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Hi there, I am new to this forum but have been reading the forums now for ages just as a unregistered user but thought I better register up as I am now looking to purchase a set for my kids (ages 2,4 and 6 years old) I had one when I was young and had so much fun with my Dad and friends.

I am looking at the Digital Triple Cup Set over here in NZ (http://scalextric.hornby.com/shop/sets/digital/c1223-triple-cup/) which is just the standard oval track 4 (435cm long). It comes with the Pit Lane game and also comes with 3 997 Porsche's.
I like the idea of the digital scenerio where you can change lanes especially as I have 3 of them which means they can all play. I am also thinking of getting the 6 Car PowerBase so I can slow the cars down to a level which doesn't trash the cars until they get use to playing and the idea of slowing down for corners etc.

Is this a good starting point or should I look at the GT Pro set of even the Digital Platinum but this is probably out of my budget!

I am thinking of getting the Triple Cup game with the 6 Car Powerbase and maybe just a bit more track. I am thinking of putting it on my table tennis table in the garage which is 3m X 1.4m.

What are peoples thoughts on this set for me kids? Is it suitable, 6 Car Powerbase worth the $$$ Anyone have any tracks where they have used the Triple Cup Set as a base?
 

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The cheapest solution will be the platinum set. You get a lot for your money, if you compare standard list prices with what actually is in the box.
 

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yes there were some very heavily discounted prices available round xmas time, it will be well worthwhile checking out amazon etc before you decide...
 

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QUOTE (Gysse @ 27 Jan 2012, 19:02) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The cheapest solution will be the platinum set. You get a lot for your money, if you compare standard list prices with what actually is in the box.

Yeah I looked at the Platinum Set too Gysse, and you sure do get a lot for your money, but I don't need 4 cars/controllers really and it doesn't come with the Pit Lane game. SO thought I'd start with this one.

QUOTE (bigbird @ 27 Jan 2012, 19:19) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>hi
yes there were some very heavily discounted prices available round xmas time, it will be well worthwhile checking out amazon etc before you decide...

Thanks bigbird, for us people in New Zealand, Amazon is not really a option with shipping costs and then we get taxed as it comes into the country. Just going to go through a local retailer here in NZ.
 

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I think thats probably a good start - dont worry about the kids trashing the cars either. The cars in the triple cup set are the super-resistant type and can take quite a lot of punishment - ideal for younger drivers. Welcome to the forum!
 

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Thanks TheCuckoo, hopefully the cars will last more than a day!

Now to spice things up, what car would go nicely with his set as my personal car! Dad only car. I quite like the look of the Lola Aston Martin with both front and rear lights! Kids will be really jealous...or is there something else I should be looking at??
 

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I started out with the Triple Cup Set and found it to be excellent value for the money. I've since moved up to a 6 car powerbase but I had the 4 car base for a long time before upgrading and it was great fun.

An excellent starting point I'd say.
 

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Hi Aiden
great set and great cars I've had mine for years and apart from one spoiler missing still working fine .
If you get back into it your love the 6apb so much more to come when you add ssdc on the pc brill.
PS yes get the lola brilliant car .
regards ade.
 

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QUOTE (Porsche Racer @ 27 Jan 2012, 21:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I started out with the Triple Cup Set and found it to be excellent value for the money. I've since moved up to a 6 car powerbase but I had the 4 car base for a long time before upgrading and it was great fun.

An excellent starting point I'd say.

Ok well that is great to hear. The 6 car powerbase huh? I'll have to see how much one of these costs at the shop next time I am there. What advantages are there with this?

QUOTE (staglinger @ 27 Jan 2012, 22:02) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Aiden
great set and great cars I've had mine for years and apart from one spoiler missing still working fine .
If you get back into it your love the 6apb so much more to come when you add ssdc on the pc brill.
PS yes get the lola brilliant car .
regards ade.

Yeah I heard or read something about the ssdc on the pc etc, sounds a bit too techie for me to setup but I will certainly look into it. Would the Lola car be faster/same speed/slower than the other Porsche cars?
 

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triple cup set at ? euro
C7042 at close to 135 euro
extra powersupply at 40 euro
dad car at 40 euro - which is way faster and better than the childrens car's

I still think platinum set is a cheapest chioce - even if you add a pitlane and a pitlane game - and there can be six racers !!
 

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QUOTE (Gysse @ 27 Jan 2012, 22:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>triple cup set at ? euro
C7042 at close to 135 euro
extra powersupply at 40 euro
dad car at 40 euro - which is way faster and better than the childrens car's

I still think platinum set is a cheapest chioce - even if you add a pitlane and a pitlane game - and there can be six racers !!

True you do get a lot for your money with the Platinum Set but you don't get the Pit Lane or the Pit Lane Track. If you buy this separately its $120NZ for the Pitlane and also $120 for the track making it $240 obviously.

I can get a Triple Cup Set for $600NZ + $240NZ for 6 Car Powerbase. Ok so the track is smaller and 3 controllers/cars less but for $840NZ you get a excellent starting point. To buy the Platinum Set here in NZ its $1300-1400NZ.

One question I have for you, can I not use the Triple Cup power supply with the 6 car powerbase?
 

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Hi yes the psu that comes with this set is ok with the 6apb but when you what to race more than 3 cars you will need 2 psu.
but at the mo on your small track it prob be ok.
ade.
 

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Is that right??? Geez I didn't know this. Where does it plug into? So if I want to play with the kids and have 4 cars on the track will it not work?
 

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The lola is a beautiful car, but it really is head-and-shoulders above the porsches in terms of performance (and looks!)

Something like a Ferrari F430 might be more appropriate? Very fast, very drivable, and available in high or low detail, depending on how confident you feel. DPR too, so easy to digitise.
 

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Shame Amazon are not still doing the platinum set for £300, as this is the only set with the APB, as you get into this, you will want to hook up a PC, SSDC takes Scalextric to a new level. Other options could be one of Jadlams put together sets. But at the end of the day it depends on budget, however if you are like me you nearly always end up blowing the budget!
 

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Hi you can only have 1 spu with that base thats why it will run 4 cars on a small track
some times your lucky on a bigger track depends on alot of things how many lane changes
bad contact around track list goes on really.
ade.
 

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Just so I understand correctly. Can I run 4 cars on the Triple Cup Set using a 6 car powerbase? (ie just 1 of them) Or do I need another one?
 

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hi
one C7042apb will let you run six cars, plus with a pc lead will allow a multitude of other options to become available.
 
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