Meccano Erector Super Construction 25-in-1 Building Set, 638 Parts, for Ages 10+, Steam Education Toy
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- 25 BUILDING MODELS - Let your child build 1 of 25 different construction vehicles (models can be built one at a time). Parts can be used to rebuild a helicopter, a buggy crane and much more or kids can mix match pieces for an original design.
- REAL WORKING VEHICLE - Build a motorized crane and bring it to life with the 6V electrical motor. Play with its rotary body and extendable hook!
- STEM TOY: For over a hundred years, Meccano has been promoting children's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning as they build and play
- The Meccano Super Construction Set is made for children ages 8+.
- Includes: 640 + parts, 6V electrical motor, 1 carrying plastic case with storage compartments, 2 real tools, 1 instruction sheet
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Erector by Meccano
Super Construction 25-in-1 Building Set
Engage your imagination and build a miniature marvel of engineering with the Erector by Meccano Super Construction 25-in-1 Building Set. Recommended for ages 10 and up, this building kit invites kids to work with authentic tools, experiment with real metal parts, and refine their engineering skills. The kit comes with 638 pieces, ergonomic tools, and a real 6-volt electric motor, giving your aspiring engineer everything he or she needs to create a wide variety of motorized creations--including a crane, a helicopter, and a broadcasting vehicle. And with 25 different building possibilities, this versatile kit can be disassembled and reassembled into exciting new variations time and time again.
At a Glance:
- Building set lets kids create a working motorized crane
- Versatile kit contains 638 pieces for an array of vehicle design variations
- Authentic metal parts and tools deliver a real taste of engineering
- Made for kids aged 10 and up
Designed to Cultivate Interest in STEAM
A perfect choice for inquisitive minds, Erector by Meccano products can stimulate the imagination and encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) learning. Each Erector set provides a brain-teasing, rewarding experience that yields an enormous sense of accomplishment. From basic mechanics to high-tech robotics and beyond, there is a wide array of invaluable skills for kids to discover while experimenting with these inventive creation systems.
Building Toys-and Bonds-Together
Erector sets have a generations-long track record of bringing children and parents together. Whether you’re guiding your young explorer through the building process or simply lending an occasional helping hand, these sets are a perfect family bonding activity that deliver just the right balance of challenge and fun.
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Explore The Possibilities
Build, rebuild and create with the Meccano Super Construction Set! Each metal construction system unlocks endless possibilities as you use 2 real tools to build a variety of functioning vehicles. Build your motorized crane and bring it to life with the power of a 6V electrical motor! Play with its rotary body and extendable hook! Take it all apart and rebuild 24 other motorized models including a Helicopter, Buggy and more! Easily store all of your parts and tools in the plastic carrying case. It’s a 25-in-1 motorized construction set with 638 pieces to inspire limitless imagination as your child builds and develops their motor skills. The future is yours to build with Meccano!
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Is it right for your kid? Hard to say. Kids now are so used to computers, and tablets, and phones, and ipods, and XBOX, PS4...BLAH! I'll ljust say this, my 7 year old was not ready for this Erector set.
I knew I'd have to help, but I thought he would be ready for it. He's very smart and figures out computer stuff and games with little or no help. But not so much with the Erector. But it's not all him. The directions included are kind of ridiculous. Have you ever built anything from IKEA? If so, then imagine directions like that, but with electronics, and moving pieces. The directions are bad, and for a kid, good luck. Like I said though, I had a blast. My kid just wan't ready. And now of course he's 10 and not interested.
So the quality of the parts seems pretty good. Not quite what they were 25 years ago, but that's just like anything. There's more plastic now, than there use to be. Still the main construction pieces are metal, and most of the fasteners. There's no real organization of the parts though. Some tupperware pieces or something may be needed to keep things together.
All in all I think it's a good set for the right age child, and depending on what they like to do...what keeps them interested. This toy is time consuming, so if you're child doesn't hold interest long, then it may be in the back of the closet by New Years.
1. Many of the pieces are extremely small (2-3 mm)
2. You must follow the directions to build the items. It's not like Legos where anyone can easily build whatever they want. There are not building blocks, instead flat metal bars that go together with tiny nuts and washers.
3. The instruction manual (which builders are completely dependent on) leaves a lot to be desired. The pages are thin and resolution is poor. NO photographs. You are given one drawing of a very complicated build step - one drawing from one angle.Since you are given drawings, not large macro-photos, often there are visual distortions which make it hard to see which direction a given part goes. There a fine orange lines which show direction but they are really hard to follow when attempting to assemble 4 different parts together in the proper configuration.
4. None of the parts have names so it's impossible to talk about them, refer to them, etc. This makes the kit okay for one person but makes it very hard for two people to communicate. Hand me the hockey- stick shaped metal bar with 6 holes.
5. Way too complicated. In one step, we had nine different parts that were supposed to come together with various length bolts and 2mm nuts. In another example, the plastic battery case has six different plastic parts and again tiny nuts that have to be slid into place and others that are supposed to lie on their sides (not flat) while another plastic piece is placed on top without knocking the little nuts over!
The bolts? One type of bolt may be an inch long, and another 29/32 - get out your ruler because one bolt is 3/32 of an inch shorter than the other.
6. Super tedious. You may have to hold a half a dozen or more parts together in one hand while attempting to thread a bolt through 4 holes with the other.
7. One final example - the battery pack. After wasting 45 minutes trying to put together the plastic battery case (6 different plastic pieces) and staring at the build drawing - one cm by one cm (that's a tiny drawing!) we gave up. I called customer service and while they don't have direct support, he pointed out that there is a more detailed drawing of the battery case on page 5. Wonderful, but am I asking too much for Meccano to say - REFER TO PG 5?
If the parts were much bigger and the manual showed much bigger pictures and higher resolution photos from multiple angles it may be doable.
As is, you will need the fine motor control of a surgeon, infinite patience, extremely high tolerance for frustration and hours to you're willing to spend not building but trying to figure out what you are supposed to do.
I also bought a bridge building set and a K'nex roller coaster. Students love them and there have been ZERO issues with building.
I purchased the Meccano sets for students to 1) Have fun 2) learn to follow directions
Didn't work for me but the company was very helpful and sent us a junior set instead.