It's been a bit quiet in the shed lately between work and family commitments and I have had a serious man Flu in the last week so sorry for the lack of posts. The following is my personal review of the SDS fuel tankers.
I preordered and paid for my SDS tanker models. I have opted to
purchase the “special offer” tankers from SDS models. This is my quick
review of the models.
I put it on
record, upfront, that I know one of the SDS guys through my local model
railway club. This fellow has very modeling high standards, that this
can be seen from his well known modeling efforts and I think explains
the reason for the special offer.
wagons come packaged in silver boxes decorated with the SDS models’ pin
stripping. The models are well protected for transport via a clear
plastic cover inside the box.
bonus is that the wagons come factory fitted with genuine Kadee scale head
whisker couplers. The rp88 wheels look the part and the wagons roll
freely. The bogie detail is exquisite, as is all the underframe details.
shown in the photos the paint and decals are probably some of the best I
have ever seen on a model. The lettering is very crisp and legible.
to the reason for the special offer. Some of the etched walkways and
ladders have been installed poorly and as a result they can have a bit
of flex to them. I personally think the guys at SDS have sold themselves
a little short here. On the examples I received found this to be so
minor it was barely noticeable.
this problem could be easily fixed by anyone with moderate modeling
skills . This would be done removing the walkways and reaffixing them in
place. This becomes tricky is because they have been glued in place so
would require them to cut and re glued.
just depends on how noticeable it is. I think in most cases with
appropriate weathering you would barely notice. I have seen handrails on
locos that look worse. Most of the guys at the club who
viewed the models had to shown what these issues were.
think SDS should be commended for only wanting the highest standards in
their models. My advice is if you have modeling skills (e.g. you can
put a kit together) I would take advantage of the offer while it's
available. Get some inexpensive but fantastic looking models that may or
may not need a little work to bring them up to some of the highest
standards anyone could hope for. I have included the link to the special offer order form below.