One advantage of the Intermountain freight cars is that they feature stand off details such as ladders and grabs. The downside is that these details are grossly over-sized. I spent the weekend puttering around to see what upgrades might improve the look. I operate on the philosophy that no detail is better than a bad detail. With that in mind I shaved the roofwalk grabs off and left it at that. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time trying to fashion something thinner. Blma makes some nice etched ladders and stirrups so I pried the stock ones off and replaced them with the etchings. The IM trucks were replaced with much finer scaled products from BLMA. Although not noticeable from this angle, a lot of the underbody rigging was oversize so I just cut those pieces out, pitched them, and left them off. The side grab irons are .010″ phosphor bronze.