In the process of doing some paint stripping, I decided to add as many locomotives to the bath as I could. I purchased one of Spectrum's CM39-8, this is part of the Bachmann "outback hauler" train set. I had this for a while and thought that I would disassemble the model for repainting. Only when I compared it against my CM39-8 did I start to see that things were NQR with this model.
Let me just say considering, there is an article in AMRM with a scale plan and an article on how to build one, the result of the Spectrum CM39-8 is to say the very least poor representation.
If you think I am being too harsh, let me show you.
So I am happy, I have a few of the Atlas C40-8s spare to covert in to CM39-8s and CM40-8s, because to get this model up to scratch looks like too much work, against just scratch building a proper cab.
I could also throw in \, that the colour is all wrong, but you already know that!
On the plus side, it is the cheepest model of an Australian outline locomotive available today, that looks even close to what it should look like. If it inspires one person to model Australian models then it has done its job.
Sorry for the bad news, if you purchased one!