When Michael, Jon and Doug went to the Sydney Exhibition, they came back with a few goodies, Jon came back with two ANs from Auscision, many thanks Jon for being a pack mule, and spotting me the doe.
Firstly the AN model from Auscision is in the year they said they would deliver, so a tick in the box for that one!
I did a quick comparison between my seventeen year old scratch built AN6, and the couple of months old Auscision model AN4, no great surprises here.
Form fit and function, Auscision has captured the look of the prototype, quite well.
Detail on the observers side is well represented, including the Clyde builders plate (nice touch).
However the "Silicone Alkyd" lettering should not be on this side.The colours fairly well represent the as delivered colour, however again the roof fades quite quickly.
The inner to should be the main ditch lights, the outer lights are strobe lights. When the air horn is tonked, the strobes should flash in unison and the ditchlights should alternate.
The bolt heads around the window seals are again a nice touch, as are coupler lift bars, and air hoses (not glad handed)
Unfortunately again the detail is really nice, but just not robust enough, out of the box AN4's rear side steps were already broken!
Here is how you switch the lights off and on.
Unfortunately I could not operate the model at this time until I get some 21 pin decoders.
Auscision have produced a fine example, of the AN class, no doubt about it.
Once again, being an AN modeller pays off!
However, its a shelf model, scale size detail is nice, but renders the model vulnerable to easy damage.
Other areas such as the cowcatcher matching the frame, and my version has some stains of what I assume is super glue between this and the frame.
Some simple errors, in lettering, but no actual detail faults.
The 21 pin plug:
I am sure the 21 pin will have more functionality, but why not give the modellers the option of an 8 pin.
The Instructions even recommend a sound chip, Trainorama seem to have mastered this approach with the GM class, and we can plug it or not.
Maybe Auscision could look at Intermountain, they have a dual mode chip that just works, sooooo easy, and is fitted to every non sound model. I would hope its the next step, and I for one are prepared to pay for.
if not, just give me the 8 pin option.
Would I buy another model? yup no problem, looks spot on. Nice addition to Barcoola and Alice Springs, eventually.
Its a beautiful model that I can't operate, right now.
Both of these models will sit in the draws until I get a shipment of 21 pin decoders, as will Jon's and Glen's, and probably everyone else's.