Back in 2013 when I found out that MTH's club program for 2013 was available, I subscribed. This car is part of the 2013 membership. About a week and a half later, February 21, 2014, I got the car in the mail. After opening the mailing box, this is what was delivered. First impression: very nice box. Clearly indicates our favorite modeling scale.
Opening the box reveals a foam cradle holding the model (which is wrapped in a plastic bag), and the warranty card, also wrapped in a plastic bag.
And here's the car! MTH only sells freight cars with the hi-rail wheels and claw couplers. I will be replacing those in the near future. First impressions: the doors open; neat! The car looks and feels just like the kind of product that the former S-Helper Service company would have produced. I have, since originally posting this page, been told that SHS would never have used this paint scheme, because apparently it is not prototypical. However, the overall build quality and detailing is virtually identical to SHS' quality. Nicely detailed, sharp painting and printing.
The roof looks good. I did notice a little bit of flexing of the roof above the door, so these are delicate models.
Here is a close-up of the roof, showing the simulated wood grain in the roof walk boards. The corner grab irons look really nice with very fine details.
Here's an overall shot of the underside of the car. Comparing it with one of my S-Helper Service box cars, it looks like it is the exact same under-body detailing, probably from the same tooling.