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  Booly Junior Train Controller

Has anyone had trouble removing the body from there 45 ? I have removed the 6 screws but it seems that the  couplers are stuck in with excess glue from the buffer plate renforcing.any trick's ?

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  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Has anyone had trouble removing the body from there 45 ? I have removed the 6 screws but it seems that the  couplers are stuck in with excess glue from the buffer plate renforcing.any trick's ?
Booly
Yes, all 6 of my 45 class needed to have the couplers forcibly removed with some judicious prizing with a small screwdriver. I managed to get all 12 couplers off without damaging anything on the locos.

Roachie
  Booly Junior Train Controller

I eventually got the couplers out of my 45 ! and as Roachie said a bit of force was required . It seams that there is excess glue from the inner pilot renforcing brackets that seeps onto the sides of the coupler box during assembly . Just one to watch out for if removing the body to fit a decoder.Also on the 421's from what I have heard they are about 1 month behind , so not long now .
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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


I think Auscision might have another steel wagon or 3 in the pipeline. - https://www.facebook.com/136260326407914/photos/a.136264289740851.18637.136260326407914/960662170634388/?type=1&theater
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

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


'Tis the NODY and *at least* 5 variations!
  K-Class Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Great. Sure looking forward to these. I will be getting a pack or 2 of the RKLY's.

I am surprised it has taken Auscision or anyone else this long to produce these wagons. Especially since Auscision released the coil steel containers about 5 years ago and the coil cradles about 3 or 4 years ago.

I hope they also do the NQTY/NQYY as I need a full train worth for my Bemax mineral sand train.

Matt
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Very interested in these wagons. At all my scratchbuilding skills will now be redundant.

The RKLY wagons particularly have a lot of deck variations so it'll be good to see how Auscision addresses this.
  AdelaideHills Station Staff

Location: Southwestern Germany
Hi all,

that's a great addition for my steel train but as a modeler without any others to share sets I'm struggling with the fact that I would like to get various cars but must always buy 4-sets. This will exceed my train length and it's really goofy to have one train with always 4 cars of each type.
I hope that they will offer some single cars or I'll miss most of the new types because I can only concentrate on one set without any fellows to mix set consists. Sad thing...

Thomas
  wagrttn Locomotive Driver


Very interested in these wagons. At all my scratchbuilding skills will now be redundant.
The RKLY wagons particularly have a lot of deck variations so it'll be good to see how Auscision addresses this.
meh

There's not a lot of the deck visible on the RKLY. I have never seen an RKLY without butter boxes on them and I am actually looking forward to the Auscision models revealing what the obscured part of the deck actually looks like!

The only common deck variations I have noticed are whether the remnant bulkheads are full width, half width or entirely gone (perhaps I should look more closely?). I hope that all that will be required is to file off the unwanted portion from each end of the model and spray a dirty rusty brown colour overall (the term 'road grime' seems too American for my liking). It should be an easy way to avoid that homogenous look of a string of identical wagons made from the same mould.
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

I was just looking at the Auscision page for the Batwing Coal Hoppers and noticed that they seem to have restocked on all 6 packs of weathered hoppers.  All are showing available on the webpage and I'm 99% sure they were sold out when I looked only a couple of weeks ago.

The only ones I remember being available were the silver hoppers with green ends and they are now showing as sold out.

I wonder whether they've done a low-key re-run of the weathered hoppers in preparation for the release of the EDI and UGL locos so they've got something to pull?


Regards
Paul
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
A snapshot of the NHRH page in March confirms all weathered hoppers and the green PHCH's were showing as available.
http://web.archive.org/web/20150319070606/http://auscisionmodels.com.au/NHRH%20Coal%20Hopper.htm
If you're bored you can look at older 2014 snapshots but they also confirm availability of the weathered hoppers.
FYI there were 50 of each pack in the production run. With stock still on hand after 18 months (including 2 x 20% xmas discount enticements having failed to clear the remaining stock) don't expect a rerun anytime soon.  Given there is nothing suitable to plonk behind the 5020's I'd be inclined to speculate a QRN/Aurizon hopper is underway.
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
You're correct wagrttn, the variations in the ends are the most visibl,  which will be interesting. Particularly if they base them on the real road numbers.

The NHRH would probably have all sold if they were only in the silver livery. Can see what they were trying to do, but the weathered brown just doesn't look right.

That said, the quality of things Auscision produces is fantastic, and their future models are likely going to keep raising the bar.
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

A snapshot of the NHRH page in March confirms all weathered hoppers and the green PHCH's were showing as available.
http://web.archive.org/web/20150319070606/http://auscisionmodels.com.au/NHRH%20Coal%20Hopper.htm
If you're bored you can look at older 2014 snapshots but they also confirm availability of the weathered hoppers.
FYI there were 50 of each pack in the production run. With stock still on hand after 18 months (including 2 x 20% xmas discount enticements having failed to clear the remaining stock) don't expect a rerun anytime soon.  Given there is nothing suitable to plonk behind the 5020's I'd be inclined to speculate a QRN/Aurizon hopper is underway.
Poath Junction
Oh, fair enough. Interesting that the green ended silver hoppers had lasted and then sold out.

Paul
  standard gauge Station Master

Facebook and blog update.

car carriers

Car Carriers Ready-to-Run in HO Scale from Auscision.
In conjunction with our NSW RUB Cars & Southern Aurora Passenger Sets we are making the MotoRail Car Carrier to run with these trains. Standard New South Wales, Victorian & South Australian bulk car carriers are also being produced at the same time. Please visit our website for further information on liveries and packs. Orders/prices will be available from June long weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Auscision-Models/136260326407914

http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/Auscision%20Models%20Blog.htm

Also a link to the product page. Price to be announced

http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/Car%20Carrier.htm
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
And note "Australian HO scale cars being produced by Auscision to suit our car carrier wagons - available separately "
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
I'm taking a punt that these car carrier 4 packs will set you back around $300 (give or take $20).

Guessed re Chinese wages and our $$ having any bearing based on comments all the producers have been saying for some time.

Regards
  brissim Chief Train Controller

This is great to see. And I very pleased the MotoRail wagons will be available as 2-car packs. Also good news about Auscision producing cars (as in motor cars) to go with the car carriers although it will be interesting to see what is produced - ie bulk Holden & Ford for the new car carriers vs era-specific mixed cars for the MotoRails.

Tony
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

It's a pity the car carriers are not being sold as singles. I guess there will be plenty of splitting of packs between friends.
  wagrttn Locomotive Driver

So... how close would these MBY wagons be to the current AMRZ wagons as used on the Indian Pacific?

The addition of mesh sides and the associated framing is the most obvious difference. It's unfortunate that the differences were considered too great to justify tooling this variant. Well, for now, anyway.

Drew

P.S Deleted reference to modified vertical side framing. I was comparing the AMRZ to a late version of the ALX that had straight uprights/posts without the little cantered bit at the bottom.
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
So... how close would these MBY wagons be to the current AMRZ wagons as used on the Indian Pacific?

It appears that the vertical side framing supporting the upper deck has been modified at some stage to allow for wider loads on the lower deck along with the addition of mesh sides and the associated framing. It's unfortunate that the differences were considered too great to justify tooling this variant. Well, for now, anyway.
Drew
wagrttn
I suspect it is similar to the reason why they didn't produce (yet, anyway) the 600 class when they did the 45 class...... To the layperson it probably seems there isn't much involved in tweaking the original model to derive the variation. In practice, however, the story is obviously very different....just my guess.
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
I suspect it is similar to the reason why they didn't produce (yet, anyway) the 600 class when they did the 45 class...... To the layperson it probably seems there isn't much involved in tweaking the original model to derive the variation. In practice, however, the story is obviously very different....just my guess.
Roachie
The "new" Australian Models Industry has come a long way in 60 years. We now demand so much more for the considerable cost of this accurate product. And pity any company who gets it wrong.
But even in the USA where one would think that sheer population numbers would translate into huge customer bases for each new model, the Manufacturers rely on smaller factories to make detail parts to dress up standard designs to look like limited prototypes We used to see a lot of kit bashing 20 years ago, using detail parts from Companies like Canon.

Maybe our entrepreneurs are missing out and a 600 upgrade kit would sell if it was made available?
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

The "new" Australian Models Industry has come a long way in 60 years. We now demand so much more for the considerable cost of this accurate product. And pity any company who gets it wrong.
But even in the USA where one would think that sheer population numbers would translate into huge customer bases for each new model, the Manufacturers rely on smaller factories to make detail parts to dress up standard designs to look like limited prototypes We used to see a lot of kit bashing 20 years ago, using detail parts from Companies like Canon.

Maybe our entrepreneurs are missing out and a 600 upgrade kit would sell if it was made available?
comtrain

And who would gamble with a 600 upgrade kit not knowing what Auscision (or anyone else) has up their corporate sleeves?

Paul
  a6et Minister for Railways

And who would gamble with a 600 upgrade kit not knowing what Auscision (or anyone else) has up their corporate sleeves?

Paul
FirstStopCentral
Perhaps the advertised AMRM brasstic kit might suffice.

Issue though is with the type of 600, & whether one wants a version that ran in NSW, with those mods as well.
  standard gauge Station Master

More models arrive!

Facebook update

SCT Liveried GT46C-ACe locomotives SCT001, 002, 005 & 015 have arrived earlier than expected and are now available to order from our website. Get in quick before they sell out!

http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/GT46C-ACE%20Locomotive.htm
  wagrttn Locomotive Driver

So... how close would these MBY wagons be to the current AMRZ wagons as used on the Indian Pacific?

The addition of mesh sides and the associated framing is the most obvious difference. It's unfortunate that the differences were considered too great to justify tooling this variant. Well, for now, anyway.

Drew

"wagrttn"




Right, then. I wasted some time, did some research and went from knowing nothing about such things to knowing very little.

The ALX/VMBX versions would be the models required as the basis for an AMRZ (those AMRZ that I have seen, anyway). Unfortunately all of the ALX/VMBX models are being produced with fully sheeted sides.

Converting a flute-metal sided ALX/VMBX model would involve:
• disassembling the model
• VERY carefully removing most of the side sheeting including where it is moulded onto the back of the diagonal framing,
• filing the lower and upper decks flat and adding different tyre guides,
• bogie replacement,
• the addition of screen sides and their framing,
• the addition of lots of little wheel bracket holders.

Given how difficult it will be to remove the side sheeting from the framing and how much of the model will need to be discarded I think that a scratch build may very well be a better option.

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