A Message From Accucraft Trains and Aster Hobby Co:

What is the future of the Aster Brand?

Aster Hobby will continue to be Aster. Our mission is a continuation of Aster’s legacy of excellence in Gauge 1 model railways with Japanese design and manufacturing.

Since our first collaboration in 2016 with the 9F, Aster and Accucraft have tested multiple paths of design and production to develop future best practices. All of us at both companies have gained a wealth of knowledge from our successes and trials. In that time, we have established strong relationships with new top-tier Japanese vendors and we will continue to keep the high precision machine and fabrication work done in Japan. Our philosophy will be to always strive for the highest quality.

Aster Japan’s 45 years of experience and knowledge has been retained with their senior staff and we have dedicated resources to passing on the legacy with new designers. Mr. Fujii and his staff will continue to focus on new designs, supply chain management, and quality control. We will continue Aster’s principle of keeping spare parts and replacements available for many years following a project’s release.

 

What’s next?

We are proud to officially announce the next two Aster British locomotive projects with brand new designs: The LNER Class B1 (Mayflower) and the LNER Class P2 (Cock o’ the North) with the B1 release aiming for Christmas 2019 and the P2 for later 2020. These projects will be thoroughly tested and sample kits will be independently verified by trusted builders. Our British customers can count on Accucraft UK, the sole UK distributor of Aster and Accucraft, for all their sales and service needs.

Global distribution for Aster will continue to be based out of California and a list of our trusted network of distributors and dealers can be found on our webpage under dealers.

Our head of marketing, Channing, has been involved with Aster’s projects since our union began, working for years in both Japan and China. Along with the Japanese staff, he will take feedback on future projects for the UK, North America, and Europe.

Accucraft Trains will continue its mission of providing high quality affordable steam and electric models and rolling stock in various scales. Since our collaboration began, we’ve had the added benefit of improving Accucraft’s manufacturing process with higher quality Japanese parts. Ultimately, Aster Hobby will continue to supply the Gauge 1 hobby with top of the line collectable live steam models for many years to come.

Bing Cheng & Fujii Susumu 

New Arrivals

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      1:19 Scale, Available in Maroon & Green

      1:20.3 Scale

      7/8ths Scale, Butane fired

       3/4" Scale, Butane fired​​

       1:20.3 Scale, Butane fired

      1:32 Scale, Electric

New Product Announcement

       G-scale (1:29), 45mm Gauge 

      1:32 Scale, Brass body 

       1:32 Scale, 45mm Gauge

       Estimated delivery 2020

       1:19 Scale, 45mm Gauge

       1:19 Scale, 45mm Gauge

       On3/On30 Scale

       Estimated delivery 2020

       1:20.3 Scale, 45mm Gauge

       Estimated delivery 2020

       1:32 Scale, 45mm Gauge, Butane fired

       Estimated delivery 2020

Updates

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Accucraft Trains was formed in 1994 in Mountain View, California. The company’s first project was a 1:24 scale boxcar. The following year saw the production of detailed 1:24 scale 4-4-0 and 2-6-0 locomotives. The models were painted and hand assembled in the little California office, and the company was soon off and running.

Accucraft operates on two primary principles: 1) the willingness to constantly innovate and strive for new levels of detail and quality; and 2) provide the best service possible to our customers.

As Accucraft has grown, so has it product range. The firm now caters to model railroad enthusiasts in scales from On3 up to 7.5” gauge ride-on equipment. Electric and live steam locomotives are offered, along with detailed rolling stock and an extensive line of track to fill out the range. Live steam locos have appeared in 1:32, 1:20.3, 1:19 and 1:13.7 scale, covering everything from diminutive 0-4-0s to massive 4-8-8-4 UP ‘Big Boys’!

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. Their models are mainly of British origin (Live Steam and Electric) with rolling stock to match.

Argyle Locomotive Works was established by Gordon Watson in the early ’90s as a bespoke and batch builder of miniature steam locomotives in gauges ‘O’ and ‘1’ for garden railways. Product lines from other manufacturers such as Roundhouse, Accucraft, Aster, Sunset Valley track were introduced and in 2010 Michael Ragg took on ‘Sales’ while Gordon continues to provide technical support.

Established in 1975, Aster has been producing steam locomotive kits to the very highest standard. The kits assemble into quality models with superb appearance and performance to match. Argyle Loco Works is the importer & distributor for the Australia and Oceania region.

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Maxitrak was founded in the summer of 1978, and in those early days we were armed with little more than enthusiasm and vision and only one single loco.

Today we offer what surely must be the widest range of miniature road and rail locomotives available from one single company.

All of the Maixitrak railway locomotives are capable of hauling passengers. We also supply a range of rolling stock and track/points suitable for garden, club or light commercial use.

33260 Central Ave, Union City, CA 94587 USA  Tel: 510-324-3399  order@accucraftestore.com

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