Green Max may be little kown, but they offer a large range of kits and a few 'ready-to-run' of Japanese railway models and more important a large range of accessories of typical Japanese design, all in Japanese N-scale (1:150)
Green Max kits are usually simple to build, but painting and finishing requires careful attention, the catalogue includes a full manual for assembly, painting and finishing, albeit only in Japanese, the many photographs make it clearly understandable. Most kits can be build in several varieties, the multiple-unit train models in particular, so you have the choice of several prototypes. This is why the bogies and pantographs (and the eventual power unit) are NOT included in the kits, they vary with the choice of prototype and would otherwise make the kits more expensive.
The Green Max rolling stock range is extensive and stands clearly out from the ranges by Kato and Tomix. Green Max makes mainly models of the 1950's and 1960's, many of an even earlier age and Green Max has a large range of trains used by the many private railways of Japan. As mentioned above it is often possible to choose from more than one model when assembling the kit. It is best to decide before you buy the kit, the catalogue gives you the information needed, only then you can order the right bogies and pantographs. Different front-ends and possibly sides are included in the kit.
The front cover of a Green Max catalogue
Green Max train kit ranges
Green Max offers model trains in a variety of ready-to-run and kit series.
Ready-to-run: this range now consists of only one type of train: the JR Kyushu KiHa 200 type DMU, available in 4 different liveries, red, blue, green and yellow, which indicate different services.
Green Max KiHa 200 Ready-to-run series model. (Photo by Dave Fossett)
Pre-painted kits: This is a growing range. Pre-painted kits save you the tedious job of painting, you only need to assemble the model. Bogies and pantographs are usually included in the kit. A drive unit has to be purchased seperately.
Special kit: ('S' series) A range of kits of private railway trains. Range consists only of the Tobu Railway 'Spacia' 7-car express EMU.
Economy kit ('E' series), a range of kits that come in a basic form, normally only the bodies. Bogies, pantographs and drive unit have to be purchased seperately. Paint is NOT included in this kits. Most kits allow you to build one of more varieties. Kits in this range include many private railway EMUs and more modern JR units. Usually a kit consists of 4 car bodies.
Economy kit (Special), same style of kit as Enonomy range, but kits of older JNR rolling stock.
'JNR Old timer car kit', Economy kit style of kit, but kit consists of only a single car. Meant as an extension to the Old-style JNR kits, but some models are of single-unit trains. Range includes work trains, parcel vans etc.
'Custom kit' as above, but of private railway prototypes.
Variation kit ( 'V' series) Kits of private railway prototypes, more that one variety can be build, hence the name of the range.
PC kits, 'PC" stands for passenger car. Economy styel of kit. A wide variety of older JNR passenger cars. Normally these come in sets of 5. A seperate range of single and 2-car body kits exists to complete the 'PC' sets.
Freight car kits ('F' series). a small range of freight car kits. As far as I know, only the HoKi 2500 hopper car is available. The model is made of die-cast metal. The kit comes as a set of 3 cars. Seperate parts are included to make a covered variety.
Bogies, Power units and other parts.
Green Max offer an wide range of bogies, originally meant for their kits. This range is of interest for those who like scratch-building thier rolling stock, in many cases there is a matching bogie available.
The power units are completely assembled chassis, including a motor, suited to power the multiple-unit kits. These units come in a wide variety, to suit aither the bodywork of a certain kit and to match the prototype (bogie sides!). Many British models use these power units to upgrade their British-outline rolling stock. These power units are of the well-known Japanese quality and run great as usual.
Other parts included in the Green Max range are pantographs, corridor connections, air-conditioning units, snowploughs etc. etc., everything to detail Japanese outline models.
The Green Max range of scenic products is divided into to groups, railway-related and non-railway-related items. The railway-related products include platforms, station buildings, depot buildings, signal box etc. No depot is complete without the carriage washer, the kit even suits many non-Japanese layouts.
The non-railway-related products are again of destinctive Japanese origin, in particular the old-style shops are very nice. The range contains many more items, including 2 'variety-kits' which offer many assembly options. They can even be cut in half to make lower buildings or several sections could be joined to make larger buildings. Other items are a filling station, a bus garage, a cinema, some utility buildings and a very nice school. Non-railway, but transport-related is a range of cars and buses. The buses come as long-distance 'highway buses'or short-distance city types. Detailing parts include a very good corrugated steel sheet, very suitable to make fences or roofs.
The back cover of the Green Max catalogue (Volume 10)
Green Max products are available at Japan Model Railways
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