CMR Line have produced for Train Garden, the Class NX17k & NX17AK, the second manufacturer to have done so after Beijing Wanxuda's woeful effort nearly a decade ago. Technically they were made in conjunction with the type 99A main battle tanks, however as both are available separately, I have in turn made separate reviews. You can find the review for the battle tanks by clicking here. A total of 32 versions have been made, 16 of each class with a range of bureaus (not that there's anything on the car itself to distinguish one bureau from another). Asides from the car classification printed on the side of the car, I've found absolutely no physical differences in the models to tell them apart from the K and AK versions, although perhaps this is correct.
Details are excellent on these cars, although you'll have to add most of them on yourself - and there are lots. I thought it was odd that such a relatively simple freight wagon would be supplied with an instruction sheet! It is in Chinese, however the blow up diagram is very clear to assist with adding these details. The parts you'll need to add (if you feel inclined to do so) are :
2 x side foot steps
2 x air hoses
8 x container lugs
20 x horn cleats
2 x end ramps - while not functional, CMR have thoughtfully provided two types - one in extended (flat) position and one in the folded (raised) position.
Good details pre-installed on the car are end footsteps, full under carriage components, uncoupling rods and some really nice side mounted handrails.
The cars are in a semi-matte black finish. All lettering is white and extremely sharp.
These cars roll beautifully with all the steel wheels on my units spinning very freely. They are quite weighty as well which adds to their good rolling properties.
The couplers are metal copy KD type couplers. The heads are the same size as KD #5's. Those who wish to convert them to the genuine KD's should go for #58's (scale heads) or #158's (scale heads/with whisker springs).
One can never have enough flat cars! These represent good value for money (official price 118 yuan at time of release). It's good to see CMR's effort to allow different options for the end ramps as well as provide realistic container lugs - I would have happily paid an extra dollar or two if those microscopically sized horn cleats came pre-installed at the factory however!