Auscision Models Blog

 
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

Gosh Kingfisher you are so obvious. Near every post.....
They don't list  shares so are you one of the partners?  Very Happy
comtrain
Was my comment incorrect, me thinks not!

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  a6et Minister for Railways

Certainly Auscision changed the way things were done when they came on the scene about 10 years ago but I do not believe they have ever only concentrated on modern era.

Their first product was a rolling stock item in ready to run (NHFF coal hopper) which was different to most others at the time which had locos for sale to help finance wagon projects. Their next item was the NQIW container flat. These two products released before a loco certainly was a leap of faith for Auscision in the Modern Era Modelling Market, which they proved does exist.

Their first loco they tooled was fairly modern being the EL Class but their 2nd loco the B class I would hardly call modern going back to 1952, they followed on with E cars (1920s on) U vans GYs ect so they have certainly done plenty of older stuff as well as more modern stuff.

I believe the biggest change they brought to us was the variations they produce in each product all released at the same time where as others seem to just produce some liveries and body versions to keep tooling costs down and leave the variations to produce later if ever.

Some examples being both Trainorama and Powerline only producing 48s in Indian Red so far or Austrains BL/G/81s with body variations and liveries missing from their production.

Auscision have also produced lineside structures such as silos, goods sheds, CTC signals, trees, various containers,, wagon loads...the list goes on. They also have ventured into O Gauge Locos.

This all points to why they are so popular and in my opinion the market leader by miles or should that be KMs in modern era !
2LaGrange
There were far more items of R/S in their first years especially the modern era, when I refer to Modern era for R/S I am referring to items that are in the main still running today, likewise in many cases those that have survived well into the WB time frame.  I think you will find that the Bcl was also a call by many who wanted something to pull what was being produced by Auscision.

As for the livery variations, the factory they use likely also are far more amiable to larger livery designs & model variations, than the competitors had at the old factory & in many ways still exists.  Usually there are minimum numbers in liveries without any large cost increases, perhaps a reason why when a large run of variations actually sell out quickly, its a risky call in doing the different liveries especially where body variations go with that as well, maybe also a reason that Auscision seemingly do a run, & thats it without any reruns. except one R/S item or maybe a couple, one of which is still available from the 2nd run after the first sold out pretty quick.

In the end, all the importers are confined with what they can do with their respective factories no matter who they are.

The other areas that they have ventured into have been interesting but again they in certain cases have been in limited numbers, but also if you look at them are again primarilly what is found in the modern image arena, although goods sheds are there as a reminder only of a time gone by, as none would still be operating.
  Shazam75 Chief Commissioner

8 February, 2015

The Perfect G/BL!
Something we have been working on for over 3 years is the MK1 G Class & BL Class Locomotives. Panda has put hours of research and development into this project and it will be the best G/BL on the market. This will be our 2nd project to be available with DC/DCC sound and will be produced in the following liveries:
G Class – V/Line, Freight Victoria, Freight Australia, SCT, Southern Shorthaul Railroad & Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia.
BL Class – Australian National, National Rail Arrows, National Rail Charcoal, SteelLink, Pacific National Intermodal & Pacific National Rural & Bulk.
Further information and order forms will be available from our website soon. Auscision! A brand you can trust!

http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/Auscision Models Blog.htm

Cheers
Shelton
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Didn't see that coming.  Auscision appear to be doing a more comprehensive/if not complete list of liveries.  Will be interesting to see how well they sell with the Austrains offering already out in the market place.  

Where is Poath Junction?  He is usually tripping over himself to break these sorts of stories on Railpage.

I think next on Auscision's hit list of models that need to be "perfected" will be the C class.
ed31880
Agreed.

Its certainly up there in justification for redoing, considering the age of the original tooling and therefore the lack of detail with today's expected standard. It's one i'd pick Auscision to do and have said so previously. Considering it wore VR, V/Line, Nat rail, Silverton, Chicago, SSR, and i think Greentrains, it seems to fit with Auscisions "if it wore SSR - we're doing it" thoughts. I suppose time will tell, but bring it on I say.

Who knows what the future might hold?? The "Ultimate series 2 and 3 X class" - where you'd expect to see VR, V/Line, V/Line Freight, Freight Vic and Freight Aust, Freight Aust with Pac Nat logo, Pac Nat and Queensland Rail (if thats correct), then moving into the toilet addition onto the long end X, and finally the XR.......

In the end they'll decide. Inevitably this all allows some to purchase the higher end detailed models, and in many cases allows for offloading some or all of the originals that get snapped up by newcomers into the hobby. Not entirely a bad thing.

Regards
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

Do all the superlative proceeding the product equate to sound only loco's?
  a6et Minister for Railways

Agreed.

Its certainly up there in justification for redoing, considering the age of the original tooling and therefore the lack of detail with today's expected standard. It's one i'd pick Auscision to do and have said so previously. Considering it wore VR, V/Line, Nat rail, Silverton, Chicago, SSR, and i think Greentrains, it seems to fit with Auscisions "if it wore SSR - we're doing it" thoughts. I suppose time will tell, but bring it on I say.

Who knows what the future might hold?? The "Ultimate series 2 and 3 X class" - where you'd expect to see VR, V/Line, V/Line Freight, Freight Vic and Freight Aust, Freight Aust with Pac Nat logo, Pac Nat and Queensland Rail (if thats correct), then moving into the toilet addition onto the long end X, and finally the XR.......

In the end they'll decide. Inevitably this all allows some to purchase the higher end detailed models, and in many cases allows for offloading some or all of the originals that get snapped up by newcomers into the hobby. Not entirely a bad thing.

Regards
davesvline
One point with the older models is something I have heard is that for those who operate exhibition layouts, the older less detailed models are basically ideal for them as against the more detailed models. Reason being primarilly owing to newer models having more add on detail of a finer nature that tends to fall off & get lost.

Ideal also for getting younger modellers into the hobby at reasonable prices, well at least they should be more reasonable anyway.
  ed31880 Train Controller

their locomotive section of the product page on their website has been updated with the first series G class and BL added.  Interestingly there are 3 spaces that have been left with "coming soon".  I'm thinking C class, 442 class and 49 class.
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

One point with the older models is something I have heard is that for those who operate exhibition layouts, the older less detailed models are basically ideal for them as against the more detailed models. Reason being primarilly owing to newer models having more add on detail of a finer nature that tends to fall off & get lost.
a6et
Also most of the onlookers at exhibitions wouldn't know the difference between for example a Lima 42 and a TOR 42 and better to run your old Lima model into the ground than the much more expensive latter models.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
their locomotive section of the product page on their website has been updated with the first series G class and BL added.  Interestingly there are 3 spaces that have been left with "coming soon".  I'm thinking C class, 442 class and 49 class.
ed31880
I'm thinking "Ultimate NR, 48, 830", the last two can already be ordered but have no product page.
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

Likes >10000

Time for another sale, or a dedicated retail outlet perhaps...
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

their locomotive section of the product page on their website has been updated with the first series G class and BL added.  Interestingly there are 3 spaces that have been left with "coming soon".  I'm thinking C class, 442 class and 49 class.
ed31880

Gee, they got those placeholders (they don't go anywhere yet) up quick considering the 48, 830 and NR images haven't even appeared.

Paul
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
Just a question without any malice intended.  Whatever happened to the fish belly MLV that was to come out some time back together with derivatives using that chassis.  At one stage I imagined that was going to be my first Auscision model purchase, but have now taken delivery of two 45s and have a 421 and a 43 on order.

Best regards,
John
  2LaGrange Train Controller

Just a question without any malice intended.  Whatever happened to the fish belly MLV that was to come out some time back together with derivatives using that chassis.  At one stage I imagined that was going to be my first Auscision model purchase, but have now taken delivery of two 45s and have a 421 and a 43 on order.

Best regards,
John
John_Bushell
They announced the Fishbelly MLV and derivatives as a project in development (no delivery date I am aware off).

Seems locos are a priority at the moment and considering the Aus $ is falling doesn't help the viability of wagon projects.

They also have NLDF newsprint vans coming CP vans,V sets,RUB cars all with no projected delivery dates yet,im not that concerned with delays as it gives my wallet a chance to recover with 45,46,43 and 421s all ordered and paid for.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
....Whatever happened to the fish belly MLV that was to come out some time back together with derivatives using that chassis.  
John_Bushell
Last year I had a word with Panda, or possibly someone impersonating Panda, about a few other wagons that used the recycled fishbelly underframe.  (eg LSD spoil wagons. ). I'm hoping they're added to the project.
  Fairlight Station Master

Location: Always watching....
I noticed the Auscision Blog seems to missing some information regarding the latest project updates....there was a reference to the expected delivery dates for the 421 and 43 class? Can anyone confirm it was May for the 421 and August for the 43? I'm sure I read that before.....
  4203 Junior Train Controller

I noticed the Auscision Blog seems to missing some information regarding the latest project updates....there was a reference to the expected delivery dates for the 421 and 43 class? Can anyone confirm it was May for the 421 and August for the 43? I'm sure I read that before.....
Fairlight
That's correct
  Fairlight Station Master

Location: Always watching....
That's correct
4203
Thank you....
  Factory_Fill Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne VIC
Seems they broke the HTML of the blog page after the last update. It truncates the most recent project update from the factory and has deleted all 2014 news.

Oops!
  Fairlight Station Master

Location: Always watching....
Seems they broke the HTML of the blog page after the last update. It truncates the most project update from the factory and has deleted all 2014 news.

Oops!
Factory_Fill
Yeah I noticed that as well - was a bit surprised to see test shots of the 45/46/86/XP appearing after 2 have already been released...haha.

Seems like the 421's are more complex than previously anticipated. I did not realise there were so many variants of the austerity Indian red colours.
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

Seems like the 421's are more complex than previously anticipated. I did not realise there were so many variants of the austerity Indian red colours.
Fairlight
The Train Hobby Publications locomotive profile for the 421 Class is an excellent reference for all ten members of the class.
  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
Last year I had a word with Panda, or possibly someone impersonating Panda, about a few other wagons that used the recycled fishbelly underframe.  (eg LSD spoil wagons. ). I'm hoping they're added to the project.
Poath Junction

You could have an NSWR LSD wagon today! with no delay

Although it is a kit and you know.....and well you would have to put it together......yourself / paint it yourself / add decals etc.

http://www.hobbylandaustralia.com.au/LSD-Open-Wagon.html

Laughing

Regards

Catchpoint
  a6et Minister for Railways

You could have an NSWR LSD wagon today! with no delay

Although it is a kit and you know.....and well you would have to put it together......yourself / paint it yourself / add decals etc.

http://www.hobbylandaustralia.com.au/LSD-Open-Wagon.html

Laughing

Regards

Catchpoint
catchpoint
While not really interested in that particular kit, but based on the other IDR kits I have they are very nice, relatively easy to put together & perform exceptionally well on the layout.

Also the price is ok, & doubt if a RTR would be much better, except perhaps for more underfloor detail that may or may not stay in place.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
You could have an NSWR LSD wagon today! with no delay

Although it is a kit and you know.....and well you would have to put it together......yourself / paint it yourself / add decals etc.

http://www.hobbylandaustralia.com.au/LSD-Open-Wagon.html

Laughing

Regards

Catchpoint
catchpoint
I have one, along with their other excellent fishbelly based kits. Auscision announce rtr models about 6-12 months after I buy a kit version. Statistically that means Auscision should be announcing Silverton container wagons soon.
  Fairlight Station Master

Location: Always watching....
I know this is off topic regarding Auscision but since we are talking about the quality of IDR castings, here is the 85 class electric they released recently. I do believe a smaller re-run is planned this year but contact Hobbyland for more details.
The kit is excellent and very easy to work thru with instructions on dvd.
Here is my example
[img]http://i1319.photobucket.com/albums/t679/Shinkansen74/8503_zps165b907a.jpg[/img]

Auscision may very well release this at some stage - considering the 43 has been done, the 85's have at least two liveries and would compliment the 86/46 duo.
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Low Cost tsunami in USA Locos?

Just wondering if Loksounds entry into the OEM  sound market, in the USA, has spooked Soundtraxx and provided the reason for Aussie importers to look at fitted sound?
Rod Young
EDIT
When the dollar was near parity this would have been a good buy. parts useful being wheels and gears, internal (tower) gear train, motor and flywheels plus other Austrains Trainorama spares for SandaKan built engines which do share Walthers components, and a sound chip to boot!

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