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I just picked up one of these from Model Zone in-store, although its also on-line. I had never used digital before, and wow, what a difference! Automatic acceleration is great and I have never seen loco's able to run so slowly (that's a good thing, they can go fast too).

For those interested, the steam loco is actually much better than I expected, nice quality. The 08 shunter isn't anything special, but runs smooth.

They also have the Western Pullman set with £75 off. http://www.modelzone.co.uk/gwr_western_pullman_digitaltrain_set-pc3178-details.htm
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#1
great, just ordered it over the phone...thanks
#2
You have just cost me alot of money ewokmic!!!

Thanks
#3
I'm now wondering if I can pull the digital decoder out of the 08 and put it into one of my better engines. Enjoy the set's guys!
#4
ewokmic
I'm now wondering if I can pull the digital decoder out of the 08 and put it into one of my better engines. Enjoy the set's guys!


I think they only cost about £8 anyway, probably not worth it ;-)

Just ordered this set myself, bargain for £79.99, the controllers cost between £40 & £50 on their own.
It will make operating my son's new layout, with three separate circuits, miles easier


Excellent find :thumbsup:
#5
Great deal! It gets very dangerous looking at these pages too often. All money already gone.
#6
fab find!! just ordered one.,... heat added :)
#7
too late=out of stock, still the other set looks good!
#8
john-sussex
too late=out of stock, still the other set looks good!


nope, still in stock when I look
#9
I know this is OT but i was hoping someone here with knowledge of these types of things might give me a bit of advice?... please pm me if you'd rather not discuss in the topic as it isnt strictly related.

I am looking to start off some sort of collection for my baby son with the intention of us buying him something every birthday. I'd like it to grow with him so when he's an adult he can continue it etc..

I've looked at corgis and they seem ideal as there are lots of variations in what you can buy.. my question is..can you have a complete random collection or is it best to stick to a particular brand/type etc???

I notice on the modelzone site they have some very good prices on some of the cars and the planes and helicopters which id love to go for to start him off but not sure if is the right sort of thing to keep up with?

thanks for any help.
#10
no out of stock
#11
@ labdab

You're better off with Brio as kids can assemble it themselves and play without adult intervention and it will give you something to tell relatives to buy that will avoid the cr*p people give kids otherwise.

Even at 5-6 yo boys are happier seeing trains collide rather than run and they won't really appreciate Hornby until older. If you start a Hornby collection it'll be something you won't allow them to touch for years and it'll soak up all the present funds ;)

Brio has good resale too and the systems can be quite complicated if you want them to be.

As to cars if you want them to be looked after then expect to keep them in a cupboard. If you want something to play with and don't mind the condition that results go for it.
#12
I'm almost thankful they are out of stock. Spent a fortune on model railway stuff since Christmas.
#13
labdab

I notice on the modelzone site they have some very good prices on some of the cars and the planes and helicopters which id love to go for to start him off but not sure if is the right sort of thing to keep up with?

thanks for any help.


Model trains, planes, cars etc, are very collectible items. They shouldnt lose their value too much unless you bash them about a fair bit. Its good to start collecting them, and at a young age i'd suggest buying models that aren't too detailed as they can be a hazard in terms of fine detail. Looking at trains etc a basic starter set such as this are nice as they have expandability in the future with something such as a Hornby trackmat. If you're looking at trains now Hornby have released their railroad range which brings their models into a cheaper price range. I can agree with tenex about brio - i have a lot of this in a tub in my room from when i used to love it. Its also easy to set up and easily individualised. The more detailed train sets such as new models from the likes of Hornby and Bachmann are best left till older.

I think cars is a good idea as i'm sure kids are more interested in smashing them up than caring for them :-D You can have whatever cars you like, you dont have to stick to a certain type.

I have rather a lot of planes in my bedroom, but they're mostly snap together type of British charter airlines. To a young child they might be a bit boring due to the fact they are rather static.
#14
I still need to spend about £200 to complete my Hornby christmas set.. why does the caledonian sleeper have to be so long... dang scotrail :|
#15
This is the bachmann equivalent of Hornby's DCC system :)

http://www.modelzone.co.uk/digital_starter_set-details.htm
#16
Thank you to everyone for the useful information and it has given me a lot to consider.

unfortunately, I don't think we'd have the room to buy a train set at the moment and it would be stored for sometime before he was able to use it so I think corgi cars may be the way to go. I'm happy for him to bash them about a bit too (i think, lol). I love the idea of the brio though so when he is old enough I think i would look in to that again.
#17
You can start collecting Brio from about 18 months - at that age they'll play with the trains but not the rails, expect your son to be 30-36 months before he actually plays with the train set as intended. By that time you'll be an old hand at setting it up ;)
#18
lol why am I so tempted with this..
#19
Oh no, back in stock... What to do..
#20
both sets seem to be going in and out of stock all the time. Hope there is nothing funny going on which means I dont end up getting mine...
#21
all gone now
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Received mine yesterday.

It was used, had 2 broken tracks, one broken point and the DCC clips missing.
Just spent 1/2 on the phone being passed around from one store to another, nobody at
modelzone really gives a toss about it.

:x
#23
1/2 hour ago collected my Hornby Local Freight from the Wilko offer - hope its OK.
#24
mine came a few days ago. Havent unpacked it yet as it is for a birthday present (in March) but will do so asap tonight and have a good look at it!
#25
checked and both sets seem brand new with original wires twisted round track and tissue paper perfect around trains. Most certainly not second hand. I am gonna have to give them a test run this weekend to make sure all is ok!
#26
Had a look at this set on Saturday in Hamleys having decided I would buy this for my 8 year old as his first introduction to an electric train set. But at £130 decided to wait a bit and check prices. Didn't find the set all that much cheaper elsewhere until i stumbled on this site last night. And boy am i glad i did. I could not believe the set I was after was available for this price. I popped into our local ModelZone shop this morning. They had plenty of sets in stock at £119. After checking with the website they had no problem agreeing to give me the online price there and then! Very chuffed! Feel like I am beating the credit crunch! Thanks.

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