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Eureka Models have released the first test shots of their new Beyer-Garratt 4-8-4+4-8-4 articulated steam loco. The model is based around the prototype which operated in Australia for many years. The Eureka Models HO scale AD60 will be offered with an optional sound card. The loco will be of particular interest to LNER modellers as LNER operated the Beyer-Garratt loco "9999" on heavy freight duties in areas of Britain with steep gradients and whilst the Beyer-Garratt is available in kit form in the UK, the new model from Eureka Models will be the first ready to run example produced.



Sound equiped models include a factory fitted DCC chip and the model, including sound effects, will operate with both DCC and standard 12v DC. Non sound equiped models will be DCC ready. The model has dual motors (of course!), NMRA wheel profiles Kadee compatible couplers and includes over 120 factory applied detail parts.







RRP's are expected to be around A$850 or about £360 at current exchange rates. The sound kit and chip will be an additional A$99 or about £45.

Eureka Models are a model manufacturer specialising in Australian outline HO scale locomotives and rolling stock. For more information about this superb new model, a history of the operations of Beyer-Garratt locomotives in Australia, and information about Eureka Models, click on the link below:-

http://eureka.m.bigpondhosting.com/Garratt.html

Happy modelling
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QUOTE (Ben Manicom @ 1 Jun 2006, 21:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Does it come with NEM pockets to replace the coupling with something compatible with British stock?
It comes to around £445 after Exchange rate
Im tempted


No it doen't. The coupler pockets are Kadee compatible as the locos came with knuckle couplers from new.

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QUOTE (Doug @ 26 Aug 2005, 21:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Wow. Looks great. I'll have to check out the options.

It's not clear what the model is made of. Plastic body with metal chassis?

No pictures of the finished model...?

the model is made from ABS plastic and I'd assume some Chinese form of Zinc alloy. Having viewed the model in both test shots and pre-production form I found in both cases it lacked weight and that the inboard trailing truck on bothj engine units were carried on the boiler not on the engine frames as in the prototype. The model is fitted with a QSI sound system which I also found disappointing. While the whistle sounded somewhat like a 60 class the steam chuff was standard QSI noise. I have based my compariso on both the now long out of production Mansfield brass model and the still in production Footplate white metal and brass kit. While the brass model is very expensive, around A$2100 for a reasonable one, the Footplate model can be had for around A$570. This model has both engines powered by Mashima motors through NWSL gearboxes to Romford RP 25 profile drivers. I will stick with my Footplate models as they have the weight and hauling capacity that the RTR steam models seem to lack.
Here are a couple of websites for those that may be interested.

http//:www.trainorama.com.au

http//:www.arkits.com.au

http//:homepage.idx.com.au/austrain/index.htm

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QUOTE Looks great. How much work do you have to do?

I guess it really depends on your skill level as to how long it will take. I have never tried a kit before like this. Hopefully Ozzie will tell us how hard it is to build as he has already built one?
I'm interested in one as it is a fair bit cheaper than the Eureka which ozzie didn't rate too highly.
 

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it looks great. i would love one but i think it might be out of my price range for quite a while.

i still have my LMS model though. but thats due for refurbishment. i have new valvegear waiting for it. and i would like to repaint it using my airbrush, i didnt have one when i first made the model.



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Pedromorgan, I would like to get a completed ready to run LMS Beyer Garrat as well - fits my modelling prototype of pre-grouping LMS with a nice straight run of coal cars - excellent. Not really looking to make one myself maybe I should get one commissioned any ideas on how much that would cost and where would you go to get one done?
 

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Dennis its a OO scale model. it was a nu cast kit (previously K's)

Lancashire Fusilier i dont blame you for not wanting to attempt one yourself. my advice to anyone thinking about this is DONT! getting the boiler to sit flat was a real challange. on the photo i posted you cant actually see that the bottom of the smokebox sits slightly below the running plate!
there was no one part of the kit that was especially difficult but rather that there was just so much of it. on and off it took me about a year to do. i am still not happy with it. the transfers are not quite the correct type and i was never happy witht he valvegear so i took it off and i have replacements to start again.

another tip is dont think that because its a massive beyer garratt loco that its going to be in any way powerfull. there is actually very little space in there. you dont get the usual boiler space to fit a nice motor into. mine is actually powered buy 2 mashima DS10's and even then its a squeze.

As for getting another one. nu cast have gone belly up and west cost kits is selling the old kits at stupidly high prices. (i bought my kit about 5 years ago for about £100 now he is selling it for about £190 if he has any left at all) its a real shame as ther range althogh crude was a really good starting point for so many prototypes. i have missed out on a turbomotive and i must now wait for the dean sidings model (which christmas will that be ready by!) as i keep saying about the blue pullman, they wernt great but they would be better than nothing.
i dont know where to go to get one comissioned but if you could get hold of the kit i would be happy to put one together for you. its a huge kit so i would charge about £200. my painting has gotten much better since then!

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QUOTE (Dennis David @ 2 Jun 2006, 13:32) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Looks great. How much work do you have to do?

It's a reasonable amount of work and that depends on your skill level. It's a lot of soldering all low temp stuff. I'd say it takes about 40hrs to assemble one and double that if you've never done a whitemetal kit.
I'd like to post a couple of pictures of mine but I've no idea how to get them on here from my computer.

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