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    Default Kato F7 freight 'starter set' question

    New to the forum and the hobby, couldn't see any 'introductory' threads to post in so coming to this thread with a question as my first post.

    I am Interested in picking up a UP f7a unit and am wondering if anyone has bought one of KATO's f7 freight sets, they market them as a starter set so am cautious of whether they really are just your normal KATO quality loco and freight cars or if they differ some way. Seems like a very good deal in my eyes to get a loco and 4 extra cars for the price. Am I missing something here?



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    Welcome to the forum!

    You're not missing a thing. There will be the usual high-quality Kato product in that set.
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    another Kato user ya baby thats what im talking about. love them Katos. they just work. Howdy hey and welcome

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    Thanks!

    Yes I jumped into this hobby a few months ago picking up an old 1960's(?) Atlas set on ebay, then a newer bachmann loco. Not too much time later grabbed some Kato units and was pretty much sold on that brand, the difference in detail and operation is just do large to ignore.

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    Well one thing. The tank car is really a Japanese model with American paint but if you don't mind that it's a fine deal
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    Welcome to N and the forums, we're not from the government so we actually are here to help.

    The Kato F7 is probably one of the most rugged and bulletproof out there.

    As you're a new member, let me turn you onto this site immediately. Mark Peterson has a lifetime achievement award to everybody ever in N scale for assembling this, he's the 'consumer reports' of N scale, and he's not on hook to advertisers like the magazines are. So he'll call it like he sees it.
    http://www.spookshow.net/

    You can identify and get a trace on just about anything ever made in N scale equipment, with appropriate comments on quality and photos of mechanisms, revisions, dates, packaging, etc. to make it possible to even buy off of the auction sites with some degree of confidence in your odds of ending up with a lemon or lemonade. And there's a lot of lemons out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    Well one thing. The tank car is really a Japanese model with American paint but if you don't mind that it's a fine deal
    Yikes! Yeah, I forgot about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanB80 View Post
    New to the forum and the hobby, couldn't see any 'introductory' threads to post in so coming to this thread with a question as my first post.

    I am Interested in picking up a UP f7a unit and am wondering if anyone has bought one of KATO's f7 freight sets, they market them as a starter set so am cautious of whether they really are just your normal KATO quality loco and freight cars or if they differ some way. Seems like a very good deal in my eyes to get a loco and 4 extra cars for the price. Am I missing something here?



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    Ah yes, Spookshow, I have been practically living on that site, so much great information. I have started my venture with the scenic ridge layout to develop my skills with the intention of expanding in the future. The scenic ridge build log has been very helpful for me thus far.

    Quote Originally Posted by randgust View Post
    Welcome to N and the forums, we're not from the government so we actually are here to help.

    The Kato F7 is probably one of the most rugged and bulletproof out there.

    As you're a new member, let me turn you onto this site immediately. Mark Peterson has a lifetime achievement award to everybody ever in N scale for assembling this, he's the 'consumer reports' of N scale, and he's not on hook to advertisers like the magazines are. So he'll call it like he sees it.
    http://www.spookshow.net/

    You can identify and get a trace on just about anything ever made in N scale equipment, with appropriate comments on quality and photos of mechanisms, revisions, dates, packaging, etc. to make it possible to even buy off of the auction sites with some degree of confidence in your odds of ending up with a lemon or lemonade. And there's a lot of lemons out there.

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    DanB80: welcome to the NScale community from another danb. You will be very pleased with all aspects of the Kato F units. Even though I have strayed to other manufacturers, Kato is the gold standard by which many of us measure performance, build and quality control. Just post some photos, as there is a loose moose on the site who will threaten a stampede if you don’t (and the rest of us like to see what you’re up to).

    Hmmm. Are there 79 other DanB’s already?

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    Dan880,

    Keep in mind that I be leave the set does not include a power pack, you will need to purchase that separately.
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    Yep yep, that is no problem at all, I have my scenic ridge layout I have been building and the MRC 1300 (I think is the name) to power it. Yet to buy wiring for bus and feeder wires, still doing my research in that department. Not 100% with how I want to wire it, currently have the power pack hooked to a siding with the included rail joiner type connectors for running the trains around.

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    Dan880,

    Keep in mind that I be leave the set does not include a power pack, you will need to purchase that separately.

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    Welcome to the forums and N Scale and I can only echo what others have said - if it is KATO then you can't go wrong, starter set or not.
    Cheers Tony

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