Pricing will be the interesting point. With the Australian dollar falling in value and the wage increases in China it will be interesting to see how much this model will cost? I myself am still waiting for my Austrains Candy 81 class which i should in theory still get for the $250 pre paid price. If the SDS offering is more expensive than this (which one would expect that it will be) then the SDS version would have to be substantially superior to the Austrains version for me to cancel my Austrains order. Timeline will be the other factor. SDS haven't mentioned how far advanced they are or when they expect the models to arrive. It's an interesting choice for a fledgling company (in comparison to some other manufacturers) as a first loco model given that 2 other manufacturers already have offering available. Maybe SDS would have been concentrating on wagons because there are plenty of wagons like the FX, GS, TW and JCW that are screaming out to be done.
Most of the importers seem to be branching out into areas that seemed foriegn to them at startup, its almost as if there's some sort of rush to ensure their survival or obtain enought sales & profits so that when most of the higher profile & models that will carry them into the future have been produced, the last one standing will be who carries through.
In regard to pricing, I had said elsewhere that I expect that after this year Chinese New Year is over & the affects of the 2nd 20% wage increases take affect & the prices are then available the new EB prices for Diesels is likely to be at least the after delivery prices now, $295.00, then after arrival likely add another $50.00 or so onto that for non sound models.
Sound is going to be the big issue as I doubt that many would go for QSI in the OEM market which has been where Austrains & Eureka have gone, rather they will be looking to Loksound, or perhaps TCS WOW versions, the later would depend on if the local recordings are ok for them. If Loksound, then the old $100.00 for sound may not be enough, likely to be closer to $150.00.
If they are only doing sound units & no non sound I personally think its not a good move, as many do not want sound, & the price can be a deterrant.
From a personal perspective I have few sound models, as I see sound still evolving & can be added afterwards & when I have all the loco's I need & want, not far off that now, so once I have them all I can save to gradually fit them with sound.