The Series 683 is the newest generation of the "Thunderbird" which succeeds Series 681. The "Thunderbird" is a very popular train that operates a route from Osaka, the second largest city of Japan, to the northern coast of the island nation. The express train has been named after a wild bird, which inhabits the snowy coastal province and changes its color into white in winter. The almost white light-gray and streamlined body and aerodynamic pilot cars make the "Thunderbird" an extremely attractive and recognizable train.
When we offered the Series 681 "Thunderbird" model sets several years ago, they did very well.
After inauguration of Hokuriku Shinkansen, Series 685 Limited Express, which connected Kansai and Hokuriku regions, was renewed. The body color, symbol mark design wash changed simultaneously with the interiors improvement, leaving the previous image of the train. Running this limited express in combination with 10-1264, 10-1265 and 10-1266 Series E7 Hokuriku Shinkansen “Kagayaki” and 10-1262 and 10-1263 W7 Shinkansen “Hakutaka” will represent the current JR West Japan’s world, covering the urban network and Hokuriku region, by Kato’s N scale models.
Series 683-4000 is a 9 car fixed formation group manufactured between 2009 and 2011, and will be used on the "Thunderbird" train between Osaka and Kanazawa/Wakura Onsen(Hot spring).The first cars of Series 683-4000 and 683-2000 both have a front through-door (KURO 683 is a preparatory work) and a single-arm pantograph.
683 series 4000 series "Thunderbird"
・ The prototype is the current appearance of the T45 organization belonging to JR West Kanazawa Car Maintenance Center.
-Reproduce the appearance of wearing a black and blue band after the renewal and treating a fearless symbol mark that straddles the two cars
・ By adopting a newly developed slotless motor, smoother and quieter running performance is realized.
-Around the mechanical pantograph unique to AC / DC trains, the insulator is reproduced with separate parts (white).
-Reproduce the shape of underfloor equipment that is partially different from the 0/2000 series
-The wife side reproduces the appearance of the offset collision countermeasure structure
・ Includes front through door parts with the door open (fixed with double-sided tape, etc.)
・ Car 1 (Kuro 683-4500) is equipped with a dummy coupler that expresses the coupler cover at the beginning. Reproduce the Denren cover with the JR mark seen in JR West vehicles in recent years
・ Car 9 (Kumoha 683-5500) equipped with a coupler for connection (without hook) at the beginning
・ Body mount close-coupled coupler (without hook) in the middle
・ Head light / tail light is lit. Kumoha 683 has a light-off switch
・ DCC friendly
・ The contents of the basic set (4 cars) can be stored in the vehicle book case of the additional set (5 cars).
・ Accessories ... Basic set