The future of the Aster
Bing Cheng of Accucraft Trains and Fujii Susumu of Aster Hobby have issued the following joint statement.
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.
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
Argyle Loco Works is the ‘down-under’ representative for both Accucraft Trains and Aster Hobby.
Sydney Model Railway Exhibition – Oct 5,6,7
This year we will have a smaller stand with display stock only so if you are wanting to pick up any items please let me know as soon as possible to be sure I have it with me. We can take orders up to Wednesday 2nd October. For information on this years event CLICK HERE.
2019 ‘Great Southern Steam Up’
The ‘Great Southern Steam Up’ is on again this year. Remember that it’s the weekend immediatly following the Melbourne Cup and it goes for 3 days so the dates are Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November 2019 at the Gembrook Community Centre in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges (50 km east of Melbourne). Please note that this is a closed event and is not open to the public. There will be no door sales at the event so pre-registration is required via the online registration form available from the GSSU Web site.