The Series 681 began commercial operation in 1995 as a limited express AC / DC train connecting Osaka and Hokuriku and is still known as “Thunderbird” (Super Raicho). It was JR West’s first limited express train, featuring a new, unique design and a number of new features.
The Thunderbird was also seen combined with its successor, the Series 683, in a 12 car composition.
With the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line, the Series 681 has changed area of operation and some of the trains have had their design changed to the so-called “Shirasagi”. However, many of them are still active as “Thunderbird”.
-Using the mass-produced 681 series <Thunderbird> as a prototype, the unique penetrating / non-penetrating head shape is accurately reproduced.
-Beautifully reproduces the refreshing body paint color with off-white as the base color, medium gray around the side windows, and blue lines under the windows.
-Beautiful expression of the Thunderbird emblem written on the side of the car body.
-Commercialized 6-car basic formation and 3-car additional formation as in the actual car.
-Accurately reproduce roof equipment such as lightning arresters and antennas as separate parts.
-Changed the whistle of the accessory part for the leading car to a whistle cover.
● Head / tail light lit (light bulb color LED adopted). Kumoha 681 has a light-off switch.
● The coupler adopts the KATO coupler close-coupled type (with hook) of the bogie mount.
-The penetration head of Kumoha 681 and Kuha 680 is equipped with a KATO coupler telescopic close-coupled type. Realistic reproduction of the connection between leading cars.
● Uses a power unit that has a reputation for stable driving.