After a shaky start back in March, things have settled down in the hobby industry and people are getting used to the idea that exhibitions and shows are probably off for the rest of this year.
MagnorailOz regular attended many exhibitions in support of the various clubs in our home state of Victoria in Australia. Our own club - Grampian Model Railroaders cancelled its July exhibition and is planning for its smaller one in February at Ararat, a nearby town. Luckily being in Regional Victoria we have been able to meet again at our club rooms but under the strict distancing guidelines and recording of visitor details in a log book.
With the demise of international air travel, our customers were hit hard as well as our suppliers, with delays over 4 weeks in getting parcels through the system. Some countries were either being stopped for deliveries all together whilst others were waiting over a month just to leave here once processed through customs.
I am pleased to advise that things are getting back to some sort of normalcy with shipments to USA & Europe back to 10+ working days and New Zealand 5 working days. Some South East Asian countries are still experiencing delays up to 15 working days, but at this point in time we have not lost any shipment - they always eventually turn up.
The various lockdowns have seen good sales for us as people obviously have more spare time on their hands with clubs and extracurricular activities severley curtailed.
If you need questions answered before you purchase, check out our FAQ pages here on our web site, or go to our YouTube channel and watch one of the hundreds of vis=deos showcasing the Magical Magnorail System.
Please stay safe - Happy Modelling - Clyde
YES, WE LAUNCHED OUR CONCEPT LAYOUT AT AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST HOBBY FAIR IN MARCH!
The "Proof of Concept" layout consisted of 6 Lego roadway base boards overlaid a Magnorail loop. I am pleased to say that it worked satisfactorily. We will start fine tuning the concept and put together a starter pack with extra magnets and instructions on how to get all your Lego cars, boats, spaceships and planes (on the tarmac only) moving along in your Lego cities. Check out our video on how we created the layout at https://youtu.be/HuRC_dLL974
MagnorailOz will be at the Sandown Model SHow for the Victorian long weekend March 7-9. The show held at the Sandown Racecourse Springvale, is the largest show in the state and covers a huge range of hobbies - not just model trains.. We will be in the first floor area so climb the golden stairs - or at leat go up the escalators or lift and call and say hello. See you there - Clyde
Whilst we have plenty of stock at the moment, if you are planning to instal al Magnorail System over the holiday period, don't leave it too late to order. We will be closed over the Christmas to New Year break but back on board January. Some exciting new items coming in 2020 so keep your eyes out here for details, but also our Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channel
Yes we did get stock through and we have fulfilled all our backorders (over 26 of them). The web site has been updated BUT it is summer holidays in Europe now and our manufacturer is away until the end of July when hopefully we can get orders going again, BUT another BUT, there has been difficulty sourcing the medium motors and they are supposedly arriving now at the end of August which means bicycle starter kits will be restricted until early September.
Once again, thank you for your patience as these teething problems are sorted - we know it has been many months but it will be worth it.
We have been advised that stock is starting to flow again and we should be receiving some after Easter. There are still not huge quantities but Magnorail are trying to catch up with a huge back order across the world. It is as though the spark has lit a bonfire and model railroad hobbyists have seen the power of the Magnorail MAGIC in videos and in person at exhibitions. As promised, MagnorailOz will honour all its back orders first before placing new stock on the web shop. We will be offering either the creation of a PayPal invoice or direct debit. First time overseas purchasers will be given the option by invitation of a charge free money transfer through TransferWise for their first transaction between AUD$300-500. Check them out at https://transferwise.com and see how it works
We sincerely apologise for the delay which has been completely out of our hands but it will be worth the wait to bring a little bit of magic to your layout.
This is a series of Queries and Answers from and to Anthony in the USA regarding his proposed Z scale Magnorail layout and he road surface thickness and materials to use.
When I search for A3 laminating pouches I see them with 3 mil and 5 mil thicknesses. Isn't this too thick? I thought if using photo paper you don't want it more than .4 mils.
I tried printing out some samples of road patterns from the site in N scale size and only get something so small you can't really see what the pattern is. Maybe I need to play with my printer adjustments. I have seen some fairly thin laser cut cardstock roads that may work though I am concerned a little about their thickness. I believe they are all under 1mm thick.
If you are laminating, the paper can be 80gsm or standard copy paper. The laminating process automatically enhances the photo or artwork.
I am sure you can find laminating pouches which are thinner as well as photo paper which is more light weight. Some pouches are heavier gauge as they want the finished product to be more robust for menus or placemats.
If you go to https://www.globalplasticsheeting.com/mil-thickness-compared-to-mm-millimeter-and-inches you will see that US mil is totally different to international metric millimetres - so it is all in the translation - so you should be looking at about 1mil if you can get it. We also classify our pouches in microns and 80 microns is the standard laminate thickness here.
I would suggest going to Staples or Office Depot and see if they have any off cuts from their laminating service area and check them in a micrometer so you know exactly the thickness you need.
As you are you using z or N scale? The vehicles are lighter and the magnetism factor is enhanced I would assume and road bed thickness may not be as critical as you are moving lighter vehicles.
A bit of trial and error, but I have found the Matt laminating surface to be reliable and also cleanable as slider residue can build up.
The original suggestions for using photopaper recommended spraying with a matte medium after painting or coloring it. Does the friction from the sliders wear it away over time? does it need to be refreshed? I'm not sure yet which surface option I will go with but if I wanted to use the photo paper or a thin cardstock I want to make sure it doesn't get ruined in short time.
After 30 hours of continuous action at exhibitions, I generally get a soft cloth and some multi purpose cleaner and give the track a good rub down. This generally gets rid of any residue from the sliders plus all the dust and muck that accumulates from being in a dusty public place - just like trains, you need to maintain the track, so you want the roadbed to be reasonably durable which I have found my laminating option to work well.
As you were talking about Z scale, I would suggest that any vehicles you have will be extremely light and you may get away with attaching magnets directly to the body of the vehicle.
I have done this with the John Deere lawn mower you will see in some of my latest videos. I actually drilled out a small cavity so the magnets sit up in the body so that when placed on the track, they do not actually make contact but the magnets are strong enough to attract the the track magnets and get pulled along.
With Z scale you should be able to get away with possibly even the pin head size magnets that came with your sliders and would normally be stuck on the sliders.
I then stick a small piece of velour (comes in rolls with self adhesive back - craft shops or hardware stores should have it) and is used on ornament bases to stop them scratching bench tops.
This has to be attached with the pile going the correct way so that it is smooth when the vehicle goes forward and reduces friction. Doing it this way means that your vehicle is running on its wheels but still being pulled along and if the bottom does touch the road surface, the velour should not mark the roadbed as easily whilst not impeding the movement.
Hope this helps - try some experimenting. Remember if you use superglue and need to remove a magnet that might have flipped and reversed the polarity, you cause nail polish remover with acetone in it which frees the glue but be careful that you don’t melt your vehicle in the process if it is a light plastic.
Thank you for your patience - it has been a steep learning curve for the new owners and they have tried to overcome some shortages, especially in the supply of motors which have been slow in getting manufactured. An email today says that the motors are due by early April and boxed sets will once again be able to be produced.
The pent up demand has been huge worldwide, with their initial manufacturing order double of the purchases during 2018, yet the first order delivered will only cover backorders so a new manufacturers order is well under way.
So you should see Starter Sets appearing on web sites in the latter part of April.
Regrettably when stock does arrive there will be price rises on most of MagnorailOz items, mainly due to the poor standing of the Aussie dollar against the Euro and the US$. (Obviously that is good news if you are in the USA) This tied in with an increase in the wholesale prices and substantially dearer freight from France than the Netherlands which we cannot afford to absorb.
Even so, the MAGIC of the Magnorail system is a lot cheaper than having to run a fleet of non digital Faller Cars that zip around at unrealistic speeds.
You will also have noticed that you can no longer buy the individual bicycles in kit form, so you will now be receiving hand assembled and painted bicycles across the range. This does exclude the bicycle starter set, which still comes with a male and female cyclist that require assembly and painting.
If you are all thumbs (and there are very small parts in the assembly) Would recommend buying the slider starter set and purchase ready to run bicycles. With a small train controller you can bring the fast speed motor down to an acceptable pedalling rate.
Over the next few months we will be at the following train shows :-
The 2019 Warrnambool Model Railway Exhibition will be held at St .Joseph's Primary School in Botanic Road Warrnambool. Saturday 12-1-2019 from 10 till 5, Sunday 13th from 10 till 4.
Corio Model Railway Club 46th Annual Exhibition
When:Daily from 26 January 2019 to 27 January 2019
Next on:26 January 2019, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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27 January 2019, 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Where:South Barwon Civic Centre
Reynolds Road, Belmont.
Facilities:Catering and/or dining
(Bread rolls, soft drinks, ice creams, sweets available for purchase in the hall.)
ARARAT MODEL TRAIN SHOW
We will be at The 2019 Warrnambool Model Railway Exhibition this weekend, which will be held at St .Joseph's Primary School in Botanic Road Warrnambool. Saturday 12-1-2019 from 10 till 5, Sunday 13th from 10 till 4.
Next exhibition is the Geelong
Clyde has been involved for many years with the Magnorail system having initially built his own layout "Echo Lakes" featuring two concepts using the Magnorail System. In 2019 he rebirthed his layout as Echo Lakes featuring four Magnorail circuits plus an Ho3 train line around the perimeter which is now the Magnorail flagship for exhibitions.