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Thames & Kosmos Air + Water Power


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  • Pneumatic hydraulic engines
  • Build your own models powered by air and water pressure
  • Construct 15 models
  • Compete with your friends to see whose water jet propelled car and hydro pneumo car goes the farthest
  • Kit comes with everything you need
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a marble. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 11.5 x 3.1 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Taiwan
  • ASIN: B003KZ0Q4C
  • Item model number: 555001
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,777 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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Build your own models powered by air and water pressure to learn about the laws of physics. This unique kit allows you to build two different air-and-water-powered systems: water-jet propelled cars and hydro-pneumo (which simply means air pressure and water pressure) powered engines. The hydro-pneumo system uses a self-contained air-and-water turbine system as a motor. Construct 15 models including a truck, excavator, radar car, tank, antique car, helicopter, motorbike, backhoe, rocket car, forklift, roadster, propeller plane, grinder, and cutting machine. The water-jet propelled cars aare a fun outdoor activity, while the self-contained hydro-pneumo powered models are fun both indoors and out. Compete with your friends to see whose water-jet propelled car and hydro-pneumo car goes the fastest!

Build 15 air and water powered models including a lift and a heavy motor bike
Heavy Motor Bike and Lift
Build 15 air and water powered models including a detective car and a rocket car
Detective Car and Rocket Car
Build 15 air and water powered models including a tank and an excavator
Excavator and Tank
Build 15 air and water powered models including a grinder and another detective car
Grinder and Detective Car
Build 15 air and water powered models including power tools and construction vehicles
Construction Vehicles and Power Tools
Includes everything you need to build 15 different models.
Full Kit Contents

The 48-page color instruction book included in this kit illustrates the step-by-step assembly of each model and related principles so that children learn through playing. The 165 building pieces included in this set are compatible with those in all Thames & Kosmos Construction Series kits, Physics Series kits, Wind Power, and Hydropower kits.

Features:
  • Build 15 pneumatic and hydraulic models
  • 165 pieces
  • 48 pages instruction booklet
  • Learn about air and water pressure

From the Manufacturer

Pneumatic Hydraulic Engines. Build your own models powered by air and water pressure to learn about the laws of physics. This unique kit allows you to build two different air and water powered systems: water jet propelled cars and hydro pneumo (which simply means air pressure and water pressure) powered engines. The hydro pneumo system uses a self contained air and water turbine system as a motor. Construct 15 models including a truck, excavator, radar car, tank, antique car, helicopter, motorbike, backhoe, rocket car, forklift, roadster, propeller plane, grinder and cutting machine. The water jet propelled cars are a fun outdoor activity, while the self contained hydro pneumo powered models are fun both indoors and out. Compete with your friends to see whose water jet propelled car and hydro pneumo car goes the farthest. 48 page color instruction book. 165 building pieces

Customer Reviews

This is a great kit and much fun for the kid.
Christopher
This kit worked well as a family project and we look forward to building more models.
Jack
The item appears to be of good quality and I think it will hold up well.
Matthew Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jack on October 8, 2011
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We bought this for our 5 yr old son knowing we would be doing a lot of the work of putting it together. DS loves to know how things work and was absolutely thrilled to receive this kit.

We have only owned it for a short time, but I feel like I should still comment.

Pros:
-The pieces and hoses fit together snugly, so it doesn't fall apart every 5 seconds
-Excellent teaching tool for learning about compressed air
-15 different models to build
-Ran 30-40 ft using water in "truck" mode on level driveway (3rd model)

Cons:
-The pictures in the instruction book are tiny (I copied them at 150% and it was much easier to work from)
-The gasket comes off of the smaller blue "wheel" constantly in "truck" mode (I'll probably super glue it)

The little red pieces were hard for my son to put in by himself. I do not say that negatively, as I know this is meant for older kids. This kit worked well as a family project and we look forward to building more models. Overall, I would purchase it again.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kathy B. on February 27, 2013
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My 8-year-old saved his money to buy this and was very excited when it arrived right as he got home from school. By bed time he was in tears because the thing is junk. The plastic is so cheap it snaps with normal use. (I took pictures to add to this listing.) He wasn't even able finish putting together one model.

One reviewer stated that the pump on theirs broke (yet still gave the item 4 stars?). We didn't even get far enough into assembly to try the pump, but if it had broken too the entire kit would be useless. We had high hopes for this kit, it looks like it could be so much fun, but it isn't well made and only made my child frustrated and disappointed.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jfw_phd on January 20, 2011
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I purchased this toy for my 7 year old nephew this past Christmas. He absolutely loved it! He wanted to start building one of the car designs right away. When we finished it, we took it outside and ran it. This thing can really move. The next day we build one of the stationary designs that uses more gears and plastic chains like a drive train. I found out a couple weeks later that he took the toy to school for show and tell, and the class went nuts over it. Apparently the school is now going to buy some of the toys to use in class as a teaching tool. I highly recommend this toy for any child who loves to build and tinker.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Roberts on August 10, 2013
The educational value and fun is there, but I had many problems with this set.

1. Very Fragile. Pieces were cracking while fitting them together or taking them apart.
2. Tiny and vague instructions.
3. A little difficult to put together and take apart.
4. The rubber band "tires" for the wheels do not like to stay on the wheels.

I would like to buy more from this company, but I was deterred by the overall quality of this set.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JOANN THRASHER on March 21, 2013
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I bought this for my 9-year-old grandson's birthday. I had previously given him a Circuit Breaker set for Christmas which he absolutely loved. I thought this would be in the same category, but he found it more intricate. Maybe the problem was that the instructions are very small and difficult to see the how the pieces fit together. It would be better if the instructions were magnified.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KJeffNC on January 1, 2013
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This product is not very user friendly for children, my 12 year old had to have his 17 year old brother help him get this to work and even then the pressure was so low that it did not work very well. I am glad I did not pay the full price some retailers ask for this product. We also bought the solar powered kit but have not tried it yet to see if it is any better. Don't waste your money.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Wesley Aven on June 1, 2011
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The kit is very well made and my grand daughter and I had fun working with it but found that the pumps pressure valve takes some care to make it work properly. Guess the kit does require adult help.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Educator on July 22, 2011
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I bought this for my 8 year old nephew. He loves creating projects and science. The Thames & Kosmos Air + Water Power couldn't have been more perfect. He has created all kinds of wonderful projects. He loves it. So do I.
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