So This is Christmas – Projects & Promos – 21st December 2016

1ST DECEMBER 2016 – SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS – PROJECT UPDATE – PROMOS

 

THE VAK/VGK – QHAF/QHBF COAL & WHEAT HOPPERS

The ship arrived in Sydney on Saturday but due to the large volume of goods to be unpacked in the port we will not have the models until tomorrow morning, Thursday. We have made arrangements to deliver most orders by courier where possible. Where this
cant happen, Australia Post will do the job. Unfortunately we cant say that your Christmas present will arrive on time but know that we have done our best to get them to you.

            THE Queensland VAK/VGK COAL & WHEAT HOPERS  along with the NSW  QHAB/QHAF INTERAIL & QR NATIONAL COAL HOPPERS  are
available from these  PREMIUM RETAILERS IN QLD & NSW

LINKS TO THESE RETAILERS WILL BE FOUND UNDER OUR ‘RETAILERS’ LISTING ON OUR WEB

 

LINKS TO THESE RETAILERS WILL BE FOUND UNDER OUR ‘RETAILERS’ LISTING ON OUR WEB


Menzels Lokschuppen & Toff-Toff GmbH  Dusseldorf

 

PROJECTS

10 CLASS

After a successful trip to China ealier in the month it is exciting to advise that our manufacturer is adding 2 more rivert patterns to add to our variations

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Pattern 2

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Pattern 4

Whilst there were only a small number of corrections to be made including the coupler box, narrowing of  conrods, removal of the light on earlier versions & placement of kerosine lanterns , changing to a smaller compressor  on the ealier
models  and a few other miscellaneous tweaks, these will not take long to do. The art work is now completed but not corrected so we anticipate seeing some painted samples early in the new year. Production if all goes well will commence after CNY
with a hoped for delivery for the Epping Exhibition in June. No guarantees.

We are also excited to announce that we will be producing the LL size coal hoppers to run with our 10 class. Unfortunately it does not appear viable to manufacture the Brown Bros Version of the CHG Guards Van at this time. More details and order forms
will be available early in the New Year.

CEMENT WORKS

 

The Cement Works will ship between  6th and the 13th January 2017.

The pre delivery price will finish this Friday 23rd 6pm ESDST


This is the decal sheet to be included with the cement works to customise the model individually.

The next shipment of Gantries will also ship at this time

DIESEL LOCO REFUELLING STATION

Whilst in China we signed off on the DIESEL LOCO REFUELLING STATION. This model which is based on the Canberra prototype is typical of what might be found anywhere around the country side.The model will be suitable for a good many layouts. Again, be
quick to place your order. The pre-delivery price will end with little warning.

The detail is supurb even on an undecorated model

2300/2400 LOCO PROJECT

As most of you are aware, we took the unprecedented step of trying to move what tooling had been completed for this project from the existing factory to our ’ L’ class factory during May. We took this step after an independent analysis of
the project confirmed that the model was not progressing either at a satisfactory rate or to an acceptable quality and indeed, would never progress to our desired standard. It became clear that the method of manufacture was more suitable to the production
of an ‘O’ gauge model rather than an ‘HO” model.

In the end, after much negotiation an additional sum of money to be paid to secure the tooling was agreed upon. Regrettably the manufacturer changed his mind overnight; rechanged two days later and finally reneging on the whole deal 3 days later, increasing
the dollar demand 3 fold. At this we decided the tooling was not worth it as a considerable amount of money would also have been required to correct the tooling.

Over the past few months we have been going over the project with our new factory so that they have a complete understanding of the scope of the project, talking through every aspect and version to be made and then agreeing on a process and price. Our
factory is well aware of the unsavoury attitude of the other factory and how much money it has cost us to walk away and start again.  They were embarrassed to say the least by the attitude of this Chinese supplier.

In working through the issues, they have been extraordinarily generous in their pricing and terms. It will none the less take a substantial amount of money which can only be provided through our models currently under construction & development and
our stock to hand.  We do hope you will continue to be patient with us as all of our clients have been to date. We will keep you informed of the progress.

There will be 10 versions in total consisting of 5 long hoods, 3 cabs, 4 short hoods, 2 chassis utilising 3 headstock/pilots and built to the standard of the ‘L’ class. It is our hope to have the 2300 ‘s available in the 2nd half
of 2017 followed by the 2400 class probably early 2018

We expect to start seeing the comprehensive drawings when we start back to work after 9th January.

 

PROMOS

We have a very limited quantity of undecorated non-sound ‘L’ class locos which are also available at the promotional price. OUT THEY GO AT 20% OFF = $299.00 – NO SOUND. FIRST
IN BEST DRESSED BUT DELIVERY WILL BE AFTER 9TH January 2017

OUR CURRENT  FX FLOUR HOPPER PROMOTION

We have decided to continue the FX promotion through the Christmas/ New year period also and also at 20% off – Just $195.00 delivery
early 2017

 

AND SO TO CHRISMAS

Sad to advise that I have  lost Simone, my PA of 3.5 years who is moving to Newcastle for personal reasons and new business opportunities. Simone has added enormously to our business. It has been wonderful to have her and we wish her every happiness
and success in her new venture.

We would like to take this opportunity to say to friends and customers, a big thank you for your support & business during 2016. We wish you and your families a most happy and enjoyable Christmas and wonderful peaceful New Year.

 PLEASE NOTE: Our office will be closed from Friday afternoon 23rd December

& will reopen on Monday 9th January, 2017

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