The typical Eastern States Bias is shown in the comments posted.
What a load of codswallop! There are plenty of Aussie modelers over here in WA. that buy that which is served up by producers that only make the eastern states prototypes. They buy it because if they want to model Australian they have little other choice.
I am aware of Modelers who have huge layouts of the stuff and purchase multiple items on release. Ever heard of the layout "Arid Australia" ???? - one of the biggest layouts around and a Guiness World record holder for the longest model trains run on it - You cant tell me they have not bought an item or two that hasn't propped up the eastern states RTR market.
Show me a traditional RTR Western Australian model! If there had been one then I would have it.
The stuff that crosses the border into WA does not constitute being acceptable as the WA market. When a "L" class does hit the shelves over here it wont last long and it would be folly of the producers to limit their run of liveries to only one.
Why is there supposedly no worthwile market in WA - Its because nothing in the form of a true Western Australian model has been made that remotely reflects the railways of WA.
You dont grow up in NSW and want to buy a model of a WAGR "D" or "V" class now do you! So why would we want to buy a 36 or a 44. Again we only buy it because we have to if we want out of the box Australian.
Perhaps the producers of Australian models should pick a prominent WA locomotive and give it a try - Cause lets face it, if you dont have a worthwhile WA locomotive then not much point making wagons to sell now is there - though it would seem that, that is what has happened with a few dressed up Eastern States wagons on the market, which given comments here, seems to be getting used for evaluating the whole basis for the value of the WA market interest - Not a true reflection of the market at all.
But lets talk real Western Australian prototypes suitable for RTR - Not the standard gauge stuff, but the Narrow Gauge.
If you were going to represent true WA railways in the same sense of the NSWGR then one of the most ubiquitous Australian Mainline Locomotives was the WAGR "X" class diesel.
This locomotive over any of others was used for "EVERYTHING" from 1954 till late 1980's so if you were ever going to make a WA model to sell that covered the steam, diesel and standardisation eras then it should be an "X" in whatever scale. I can tell you that the number of people who would buy these in WA would be huge! Numerous liveries would sell even more.
But of course this limits the market to WA only now doesn't it because the X didn't run anywhere else and you lot over there wouldn't want one just like some of us dont want your locos. So hence why the "L" class has been chosen for holding the WA flag and only because it ran in the east for a while. Unfortunately it is standard gauge and certainly not the most favourite locomotive for true West Aussie rail fans.
Given that the apparent requirement for making a model is that it must have run in other States the only other "REAL" WA locomotive suitable is the "W" class which was used by the Silverton Tramway and later Pichi Richi. It seems that the SA modelers are in a similar sort of boat to us WA modelers so fat chance of that happening either.
Oh well all pipe dream stuff - None of the RTR producers have the balls to have a go at a real WA prototype as in the true narrow gauge - Cant see it happening so wont be holding my breath.
The True value of the WA market is yet to be realized! Yes there is a group of S scale modelers here in WA but essentially they are the people who actually do some real modeling by scratch building the local prototype because you cant buy it. There is thousands more who would love to buy it out of a box because they cant or wont have a go at building it.
Does the Eastern States Bias affect the sales of some models ? Yes of course it does.
The only RTR models I have is a set of Silvers (IP cars) which I have had since I was a Kid and 1 Ghan loco which I bought to go with the silvers as I had seen it over here on them (the 44 that came with the silvers got scrapped). Perhaps I will buy an L class to replace my Athern painted version when it happens.
Other than that, I have not bought any other Eastern States crap and wont be in the future. Im More than happy to build for myself the trains I saw and grew up with.
Ask the question again when the market place has a true reflection of Australian railways from Tas to Qld, SA, WA and perhaps even NT.