This year marks the release of the very first AN ready to run container wagon being released!
SDS Models have done it.
These wagons come as a three pack, and pack A has two AN green and one SAR grey, pack B has two grey and one AN green, here is the link.
Either way you will have to get some SAR versions, not that it a bad thing.
Included in each pack are container lugs there is a link on the SDS site for installation, here the link to Norm Bray's shot of a AQCX with them fitted (however I have not seen these used on any AQTYs, see pictures below). Also included are spare crossmembers, I assume as replacement for the second equipment tray that needs to be removed (near the hand brake wheel).
I placed 12 SDS AQCX on Alice Springs and seemed to track well, given that they are well weighted, I expected nothing less.
The printing detail is nice and sharp and seems all in the right spot.
The under wagon detail is crazy! there is a stack of detail.
Has RP88 profile wheels.
I am not sure about the SAR grey, however this is because I have not seen this livery, not to say that it does not exist. Here is a couple of shots from Norm Bray, as you can see from the pics, they get fairly mucky, so it hard to tell the original colour.
For Alice Springs and Barcoola, I am going to convert mine to AQTYs, with 140Km/h Bogies and symbols, see the pix at the bottom of this blog.
I will publish another blog on how to convert a AQCX to a AQTY.
In the end this model is a welcomed addition to Alice Springs and Barcoola, a big two thumbs up SDS. Well weighted, means that they will operate without the need to have containers fitted.