't always get it right. The only version sold out was 1150 and that was top of the list and accounted for about a tenth of the order. I guess? Not enough Victorians even remember loco hauled electrics, as they only frequented one line to the East, 99% of the time, or would even want to think about laying o/h wire?
The SCT Loco fail might have had to do with the "David and Goliath" syndrome in Melbourne. The John Smithers version of SCT's engine was actually quite remarkable. John does not always advertise or project the confidence customers might need to invest in product. But for an ordinary bloke living in an ordinary suburb with just ordinary income, and the support of family and friends, he went out and did an extraordinary thing! He developed an injection molded piece of rolling stock, and over time even had it assembled and decorated and boxed ready to run, all here in Australia till he was forced o/s.
Then he went and started his project to build an Auscision quality engine in Australia. He pushed so hard to build it here but as with the rock hopper, finally admitted defeat.
Then he looked at China. (Un) Fortunately (?? your choice) Train World (Note not Powerline) helped introduce John to the Chinese, and to the best of my knowledge, John ran with the ball, and developed the locomotive which was just unloaded in a container from the ship in Sydney within the last few days.
This is an amazing thing for the "bloke next door" to do. Train World might have put up some money, but John carried the model through to fruition.
I am fully expecting my SCT model to be as good as any other out of China, recently, just as I am fully expecting the few suspects here to knock it before too many are sold. These guys need to get a life
Auscision underestimated the power of the friends network in Melbourne. Most of us down here are supportive of our home grown Australian Importer (Who tried so hard to be an Aussie Manufacturer)
As this is only my interpretation of the John Smithers saga, but I do think it is accurate. It probably needs a lot of filling out.
Auscision may lose respect for getting it wrong sometimes. They get it right 90% of the time and they have looked after Victorians extremely well, thank You. But being Sydney operatives it is understandable that they did not understand that releasing just one paint scheme 12 months or more before the rest of the order, was going to upset a lot of people, and make some of us worry about its intentions. In the end we should just be grateful for people like John Smithers, Geoff Hope, Ixion and Auscision. Three new starts and one who is so experienced mistakes are rare. Bring on the car carriers!
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