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Thread: Purchase Question Digital vs Analog vs 1/43

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2014
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    Purchase Question Digital vs Analog vs 1/43

    Hi, I am looking to make a purchase for my children and I to get started in slot cars. I've been waiting a while and I feel they are finally old enough (7 and 9). I've been reading around on recommendations on both brand and technology and felt like I was starting to get and idea of what to get.

    Today I went into my Friendly local Hobby Store and they had a very nice selection of Carrera which I had determined based on reading would be the best option for me due to availability and popularity.

    This is where things went a little wrong. I asked for help. He directed me to the Carrera Go (1/43) section and told me for my kids age I was better off starting there. Also I found they had a Digital 132 set at 26' track with 3 cars for $340. I came in assuming I was getting a Analog 1/32 track and giving the kids some extra money to get alternative cars or more track. Now I don't know what I'm doing.


    Options:

    1. Carrera Go 12' track.
    a. Am I going to regret going 1/43 or is this a good starter option that is going to keep me happy for a while. Resale value is a factor. Other than the cost ($100 for the set and $20 for extra cars) what are the pros and cons of 1/43?.

    2. Carrera Evolution 20' track + 2 cars for $179. This was the best deal I found in standard 1/32 analog. I went in expecting to buy something like this.

    3. Carrera Digital 132 26' track + 3 cars for $340. At the retail value of over $600 and the best deal I've seen for it online is around $450. This looks like a killer deal. Plus it's Disney Cars 2 themed so the starter cars the kids would get I'm sure they would enjoy. The track does not appear to have any Disney theme to it. Is digital too much for kids to start on or can I just disable the lane changing while they learn? Cost doesn't seem to be an issue since if I get the Evolution set + 2 cars and any extra track I'm going to be rapidly approaching $300.


    Looking for general pros and cons on my options at these price points. Do I go "for kids", go all out, or stick with the "safe option"?


    Learning Curve, Resale value, and Upgrade options are all important to me since I can afford all three options. Since I haven't had a set since I was a kid and they have never seen one I don't know if this will be forgotten, a long term hobby, or a sport for them. But they do love cars in general.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2014
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    By the way I love the idea of them getting in and working on maintaining the cars. Good experience for them. I don't want them treating it like a toy. Also I do not have a permanent location but plenty of space for temporary setups.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
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    I feel that the 132 will "not be too much" for your children, in fact you can tailor the tops speed with settings, so that they are not frustrated by high speed de-slots, until they are more accomplished. And they will love the character cars.

    bob

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    St Charles, Illinois, USA
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    The pixar cars MAY have some long term collectibility value (if unused). 1/43 is the new throwaway HO. Big enough to work on, but next to no repair parts. Other brand 1/43 cars are available. 1/32 digital....each brand has unique features that make combining brands difficult as opposed to analog 1/32. Carrera has special flags and track that other brands are not convertable to.
    l.d. kelley, M.A. Ramcatlarry@aol.com

    60 year pin 1959-2019
    Racing slot cars in America
    USRA 2019 member
    IRRA, ISRA/USA, Hardbodies 1/24 &
    1/32 - Great Lakes Slot Car Club
    retired raceway owner 1992-2007
    Omni/Cidex service center

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2014
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    Thank you everyone. I pulled the trigger. Went Digital 132. I think I have no chance of the Pixar cars going unused. Such a good deal at $340. Although if they get into it I have a feeling I'll spend much more.

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