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A good challenge. I will need to glue on the two triangle-ish pieces by the pistons, but otherwise solid. I was hoping to find some cars to go with it, but haven't found any. It wouldn't be able to pull the cars as the spring is barely strong enough to push itself. I have to nudge it to get it going. However, if the spring were anymore powerful it would probably break the wood. I gave it 3 stars for "Easy to Assemble" because it is a challenge... which is what I wanted. So, 5 stars for good challenge. You have to really pay attention to how the gears align. But the instructions are very clear and even include links to how-to videos. Very well thought out!
Was fun to build, even for an old guy with shaky hands and one eye like me. Well designed kit, metal wind up spring drive, stainless steel axles, quality wood, excellent laser cutting and good instructions. Instruction book includes QR code for some steps. Would like to build more of these ROKR kits as my budget will allow. You'll enjoy it and it would make a great gift. Please note that a rookie might struggle a little with assembly but than again that's where the fun comes into play.
This model (puzzle) was beautifully designed with incredible accuracy and functionality. The laser cutting of the plywood parts was very accurate and removal from the sheets was easily accomplished as long as you exercised patience and proceeded cautiously. I rated the kit as a five of five overall, while I would rate the instruction booklet as a four of five. Read the ENTIRE instruction booklet carefully and then review each step before assembling the parts and you will be successful. A suggestion I would offer, would be to generously lubricate all of the moving wooden parts (gears - slides) once the model is completed. I used Liquid Wrench Dry lubricant sprayed generously over all of the moving parts, and the entire model performed flawlessly. This spray lubricant goes on wet, drys fast, doesn't leave an oily residue, doesn't color or warp the wood at all.
This was absolute fun to put together! ididn't break any parts punching them out of the boards. I stained the boards with a dark expresso stain ,then added details with craft paint.I like the strong clock spring motor. It chugs nicely across the hardwood floor. Needed to use a little glue in a few places. Assembly Diagrams weren't as pictoral as ugears hurdy gurdy i put together previously.All in all , i would recommend it to anyone who enjoys such challenges.
This was insanely fun to put together. There are a lot of small pieces so 1) be careful not to lose them and 2) consider the risks before assembling with smaller kids around (plenty of choking hazards in this kit).The train moves faster and more smoothly the more effort is put into construction. Best way to ensure efficient locomotion is by carefully sanding rough edges on gears and making sure the coiled leaf spring that drives the gear mechanism operates smoothly before you install it (you cant ever get to it again without disassembling most of the train).This was an awesome kit to put together, highly recommended.One last suggestion: DO NOT OVERWIND THE TRAIN. This was done on mine and the threads on the winding arm stripped out, making it impossible to wind up again (remember what I said about how difficult it is to get to this part wafter assembly). I could get around this issue by just spinning the wheels in reverse to wind up (which takes forever due to the differentLy transmitted gear ratios at the wheels vs the winding arm). Luckily I was able to use Blue Loctite to glue the winding arm back on without any other problems... but I had to get a little creative to correct my foolish mistake.
This is a moderately challenging puzzle and loads of fun! When you're done, you've got a really beautiful display of kinetic art and a good conversation piece. The instructions were pretty good, and I had no trouble getting it together. Here's a tip on assembling - they give you plenty of wax, so use it on all parts that slide together - you'll be glad you did! However, the spring drive mechanism stopped working after the first try, and I suspect the ratchet gear broke - it's pretty fragile. I wrote the company to ask if they had suggestions, but they communicate only through Facebook. But it's still quite a show when it rolls - all the gears move and the smokestack rotates!
We got this for our 11 year old grandson. Even though it said for 14+, he was able to build it with initial help to get started and then independently. He has put together complicated LEGO sets in the past so he is used to the level of difficulty. If your child is comfortable with Legos and reading detailed directions it will be fine. Plan on getting him another one at Christmas.
The wooden steam engine model made by ROKR is called a “3D Puzzle Kit.” I completed without great difficulty it over the span of two days. The model is made from laser cut wood parts that need to be punched out (carefully) from eight large flat wooden panels. The individual parts are labeled by board and number. There is no glue used, the pieces are all pressed together (again carefully.)The model is fairly large at 14 inches long, 9 1/2 inches high and 2 inches wide. It weighs almost 3 pounds. The instructions are detailed and, for the most part, are easy to follow. Where there are unclear issues, they can be resolved through several on line videos that show the construction of the model in detail.Considering that it isn’t glued, the model holds together very well and can be easily moved from place -to-place. It has a spring driven wind up motor, but I have locked the wheels as I built it as a display piece and I really don’t want it to move. The spring motor has been built inside just in case I ever change my mind.I found the assembly to be interesting and great fun (although it’s a bit hard on the fingers to press together all those parts.) The model is intended for older teenagers and adults. I would not expect a young child to built it without adult supervision.
My husband is into puzzles. I hate them. I gave this to him as an anniversary gift and he went straight to work. He loved putting it together and commented on how well it was made and how exactly the pieces fit together. The final result is amazing. Truly a show piece and people are wowed when he brings it out to show