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whats to say that this isn't just an Eureka 38?Looking at the photo, and given several areas with it not sure its HO gauge especially when looking at the track it sits on.
more info from the OP is required me thinks
Is it a beefed-up Lima model?
Brave or foolish?
There are too many errors on the model for me, even at the cheap price that is advertised for it would need a lot of time and careful work to fix some of the problems and that includes both versions of the model. When comparing it to other plastic models of 38cl it pretty much comes up last as far as accuracy goes. Sort of takes me back to the Triang and Hornby repaints and numbering of models and say they are NSWGR models.Is it a beefed-up Lima model?
Brave or foolish?
The Lima model used the frame (and particularly cylinders) of a German Class 18.5 and the tender from a French 141R.
This model has a correct frame and cylinders and a correct tender.
The body is more detailed than the Lima model so it seems unlikely that it is related to the Lima model.
On the other hand look at photos of James McInerny's Lima model which looks as good as most Eureka models...
Now that release is imminent, what’s the general consensus on quality of this loco? Would it be perhaps of a similar level to the Wombat C30T?GW, Last Weekend I was sent an email that showed what I understand to be the model that was most likely how it will come with the original blurb on the model that ""adjustments were to be carried out"" prior to finalisation. Which I guess meant that some work was to be done in the tooling so some items were to have work on the toolings to fix some un-named/indicated areas on the model.
At $300 it might be a reasonable gamble, not so much if the price rises after delivery
Thank you A6. Appears that you get what you pay forNo Probs GW. What I would be interested in is where the model is actually being made in, for the reasons being that as soon as I saw the original photo's of it I was wavering, the latest ones also show some areas that have had such things as the clunky double up front end hook that sat over a Kadee type coupler, the general aspect to me sent me thinking back some years to a certain figure who got models made in India, and for those who unfortunately purchased certain models they were binned or sat in sidings as display vehicles as they would not stay on tracks.
While the issues you point out are comprehensive, I cannot see many - if any being addressed in the loco that will soon appear on shelvesFrom a distance most people would not notice the various oversized items. One other aspect I noticed is that of the size of the rail that was underneath the model, wondering therefore what are the flange sizes on them.
Recent marketing strategies may even see a price rise after delivery. Makes me wonder why a producer would not focus on a simpler but correct model allowing a good base to add detail
It would appear that features were just thrown into the pot to make the model appear more sophisticated
Just my thoughts of course. Like you A6, I’ll probably save my money
I’m sure it will appeal to some regardless
The other brand is much better. I saw a pilot model of the SMS C38 at Hobbyco and it is as bad as others have observed. It has over scale rivets, poor, low definition detail, incorrectly mounted valve gear, coarse over wide wheels with cookie cutter shaped deep flanges, finished with the wrong green for the 1946 to 1950 version being supplied. It lacks pickups on the tender, so do not expect good low speed running over Peco insulfrog turnouts. Compared to the other alternatives, it not good value in my opinion.Don't forget .... there's always the other brand to choose from.And how much better is that? Considering price and and the errors on it.