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AZL EMD GP30s Are Here!
« on: August 19, 2011, 12:17:25 AM »
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AZL is excited to announce the immediate availability of EMD GP30s. The first release is Southern Pacific. The GP30 features a 7.5 mm can motor, directional controlled LEDs, traction tires, prototype specific details, blackened metal wheels and optional pilot with dummy coupler. The GP30 is DCC ready. Three road numbers have been released. These are: 5012, 5016 and 5017. The item numbers are 62106-1, 62106-2 and 62106-3. The MSRP is $159.00.



To accompany the SP GP30, AZL has re-released SP bay-window cabooses.  Two new road numbers have been released. These are 1295 and 1316. The item numbers are 92000-6 and 92000-7. The MSRP is $64.00.



AZL has also re-released bi-level autoracks. UP is available in both runner packs and single cars. The autoracks have been retooled for better operation and dependability. Two runner packs have been released. The item numbers for the sets are 90202-3 and 90202-4. The road numbers are 973583, 973645, 973661, 973680 for set -3 and 973774, 973899, 973952, 974037 for set -4. The MSRP for the runner packs is $131.00.

Two singles have also been released. The part number is 91202-2 and -3. The road number for -2 is 974087 and the road number for -3 is 974116. The MSRP for the single is $38.00.

Availability for the autoracks is extremely limited.

We are in the process of shipping out standing orders at this time. Look for new road names for the GP30s to be announced in the upcoming weeks. Contact your authorized AZL dealer to order.

Rob Kluz
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Re: AZL EMD GP30s Are Here!
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2011, 12:41:32 AM »
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The MSRP is $159.00.

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Re: AZL EMD GP30s Are Here!
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2011, 07:51:11 PM »
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Re: AZL EMD GP30s Are Here!
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2011, 09:30:33 AM »
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If you like the price of the GP30s, just wait until you see the price for the GP38-2s. AZL is planning to release the GP38-2s as an entry level locomotive. It won't have all the bells and whistles (okay technically it will have bells and whistles) as the GP30s and GP7s, but it will be on the same chassis as the GP30. I expect the GP38-2 to be a great candidate for detailing.

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Re: AZL EMD GP30s Are Here!
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2011, 06:18:48 PM »
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Rob,
GP30 distance between the bolster 32', GP38-2 34', that makes approx. 3mm in Z  :? Really using the same chassis?

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Re: AZL EMD GP30s Are Here!
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2011, 09:00:05 AM »
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Good point. I should say the same basic design of chassis (motor, gearing, PC board, etc).

Rob

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Re: AZL EMD GP30s Are Here!
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2011, 12:12:47 AM »
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I just noticed "7.5mm motor", hasn't AZL been using 8mm motors?

So is this a all new motor? I'm interested  ;)

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Re: AZL EMD GP30s Are Here!
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2011, 11:27:16 AM »
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The GP30 has a 7.5mm motor. The drive train is redesigned as well. Previously the worms and flywheels were one piece; now they are two.

The frame halves used to be screwed together; now they are held together with the fuel tank and two snap-on parts over the worms.

Be aware of a couple of issues:

1. The light board comes loose very easily during shipping. So, if your loco is DOA, pop the shell and check the light board. Paradoxically, it takes a fair bit of force to re-insert it. (AZL is aware of the problem.)

2. There is only one pilot insert. So, if you want two, you'll have to wait until parts are made available.
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Re: AZL EMD GP30s Are Here!
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2011, 01:09:06 PM »
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Yes, the 7.5mm motor is all new. AZL has been working for years to design and bring the motor to market. It was first used in the Budd RDCs. The great news with this motor is it is allowing AZL to offer locos at better pricing. The 8mm Faulhauber motors are quite expensive, even when purchased in bulk. Another benefit of the 7.5mm is that AZL can continue to offer shells at near prototype width. But they may not need the brass inserts that were used with the GP7s and SD70s. The GP30s though still have the brass inserts.

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Re: AZL EMD GP30s Are Here!
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2011, 06:24:33 PM »
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Thanks Rob.