Good evening all.
You clearly have not seen my multiple posts regarding Ixion’s 32. This is not my first post. I still maintain that the Trainorama 32 class is the best steam locomotive produced for our market and agreed with its maroon colour scheme even though I was put down by other ‘leaders’ in this hobby. It was a fantastic well made model with beautiful detail. This is up there with the models we see today produced by Auscision and SDS. You can hardly call me an Auscision fanboy as I am just a fan of quality.
To the fair trading point. Do you really think any manufacturer wants to advertise that they were wrong after all the time and give out refunds? You can believe me / my mates or not but I am just calling it as it is. In one circumstance I know of one customer who was told rudely over the phone that he ‘must’ pay the $7 per axle to fix his split gears and that he would need to fix it himself as they do not offer a repair service (which is not helpful for an eighty year old bloke who has Parkinsons and has had the model since 2006). A threat to go to Fair Trading made that person on the phone backtrack very quickly.
I do not know the story between the S and B Class as I do not model Victorian but purely observe new models. The nose is important because it affects the whole look of the model and it seems sales were affected on the Trainorama 48s because of its wrong nose angle by apparently using the wrong data sheets (having seen the Auscision sample theirs has the correct angle and I am waiting for their delivery because I cannot have a model where the face is wrong). But I can say that I have a 42 and 421 and would prefer my 421 but only because the 421 took many years after the 42 to arrive and has the benefit of better research and detail. Auscision can release a model with the amount of detail on its bogies and underframe and finesse on the grilles and roof detailing for $295.00. Yet you will need to fork out the same cost for a 2004 model with nothing more than a new working marker light on the back and 21 pins (which should amount to no additional cost actually). If you know you will release a model that will fall behind the standards set by SDS, Auscision or indeed Austrains (41 class) then that is fine, at least be fair dinkum with pricing. And before you give me another typical argument about how much detail is too much that is simply an excuse for not going to the effort of improving it or at least admitting it won’t be to the current standards. This is setting apart the manufacturers these days and the competition is intense. My 42 runs well just like yours but is well behind an Auscision 421 for detail and running quality, or even the detail accomplished by Trainorama’s own 47 or 32.
The GM-1 model released as AN interested me because I recall GM 1 on tests in NSW. The review here sums up what I have to say on the subject. GM 1 as delivered is very different and I expect the fuel tank valance and fuel tank to be different. Also the windows are not flush with the sides. I hope this is being corrected.http://barcoola.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/barcoola-review-of-tranoramas-gm1-and.html
My other concern is the shade of red which is far too red and nothing like the maroon used. I can see someone else making the same comment.http://andrewsmainsouthline.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/trainoramas-gm.html
By the way the upgraded motor and gear box is only because they had split gears and no motor after leaving Sanda Kan which ruined their schedule and Eureka’s. Not the manufacturers fault at all – I feel for them for being left to fend for themselves.
I recall Trainorama have always released in their online news about the missing tooling for the back of their SSR GMs. I guess that is being fixed right now. The rest I do not know because I do not model that era (anything Candy and after does not exist for me!).
Good discussion all. Good night and most importantly Lest We Forget on such an important day.