Wow...I was going to be giving this to my nephew as a present, but when it arrived I couldn't resist opening it and playing with it myself. It was simply fantastic! I thought I would put it together from just the picture on the front of the box; I failed. I can say, however, that the instructions that came with it were very good. After following those, the models looked exactly as they do on the front of the box.
As for my nephew, he got a stick, some string and half a dozen conkers. What he doesn't know won't hurt him.