Much discussed elsewhere. Here's a statement from Athearn concerning its recent GP7 and GP9 Genesis releases, as it appeared on Athearn's Facebook page:
Concerning Athearn Genesis GP7 and GP9 products: some dimensional
discrepancies on these products have been pointed out and we regret any
inconvenience to our customers. Some small measurement errors occurred
in the development process and were not realized until after the first
models were shipped. In order to address these issues we have measured
... actual full scale units in detail and are in the process of making the
necessary tooling changes to ensure that, while our measurements show
the current model is already the most accurate reproduction available,
the revisions will make it even more so. These changes are limited to
moving the side doors and grilles up .040", and the cab side front and
rear windows down .020", but since these changes are important to our
customers they are most important to Athearn. Already announced road
names to be produced with the changes include the Santa Fe Zebra Stripe,
New York Central, Boston & Maine and NKP, as well as any future
announcements. We sincerely regret any inconvenience to our customers
and continually endeavor to produce the most realistic, accurate, and
affordable model railroad products in the industry.
The remainder of the model is quite well done, though I could use some of the detail parts mentioned in the instruction manual but not included with my UP unit.
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