Hey guys, play nice. The starter sets are a mix of equipment. I am trying to keep them period centric, or close to. Yes, these are items we have in stock. AZL's strategy is to keep inventory for just such a purpose. We were criticized for selling out too quickly on runs, so we have over stock to allow new Z scalers to still purchase previous releases. Okay here is the line up. We are knocking roughly $80 - $90 off of each set versus buying the items individually. Each set comes with a Rokuhan RC02 controller, R028 oval of track and a A002 controller.
The sets are available on AZL Direct. These are not available through dealers at this price. Here is the link:
Rob, Not a bad selection, but the age of the GP7 was also the age of the caboose, yet you are offering only one set with a caboose.
I'm not trying to get into a discussion of specific rolling stock, except to say that if we are doing model railroads, we should be looking for prototypical consists, hence my caboose comment. The GP7 was on the major roads for a long time so most rolling stock seems reasonable to me.
I think I'd be interested in a couple of these if they were released just as a train set (no track or throttle).
Absolutely! Both railroads ran out of Chicago. Interchange was happening. I really could have gone with CNW also. I thought the Monon added a different touch to the set. This is definitely more of a regional set.
But if you are targeting someone new to Z, I think you've left one thing out: The Rokuhan AO28 AC adapter.
The box shows up in the mail and you have everything you need - except power. Sure, you could run it off batteries, but coming up with eight spare AAA batteries might be an issue. Just for laffs, I just went out to the kitchen and looked in the spare battery stash: I could have come up with three (and one of the keys to a happy marriage is NOT swiping the other five out of various remote controls around the house).
Since you are discounting these packages roughly 25% of published prices, would you consider having a sale on slow moving stuff where you would discount it roughly the same amount with a minimum purchase of $250 or something like that? For those of us not needing track and a controller, it would be a good incentive to purchase some wanted items and I would take advantage of it. Just a thought.
Dave, I think that's pretty much what they do--and at an even greater discount--on Black Friday. (and, really, for the month of December) Having that all year at the 25% mark might be a good plan too.
One thing you might do...if you have a laundry list of items you're wanting that you think fall under that "slow moving stuff" category, send it via email to AZL with an offer. All they can say is no, or they might even say yes.
It appears that the following are slow moving based on the combinations show above.
GP7s 33K Tank Cars PS2 Hoppers 2 Bay Hoppers Beer Cars Waffle Gondolas
I suspect a few more things like some of the Heavyweight passenger cars, SD45s, etc. I am basing this on real time inventory at MB Klein and what other retailers still have stock in, even though the product is fairly old.
Post by modelwarships on Sept 22, 2017 16:16:57 GMT -5
I don't know why the GP7 would be a slow mover. I have two (only one DCC'd so far). That lil Jeep is so super reliable. I typically run engines mu'd in pairs as one will nudge the other and keep things going on dirty track. I keep mine lurking in the yard by itself and it can sit for weeks and always runs like new without any break in.
Don't read too much into these. I picked the GP7s for the variety of road names. Same with cars. I looked for cars that were appropriate or at least in the ballpark. Popularity didn't matter. Select sets are limited due to low inventory of some items.
When I have time I plan to come up with more sets so you may see a number of different loco types.
The lack of A028 is by design. We try to keep the cost low. Also feedback on these sets is most folks do operate them off of battery at first. The A028 is available as an add on as is the whole ROKUHAN line.
Yup are Friday specials are coming up. We need to get on the planning of those.
"The ACF® "whale body" 33,156 gallon tank car was designed to haul liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and anhydrous ammonia. Originally built in the early 1960s, you can still find these cars in service today."
That's not an exact date of course but it's a start. Atlas is usually pretty good with their info too.