Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Fowler Video

One of our customers has posted a short video clip of his Ixion Fowler running on the Reely Grate layout. This layout will be at the Warley exhibition (in England) next Saturday, November 23. 
You can read and see more about this terrific little layout layout on RMWeb here.  

Australian Fowler shipment delay

Dear Customers and stockists,
I regret to advise that Ixion's Technical Director Phil Badger received news late yesterday from the shipping agents that the Australian shipment of Fowlers is not due off the docks and into our hands now until Wednesday next week, Nov 27, not yesterday as originally expected.

This is as frustrating for us as it is for you, and we do apologise, but this is a circumstance beyond our control. Phil will go personally to pick them up, rather than wait for a courier delivery, in order to get them as quickly as possible.

We will despatch all loco orders as soon as we have them in our possession.

Lindsay O'Reilly

Weathered Fowler

Dave Hall, one of the correspondents on the UK website RM Web, under the user name 'Ruston',  has been DCC chipping and weathering his Fowler. Ixion has received his permission to reproduce his photos and description here, so I append them below, for your viewing pleasure.

If you'd like to follow the discussion about our newest model, the thread is here.


Here's Dave's RMWeb post:

So, after running it for 15mins in forward and 15mins in reverse on the rollers with straight DC I had the body off and fitted a decoder.
Then I had a go at painting and weathering.
I removed the oil lamp by easing it out with a pair of snipe-nosed pliers and filled the hole with plastic rod, shaped to fit exactly into the square hole.
I gave the bodyork a coat of matt varnish to take the shine off and painted the wheels and rods. The rods have been given a touch of weathering where the driver has spilt oil when lubricating them. This was done using a mix of red-brown, gunmetal and satin black.

The running plate has been painted with matt black that has a touch of white added and a touch of weathering powders brushed onto the running plate. The shiny silver hand rails and bonnet handles have been painted over with rust.
The buffers have been painted with a rust-coloured mix and the same mix of as on the rods has been applied to them.
I am currently painting a driver figure and will add the oil can that came with the loco as soon as that too is painted.

I also painted the jack but I feel this ought to have been a seperate item with the toolkit, rather than being moulded on to the running plate.

Friday, 8 November 2013

UK Fowlers in shops now

The UK shipment of new 7mm scale Fowlers has landed, cleared customs, arrived at the warehouse and most shop orders are now at, or on their way to Ixion's stockists.

The models look fantastic, and all have been test-run at the factory. The supplied accessories pack of injection moulded diesel loco tools and etched name and works plates is included, but is missing the dummy electric lamps. These are being produced at the factory, and will be available soon.

The toolkits packaged for separate sale (with a card header) DO contain the lamps, and will also be available at your local stockist (or ask them to order some in). The etched plates, however, are not available for separate sale; you'll have to buy a loco to get those!

The limited Australian shipment of 50 locos, 25 of each livery, is clearing customs, and should be available for purchase and delivery late next week.