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Would not buy again
on 17 October 2014
I purchased this for my grandson’s 4th birthday - we were initially very pleased with it and he was able to follow the diagram sequenced instructions and manipulate the small parts, screwdriver etc. with minimal help. There are 3 models described in the enclosed colour booklet and a further 3 available to download in colour from the meccano website.
I have three complaints firstly there are only enough pieces to make the models according to the instructions and no spares for those children who would like to make modifications or use their imagination to attempt their own designs. Secondly some parts are not fit for purpose - in particular the yellow square “nut” parts that are fixed with a yellow slotted “bolt”. The small plastic lugs on the nuts are so small and the plastic so brittle than even the pressure of normal fixing very quickly snaps off the one of the lugs making the part impossible to gain a secure fix with. Any part of the construction that is under any tension - for example when the blue rubber wing shaped components are used - cannot be fixed securely with the yellow nut / bolt devices. A simple threaded screw would have been preferable. Grandson’s birthday was 1st October - by 14th October all by two of these components are broken making it impossible to construct any of the models securely.
I would make the point that the meccano has been used each time under the supervision of either my husband or myself, and there was no undue force or improper use.
Finally it is not possible to add to this set and buy additional parts to make different models - so there is no longer lasting appeal.
I would not recommend this toy in its current form for those reasons.