You just need to take a look at the box of the Meccano Corvette to know, this is a very cool kit indeed! In fact, so cool that it is possibly lost on some kids! Yes, this could definitely be a grown-up toy!
This model kit is in fact quite complex. Don’t be fooled into thinking, just because it has ‘age 10+’ on the box that your 10-year old will sit nicely at the dining table and put together a spectacular racing car. I’m afraid that wasn’t true in our house anyway.
If our experience is anything to go by, you can expect frustrations, dropped pieces, and ultimately being left to finish the model yourself. Oh, except for the wheels – the kids will definitely want to do the wheels. And the stickers, of course! So, all of the bits which make the car look like a car really. The kids will want in on that deal!
Meccano can be a tricky thing to put together. It’s not so much the instructions – they are extremely comprehensive and even give a life-sized guide for the different sized screws to use. My kids can follow quite complex instructions for putting together Lego, for example, so intricate instructions aren’t such a problem (step by step getting ready for school, now that’s another story! Maybe we should draw a coloured guide for that?!). Anyway, the tricky part seems to be in the ‘fiddly’ putting together of screws and nuts. The tools supplied in the kit are really helpful, but it does require some dexterity and a lot of patience.
Surprisingly for such an impressive-looking model, I didn’t think the kit was that difficult. Pieces of the chassis were quite large, and I certainly found it easier than the last Meccano kit we did (but maybe I’m an expert now!). Some of the pieces were flexible plastic to give a more curved look, and some called for little plastic pegs to join pieces, rather than the difficult metal screws. I’ll be honest, if the whole kit was made up of these, it would be a lot more user-friendly (although probably not as stable).
On the whole, I didn’t mind doing this model, and although it looked daunting from the box, once we got into it, it wasn’t too bad. I did go wrong in one part, putting a curved strip curving the wrong way, which meant I couldn’t fasten the bottom of the windscreen in, but I just tucked it in. Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone! I just didn’t have the heart to undo all of my subsequent work to go back to that part and put it right.
The kids helped in finding the pieces, and as I mentioned, finishing off, so it was a nice joint family activity. They are certainly very impressed with the result, and will also treasure it because they know how much work went into creating it, which is more than can be said for many children’s toys these days. I would recommend the Meccano Corvette for older children, or as a joint activity with parents.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Meccano Corvette as a review item, but all opinions (and mistakes!) are entirely unbiased and our own.
The Meccano Corvette is one of a series of ‘supercar’ models, including the Lamborghini and Ferrari. It retails at approx. £29.99. (affiliate link – prices correct June 2017)
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