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  • Build your own motorized vehicles and machines
  • Unique six button infrared remote control
  • Three motors can be combined to make complex vehicles and machines in numerous configurations
  • Assemble up to 10 models
  • Kit comes with everything you need.For any further queries please contact Thames & Kosmos Technical Support Number @ 800-587-2872 .
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  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 11.5 x 3.1 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B003KYXAQO
  • Item model number: 555004
  • Our recommended age: 8 - 12 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,551 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
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Remote Control Machines

Build your own motorized vehicles and machines and control them with a wireless remote control unit. A unique six-button infrared remote allows you to control three different motors simultaneously, moving each of them forward or in reverse, with easy-to-activate touch sensors. The three motors can be combined to make complex vehicles and machines in numerous configurations limited only by your imagination. Assemble 10 models demonstrating different ways in which the motors can be used including a bulldozer, car, three-wheeler, crane, antique car, plow, folding car, formula one racer, three-blade dozer, and robotic arm. After you have built the models in the instructions, you can design your own remote control creations.

Build 10 remote control models including a robot and an antique car
Robot Claw and Antique Car
Build 10 remote control models including a formula car and a folding car
Formula Car and Folding Car
Build 10 remote control models including multiple bulldozers
Bulldozer 1 and Bulldozer 2
Build 10 remote control models including another bulldozer and a three-wheeler
Bulldozer and Three-Wheeler
Build 10 remote control models including a crane and a simple car
Crane and Car
Remote Control Machines comes with 182 pieces, a 6 button touch sensitive remote control device and a 48 page instruction manual.
Full Kit Contents

The kit comes with three motors, remote control unit, battery holder, and building blocks. Collaborate with your fellow junior engineers to build fantastic and functional remote-control creations. The 48-page color instruction book included in this kit gives illustrated step-by-step instructions for the models to help children learn through play and develop their mechanical understanding, creative thinking skills, and hand-eye coordination. The 182 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:
  • 182 pieces
  • 48-page Instruction Booklet
  • 10 Different Models
  • Includes 3 motors and a 6-button touch sensitive remote control
  • Ages 8 to 14

From the Manufacturer

Build your own motorized vehicles and machines and control them with a wireless remote control unit. A unique six-button infrared remote allows you to control three different motors simultaneously, moving each of them forward or in reverse, with easy-to-activate touch sensors. The three motors can be combined to make complex vehicles and machines in numerous configurations limited only by your imagination. Assemble ten models demonstrating different ways in which the motors can be used including a bulldozer, car, three-wheeler, crane, antique car, plow, folding car, formula one racer, three-blade dozer, and robotic arm. After you have built the models in the instructions, you can design your own remote control creations. The kit comes with three motors, remote control unit, battery holder, and building pieces, 48 page color instruction book, and 182 building pieces.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend it as a fun and learning toy.
grandmother of 3
It is well made and the instructions were clear enough for him to build on his own with no help from an adult.
BigKid
High quality material and very well thought out.
Ambika N. Sukla

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By mother and teacher on January 3, 2011
My 10 year old son received this set for Christmas and built his first rc machine within the first 10 minutes. He did not even have to follow the the plan book that came with the set. The set comes with a variety of building parts, three motors and a touch pad remote. I would recommend this set to any parent who has a child interested in construction and science. This set will not only entertain your child, but foster their imagination and creativity as well.
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119 of 132 people found the following review helpful By BV on January 2, 2013
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My 8yr old loves LEGOS, robots, remote control items, and building things so I thought this would go over well. However, it only was played with for about an hour. He put together two of the templates rather quickly and moved on to other things and has not played with it since.

I tinkered around with it myself and I think the issue is LEGO owners have different expectations. This kit is not intuitive as to how things attach and fit together. There are also limitations on how you can assemble your own creations since some pieces need secondary connectors and you are limited by both quantity of connectors and where they fit.

If you kid is an advanced LEGO fan, use the money towards the motors and controlers that LEGO supplies and you will have much more possibilities.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Drei Dreizehn on July 19, 2011
Our 10-year old grandson really enjoyed this birthday present. He built several models and played with it throughout our entire 1 1/2 day visit. He commented that he really liked the 3 motors and the remote control, a key reason why we picked this for him. He had no trouble following the pictorial building directions on his own, but hadn't shown any particular interest in the explanatory learning material (like how gears work) while we were there.

I was disappointed that the robotic arm was almost too heavy for the motor to lift. Several times the lift mechanism came apart when trying to lift the arm from a full-down position, and the motor really strained when lifting it. I think a counter-balance on the arm would solve this problem. It worked fine otherwise, but had limited function as a stationary unit (he didn't notice). I think it could be significantly improved by adding drive and steering capabilities.

Same for the crane. Drive and steering capabilities would be a major improvement here too. This limitation might reduce the long-term interest in some of the models.

Otherwise, a good construction/learning toy we'd buy again!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Faramarz Rabii on December 9, 2012
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This is a nice educational kit. I gave it to my 10 year old daughter recently. It uses plastic parts and plastic gears and snap-on parts. No screws or bolts are used. This has the advantage of being simple to build but the disadvantage that machines do not work well. The cars are fine but things that use lots of gears and specially those that put stress on gears tend to fail. The Robotic Arm is a good example. The gears that lift the arm up and down too flimsy to handle the weight of the fully extended arms. I was initially disappointed but then realized this is a good opportunity to teach my daughter how things break. It demonstrates the principle of levers very well. Because the gears handle the arm when the hands are pulled in but fail when the hands are extended. If I reinforce the gears buy holding them tight with my hands I can show how to compensate for the additional strain. So while the arm is not practical as a robotic arm it is very practical as a tool to show how they work and where the stress points are.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dale DePriest on November 28, 2014
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This was a great purchase for my grandkids. I will be buying more of these. It can be a collection of various models that share parts. I particularly liked the fact that this particular one allowed the child to control everything using a wireless remote control to operate any of the 3 different motors included in the kit. This particular set allows building any one of ten different models with the selections intended to be done in order so the child will be successful and gain more experience before they tackle the most difficult ones. All are vehicles until the very last one which is a robotic arm which is also likely the most complex. There was a problem with this last model in that occasionally the arm would drop due to the weight of the arm itself plus it load. I fixed this with the addition shown in the accompanying picture where I added three extra left over parts to stabilize the gear.

The instructions were mostly just pictures with small lines showing where the part gets inserted. There are lots of holes in these beams so it is easy for the child to choose the wrong hole if they are not careful. A little guidance will help the child to be more detail oriented to be successful. There are 3 motors and can be inserted backwards easily. I would suggest that the parent add an arrow as to the direction the motor turns using a marking pen to help the child get it right. In particular the 2nd car has two motors that need to turn in the same direction. Although an interesting exercise is to intentionally reverse one motor and notice how much more difficult it is to control the car (ergonomics training). A few more detailed pictures would have helped the child get the project built the first time but the parent can certainly help with the repair and successful conclusion if needed.
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