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Eureka AD60 Garratt review

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Many thanks to Neil for sending us this review. I did ask him to send me the model so that I could verify his findings, but have not received it to date
What a fantastic loco and what a great model.

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I believe DJH used to produce a range of Aussie loco kits sold exclusively through someone in Canberra . Their AD60 seems to be the only current survivor , and obviously Eureka Models is now the way to go on that , but it may be worth keeping your eyes peeled at shows for second hand unbuilt kits , as a possible second whitemetal loco kit to give the AD60 some company
QUOTE (Ravenser @ 3 Nov 2008, 03:39) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I believe DJH used to produce a range of Aussie loco kits sold exclusively through someone in Canberra . Their AD60 seems to be the only current survivor , and obviously Eureka Models is now the way to go on that , but it may be worth keeping your eyes peeled at shows for second hand unbuilt kits , as a possible second whitemetal loco kit to give the AD60 some company
I think that was AR kits. Charles Emerson built one of these. There are pictures somewhere on the forum of it. I think the business got taken over or something.
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They were called "Footplate Models" and were owned by Lloyd Sawyer in Canberra who commisioned DJH to manufacter them. He produced nearly all the NSW steam locos only be a few short. He retired a couple of years ago and sold the Footplate Models part of the bussiness to AR Kits. Now it's my understanding that AR Kits are still trading, the owner was reported to be very ill, but you have to buy these kits mail order or by phone. There are some differences between the kits kits DJH make for the UK market and others. DJH made all the castings, whitemetal and lost wax brass and supllied via Romfords all the wheels and axles for the Footplate kits. The gearboxes and motors were also supplied with the kits, these being Mashima motors of the approriate size and North West Shortline gearboxes. The NWSL gearbox is a fully enclosed gearbox made from an engineeering plastic with steel shafts and worms, a brass axle gear and depending on the size of the box the idler gears as well.
These were some of the locos I have built


and this is the NSW AD 60 class garrett



This kit differs slightly from the UK kit in that it is twin motor drive and uses NWSL gearboxes and cost me A$600 when I bought it 5 yrs ago. At the present rate thats GBP250 so it's a darn sight cheaper than the kit DJH sell.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia

QUOTE (Ravenser @ 3 Nov 2008, 02:39) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I believe DJH used to produce a range of Aussie loco kits sold exclusively through someone in Canberra . Their AD60 seems to be the only current survivor , and obviously Eureka Models is now the way to go on that , but it may be worth keeping your eyes peeled at shows for second hand unbuilt kits , as a possible second whitemetal loco kit to give the AD60 some company
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Fine model of a stunning locomotive.

Do you paint your models Charles?
If only one could get an LMS 2-6-0 +0-6-2 of similar standard....
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Yes, on occaison I have been known to paint them. I have to be really bored though.

NSWGR 35 class(NN)


NSWGR 38class.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia

QUOTE (Doug @ 3 Nov 2008, 09:32) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Fine model of a stunning locomotive.

Do you paint your models Charles?
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Very nice work - in some ways it's a shame to paint them.
I am told that the Eureka Garrett is the first Loco in the world with a photo-etched body, is this correct? also if that is so it isodels one of the reasons that it is so expensive, another being that you can ony porduce a certain amount of models before the very thin mould weres out.

Regards

Anthony
QUOTE (custodian @ 12 Nov 2008, 23:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I don't understand that comment. If the body is photoetched, then it is not made using a mould, so how does the mould wear out?

I personally don't understand how they do it but I was told that the photo is put on a brass plate and then scanned in a computer then a thin mould is made or something to that effect, maybe Neil knows more about it if it is indeed true, if anybody has full knowledge of how they do it please reply to this thread, it would be very interesting?

Regards

Anthony
QUOTE (Anthony James @ 13 Nov 2008, 13:55) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I personally don't understand how they do it but I was told that the photo is put on a brass plate and then scanned in a computer then a thin mould is made or something to that effect, maybe Neil knows more about it if it is indeed true, if anybody has full knowledge of how they do it please reply to this thread, it would be very interesting?

Regards

Anthony
Hi Anthony. I'm not aware of the Euerka Garratt being made any differently to any other model.

cheers

Neil
QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 13 Nov 2008, 07:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Anthony. I'm not aware of the Euerka Garratt being made any differently to any other model.

cheers

Neil

Hi Neil

Well I just called them to find out the truth and here it is: A diecast metal chassis, and injection moulded plastic body and details. I will have to tell my friend who told me the photo-etched bit that he is full of it!!!

Regards

Anthony
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No worries Anthony. Just shows you you can't believe everything you hear. I have people (or more specifically one individual) at my BRMA meetings telling me some utter rubbish in a very convincing tone. If I didn't know better I would fall for it hook line and sinker.
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