In real life, it may not have been loved. But for my collection, I love the TOMIX JR 215 set!
- by ケネディ (KNDY),
The 215 trains were scrapped, dismantled and no longer exist. And received no sayonara event.Fortunately, TOMIX paid their respect to the JR 215 series by releasing a basic car set and an add-on car set in February 2022.There is no doubt the train is well produced and for the basic set, you get the first two trains and the last two trains, while the add-on set (98445) features six more double-decker cars.The basic set comes with the following:-Kumoha 215-0 (M)-Moha 214-0-Moha 214-100-Kumoha 215-100The front end features a motorized Kumoha 215-0 and on the front, the DDL and JR marks can be seen on the front and sides.What I also found interesting is that the coupler is attached to its wheel base. Also, the ends featured a dummy coupler on the cab side of the leading car and it’s pretty much powered with a flywheel, black wheels and uses an M-13 motor.I felt that coupling was a bit of a hassle and partly I feel is because the train cars were so light. So, while the trains really show a wonderful molding of seats, I needed to add a bit more weight. So, between the seats, I put whatever coin yen I had in which the top train cover can easily fit in perfectly.I did try to add Tomix 0733 LED lighting but it was problematic to get things staying on and I decided to pass on the LED lighting because I was spending too much time trying to get it to work on this train. But the train does feature lights at the front and tail lights with LED.Included are runner parts such as phone antenna, front display (transfer sheets/car number) deecals.But for the most part, when it runs, it runs well. Tested it at various speeds as you can see below:Overall, I am glad that TOMIX released this train series and in a way, acknowledging that the train has its fans. In reality, the train had a wonderful design but just didn’t get the respect it deserved due to the problems as mentioned.And it’s a shame that while there is no sayonara event, at least TOMIX did fans of this train a great service by releasing the 215 series!For me, this train was an instant buy and I’m glad I got it!