Friday, 13 December 2013

The Alternative Evolution - Part 1

An Introduction

It was about this time last year that Meccano started to release details of the new Evolution range of sets that were officially launched at the London Toy Fair in January. See HERE. It looks like new additions to the range will be announced at the toy fair this year, if not before. As soon as I hear anything I will let you know.

The smallest set in the range is the 5201
By now most of you will have seen the models built up and read all sorts of reports on them. These seem to be the box-art models for which the instructions are included. For every set there is an alternative instruction manual available online at Meccano's Website HERE. When you get to the download page click on the picture of the model you want to build and the instructions are downloaded, as a PDF, that you can read from the screen or print off if you prefer. I use a small laptop to view the PDF on the screen as I build. The alternative models are shown on the bottom of the boxes.

The back of the box shows the alternative model
Over the next few weeks we intend to build these alternative models and discuss the vast range of new parts these sets offer. The main feature of these sets is the ¼ inch hole spacing featured on all the narrow strips. But there is a lot more to consider. A whole range of plastic gears, a new 3-6V motor and much, much more. I am sure these sets will be like a red rag to a bull as far as the traditionalists are concerned but there will be others  who like them. Akin to Marmite, you will either love them or hate them. Me? I like Marmite! Sue is yet to decide but she is far more interested in the possible use for the new new parts in different ways and will be looking at the quality of finish.

We will start with the smallest set and work our way through the range - it should be fun. Don't miss anything, sign up for the latest news e-mail at the top left of this page.


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