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N27 NX70 Flat Car

Prototype Information

The NX70 flat cars are a common flat car type, gradually replacing the older N17 flatcar and its variants. Loading capacity has been increased to 70 tons. The 'X' denotes that they are designed primarily for container service with permanently fixed container plugs, however theycan be used in a wide variety of applications.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road #
March 2013 X201301 1st HO (1:87) 5450876
" " " " " " " " 5450917
" " " " " " " " 5451555
" " " " " " " " 5451870
" " " " " " " " 5452961
" " " " " " " " 5452888
" " " " " " " " 5450872
" " " " " " " " 5452724
" " " " " " " " 5450069
" " " " " " " " 5451303

Model Review

10 numbers are available, all sold without loads. The outer packaging is very sturdy, however the inner 2 piece shell has led to many disgruntled modellers having to replace broken couplers, foot steps, etc. These win hands down over Zeyi's flat cars, namely because they're perfectly straight. They are also very affordable at approximately $15-20 US each at the time of writing.

These are much nicer flat cars than the older Zeyi type with the most important improvment being no body warp on these. The footsteps use etched metal plates with plastic stirrups and look fantastic. They've got a good amount of undercarriage detail and nice wheels with shallow wheel flanges. Lettering is is very nice and sharp.

The cars free roll very well with very little resistance from the axle boxes.

Coupler Conversion
The model is equipped with plastic knuckle couplers. Unfortunately due to the packaging, many of you will need to replace broken couplers - in which case you can use 58/158's as long as you have broad curves, otherwise long shank 56/156's (or a mixture of both). Changing couplers must be done with care due to the annoying uncoupling rods that have been attached to the coupling plate (Really, N27?). If swapping out for 58's, you will need to make sure said coupling rod is in the exact same position as it was when you disassembled it or it may have a tendancy to snag the coupler head around corners.

Other Notes
Despite a few minor caveats, these will be very popular with modellers. They look great, operate well and at a price that can't be beat.

Review Summary

The Good News

The Bad News
A very nicely built and affordable model. Awkward coupler conversion
Nice minor details, sharp lettering. Inner packaging has a tendancy to damage cars.

Model Photos

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