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    Who here is getting the Model Railroader Dream Plan Build DVD Series in the mail? I believe they send them to you only if you subscribe to the magazine, but im not sure

    I got the first one a while back, watched it, thought it was okay, decided to keep it, forgot i had it and forgot to pay for it for a few months (whoops) :lolol: then paid for it (was only $9.95) and then just got the second DVD in the series, Volume II. Both have come with a medal with trains from the past and the "Model Railroader Dream, Plan, Build" words on them, there kinda neat i guess. This time i got the DVD, a new medal, and a display stand for the metals. Its pretty cool, i now have the first 2 medals and the first 2 DVD's from the series

    But i went on to read it, and this DVD, Volume II is twice the price as Volume I, being $19.95 and there sticking you for the shipping this time to ship it to you which is $4.75 to ship the display stand. I could have done without it, and just got the DVD and medal, but i guess its kinda cool

    Letter says, keep it for 21 days, if you dont like it, return in the pre-paid envelope. If you want to keep it, you send payment in the pre-paid envelope. So if i want to keep this one, and keep getting the rest of the series, along with each new metal, i have to pay $24.95 for Volume II. Something which i have not decided if it is worth as of this time. I do want to keep receiving future Dream, Plan, Build DVD's but im just not sure its worth $24.95. Im really hoping if i continue to receive future DVD's by paying for Volume II, that they will be less then $19.95.

    Well i guess ill watch it and see what i think, maybe delay for a few months like Volume I LOL

    Anyone else get these?
    Josh Mader
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    I got the first one also, and then moved and forgot about getting it until just now lol. Maybe I should pay for mine and get another one also, lol.
    I did rip a copy of it and give the copy away to a friend. I hope I don't get into trouble for that, lol.
    TB

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThoroughBreed View Post
    I got the first one also, and then moved and forgot about getting it until just now lol. Maybe I should pay for mine and get another one also, lol.
    I did rip a copy of it and give the copy away to a friend. I hope I don't get into trouble for that, lol.
    LOL hey Eric, good to see you over here

    If you send in the payment for the first one, they will send you the second one a few weeks later, thats what they did for me, and i sent the payment prolly 4 months after i got the first one LOL
    Josh Mader
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    Guys, be advised that the D-P-B DVD series must simply be going through yet another mailing cycle, as the program actually started several years ago but initially included only a small segment of MR's readership. I'm aware of at least 3 or 4 cycles of the program up until now.

    Anyway, the $24.95 price is what it costs for all the DVDs after number one. Their overall usefullness generally depends on how far along in the hobby you are...beginners probably get more out of them than experienced guys. Be advised that the first dozen or so DVDs include large recycled segments of the PBS program series Tracks Ahead, along with some new modeling material.

    Later, you will start also receiving DVDs addressing more specific subject matter, like modern diesels, certain railroads, using DCC, etc. I consider the DVD regarding layout operations the best hobby-related DVD of the entire series but I'm sure others will have a different choice.

    Copies seem to come at about 4-6 week intervals once you are in the program and I think this is what killed it for a lot of folks. I would also point out that, at least up until recently, if you returned more than one of the DVDs you'd likely be dropped from the program. Good luck with your choice of whether to participate or not.

    NYW&B

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    I got the first dvd a few months ago. It had some helpful tips, some not so helpful, but i found it all intersting. If you are looking for a cheaper way watch ebay for awhile. I have seen 9 of the dvds go for 65 bucks.

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    Phew, I think I'll just buy Joe's DVD's...
    Josh

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    I like the layouts they show on the disc, but some of the workshops on it are good also. The one on painting the background, skyline, is good.
    TB

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYW&B View Post
    Guys, be advised that the D-P-B DVD series must simply be going through yet another mailing cycle, as the program actually started several years ago but initially included only a small segment of MR's readership. I'm aware of at least 3 or 4 cycles of the program up until now.

    Anyway, the $24.95 price is what it costs for all the DVDs after number one. Their overall usefullness generally depends on how far along in the hobby you are...beginners probably get more out of them than experienced guys. Be advised that the first dozen or so DVDs include large recycled segments of the PBS program series Tracks Ahead, along with some new modeling material.

    Later, you will start also receiving DVDs addressing more specific subject matter, like modern diesels, certain railroads, using DCC, etc. I consider the DVD regarding layout operations the best hobby-related DVD of the entire series but I'm sure others will have a different choice.

    Copies seem to come at about 4-6 week intervals once you are in the program and I think this is what killed it for a lot of folks. I would also point out that, at least up until recently, if you returned more than one of the DVDs you'd likely be dropped from the program. Good luck with your choice of whether to participate or not.

    NYW&B
    Hey thanks for all the info

    I watched Volume II and i did like it. The layouts were okay, im more of a modern modeler, but it was cool to see the older layouts too. Some of the stuff was useful to me, and ill go back when im going to paint the rails and such like that.

    I still have not decided if i will pay for this one or not yet, im not sure that $24.95 a pop is worth it, especially since i have heard that there are like 13 or 14 of them lol. But im sure i will pay for this one and keep the series going lol
    Josh Mader
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    I got the first one more than a year ago, paid for it & they never sent another one. $25 seems a bit steep considering you can buy a top Hollywood movie in which they pay the actors millions each for the same price.
    I realize it's a smaller volume operation, but each copy probably costs them 50c or so & I don't think they pay the "actors" millions.....probably just part of thier job. I just shipped a CD in a heavy cardboard box for a little over $2.00 Jerry

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    I have every DPB video since they started making them and I have about 20 or 30 of them. I must say that I have more money than time so I just keep buying them. Some of them are very usefull and fun. Some are boring. I think I will make copies and sell the entire series on E-Bay at some point. $24.95 is very steep in price for some of them. The instructual ones cost more to produce but the ones on the different railroads are just sombodys video camera work.....and not that interesting. They should vary the price. $14.00 would be a better price point in this weird economic time.

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