Athearn maxi III detailing... is a free Model Railroad Discussion Forum and photo gallery. We cover all scales and sizes of model railroads. Whether you're a master model railroader or just getting started, you'll find something of interest here.


Ok, so my LHS has about 4 of these 5 car sets as kits available at 39.00 a piece. I was thinking about gettig some, but I am aware of how much work they will need to be on the same level of detail as my Athearn maxi 1's and kato maxi IV's. So, my question is this, has anyone ever detailed these cars before? (I.e: thinner, more realistic vertical stantions, etched metal walkways, etc.) If so, I'd love to see some pics! Also, is anyone aware of where I could buy some etched metal walkways for these cars? I checked a-line but they don't have anything for the maxi III cars as far as I know. If I can't find anything to detail these cars with I may pass. Thanks fo any responses to this!



Active Member
Ill second Plano.

Might i offer a second suggestion. Run them in the middle of the consist, itll help hide their lack of details, and save you some time and money.


Diesel Detail Freak
I replaced the weights in one of mine with Tungsten (find it at golfing shops, powder form). It upped the set about double the stock weight. Not quite prefect, but better.

Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.