Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Two new four wheelers to arrive soon

4 wheel U vans

Slowly making progress on supplying 2 new 4 wheel kits of the iconic Victorian Railways 'U' vans.

1 piece body casting, 3D printed underframe, FVM wheels, decals, shunter steps and instructions are included in each kit.




Changes to my kit manufacuring


Changes at Spirit Design


The face of Victorian N scale has changed over the last few years and I have seen a definite shift in spending patterns and as a result, I will be issuing kits in much smaller numbers (30 or less) and will only do reruns if viable within 2 years of the initial release.  I have also started modelling in 3D to allow a greater range of items to be covered.

Most kits are produced in batches as time permits after my normal day job during my meagre spare hobby time and there are a number of reasons why kits aren’t being produced in great numbers anymore.  Some of the reasons are below:


Parts required are no longer available from other manufacturers
Processors or materials required are no longer obtainable or are too expensive
Modellers shying away from building kits and are wanting RTR
Slow moving stock suggests new sales growth for a particular kit will be zero
Modellers think that you can carry almost 20 years of models I have produced all the time!
I can always get that later on


As with most cottage manufacturers, our products are usually only around as long as one has the desire to keep producing and as my life changes I am now seeking other pursuits, which may better, utilize my time.

Therefore, if you need something don’t put it off as it may not be available again for the above-mentioned reasons.  As an aid to modellers I will upload the pricelist containing stock on hand levels each month.


Note stock levels vary as items are sold or if I manufacturer more items of that part

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

2nd Series super detailed T class kit


Just letting interested modellers know that a very small run of then Super Kit Series : T 347 – T356 is going into production soon and I would like to get numbers of modellers looking to acquiring one. 

The kit includes the brass etch with see through grill work, detailed items including state of art 3D printed parts, cast bogie side frames, laser cut components, laser cut cab glazing, all 10 class number boards, marker light boards and colour matched Victorian Railways chevrons and V/Line decals.  10 pages of instructions with photos will help guide the builder through the various steps along the way.  Also to aid the builder all kits come with long hood pre-formed to shape and the nose tack soldered into place. 

If there is enough numbers the etch can be nickel brass which is brilliant to solder and tarnishing is minimized for an extra $10.
 
Also I will do 5 Y class and 5 first series T class for those that may be interested. 
 
Happy modelling
Chris Pearce