Accucraft (UK) Ltd, appointed an Aster-Accucraft dealer
Accucraft UK, in association with Accucraft Trains, has a track record of producing high-quality British outline locomotives and rolling stock for the Gauge 1 market, as well as distributing the US range and the products of Accucraft (DE) and Accucraft (AUS) in the UK. The acquisition of the Gauge 1 Model Company’s range further expanded the company’s commitment to 1:32 scale, bringing affordable, ready-to-run rolling stock to the market.
As a consequence of the new collaboration between Aster Hobby Co. Inc. (Japan) and Accucraft Trains (USA), we are delighted to announce that we have also been appointed Aster-Accucraft dealers for the UK, further enhancing the range of products we can offer our customers. Aster Hobby needs no introduction, their locomotives are often regarded as the bench mark for 1:32 live steam and the recent release of a batch of 9Fs is the first co-operative project between Aster Hobby and Accucraft Trains. Aster’s experience and expertise in producing the finest kit models has been combined with Accucraft’s component manufacturing and production skills to produce the Aster-Accucraft BR 9F. Like all Aster models it was offered in both kit form and as a fully assembled, ready to run model and has been well-received by the Gauge 1 community.
We are pleased to say that Aster Hobbies (UK) has now joined the ranks of Accucraft dealers will now be able to offer its customers the Accucraft UK range as well. Aster-Accucraft products will only be available direct from Accucraft (UK) Ltd. or Aster Hobbies (UK).
BR Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0
The USRA light Mikado will be followed in October by a short re-run of the BR Standard class 5MT. This new version will now feature a high-sided BR 1C tender and will be available in both lined black and lined green liveries. Kits from Accucraft (UK) Ltd. will be unlettered and without emblem/crest for your choice (decals included). Ready to Run models will represent preserved No. 73096 in lined green and the Bluebell Railway’s No. 73082 Camelot in lined black. Aster Hobby Co only made 170 units back in 2010 allowing for a further run; with the high-sided tender the model is perfect for representing the British Railways Southern Region ‘Arthurs’ which acquired the the names of scrapped Southern Railway N15 ‘King Arthurs’ (the Southern Region examples required high capacity tenders because of the lack of water troughs in the region). The 5MT will be an ideal companion for the Accucraft UK range of Gauge 1 (1:32 scale) rolling stock.
UK RRP is expected to be kits at £3200.00 and RTR at £4200.00.
USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2
Due for release shortly will be an up-graded version of the Light Mikado. The original Aster Light Mikado was produced in 1999 and was offered in a basic version with available upgrades (see the Accucraft US website for a list of new features that have been added to this new updated design). Production quantity will be limited to 60 units and it will be available in both unlettered and ‘road-named’ versions. This is a powerful and easily constructed kit based on one of Aster Hobby Co’s most successful designs for the North American market. The USRA Mikados are perfect to accompany the Accucraft US range of 1:32 rolling stock – please enquire about current availability. You can find full details of the Aster-Accucraft Light Mikado here.
UK RRP to be £3550.00 for the kits and £4550.00 for the RTR, due late September.
USRA Heavy Mikado 2-8-2
Finally, for the close of 2018 we anticipate the release of a batch of the new USRA heavy Mikado. This model will share many of the same improved features as the Light Mikado but with the larger boiler casing, larger smokebox and cab of the Heavy Mikado. Production quantity limited to 160 units.
BR 9F 2-10-0
There are still a few Aster-Accucraft BR 9Fs available, please enquire about availability. The British Railways BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 was designed for British Railways by Robert Riddles for use on fast, heavy freight trains over long distances. The total number built was 251. The last of the class, 92220 ‘Evening Star’, was the final steam locomotive to be built by British Railways, in 1960. Withdrawals began in 1964, with the final locomotives removed from service in 1968. Several examples have survived into the preservation.
This is the first co-operative project between Aster Hobby Co. Inc. (Japan) and Accucraft Trains (USA). Aster’s experience and expertise in producing the finest kit models has been combined with Accucraft’s component manufacturing and production skills to produce the Aster-Accucraft BR 9F. This model is offered in both kit form and as a fully assembled, ready to run model. As a kit, the components are fully painted and detailed (according to the version offered), all machining is done, and the boiler is fully assembled and pressure tested. You can find full details here.
For all warranty repairs, please contact your RETAILER in the first instance. Your retailer will contact us and we will then arrange for the item to be collected by our couriers. Please do not contact any of our service agents direct on warranty matters as all have to be processed through our system before being actioned.
Warranty registration cards must be returned to us as soon as possible after purchase, including those for U.S., Schug or Argyle models. Please note that we do not offer a warranty service for Accucraft models purchased outside the UK, only for those bought through our UK dealer network. If, for any reason, you have a locomotive bought this way it would have to be returned to the original dealer for warranty repairs. Similarly UK warranty cover does not cover the cost of delivery to or from countries other than the UK if the goods have been supplied by a UK dealer (apart from ourselves).
To make shipping easier in the event of your locomotive having to be sent for service, please retain ALL original packaging. We do not carry spare boxes in stock to return your model to you. If improperly packed to be sent to us, we cannot be responsible for any damage. We will consider the warranty of any loco returned to us without the original packaging invalid and will charge for any additional packaging required to ensure its safe return. If the model is fitted with radio control it is essential that the transmitter is sent with the model.
Following the closure of Garden Railway Centres in Cheltenham, we have been made aware that many of you are struggling to find Accucraft products in the West Midlands and Welsh Marches. In consequence we are delighted to say that we have opened our unit in Pontrilas for retail sales. Although our premises may not be ideal, our location in the Welsh Marches is most picturesque and worth a drive out. Please note that we keep office hours, 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday and we are not open at the weekend (we will publish details of office closures on this website). It is also worth ‘phoning/emailing us to check whether we have a specific item in stock before you visit us – 01981 241380 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can order the Accucraft US range through us as well. The full listing of Accucraft (US) stock is available below – items may have to be shipped from California with a lead time of four to six weeks. Accucraft (US) manufactures a range of equipment using 1:13.7 scale for U.S. 2′ gauge items, 1:20.3 scale for American 3′ gauge stock and 1:32 scale for standard gauge prototypes. The availability of the U.S. range can be checked on the Accucraft eStore. Currently the sterling price (including VAT) is a direct conversion for the US dollar price shown on the eStore – change the $ sign for a £ and you have the UK price!
We accept most major credit and debit cards, cash and BACS payments. We DO NOT accept PayPal payments in any form.
Accucraft (UK) Ltd.
Accucraft UK Ltd was formed in 2004 by Ian and Sandy Pearse. Ian Pearse has over 30 years experience in garden railways and a strong development relationship with Accucraft Trains. The company incorporates their former business Marches Models, best known for supplying British narrow gauge live steam locomotives for gauges ‘O’ and ’1′. Accucraft UK Ltd continues the work of Marches Models as well as offering customers electrically powered models and ready to run plastic rolling stock in 1:32, 1:20.3 and 1:19 scales. Accucraft UK Ltd has significantly expanded the range of large scale model railway goods available to the UK and worldwide market and will continue to build on this.
As well as manufacturing our own range of model products we are happy to undertake commission work in most scales for retailers and other organisations. We are the sole UK importers for the complete range of products manufactured by Accucraft Trains of the USA. We also distribute the models made for Accucraft Australia (Argyle Models) and Accucraft Germany (MBV Schug).
In 2015 the firm acquired the intellectual property, designs and tooling of the Gauge 1 Model Co. range and have expanded the existing range of superb Gauge 1 rolling stock.
Accucraft models are designed to reproduce the prototype as accurately as possible and built to give a lifetime of pleasure in their operation, bringing the joy of affordable live steam to many for the first time. A lot of our early locomotives are still in steam today, proving that they were a worthwhile investment for those who chose Accucraft.
Aster-Accucraft – As a consequence of the new collaboration between Aster Hobby Co. Inc. (Japan) and Accucraft Trains (USA), we are delighted to announce that we have also been appointed Aster-Accucraft dealers for the UK, further enhancing the range of products we can offer our customers. Aster Hobby needs no introduction, their locomotives are often regarded as the bench mark for 1:32 live steam and the recent release of a batch of 9Fs is the first co-operative project between Aster Hobby and Accucraft Trains. Aster’s experience and expertise in producing the finest kit models has been combined with Accucraft’s component manufacturing and production skills to produce the Aster-Accucraft BR 9F. Like all Aster models it was offered in both kit form and as a fully assembled, ready to run model and has been well-received by the Gauge 1 community.
Accucraft UK Ltd also supply to the trade, therefore to find your nearest supplier click on the dealer list section.