I finally decided to order some of the Tulloch 10,000 gallon tank wagons on offer. I had not seen much written about them since release & figured the reduced pricing structure was too good to pass up.
It has been a long wait for modellers to have an RTR bogie tank wagon & with at least 3 manufacturers in the process of delivery... We will ultimately be spoiled !!!
My normal MO with any model is to get them home take them apart, modify & weather as i see fit so the advertised faults did not bother me at all. I must state here that this manufacturer should be applauded for being completely upfront about the shortcomings of this release & displayed a great deal of business savy in turning a potential disaster into a modelling coup. With all that said i thought i would post some shots of the models that i purchased & have added some comments for discussion.
As stated i nearly missed out altogether & in the end ordered two 3 packs with each containing an Ampol, CSR & Atlantic 1950s style wagon. I also purchased 2 single Golden Fleece units in silver.
The packaging is brilliant & to a standard we are now coming to expect. So.... what about the wagons....
As per all releases the beauty is always in the eye of the beholder & after talking to a few fellow modellers each seemed to have a different idea on the finished model.
The first thing that struck me after i unpacked & setup the models at eye level was that the majority displayed some bowing of the underframe & on on some units a distinct upturn of the underframe between the bogie pivot & the couplers. For me this issue will not overly worry me as i will be pulling all units apart for a repaint & when the tank retaining screws are removed....this issue may well be able to be rectified... if not then i guess the bowing could be explained as over exhuberant shunting over the years of service. Another issue is the bogie retaining chains & while they are a great touch of detail....the majority had either come adrift at the bogie end or the underframe mounting point & i am not sure whether this scribes aging eyesight will allow me to re attach this detail. I might just dispense with them altogether.
The advertised walkway, ladder & shunter's post issues are evident only on some of the models. There are some issues however with the installation of the hand grips on the domes & i have included a photo showng this point.
After handling these models i am now starting to see the point of some modellers who have expressed concern at the amount of easily dislodged detail being included in recent releases.... I do not envy the manufacturers when making that decision.
On the upside.... the paint, text, logos etc are crisp & to a high level of quality. Underframe detail is also well served & seems complete in every aspect. The models run feely on the track & appear to track well.... couplers seem fine... The model certainly captures the flavour of these tank cars.... They are certainly value for money...
I hope that the main production run of these models ( utlising a new factory ) will address the bulk of these problems as it seems that the majority of issues could have been corrected during assembly & are not a symptom of bad design or something the vendor had any control over until arrival...
In summing up... i think this release has been a glimpse of the first release of bogie oil pots & i look forward to "getting to work" on these models & look forward to the next release of wagons from this & the other manufacturers.
BTW... the comments in this post are mine only & of course others will have their own views....as always comments are welcome!!!
|Ampol tank showing bogie retaining chains & underframe.|
|The Golden Fleece Variety....note chains & underframe....walkway issues were expected.|
|Underframe detail.... Brilliant!!!|
|Handgrip installation...some visible...others not...|