|Lots of 'play' value although a little flimsy|
Roll-on roll-off recovery truckIt pains me to say it, but after waiting months for this set I was disappointed with the build experience and the Instructions. There, I've said it. I will point out the specifics as I go. To add balance, I must say, the problem is with the instructions not the parts. I have heard several complaints regarding badly finished off and missing parts. This was not the case for me.
For me, the major interest is the availability of a whole range of new parts that can be incorporated into our building stock. However, that is not the point. If Meccano are going to keep new customers, these models must be build-able straight out of the box. Anything less and the moment has gone, Meccano will not be on the shopping list again. I hate to think how many frustrated and disappointed kids there were around on Christmas day.
There is light at the end of this tunnel. The new owners of Meccano, who inherited all this from the previous owners, have told us they are going to look at this carefully and rectify these mistakes, in the existing manuals, as soon as possible. I would think that will probably be at the next available reprint. They are also going to look at improving the the resolution of the printing, so the black parts do not merge into a mass of black.
That's enough of that here is the buildThe first job is to download the alternative model instructions from the Meccano website. The same applies here, as with the other models we have built in this series, the download is easy and straightforward. The plans can be printed out, but it is far easier to follow them on the screen as they can be enlarged where necessary.
|The bracket for the steering wheel is fitted upside down|
|It all works although it is a bit flimsy|
|The scale of the model is pleasing.|
Previous parts of this story:
Part 3 of Alternative Evolution can be found HERE
Part 2 of Alternative Evolution can be found HERE
Part 1 of Alternative Evolution can be found HERE