Eureka Blog Update

 
  a6et Minister for Railways

No doubt "they" (those "real" lady modellers, so PC Eureka)  are busy trying to apply the bits of highly infinite detail to them so that people have something to complain about when they eventually arrive with bits already fallen off in the box.....

Regards,

Catchpoint
catchpoint
One would like to think so, however from looking at the last test shots of one model supposed to be looking good for April delivery certaily has some bits that are of a size that you wont lose if they do fall off.

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  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

I spoke to Ron at Loftus and he hoped to have the 50class in July for distribution
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
I spoke to Ron at Loftus and he hoped to have the 50class in July for distribution
anzac1959
He said the same in Brisbane this month.
  Bill Robinson Beginner

Location: Manangatang
"No doubt "they" (those "real" lady modellers, so PC Eureka) are busy trying to apply the bits of highly infinite detail to them so that people have something to complain about when they eventually arrive with bits already fallen off in the box.....

Regards,

Catchpoint "

Ron's wording is:"The assembly line will usually consist of a a dozen or so young women who have the dexterity to handle the often delicate tasks involved in the assembly process. Fundamentally, all models are at their most basic level, a kit. What most of us modellers are now doing is contracting out the assembly of these kits to the young women in the picture above. These days, most of us in the hobby no longer have the skills, the inclination or above all the time to do this work ourselves and so we happily pay to have someone else do it for us."

So you have reworded it incorrectly CPoint, and there's nothing un-PC about what he has said, it's a statement of fact. Look at the photo.

That's boring though, what's more interesting is the complete absence of any concern on what is being said in the comments since, and that Ron's comment is a correct but sadly damning condemnation of the state of Australian model rail building today. The most we can do is wave our non-building fingers at these workers (and likely very hard workers) and blame them for a few bits that fall off.

Bill
  a6et Minister for Railways

"No doubt "they" (those "real" lady modellers, so PC Eureka) are busy trying to apply the bits of highly infinite detail to them so that people have something to complain about when they eventually arrive with bits already fallen off in the box.....

Regards,

Catchpoint "

Ron's wording is:"The assembly line will usually consist of a a dozen or so young women who have the dexterity to handle the often delicate tasks involved in the assembly process. Fundamentally, all models are at their most basic level, a kit. What most of us modellers are now doing is contracting out the assembly of these kits to the young women in the picture above. These days, most of us in the hobby no longer have the skills, the inclination or above all the time to do this work ourselves and so we happily pay to have someone else do it for us."

So you have reworded it incorrectly CPoint, and there's nothing un-PC about what he has said, it's a statement of fact. Look at the photo.

That's boring though, what's more interesting is the complete absence of any concern on what is being said in the comments since, and that Ron's comment is a correct but sadly damning condemnation of the state of Australian model rail building today. The most we can do is wave our non-building fingers at these workers (and likely very hard workers) and blame them for a few bits that fall off.

Bill
Bill Robinson
Bill

I don't disagree with what you say, & while the work is monotonous it is still a job & in China many others would be pleased to have a similar job as in the end its better than not having one & in China there are a lot of people who do not have one, & the streets are full of young people who have graduated from their universities who also cannot get jobs in their chosen field either.

Its not much different here in Australia as one only has to watch our polititians who go around the various factories here at election time, or after a budget to promote what they are doing for workers, how many notice the lines of sewing machine workers, & those in the food industry assembly lines also.

That aside, I think the big bug bear in all of the problems with the box of bits is not really the direct fault of the kit builders in China but more the aspect that none of the items are actually glued in place at assembly, if this was a requirement then things may well be different.

I do not have a worry about building kits or even scratch building models & scenery items, but I also think that when I buy something factory assembled, then it should come to me in the box assembled.  Nothing more - nothing less, except maybe it can stay in place.
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com.au/

NCR Test Shots Arrive.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Another blog update posted 31/5. CG Bogie Open Ore Wagons arrived, NCR samples will be at this weekends exhibition.
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

NCR Sets arrive this month and look sensational.
http://eurekamodels.com.au/blog.html
  NSWGRules Locomotive Fireman

NCR Sets arrive this month and look sensational.
http://eurekamodels.com.au/blog.html
kingfisher
....................and still no word on our ordered and paid for 40 classes.  7 years waiting isn't it!?!?!!?
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
NCR Sets arrive this month and look sensational.
http://eurekamodels.com.au/blog.html
....................and still no word on our ordered and paid for 40 classes.  7 years waiting isn't it!?!?!!?
NSWGRules
Yes there is....................

They are not on the "Safmarine Mulanje" and won't be here for Christmas (reading between the lines).

Happy fortune telling,

John

PS - I couldn't resist.  LOL
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
In the meantime, Eureka is advertising the 60 class in the on-line mag "Model-Railroad-Hobbyist". The pics of the model are of the model's first run (ie: modified coal bunker etc) which I understand to be sold out....the only models currently available are from the 2nd run (short coal bunker).
  Iain Chief Commissioner

Location: Concord, NSW
It is frustrating and disappointing that when this topic comes up all we can think of is the delayed models that most of us have paid for and want and the lack of information about what is happening to get these models (from the first or is it fifth factory) and into the hands of the modellers. I also note that much of the information on the web site seems not to have been updated with "target dates' such as December 2014 and some locos such as the 50 class not noted as having arrived.

cheers

Iain
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Received my NCR sets today.
  qldchook Locomotive Driver

Great news Poath J. Hope mine turn up today.
  Chipps Chief Train Controller

Location: NSW
I spoke to Ron at Loftus and he hoped to have the 50class in July for distribution
anzac1959
Just curious, is there any news when these are arriving or perhaps reasons for delays?

Have invoice  dated Sep 2013  for full payment of two locos - '5133' and '5069'.

Website doesn't mention any updates. Getting  no response from my emails and phone calls ring out.

Cheers
  brissim Chief Train Controller

I spoke to Ron at Loftus and he hoped to have the 50class in July for distribution
Just curious, is there any news when these are arriving or perhaps reasons for delays?

Have invoice  dated Sep 2013  for full payment of two locos - '5133' and '5069'.

Website doesn't mention any updates. Getting  no response from my emails and phone calls ring out.

Cheers
Chipps
I thought I remember reading a couple of months ago (AMRM?) that the 50 Class had arrived? A quick look at his ad in the Dec AMRM indicates - if I'm reading it correctly - that the 50 Class are "In Stock Now".

Tony
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

I spoke to Ron at Loftus and he hoped to have the 50class in July for distribution
Just curious, is there any news when these are arriving or perhaps reasons for delays?

Have invoice  dated Sep 2013  for full payment of two locos - '5133' and '5069'.

Website doesn't mention any updates. Getting  no response from my emails and phone calls ring out.

Cheers
I thought I remember reading a couple of months ago (AMRM?) that the 50 Class had arrived? A quick look at his ad in the Dec AMRM indicates - if I'm reading it correctly - that the 50 Class are "In Stock Now".

Tony
brissim
Blog comment said distribution started on 16 September 2015.
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
Received my NCR sets today.
Poath Junction
Hi PJ, have you cornered the market in NCR sets (noted the plural form above)? So did you get only one of each of the three different types?  RC thinks the red and cream version will be the first to sell out.  This set looks great with a rebuilt green nanny or roundtop green NN2 in charge.  Pity my budget couldn't run to two sets.

Picked up my set on Thursday morning.  Note - No interior lighting in these cars.  The couplers are at the right distance for 750mm radius curves (about the limit without buffers touching.  However there is still a fair gap between the diaphragm connections.

Happy NCEing,

John
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
I spoke to Ron at Loftus and he hoped to have the 50class in July for distribution
Just curious, is there any news when these are arriving or perhaps reasons for delays?

Have invoice  dated Sep 2013  for full payment of two locos - '5133' and '5069'.

Website doesn't mention any updates. Getting  no response from my emails and phone calls ring out.

Cheers
I thought I remember reading a couple of months ago (AMRM?) that the 50 Class had arrived? A quick look at his ad in the Dec AMRM indicates - if I'm reading it correctly - that the 50 Class are "In Stock Now".

Tony
Blog comment said distribution started on 16 September 2015.
kingfisher
Yes, they have definitely been distributed.  I picked up my two DC versions at Malkara in August.  Sound (DCC) versions have since arrived and been distributed.

I suggest you keep trying to ring.  He does answer the phone and it seems to be a faster way to get some action happening.

Happy standarding,

John
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Received my NCR sets today.
Hi PJ, have you cornered the market in NCR sets (noted the plural form above)? So did you get only one of each of the three different types?  
c3526blue
I've been running out of space in my tiny house to store models so settled for Red/Cream & Tuscan/Russet sets. Might get a third set when the other underframe versions are done as today I signed the contract for a considerably larger house, however a larger house means a huge mortgage so there may be no more models purchased for quite some time.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

Don't know why we looked, but interesting to note that Eureka states "Kadee TYPE" couplers, not that they ARE Kadee couplers.

PS: What's the actual official real names for those couplers?
  a6et Minister for Railways

Don't know why we looked, but interesting to note that Eureka states "Kadee TYPE" couplers, not that they ARE Kadee couplers.

PS: What's the actual official real names for those couplers?
"Newcastle Express"

STASC.
  Chipps Chief Train Controller

Location: NSW
The  mystery has been sorted.

Involved a new round of diplomatic phone exchanges with my ex  ... Think I'll leave it at that Rolling Eyes

Many thanks for all the prompt replies.

Cheers
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

Wouldn't I like to see a short video of the NCR sets at night.

Edit: I don't know what a6et is on about (except that he quotes whole posts), but when I asked about the couplers, I meant what are the couplers of that type called on the REAL 1:1 trains/locos.
Edit: Scrap that question, found the answer.
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
A quote from AMRM February 2016 AMRM News:
"Eureka's management were optimistic that all 'lost' tooling would be recovered and moved to Eureka's current factory just after we went to print, allowing the 2016 program to be 'set in stone'."

Since AMRM has gone to print some time back, and in fact is in the readers' hands, does anyone know of good news regarding my couple of 40 class locomotives?  Along with other peoples' models on order of course.

Love to hear any news that is around the traps.  I have already checked the Eureka web site and blog spot - nothing there.

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