At 69 I am not really into updating a Facebook or Twitter account so at Christmas I usually buy some sort of challenge, jig saw, model,etc to keep me sane, and away from the distractions of eating too much, watching hours of drivel repeat TV and so on.
As I said, I like a challenge, but must admit that even I was somewhat taken aback by the size of the box that arrived from Amazon.
I actually thought, my god, what have I done. This model is NOT cheap, in fact my wife thought I had lost my marbles, but , I always wanted a Unimog even a model one.
Briefly, it took me approx 30 hours to assemble the model, spread over 3 weeks.
it is huge!! but everything works fine and I am delighted with it. The plastic parts are of excellent quality and everything went together without problems
I have assembled many models over the years(started with Airfix Messerchmidts in the late 50,s) so I am not a beginner.
However, I have never constructed a Lego model of this size and cost before and therefore started with some trepidation One thing that is at the forefront of your mind IS the cost.!! Failure is not an option .
Based on my experience, I would offer the following advice to anyone thinking of buying this kit.
1) in my view it is only suitable for experienced modellers, i.e., don't buy this as your first Lego kit.
2) Work on a well lit table and only construct one module at a time --there are 5modules and 5 books. Ideally, you should be able to leave your work station as it ,is rather than have to clear up and put out the parts every time.
3) READ the books and particularly make sure that the gear trains are assembled in the correct order, its easy to get it wrong (some of the gear wheel parts look very similar) . If you do get it wrong , you will only find out at the end when it does'nt work which will be VERY frustrating and will then be one hell of a job to sort out.
My experience was that despite sometimes thinking the part was not in the bag after a search, it was always there. make sure its not on the floor!!
4) Take your time. Putting this together is supposed to be satisfying .its not a race. !!
Was I satisfied?
Very much so, There are 2400 parts and putting them altogether in the right order is a satisfying challenge. It looks a great model, everyone has admired it, even my wife .
So whats stopping you buying one.