F&W071: 20′ & 40′ Container von PT Trains
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F&W071: 20′ & 40′ Container von PT Trains

October 12, 2019


I brought some new containers because you can’t have enough of them And this time I brought the debut work from new Portuguese manufacturer PT Trains that outstrip everything you might have seen to date. Stay tuned! The container arrive in a more wagon or locomotive like packaging They feature a slipcover box and are double protected in plastic First a deep-drawn piece and then the container itself is also wrapped into plastic foil The packaging is one of the major negative points Of course, it’s a bit contradictory as a plastic model builder to brag about too much plastic in the packaging but a little bit less elaborate packaging would have been fine, too. Especially since a container packaging is different from that for wagons or locomotives something that will end up in the trash very likely. However, there is nothing wrong with the containers themselves. They are very true to scale, have a matt finish, printed absolutely flawlessly on five sides using the pad printing process, which includes opaque surfaces printed door rubbers and easy-to-read small lettering. And in terms of the retail price, they are on the same level as the container models from Kombimodell, which are also very good The 40′ is at 17 Euro MSRP and the 20′ at 15 Euro, but they are also available for 14 and 12 Euro respectively. But all of this was obviously not enough for PT Trains. As a special highlight, you can open the doors on all models And also the inside of every container is painted, this is also true for the floor. Wait, why’s that a highlight as there are containers by PIKO ………there are plastic boxes by PIKO they call „container“, but honestly… Whereby it is almost an Afront to compare the toy from Sonneberg with the models by PT Trains. Because even with the doors they stick to optics and function known from real containers. Each door consists of five individual parts, as you can see on the unpainted model. In addition, the containers have individually attached and, depending on the prototype, varying number of vent covers, which in the end sums up to up to 20 individual parts per container. That the corner castings are opened up is almost a side note. And if that’s not enough for you, you can enjoy the fact that PT Trains has implemented both the 40′ and the 20′ container in two different basic forms. One with square openings at the front and rear next to the corner castings. And on the other hand with the triangular openings typical to MSC. I might be mistaken, but according to my knowledge it’s the first time that something like this has been realized in H0. Differently corrugated doors however we have seen before, but even here PT Trains distinguishes three variants. The door with five beads comes with external or internal locks depending on the prototype. Even more variants will appear with the new releases announced for December. The price you pay for this: The containers are only partially compatible with most container wagons. Only the wagons from Kombimodell really fit. And most likely their announced very own wagons will fit. While for most of the other wagons the containers need to be reworked, for example by gluing in small pieces of wire as pins for loading onto MäTrix wagons, because these are models, not simple cargo complying to NEM 380 The containers also only fit on the container chassis by herpa by expanding the corner castings. In the case of the 40′ containers, the Goose Neck Tunnel, which is too flat, must also be deepened or removed, respectively. There are two more or less trivial issues Each container is currently only available with exactly one container number. Several numbers, such as offered by Kombimodell, would be desirable. And many large shipping companies are missing. In addition to Maersk and MSC, containers in the colours of COSCO, CMA CGM, Evergreen, OOCL, Hapag-Llyod or ONE or the merged companies NYK, MOL and K-Line, would be desirable. And not to forget Hanjin, containers in their colours can still be seen from time to time even today. But the December announcements will improve the situation on these issues, too. Hapag-Lloyd will be added, and there will be alternative container numbers for Maersk, MSC and Hamburg Süd. In summary, the negative points for these containers are not really any as they are either negligible or the issue is already being addressed by PT Trains. These containers are not just simple cargo, they are real models and PT Trains has given them all the attention that one needs to give to a model to make it good. PT Trains has thus launched the first product in the company’s history that can confidently be described as THE reference for the coming years. This is how you construct a container model today (I’m curious to see if you’ve paid attention to B-Models)…

3 Comments

  • Reply DB 103 113-7 October 11, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Endlich Mal wieder ein Containervideo! 🙂
    Deine Videos machen immer wieder Spaß.

  • Reply Rarawer October 11, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Richtig saugeile Container !

  • Reply MarkusRW October 11, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Und wie sieht es aus mit Sggnss 80 Wagen aus?

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