Meccano Red Acrobatics
- 212 parts
- Instruction booklet and tools included
- 8 years & up
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212 parts. Instruction booklet and tools included. 8 years & up
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That lasted about five minutes, until it became clear that, following the very first step of the instructions, getting the parts to fit together properly was going to be a challenge - the design is such that some parts have to be bent fairly forcefully to get them to fit, and that other parts will bend whether or not you want them to! This carried on for the next couple of hours - at one point I was forced to dismantle several previous stages to get a new component to fit, as it seemed physically impossible to do what the instructions suggested in the correct order. I'm a professional engineer and an experienced user of hand tools, but on several occasions I despaired of actually being able to get the nuts onto the relevant screws in tiny confined spaces while simultanously holding together 4 parts that were under tension and trying to spring apart...
The resulting model looks very impressive, and you are certainly left with a sense of achievement, but the process of building is rather more frustrating than I remember with the Meccano of my youth. The box says for ages 8 and up - I would strongly advise that giving this to an 8 year old will result in disappointment, followed by Dad having to build it for him, with the prospect of said 8-year-old learning a lot of interesting new words from Dad in the process...
Although the box says it's for 8 years+ it still took him a while to put it together - James May has a lot to answer for!
Overall he really enjoyed putting it together as it was a real blast from the past.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was tricky to assemble for my adult son so would be very challenging for an 8 year old. Some parts, particularly the canopy, don't fit correctly.Published on 28 Dec. 2013 by Mrs. D. A. Brown
Just what my husband wanted for Christmas and it looks good when finished and does not take up too much space.Published on 16 Feb. 2013 by Pauline
Bought for an Adult who builds aeroplanes for real,maybe because parts are small it took along time,but he enjoyed it.A child would find it hardPublished on 26 Nov. 2012 by dolittle