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The loco and carriages are nicely detailed and the track and fishplates work well, the controller could do with a upgrade as the forward and reverse slide switch is very stiff and takes a lot of pressure to move it. worst of all is the coupling from the loco to the tender is very weak and flimsy eg keeps dropping off the tender which also could do with a decent upgrade. Take a look at the older hornby flying scotsman how the tender attaches to the train you will see it is more stronger and robust.
This is a christmas present to my Grandson, ( hope he lets me play with it!),. I nearly had it sent direct o him. Good job I didn't as it was just a label on the box and he would have known what it was. big job to get the label off. Full marks for no wrapping to throw away. No marks for potential surprise factor
This was my start into model railroading, and I'm hooked because of it.
The coaches are free rolling and nicely detailed.
The Scotsman itself is simplistic in detail and livery, but gets the illusion across well. As for running, it has enough power to pull double the coaches it came with; maybe even more. The motor also seems to be fitted with a flywheel, as its slowing down is smooth and realistic. Slow speed is top notch, with some skill on controlling you can make really controlled starts and acceleration.
The only issue is that the controller that comes with the set is mediocre at best, only inching out half of the model's true speed capabilities. It only seems to have 2 settings: moving or not moving. I know the model's full capabilities because my second purchase right after this was a high quality controller that simply put the controller from this set to shame.
Overall, a great starter kit for a great hobby, but buy a higher quality controller before anything else.
Pretty detailed model for the price point. Engine is a "Railroad" series, so they're usually simpler for someone on a budget or beginners.
Set came without any kind of box or packaging materials. Seriously, the shipping label was just stuck in the set. Engine came damaged, missing the coupler and having some smaller details broken off (both sets of steps and a buffer).
No big deal, I can repair it, just know that not everyone has the materials or know how