Wednesday, December 31, 2008

More on the HUB set.

Continuing discussions with the factory this week indicate that this project is progresing quickly. As a consequence we will be making order forms available on the web site shortly and they will be posted out with the next edition of The Eureka Times which we are aiming to have in the post at the end of January.
Seven different cars will be available and whilst final set presentation is not yet settled, current thinking is that there will be a five car set with a futher two cars available separately to build up to a seven car Newcastle Flyer set.
Final pricing is still being finalised but it is likely that the pre-order price for the five car set will be $495 with additional cars available at $100 per car. The after delivery price will depend on the exchange rate at the time but is expected to be $630 for the five car set and $110 for the separate cars.
Three and possibly four liveries are being considered.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The HUB set.

After protracted discussions with the factory the HUB set proposal has now been finalised and we are now committed to the project. The first stage of the project, the drawing process is underway. This project will be one of the items discussed at our visit to the factory in mid-January and we will be releasing full details including pricing and estimated delivery date after we return. At this stage mid 2010 is the estimated delivery date.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish you seasons greetings and a happy and safe Christmas.

Eureka Models

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Package from the Factory

A knock on the door today and it is the man from Fedex with a package from the factory.

A bit of work with the snap-off-blade knife reveals two lots of test shots.

The first group is for the 40 class and is mainly samples of the frame with the checker plate pattern now added to the surface area of the footplate plus a couple of minor detail bits. Paint samples will be the next major step in the process.

The second group consists of a AD60 class boiler incorporating the modifications (mainly the twin turbo-generators) for the second run. All modifications are now complete.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Surprising news from the factory

A visit to the factory is over-due and so this week we started canvassing a visit sometime between Christmas and the 16th of January.

The factory suggested that it would be good to be there whilst the CPH/CTHs were being assembled and they have gone off to see if it is possible to bring the assembly process for the CPH/CTH forward from the third week in January to somewhere around the 26th of December.

More news later.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Welcome to the Eureka Models Blog

We here at Eureka Models who remember when punched cards were needed to input data into a computer sometimes have trouble keeping up with the latest developments in computer applications such as blogs, wickies, You-tube, Facebook etc etc.However, the popularity of some of these applications suggests that they can serve a real purpose in conveying information to help build the relationships which are part and parcel of the endeavours which make up any society.

The Eureka Models blog then is intended to be a vehicle for conveying information about the day to day goings-on in the Eureka Models organisation. It is not meant to replace The Eureka Web-site but rather will carry what might otherwise be almost referred to as trivia.

Blogs are supposed to be a lot easier to update than a web-site and as such will hopefully be more up-to-date and “newsy”. It is intended to be quite informal and may well develop in directions that we have not even anticipated.

As with the Eureka Models web-site which is ably maintained by Tom Worley, the Eureka Models blog will be under the care of fellow modeller Ray Pilgrim. Ray will be known to many modellers for the many superb photographs of his that have appeared in various publications over the years and for the fine modelling which is a feature of his model railway “Bylong”.

One of the first items that will appear on this blog will be a spreadsheet showing activities currently underway in each of the Eureka Models projects. This spreadsheet will be regularly updated which should allow anyone so inclined to keep up to date with a particular project.

Well, as stated above this blog could take us anywhere so let us at least take the first step.

Ron Cunningham
Eureka Models