So if this is true, it just becomes a question for N&W modelers of "how bad do you want them?". Wait for October/November" 2016 buy the IT units and patch them yourself (not too difficult of a project), or wait until 2017 and beyond for when Athearn feels like doing a 2nd run of the SD-39 (probably also for the Santa Fe modelers dying for the "Blue Bonnet" paint scheme) and not lift a finger for a true RTR model of these green units.
I personally think turning a couple of the IT units into the faded and patched version would make for an interesting project. We'll see where my interests or needs lie a year from now, I am modeling the 1950's after all and that "should" be my first priority.
|N&W SD-39 2962 switching the Saginaw Mine at St. Clairsville, OH, March 23, 1982|