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Hyundai 45' Container
HO RTR 45' Container, Hyundai #1 (3)
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Hyundai 45’ Container

Hyundai Group is a South Korean conglomerate focusing on elevators, container services, and tourism. Their containers are commonly seen on trains around the globe.

The 45-ft. (13.7 m) container is a standard cargo container of intermodal transport involving ships, trucks, and railway carriers. Whereas boxcars used to be the usual source of color on freight trains, now unit trains of containers boast the riot of colors seen racing along the rails. Most are double-stacked on the freight car. In the United States, the containers were shipped on the Southern Pacific in 1977; the first double-stack intermodal train is considered to have been in 1984 when the Southern Pacific and Conrail moved containers from California to New Jersey. Today containers account for almost 70 percent of intermodal freight transport shipments in the United States.

There are five common standard lengths, 20-ft. (6.1 m), 40-ft. (12.2 m), 45-ft. (13.7 m), 48-ft. (14.6 m), and 53-ft. (16.2 m). United States domestic standard containers are generally 48 ft. (15 m) and 53-ft. (rail and truck). Container capacity is often expressed in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU, or sometimes teu). An equivalent unit is a measure of containerized cargo capacity equal to one standard 20 ft. (length) × 8 ft. (width) container. As this is an approximate measure, the height of the box is not considered, for instance the 9 ft. 6 in. (2.9 m) High cube and the 4-ft. 3-in. (1.3 m) half height 20 ft. (6.1 m) containers are also called one TEU.

The 45’ container capacity is 66,139 lb. (30,400 kg) of cargo.

45’ Intermodal Container 3 Pack

Athearn currently offers 101 of these 45' containers of dozens of shipping companies. These containers complement Athearn’s well car, and container tractors and trailers. Athearn securely packages this trio of 45’ containers in a blister pack on a stiff card backing. The three containers are separated from each other and the backing by a plastic divider. This minimizes scuffing the paint and displays the models.

The containers are molded with sharp detail. Each is factory assembled and Ready-To-Roll, hence Athearn’s name of this series! The end doors are detailed with molded hinges, locking bars and handles. Lifting and retaining eyes are on the end corners. There is basic detail on the bottom.

Hyundai Container Painting and Markings

This set is one of three Hyundai sets. The paint is smooth and does not obscure detail. All printing is crisp and opaque atop the base color. Container information, dimensional data, and placards are all legible.


Athearn’s 45’ Container is a good model of a ubiquitous intermodal container. It has good detail and an excellent finish. Offered in many liveries, these models can create the colorful “traveling circus” look of today’s stack train. Recommended.

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Highs: Razor sharp painting and printing. High quality finish.
Lows: Nothing more than nitpicky: molded hinges, locking bars and handles.
Verdict: Offered in many shipping company liveries, these fine models can create the colorful “traveling circus” look of today’s stack train.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 27769
  Suggested Retail: $29.98
  Related Link: Athearn Hyundai Models
  PUBLISHED: Feb 08, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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