SDS have released the VTGX, NTHF and the PTLY Gas Tanker.
- The VTGX 008 data box seems a little low
- the liquefied Gas lettering, needs to be a little more centred.
- The 80Kmh symbol needs to be about half way into the Orange band.
The Aftrans lettering is spot on for VTGX 008, I have to hand it to SDS, even with the various different fonts on these wagons the positioning an size is spot on!
The AFT symbol should be positioned a little more towards the centre of the tanker.
The handrails from the handbrake onto the tank should be half painted orange.
The poison warning symbol should be red.
Boral Gas NTHF 6404 S
Glen and myself caught up with NTHF 6404 S at Whyalla in 1995.
the red LPG lettering should be closer to the centre of the tank.
The Chemical warning symbol and the 80Kmh symbol needs to be forward of the bolster not aft.
The BORAL GAS lettering seems a little anorexic, needs to be a little thicker to be healthier.
The handrails under the GA of GAS, should also be painted black.
The NTHF 6404 S lettering should be closer to the bolster.
Origin Energy PTLY 6417
Once again Glen and myself caught up with PTLY 6417 a Spencer Junction yard on 13th of June 2011.
First of note is the model is missing the reflective striping.
The Origin Energy lettering and PTLY 6417-F lettering, is spot on.
For some reason there is a Pacific national stickers on the frame stand outs.
The ladder should be black, and the handbrake should be positioned more to the centre of the wagon, and needs a red band around the frame edge.
The Chemical board is spot on.
SDS has raised the bar with thoughtful application and design of the handrails, and making them more resistant to damage. In operation, this is fantastic, a great step forward!
Details are there, All up to SDS usual standard, there are some location issues with the lettering and symbols.
Some of the end lettering seems just a tiny bit out of kilter, hard to tell.
There is also some bending at the ends of the wagon, again hard to tell.
The weight is appropriate and black wheelsets are a great touch.
I am more than happy with the VTGX NTHF and PTLYs so now you can piff your Athearn 62ft tankers!!
This model was sorely needed, and will be right at home on Alice Springs and Barcoola. As a prototype it spans the ages, NSW steam right through to ultra modern, and suitable right across the country.
Its also worth noting that this wagon enables all modelers to look at a LPG transfer facility, cooling points would be a great modeling challenge.
And, Yes, I have already ordered a couple more!
SDS Models are clearly passionate about their attention to detail, and cant wait for their next model the AOQX! Onya SDS Models.