Eureka Blog Update

 
  Dazz Deputy Commissioner

that's because Montréal Loco Works didn't have to sub-let construction to China!

It would be nice to think that a delivery in August is a reality, I will believe it when mine arrive and are sitting in front of me.

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  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
I am not confused.  I have given up on any expectation of the Chinese factories being able to produce a model on time and with no quality issues.  I hear bad stories about their being able to stick to a budget/price as well.

Better for the likes of Eureka et al to do these battles for me.  I can sit back and relax.  When they come they come. C'est la vie et que sera sera.

Happy patiencing,

John

PS; Please excuse my mixed languages above.
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
that's because Montréal Loco Works didn't have to sub-let construction to China!

It would be nice to think that a delivery in August is a reality, I will believe it when mine arrive and are sitting in front of me.
Dazz
I am betting on a September delivery.  Maybe just in time to go on sale at Liverpuddle.

Happy expectating,

John

PS; I am not really a betting person.  Wink
  NSWGRules Station Master

Another update on our paid for 40 class orders: http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com.au/
See more detail on blogspot.
Assembly of the 40 class is proceeding at a fast pace at the factory. The latest step in the process is the completion of assembly of the gear boxes for the full production run.
As part of this assembly process an extensive  process of testing of the gear  boxes has been carried out. Several chassis have been run for hundreds of hours on the factory's test track with the tick of approval being given to the gear boxes.
The next step in the assembly process, the assembly of chassis's has commenced.  Current progress is in line with completion of assembly in mid-July and delivery at Port Botany around mid-August.  


SILVER WHEELS??? being put on models in 2017??  Blacked would have been so much better/  Like the ones in two of the Eureka website photos for the 40 class.  Yet ANOTHER disappointment from Eureka.  L
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Another update on our paid for 40 class orders: http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com.au/
See more detail on blogspot.
Assembly of the 40 class is proceeding at a fast pace at the factory. The latest step in the process is the completion of assembly of the gear boxes for the full production run.
As part of this assembly process an extensive  process of testing of the gear  boxes has been carried out. Several chassis have been run for hundreds of hours on the factory's test track with the tick of approval being given to the gear boxes.
The next step in the assembly process, the assembly of chassis's has commenced.  Current progress is in line with completion of assembly in mid-July and delivery at Port Botany around mid-August.  


SILVER WHEELS??? being put on models in 2017??  Blacked would have been so much better/  Like the ones in two of the Eureka website photos for the 40 class.  Yet ANOTHER disappointment from Eureka.  L
NSWGRules
Silver wheels that has put me off a bit and I have to agree that blackened ones would be much better. Silver wheels will make it look like a toy straight out of the box. Sure you can paint them but who wants to disassemble a brand new model just to get the wheels black. Very sad indeed and a bit of a poor show really!
  Dazz Deputy Commissioner

to be honest no models look good until they are weathered anyway, so even slightly blackened wheels don't really go far towards making them look in any way realistic.

Totally agree though, you would think today a darkened wheel would just be a standard feature.
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
I also noted the reference to gearboxes.  They look more like a drive bogie to me!

I also found the silver wheels a bit strange.  Confused

Happy deliverying,

John
  Shazam75 Chief Commissioner

Does anyone know whether the Eureka R Class Steam locomotive takes a 21 pin or 8 pin DCC decoder?

Thanks
Shelton
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
14/7 blog update. http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com.au/
  Dazz Deputy Commissioner

you'd think they could have attached the bogie side frames properly for the photo!
  brissim Chief Train Controller

And apparent confirmation that the production model will have the bright shiny silver wheels. I also find it absolutely astonishing that only now - or at best only recently - is the packaging for the model being sorted out. Surely this would have been attended to months - if not years - ago?

Tony
  LaidlayM Chief Commissioner

Location: Research
Does anyone know whether the Eureka R Class Steam locomotive takes a 21 pin or 8 pin DCC decoder?

Thanks
Shelton
Shazam75
As per the review in AMRM it's an 8 pin socket in the tender.  I fitted a TCS DP2X decoder.

Mark
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

you'd think they could have attached the bogie side frames properly for the photo!
Dazz
I would be happy if they left the side frames off so when it arrives less handling to do so  I can blacken and weather the wheels and hide the brass bits . Oh better order one then . They will look good heavily weathered .
  Dazz Deputy Commissioner

Type 1 vs Type 2 pics from latest blog update

  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Blog update 13/8 http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com.au/
  NSWGRules Station Master

How disappointing. It looks like a Triang loco from the 60s with the body sitting up so high from the bogies and the shiny brass electrical pickups. Even Triang had blackened wheels!  Not Eureka.
  Dazz Deputy Commissioner

I know the high ride height SUV trend has taken over the roads, but the railways, really???

I never much see the point in posting negative comments, but after seeing those photos, I'm just hoping those three samples are not indicative of the production run …………

The brass contact strips and the wheels can be fixed, not sure what one does about the height issue, certainly not an easy fix.
  a6et Minister for Railways

I know the high ride height SUV trend has taken over the roads, but the railways, really???

I never much see the point in posting negative comments, but after seeing those photos, I'm just hoping those three samples are not indicative of the production run …………

The brass contact strips and the wheels can be fixed, not sure what one does about the height issue, certainly not an easy fix.
Dazz
I was not going to comment, but there are some bloopers with the models, the wording that comes with the blog says they are production models, I certainly hope that's not the case owing to the way they sit high, but there are a couple of other items that make me wonder just how far into the production run they come from, firstly with the original delivery green one is the cut down air horns as shown.

The worst one though is the red version.  I have not seen a photo that shows any 40cl with that shade of red, while it may be the camera settings or something but gee its much too bright in that shot.  Even after overhauls the shade they were painted in was generally different to other diesels, but never as bright red tones as that.  Hope to be proven wrong though.
  TheMeddlingMonk Deputy Commissioner

Location: The Time Vortex near Melbourne, Australia
The worst one though is the red version.  I have not seen a photo that shows any 40cl with that shade of red, while it may be the camera settings or something but gee its much too bright in that shot.  Even after overhauls the shade they were painted in was generally different to other diesels, but never as bright red tones as that.  Hope to be proven wrong though.
a6et
From my experience, certain shades of red are very difficult to capture accurately with the common point-and-shoot or phone digital cameras. I'd recommend emailing Eureka to ask if that is true-to-colour.
  Dazz Deputy Commissioner

The worst one though is the red version.  I have not seen a photo that shows any 40cl with that shade of red, while it may be the camera settings or something but gee its much too bright in that shot.  Even after overhauls the shade they were painted in was generally different to other diesels, but never as bright red tones as that.  Hope to be proven wrong though.
From my experience, certain shades of red are very difficult to capture accurately with the common point-and-shoot or phone digital cameras. I'd recommend emailing Eureka to ask if that is true-to-colour.
TheMeddlingMonk
I think that latest photo of the red version may well be a photographic problem, looking at some previous photos the shade looks quite a bit darker.


  Dazz Deputy Commissioner

I was not going to comment, but there are some bloopers with the models, the wording that comes with the blog says they are production models, I certainly hope that's not the case owing to the way they sit high, but there are a couple of other items that make me wonder just how far into the production run they come from, firstly with the original delivery green one is the cut down air horns as shown.
a6et
I wondered about the horns on the green version, looking through all of the photographs I have, anything close to as delivered condition shows them with five-chime horns, the only photograph I have found so far with the cut down horns is of 4011 in 1969, which is definitely not in green.
  NSWGRules Station Master

And I spotted the difference in the three photos on Eureka Blog.  Photo two has the water tower missing.  Smilehttp://eurekamodels.blogspot.com.au/

Hopefully they used the same chassis and plonked the three different bodies on top for the three photos. I live in hope.
  a6et Minister for Railways

The worst one though is the red version.  I have not seen a photo that shows any 40cl with that shade of red, while it may be the camera settings or something but gee its much too bright in that shot.  Even after overhauls the shade they were painted in was generally different to other diesels, but never as bright red tones as that.  Hope to be proven wrong though.
From my experience, certain shades of red are very difficult to capture accurately with the common point-and-shoot or phone digital cameras. I'd recommend emailing Eureka to ask if that is true-to-colour.
I think that latest photo of the red version may well be a photographic problem, looking at some previous photos the shade looks quite a bit darker.


Dazz
Why I said the camera aspect.  The batch lot pics in the 2nd photo is certainly more the correct shade
  a6et Minister for Railways

And I spotted the difference in the three photos on Eureka Blog.  Photo two has the water tower missing.  Smilehttp://eurekamodels.blogspot.com.au/

Hopefully they used the same chassis and plonked the three different bodies on top for the three photos. I live in hope.
NSWGRules
Good pick up and likely the bodies just sit on top of the chassis
  Dazz Deputy Commissioner

I would like to think that the ride height will be okay, but I fear what we are seeing is what we are going to get, And it is not even remotely close to correct.

To be fair, looking back, every single sample features the same body sitting "too high" over the bogies. These pictures are from April 2013.

Until they arrive it's going to be hard to know for sure the relationship between the fuel tank/running boards/cow catcher/overall body height against the bogie side frames, to know what is correct in relation to the relative heights above the rail top.


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