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Intermountain's New Autoracks

By April 9, 2013

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Intermountain's new HO scale enclosed autorack has finally arrived after much anticipation. When first announced more than a year ago, the new model got people talking - both about the details and the price. The question on everyone's mind, could it be worth it?

The new Intermountain autoracks are impressive.
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The new models are indeed impressive. With perforated metal side panels, you can see through the car, and its interior to the other side. End doors open. And there is ample detail on the sides and underframe.

On the downside however, the car I purchased and others seen on hobby shop shelves suffer from some assembly problems. Those beautiful side panels bend, bow and separate from the frame. There were a few other small blemishes and printing problems on my model as well.

While most of these can probably be corrected, out-of-the-box repairs are not a lot of fun on a model that retails for nearly $69.

The panels are one of the models best features, but also the source of its biggest flaws.
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Intermountain clearly did their research and put a lot of thought into the design and construction of this model. The first run is selling out quickly and a second run of new roadnames has been announced. Hopefully some of the production flaws can be corrected by then so this model can really live up to its full potential. Is it worth the price? Read my complete review, head to the hobby shop to see one in person and decide for yourself.


April 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm
(1) Brad says:

Just got mine and looked them over, nice details and roll very nice, but, the panels are really bad, 95% of them are bowed in and out and the opening doors…extreme hard to open and close with out damaging them. Not sure i will keep them for the price. I hope the next run has better quality control cause these font measure up for the price.

April 23, 2013 at 12:11 am
(2) Eric says:

I have quite a few of them(20), had to go over each car, add a bit of weight, fix broken doors/guides/roofs, one problem is that they glued to paint,so scribing the old paint off and re-glueing with some accelerator dripped on the joint works great, one solution to the doors issue is use some Labelle 106 Teflon grease on the guides , if lubed well they open effortlessly

April 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm
(3) modeltrains says:

Great tips Eric, thanks for sharing!

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