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  Hobbyking_Ian Station Master

Hi All,

Many of you may have started to see hobbyking list model trains and accessories. We've just finished the first run on 40ft shipping containers with more to come.

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/catalog/category/view/s/ho-scale-shipping-containers/id/7539

We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them.


What can you expect to see in the future? We've got a few ideas we're kicking around so we have more to say on that later.

For now we'll periodically update our projects here and engage with the community as much as we can. If you have some ideas on things you would like to see let me know.

Regards,
Ian Macgregor

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  brissim Chief Train Controller

Might be helpful if you could provide a link through to your products. Yes I could google it (and already have) but it would make things much easier for potential customers if a link was provided.

Tony

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/catalog/category/view/s/ho-scale-shipping-containers/id/7539


Edit : would also be useful to clarify which of your products are suitable for Australian layouts. I notice many of the 40ft containers available are very suitable for Australian modellers (big tick) but again it would be very helpful if this information was provided rather than leaving customers wondering.
  sm-at-eden Station Master

While not stated in the information in the link, I assume that the prices quoted are in US$.  If this is true, this new offering is considerably cheaper than the forthcoming (and some just recently arrived) offerings from Auscision and SDS.  Yes, I know that they are not the same liveries as those offered being offered by Auscision and SDS, however, I think that they should be considered in the overall mix of what we load onto our Container Wagons.

These new offerings may just be enough to loosen the Purse-Strings of my resident Minister of Finance here in the Palace on the Hill.

Cheers,

Gary
  denis500 Locomotive Driver

Hi,

So I clicked on the link on the first post which takes me to the page of containers which look very good but a bit modern for me.

Looking at the top of the page it looks like the prices are being shown in Oz dollars and you an change it to your favorite currency.



Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the 'Contact Us' item and they are based in Hong Kong.

Denis
  sm-at-eden Station Master

While not stated in the information in the link, I assume that the prices quoted are in US$.  If this is true, this new offering is considerably cheaper than the forthcoming (and some just recently arrived) offerings from Auscision and SDS.  Yes, I know that they are not the same liveries as those offered being offered by Auscision and SDS, however, I think that they should be considered in the overall mix of what we load onto our Container Wagons.

These new offerings may just be enough to loosen the Purse-Strings of my resident Minister of Finance here in the Palace on the Hill.

Cheers,

Gary
sm-at-eden
Have just ordered some of their containers, and the price is in US$.  Even with the price in US$, these are far more affordable than Auscision's or SDS's offerings, even with the charges for UDL express (3-10 days worldwide), they are cheaper by a country mile.

Cheers,

Gary
  brissim Chief Train Controller

While not stated in the information in the link, I assume that the prices quoted are in US$.  If this is true, this new offering is considerably cheaper than the forthcoming (and some just recently arrived) offerings from Auscision and SDS.  Yes, I know that they are not the same liveries as those offered being offered by Auscision and SDS, however, I think that they should be considered in the overall mix of what we load onto our Container Wagons.

These new offerings may just be enough to loosen the Purse-Strings of my resident Minister of Finance here in the Palace on the Hill.

Cheers,

Gary
Have just ordered some of their containers, and the price is in US$.  Even with the price in US$, these are far more affordable than Auscision's or SDS's offerings, even with the charges for UDL express (3-10 days worldwide), they are cheaper by a country mile.

Cheers,

Gary
sm-at-eden
Sorry to be using you as a guinea pig but I'd appreciate some feedback on delivery process and the quality of the products when you receive them. As good as the pricing is, must admit I'm a little wary about ordering product from a Hong Kong/Chinese-based wholesaler with no information on where they've sourced their product from.

Tony
  Hobbyking_Ian Station Master

I probably should have given a bit of an overview of who we are and what hobbyking is famous for. Although we're very well known the the RC community the model railway scene may not have dealt with us in the past. We carry the worlds largest range of RC batteries, RC planes and hobby hardware  with much of it exclusive to us. We design and manufacture some of the worlds leading model aircraft. Some of those brands are Durafly, Avios, h-king and kingcraft. We also design and manufacture avionics for model aircraft with brands like OrangeRX, Quanum, Turnigy etc.

I'm based in the Sydney office although we have offices in the US, Netherlands and the UK. We're heading into our 11th year of operation. seeing I'm a train buff i'm excited to be heading up the train category.

That said, if anyone can recommend a good reviewer that has a youtube channel i'd be happy to send some to his/her channel.

Tony, I've asked the photography team to reshoot the containers. The resolution they used takes away from the finer detail. In around a week they should have that done. In the mean time i took this on my phones camera to highlight the doors.



If you want to put a face to a name. I did this a few weeks back


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9NT5BDqVk8&t=16s

Cheers
Ian
  SA_trains Deputy Commissioner

Location: ACT
Best wishes to you and Hobby King, I hope that your foray into Model Railways goes well!

And good on you for making yourself public on here.

PS: Excited to see "Seabox" containers. I'll have to get some of them as my son used to be an Engineer for them!
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I've used Hobbyking in the past to buy batteries and things for my large scale stuff.  
If they're getting into more trains then I guess i'll be dusting off my account!
  Markfresh Junior Train Controller

Good on ya for putting your products here for all to see , the YouTube video is great and your down to earth personality will go a long way

There are a lot of very nice helpful people on here aswell , I'm lucky to have had the help and insight from the select few.

Cheers
Mark


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  brissim Chief Train Controller

This is the only post where I allow Mark's comment to stay.
There will be NO MORE discussion on this in this thread.

David Head, Moderator.
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Mate , don't worry to much about the negative people on here,
You don't need to explain yourself or update your posts because they ask you to.
They are all apparently award winning masters of the verbal language, and masters of there own domain.
And also modelling experts.
If they were that talented they would have there own business and patents.
Good on ya for putting your products here for all to see , the YouTube video is great and your down to earth personality will go a long way

There are a lot of very nice helpful people on here aswell , I'm lucky to have had the help and insight from the select few.

Cheers
Mark
Markfresh
And Mark you perhaps need to pull your head in abit and learn not make childish posts like this. Who are the negative people? Name them and explain why they are being negative.

(mod here, Mark NOT to name or explain. Subject closed)

And as for your suggestion that suppliers should not have to "explain yourself or update your posts" - how old are you? If that supplier wants to win business then of course they must be responsive to the queries of potential customers if they want to survive. The fact that Ian from HobbyKing is responsive to our queries and edits his posts is a very encouraging sign. The supplier who is not responsive to queries and suggestions will not last long in this or any business. Its called Customer Relations.

Now does all of this make me want to rush out and order these containers? At this stage no. As I said above until I see some samples in the flesh and are convinced of their on-going quality I'll stick with the higher cost but proven Australian-based suppliers even if their containers probably come from the same Chinese factory (besides I've probably got all the 40ft containers I need - I'm after 48ft containers at the moment).

Mark, you've made a great start in this hobby with your series of questions. But please don't spoil it by posts such as this.

Tony
  Markfresh Junior Train Controller

I apologise for my comments ,
Please delete my post/comments in this topic.
I do appreciate the help and the support here.
Thanks
Mark
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I would rather a manufacturer/distributor be completely honest and post an update if a model is held up for any reason coming from the factory, so if the factory says to the distributor that we are awaiting part XYZ from a contractor/ supplier then this info should be passed on to those that have pre-ordered or intend to order the model. This is good PR for them and is called good customer relations. More is needed from some though rather than less.

Some models take years to come out, and unless the manufacturer etc keeps you in the loop as to progress on that model you might get the impression that it has stalled or something, and your order or pre-payment is lost or something.

I find it hard to believe in this day and age of almost instant information at your fingertips that anyone would say they do not want to be informed about something they have ordered, indeed the majority want to be kept in the know about what happens rather than the opposite.

If some one can produce things that are up to current standards cheaper then good for them and good for the modelers as well. Everybody likes good quality models cheap, and anyone who says they don't would be a liar.

Not having a go at anyone here just putting up my thoughts!
  Hobbyking_Ian Station Master

If you're like me you might be making your own points or turnouts or whatever you want to call'em . I've built two double crossovers with 19 other points-so far. (There are no commercial points on my layout.) I found making PCB strip just a right pain in the backside so arriving very shortly are pre-cut PCB strip in 2x200mm lengths. Bag of 50 will set you back about $7.

For those out there that are scared to give it a go its not tricky. All you need is patience, some old track (or new).  I'll be making a video of how I do it for the uninitiated. The best bit about making you're own points is you can make them to fit your layout and not make your layout fit the points you bought.

  miktrain Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide SA
If you're like me you might be making your own points or turnouts or whatever you want to call'em . I've built two double crossovers with 19 other points-so far. (There are no commercial points on my layout.) I found making PCB strip just a right pain in the backside so arriving very shortly are pre-cut PCB strip in 2x200mm lengths. Bag of 50 will set you back about $7.

For those out there that are scared to give it a go its not tricky. All you need is patience, some old track (or new).  I'll be making a video of how I do it for the uninitiated. The best bit about making you're own points is you can make them to fit your layout and not make your layout fit the points you bought.

Hobbyking_Ian
Sounds like quite a good price for pre-cut PCB, I have a fair supply at the moment but when that gets low will be looking your direction.
There are plans to build many points in the near future.

Tony
  Hobbyking_Ian Station Master

To get a loco and a rake of wagons to run through a set of points you made yourself is just a pleasure. It has been one of the most rewarding parts of the hobby so far.
  denis500 Locomotive Driver

Hi,

So what is the depth and width of these PCB strips? They look a bit thin to be used as a scale sleeper with out some packing.

Denis
  Hobbyking_Ian Station Master

Hi,

So what is the depth and width of these PCB strips? They look a bit thin to be used as a scale sleeper with out some packing.

Denis
denis500
You're 100% correct as the photo was just a sample from the factory.  

I've received a reproduction sample and they will be the same size as a PECO sleeper. The system tells me they are about 15 days away so once they get here i'll post a better photo and some dimensions.

Ian
  sm-at-eden Station Master

While not stated in the information in the link, I assume that the prices quoted are in US$.  If this is true, this new offering is considerably cheaper than the forthcoming (and some just recently arrived) offerings from Auscision and SDS.  Yes, I know that they are not the same liveries as those offered being offered by Auscision and SDS, however, I think that they should be considered in the overall mix of what we load onto our Container Wagons.

These new offerings may just be enough to loosen the Purse-Strings of my resident Minister of Finance here in the Palace on the Hill.

Cheers,

Gary
Have just ordered some of their containers, and the price is in US$.  Even with the price in US$, these are far more affordable than Auscision's or SDS's offerings, even with the charges for UDL express (3-10 days worldwide), they are cheaper by a country mile.

Cheers,

Gary
sm-at-eden
The containers that I ordered last weekend arrived yesterday 20th, they look absolutely brilliant!  I will compare them to some Auscision ones later today and pass on the results then.  

Cheers,

Gary
  Hobbyking_Ian Station Master

Excellent news Gary!  I look forward to the photos.

For those interested in the PCB strip its 3mm wide x 2mm thick

  sm-at-eden Station Master

While not stated in the information in the link, I assume that the prices quoted are in US$.  If this is true, this new offering is considerably cheaper than the forthcoming (and some just recently arrived) offerings from Auscision and SDS.  Yes, I know that they are not the same liveries as those offered being offered by Auscision and SDS, however, I think that they should be considered in the overall mix of what we load onto our Container Wagons.

These new offerings may just be enough to loosen the Purse-Strings of my resident Minister of Finance here in the Palace on the Hill.

Cheers,

Gary
Have just ordered some of their containers, and the price is in US$.  Even with the price in US$, these are far more affordable than Auscision's or SDS's offerings, even with the charges for UDL express (3-10 days worldwide), they are cheaper by a country mile.

Cheers,

Gary
The containers that I ordered last weekend arrived yesterday 20th, they look absolutely brilliant!  I will compare them to some Auscision ones later today and pass on the results then.  

Cheers,

Gary
sm-at-eden
Have compared my new goodies with an Auscision (AM) container and (not having a micrometer for measuring them) they are identical in size, the finish is unbelievable (the photos shown in two previous posts do not do them justice).  Each container is in its own snug fitting cardboard box that has a cutout panel on one side to see which container is in the box.  These new containers stack neatly on top of the AM containers, but not the other way around as the AM ones do not have any location lugs on the bottom to engage the locating spots moulded into the roof of both style of container.  I purchased 20 containers for AU$144 (and some cents), this included delivery by UDL/OzPost and the inflationary effect of currency conversion.

To sum up, I have purchased 20 brilliant shipping containers for AU$7.20 each, which is somewhat less than half of the cost of the offerings of our local producers.  I do have to say that all (except the Linfox one) of these new containers are used in international traffic.  They are seen all over Australia but they are not intended for local/internal traffic and anyone wanting/needing containers for this traffic on their model railway will have to go elsewhere for their supplies.  Whether HobbyKing have plans to release local containers in the future, ask HobbyKing Ian, he may know, I certainly do not.

As for me, I am a very Happy Camper indeed!



Apologies for no piccies with this post, but my shaky old hands cannot match the sharp, crisp images shown in two of the previous posts above.

Cheers,

Gary
  Hobbyking_Ian Station Master

I'm really happy to hear that you liked them, Gary. I hope the website photos are updated shortly because they don't do them justice.

If there is enough interest i'll make  more Australian specific containers. I think you'll find the current selection of containers can be found on running on our rails.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM2z9NMXfh8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfVj47B_0Z0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODXf3j-PKl8

Over to you guys. Let me know what you want

Ian
  brissim Chief Train Controller

The containers that I ordered last weekend arrived yesterday 20th, they look absolutely brilliant!  I will compare them to some Auscision ones later today and pass on the results then.  

Cheers,

Gary
Have compared my new goodies with an Auscision (AM) container and (not having a micrometer for measuring them) they are identical in size, the finish is unbelievable (the photos shown in two previous posts do not do them justice).  Each container is in its own snug fitting cardboard box that has a cutout panel on one side to see which container is in the box.  These new containers stack neatly on top of the AM containers, but not the other way around as the AM ones do not have any location lugs on the bottom to engage the locating spots moulded into the roof of both style of container.  I purchased 20 containers for AU$144 (and some cents), this included delivery by UDL/OzPost and the inflationary effect of currency conversion.

To sum up, I have purchased 20 brilliant shipping containers for AU$7.20 each, which is somewhat less than half of the cost of the offerings of our local producers.  I do have to say that all (except the Linfox one) of these new containers are used in international traffic.  They are seen all over Australia but they are not intended for local/internal traffic and anyone wanting/needing containers for this traffic on their model railway will have to go elsewhere for their supplies.  Whether HobbyKing have plans to release local containers in the future, ask HobbyKing Ian, he may know, I certainly do not.

As for me, I am a very Happy Camper indeed!



Apologies for no piccies with this post, but my shaky old hands cannot match the sharp, crisp images shown in two of the previous posts above.

Cheers,

Gary
sm-at-eden
Sorry just seen this post - been away working. Gary thanks for the followup. Pleased the quality and accuracy is there. They needed to be compatible (dimension-wise) with our existing containers and it looks as if they are. I wouldn't be too worried about the lack of "Australian" containers in the lineup - plenty of international containers are carried on our railways. As I said above, too bad I'm not after 40ft containers at the moment. But its certainly looks to be a positive start.

Tony
  Hobbyking_Ian Station Master

Yes there will be a few more containers shortly and in fact work is already underway.


Looks like someone has already done a bit of a review.  Great shot of the detail on the ends.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSElZv0l2sI
  roy66 Junior Train Controller

Gidday Ian,

Any news on when the PCB tie strips will be arriving ?

Cheers
Steve

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