Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Painting of the 40 class is in full swing at the factory with painting expected to be completed within the week.
The painting process (or decoration process as it is usually called at the factory) is a fascinating step in the overall construction of a model. It requires constant attention and the need to be on hand (not literally) for around 14 hours a day whilst painting is underway.
The following three photos are a good illustration.  

These three photos arrived almost immediately work on the Indian Red version commenced.
The question from the factory was "which of the three versions did we prefer and which was more correct"?
Ignore differences in the colours as any variations are caused by the lighting.

 Along with the arrival of the photos came a  reminder from the factory that painting was in progress and an answer within five minutes would be appreciated.

 After a quick check of the 40 class photo library an answer was forwarded to the factory. (Not quite within the five minutes but near enough.)
The Eureka office then settled back into its normal state of chaos to wait for the next request from the factory.

The factory is currently finishing two other projects for customers after which the assembly-line will be turned over to the 40 class for final assembly. Painting needs to be finished quickly to be ready for this process.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Another 40 Class Update:

     Progress on the 40 class is going ahead quickly at the factory and is just following the normal assembly process. However, on the other side of the Pacific at QSI work on the sound installation is also well underway. The sound decoders were manufactured in China previously and the first step in the installation process is to check fit the decoder. The above photo shows this process with the decoder being trial fitted to a chassis from the current production run. These are identical to those produced by Sanda Kan all those years ago so it was not surprising that the trial fitting did not produce any problems.
     The next step in the sound process is to burn the sound files into all of the decoders. After this the decoders are fitted to a mounting pcb and then they are forwarded to the factory in China for assembly into the "with sound" 40s. 
     Back at the factory in China injecting is underway and decoration (painting) of the parts is taking place as parts are received from the injection sub-contractors. Injection is expected to be completed by the middle of April after which decoration will be finished and final assembly completed.
     The Eureka office now has several running non-sound samples and is expecting a sound-equipped version from QSI any day which will be most enjoyable. The non-sound running samples at the Eureka offices are superb. They are smooth running and are very quiet. With this quality base the sound versions should also be of a very high performance.
Green type 2 body modified to show type 1 body with added ventilation on roof.

Type 2 body with vertical louvers on rear engine ventilation in Royal Blue.

Type 3 body with mesh grille on rear engine ventilation and across body stack in Indian Red

     The above art-work is not final as there are minor corrections to be made including adjustments to the numbering. The above workings were mainly used to get the main body colours right.
     Squirting is under way and will be finished in April. Decoration is also under way and is expected to be finished in May.
     Also coming with the production run of the 40 class will be spare wheel sets complete with wheels, axles and gears. (An expanded coverage of the problem of this topic can be found in The Eureka Times 32.)  Price is not finalised yet but will be around $25 for six complete wheel sets.
     The final price of the 40 class ($330) now applies

Saturday, April 1, 2017

MAL/ACS/AB 12 Wheeler Update.

A set of injections for the 12 wheelers.
                                        Bodies, interiors and underframes for the three cars.                                                                             
      Received from the factory the last week in March is a complete set of injections for the MAL sleeper, ACS Composite car and the AB dining car. These three cars are the second offering in Eureka's series of 12 wheelers, the first being the NCR sets.
      The same high quality and accuracy as the NCR sets, these samples have gained the tick of approval of all who have seen them. The factory has been advised accordingly and the likely program for these cars involves squirting in April, decoration (painting) in May and delivery in June.
      Given that the previous planned delivery date was September, in time for the October Exhibition, a June delivery date would represent a considerable advance in delivery time for the project. It also augers well for the rest of the Eureka program as the factory works its way at speed through our outstanding and new projects.
     Due to a number of requests, coming with the three cars will be a number of complete under-frames including KD couplers and wheel sets. Price is $40 per under-frame. Numbers will be limited and pre-orders are advisable.
     Also coming will be more wheel-sets as with the NCR sets.  These went very quickly and so again, pre-orders are advisable. Price is $25 per wheel-set.  

     For an order form for any of the 12 wheelers contact the Eureka office. Pre-order price is currently $125 per car. This will increase to $155 per car after 30 May, 2017. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016


The factory has advised that 40 class production is well advanced and has provided the accompanying photo. With assembly nearing completion the next stage in the process which is decoration (painting) will commence. The factory will close for the Lunar New Year break which is in late January this year and will re-open in February. This suggests a delivery date in March.

Production samples are expected to be received in the next few weeks.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Another 40 Class Update

With assembly of the 40 class about to commence the factory will soon need a definitive break up of the production run.
This being so, consideration has been given to liveries and appropriate engine numbers with the following being decided on:

Original Green     Type 1   4003, 4004
                               Type 2   4009, 4010, 4012, 4019

Royal Blue            Type 2   4001, 4002

Tuscan Red           Type 3   4006, 4011, 4017, 4018

With regard to the Type 1 variation one of the major differences is the mesh grill on the top of the engine housing. This is being replicated by pad printing on the engine body as shown in the below photograph. This is also the green that will be used on both the Type 1 and Type 2 green engines.

An updated order form will be available on the Eureka web site shortly.  Those patient individuals with 40 class on order should advise the Eureka office of their preferred liveries and engine numbers.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


40 Class Update

In the latest edition of The Eureka Times there is a photo of a set of 40 class test samples which were the result of the 40 class tooling being checked as being fit for purpose. The tooling passed with flying colours however, as part of the process much thought has been given to a problem that has plagued previous models produced by Sanda Kan which utilised the same gearing as is used in the 40 class.
This problem involves the splitting of the gears over time often in models that have remained in their boxes without having been used.

                                Examples of split gears. 

 Clearly Eureka wants to avoid any possibility of the problem occurring in the 40 class and so the situation with the splitting of the gears was raised with Eureka's manufacturer.   

The factory engineers took a look at the problem and pointed out that the splitting was occurring at the injection points which was obviously a point of weakness in the gear. By moving the injection points the problem would be solved. There was also some discussion on the material used when injecting the prone to splitting gears and a different material will be used in the 40 class injections. 
The whole process has been a useful one and the 40 class will be strengthened as a result. Injection of 40 class bits will commence shortly.  The model with the prone to splitting gears is in this writer's opinion one of the best diesels produced to date and is a favourite on Werris Creek. When it comes to injecting the gears, Eureka will certainly have extras produced and will make them available for anyone who wants to use them.

More news as assembly progresses.

Thursday, May 5, 2016


40 Class Update


Original pre-production sample on trials on Ray Pilgrim's "Bylong".

With delivery of the NCR sets now completed the attention of the factory has turned to the 40 class. Production of the 40 class has been dependent upon retrieval of the tooling from our old factory. This has now been finalised and the production process is finally getting underway. The first step is to test the tooling to ensure that all is well with the tooling and that all tools are in fact present.
As with most factories, our production house sub-contracts out tooling to a specialist tooling shop. This is not an issue with the 40 class as the tooling has already been completed. It is interesting to note that in all of the 20 projects for which tooling has been completed for Eureka projects the tooling was contracted out to outside tooling shops in all 20 projects.
The second major step in a project is to use the tooling to squirt the parts that go to make up the model. Again, all but the largest of production houses sub-contract out the squirting process to outside injection houses. Eureka's 40 class tooling will go to its injection facility where the tooling will first be tested. These tests will be done on a low pressure injection machine and the test pieces will be used to produce running samples by our assembly house.
Our assembly house has extensive spray painting and pad printing facilities which are used to prepare the injected pieces for assembly along with such basic items such as a mechanism into finished samples. Our assembly house estimates that we should have running samples within eight weeks.
We know that there are no problems with the tooling from our previous samples and so there are no delays expected in the process. Our assembly facility anticipates moving straight to final production and predicts delivery within sixteen to twenty weeks. It would be nice to have the 40 class in time for the Liverpool exhibition in October.

Watch this space for reports on significant stages in the assembly process.