Auscision Models Blog

 
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

So does each hopper unprototypically have Kadee's fitted on each end with the option of replacement with bar coupling?

Thank you

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  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
The batwing hoppers come with couplers on each end of the wagon and solid bars are inculded in the pack
andrewstrains
This tells you a lot if you care to read it carefully!
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

The "Prototype Overview" on the Auscision web site has some useful information on formations.
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

Yeah I succumbed to another 422 purchase - 42203 in reverse (only ones left ). Good price and cheaper than exhibitions.
Thats an awesome idea to give everyone a chance to pick up a few bargains.
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

Well I purchased a pack of 'Batwings' regardless of the coupler config with the intention of off-loading a couple of hoppers. While this may not be prototypically correct, there's absolutely no way I'm going to be buying/running 12 packs of them!

I must say a big thank you to Auscision. The respect and treatment of customer is second to none within this market, especially when compared to their more 'established' competitors. An offer like the current discount goes a long way towards potentially wiping out dwindling stock and extracting a little more $ from our wallets. Well done!

Look forward to it becoming an annual event...
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
I have put some pics of the AN class, NHRH and containers in my blog. One I have a permanent layout set-up I will be running the NHRH's with drawbars and attaching the rubber hoses. The wagons look great; my only question is how many people have weathered theirs to prototype yet?

http://bigdirtyfreighttrains.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/2014-rollingstock-update.html
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

My discount order was just delivered by AP and only ordered on 31.12 late pm
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

Anzac1959, how on earth did you receive your items if you only ordered on the 31 Dec, yet delivered within less than two working days? Isn't Auscision on holidays?
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

I recvd mine in 2 days also.
They are super fast!
  Duffy Chief Commissioner

Location: ACT
Out of curiosity, do you normally get some kind of confirmation if you've pre-ordered a model?  I put in for a 45 when the forms were first posted up but haven't heard anything back.  Thought it might have been the heavy Xmas mailload but im guessing it might have vanished into the AP monster.

Resolved to call them tomorrow anyway.
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

Out of curiosity, do you normally get some kind of confirmation if you've pre-ordered a model? I put in for a 45 when the forms were first posted up but haven't heard anything back. Thought it might have been the heavy Xmas mailload but im guessing it might have vanished into the AP monster.

Resolved to call them tomorrow anyway.
Duffy

My last order was for the NHRH Coal Hoppers and I received a confirmation email (tax invoice) about a month after faxing the order through and have waited simular lengths of time in the past. If yours is a first time order you will also notice that you will be allocated a customer number to quote on future orders.
  brissim Chief Train Controller

They can be a little haphazard with the sending out of receipts for deposits etc. I always pay using credit card and on most occasions I usually receive a email receipt within days of the funds being debited to the card. But there has also been occasions - the most recent with my deposits for the XPTs - where I didn't receive the email receipt until a good 2 months after the funds had been charged to the credit card.

Tony
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
Out of curiosity, do you normally get some kind of confirmation if you've pre-ordered a model? I put in for a 45 when the forms were first posted up but haven't heard anything back. Thought it might have been the heavy Xmas mailload but im guessing it might have vanished into the AP monster.

Resolved to call them tomorrow anyway.
Duffy

Same here mate.  I was not overly concerned about the lack of acknowledgement at this stage because it is a holiday period and the proof is on my credit card if needed.  In this case, because of the terms of the early payment discount I suppose, they did debit my credit card on receipt of the order.

This is my first Auscision order - first time they have put out anything that suits me.

Best regards,
John
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

I find they are very good with the mail ordering. Very quick and answer your emails.
Anything pre-order might be a bit slower as nothing is really being posted - I've only ordered instock stuff.
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

Auscision customer service is A1+

Unfortunately all is not so rosey in our niche market place

When you have to initiate proceedings with OSR and CTTT to recoup what's legally yours then you can rightly criticise an importer's behaviour and ethics
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Same here mate. I was not overly concerned about the lack of acknowledgement at this stage because it is a holiday period and the proof is on my credit card if needed. In this case, because of the terms of the early payment discount I suppose, they did debit my credit card on receipt of the order.

This is my first Auscision order - first time they have put out anything that suits me.

Best regards,
John
John_Bushell

Same here....except with my recent order (and payment in full) for the 4x 45 class, they charged my credit card twice and they emailed me to point out that that had happened, apologised and said they would fix it up.

That "problem" was partially my fault because I scanned my order form and attached it to an email in the first instance.

They emailed me back and said the scan was too small for them to be able to read it and asked if I would mind re-sizing the scan and re-sending the email.

I wasn't real sure I knew what I was doing with all this high-tech "re-scanning" business, so after I did so and sent that 2nd email, I thought I'd better send another email (ie: the 3rd all up) and give them all the info that was included in the order form (just in case they still couldn't read the scanned form).

Well, you guessed it.....the 2nd scan DID work okay for them and just to make things worse, the 3rd email I sent them was sent to a different Auscision email address....so that is how they came to charge me twice.

Anyway, with regard to written confirmation of the order form, I have not received any (other than the email exchange mentioned above)....but it doesn't bother me at all.

Today I received the new 42217 I recently ordered with the discount and I also received the new Loksound decoder from Mike Walters at DCCSound. So I was immediately able to drop the decoder in and program the loco on "Decoderpro", copying all the vital performance criteria I had saved for the other 2x 422s I already have.

I love Decoderpro!! and I also love the current state of the art decoder insertion system employed by Auscision. I reckon it took me longer to get the loco out of the wrapping than it did to get it programmed and running.....about 15 minutes all up from the time I opened the shed door til the time I had a triple headed consist hauling W44 (which will be a train that will have 3x 45 class normally, but they aren't here yet so the 422s have been called in to deputise!!) Wink

Once again, my only (very little) gripe with these 422 class models is the sand pipes....they all hang too low (lower than the rail height) and they all stick out too far form the bogie. I have trimmed these ones in the same way as I trimmed the first lot, but I may actually try removing them altogether and making up some new ones that will be attached to the bogie in lieu of being attached to the chassis.

Roachie
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Yeah those sandpipes seem to spoil many models when added to them. I would much prefer them left off actually as they cause all kinds of problems. Sadly we are now asking for less detail on a model, but those sandpipes never look right anyway really!
  emddl41 Train Controller

Location: Here, there & everywhere
Anybody know what has happen to the Auscision boys?, it like they have fallen into a black hole!
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Anybody know what has happen to the Auscision boys?, it like they have fallen into a black hole!
emddl41

Their facebook page has had a few "we're working behind the scenes" comments added in recent days, along with confirmation the EDI & UGL loco's are expected mid year.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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


Hmmm.....
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
No question....no brainer.....43 class PLEASE!!!!
  a6et Minister for Railways

Well I am not going to rejoin facebook just to vote for one of them but if they decide to do the 43cl I will get one of them, if they decide to do the 421cl I will not get one of them.
  wat700 Junior Train Controller

Location: Richmond, NSW
Nice for NSW modellers! Smile

I agree with the comments on Facebook - bring on the 600s (green especially)! Very Happy
  hot64x Station Staff

Well I am not going to rejoin facebook just to vote for one of them but if they decide to do the 43cl I will get one of them, if they decide to do the 421cl I will not get one of them.
"a6et"


If they do the 43  I would get one of them, but if they do the 421 I would get two of them.

Mick
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
Nah already have a 43 and there were only six of them so one will do, and not a starter for the 421.  If they were to do a 40 class I might think about it.

How about they branch out into rock burners?  A 30T would be OK.

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