News for SDS Models and Phoenix Reproductions
fourth production run of our 81 class arrived last week, this
included all the blue and grey diesels. Upon testing it was
discovered that these are inexplicably wired to run in the
opposite direction as intended. This is a problem and upon
investigating the processes needed to rectify the running, we
decided the fastest course of action is to return them to the
supplier for warranty. We’ll action this after we return from
the AMRA Vic exhibition at The Showgrounds next weekend.
KQ and GY
and Open Wagons
Two mixed 5-packs of KQ and GY are now in stock. The models are a
re-run with new running numbers.
A new 5-pack of red GYs is now in stock. The models feature
5" imperial lettering with new running numbers.
the showing at the BMTS in May we needed to make some
minor paint and numbering corrections to a few models.
These corrections are now complete, and the models being
reassembled. The supplier advise they should be ready to
ship to us in about 4 weeks time. We’ll post an update
when we have a precise shipping date.
1620 Class / TGR Y Class / MR F Class
to Web Page: QR 1620
Class / TGR Y Class
/ MR F Class
production ready engineering samples will arrive late Feb and if
all is well we’ll proceed to assembly commencing with the 1620
class in May 2023. Once the 1620 models are painted and tampo
printed, the other two models will follow immediately.
the components are now in hand with the supplier, paint
work has commenced, and they plan to start assembling in
the next few months’ time.
that the 81 class assembly is nearing completion, the T
class will be the next model to commence assembly.
Y Class Locomotives
tooling for these models
is complete and will be produced jointly when we get into
T class assembly.
D53 Class Locomotive
of this project has been slow of late due to some factors mentioned above,
however we have been assured by the supplier they will complete the
designs immediately after the return to work next month.
Painting and tampo printing has commenced, however this is a huge
undertaking of colour and livery complexity.
LHO / LHY / KP Class Vans
These models are almost complete and will be shipped from China
later this year.
are producing a re-run of the colorful S truck packs 027,
028, 029, plus all single packs including four new models.
model was designed and tooled back when we produced the
timber sided version of the S truck. As several other
projects took precedence with this supplier the model
remained incomplete until recently. This model will arrive
in late 2023 along with another production of the popular S
truck and will include another for units in the above
Single Pack range.
engineering samples will be ready in February and these
models will be offered in 5-piece packs like our S trucks.
The packs will cover from the IZ wagon with buffers
through to the final iterations of ‘new’ all welded
steel bodies on old riveted underframes. There are two
door latch variations along with two styles of end body
bracing. We are offering combinations of sides and ends to
suit a wide variation of body assemblies.
also re-run the KQ container wagon and some popular red GY
wagons with the RY production.
in 2023 we’ll re-launch the Austrains VR 4 and 6 wheel
wagon and van models. These will be suitably improved.
/ ELX / ESX Open Wagon
tooling process has commenced. These wagons are based upon the
earlier Austrains models however they have been upgraded to
contemporary standards with new finer detailed sides and ends,
improved chassis, bogie and brake gear. Our future re-release
program will also encompass the corrugated sided versions, the SAR
plain and corrugated versions and the many variations found on today's