UGEARS makes a whole range of wooden, self-assembly mechanical contraptions that are a wonder to build and an even bigger wonder to behold. They are both intricate puzzles and a great display piece. While all of the UGEARS models are really interesting, even the simplest ones, the UGEARS 460 Locomotive with Tender is by far the most fascinating.
Like the rest of the range, the UGEARS 460 Locomotive with Tender is made entirely from high quality plywood board parts. The parts fit together without the need for glue. The parts are highly precise as they are cut using a laser cutter.
The models are similar to the wooden 3D model puzzles that you might have seen before but the similarity ends there. The UGEARS models have intricate mechanical systems that actually work and are so much more interesting than the static models. The locomotive model is powered by rubber bands which you wind up using a dial at the back of the locomotive engine. The locomotive measures 12 x 3.9 x 4.9 in when completed while the tender measures 6.3 x 3.5 x 4.5 in.
The amount of detail is astonishing with a retractable ladder and hatch doors on the tender car that actually opens. The wheels have working pistons that function just like the real thing. Although this model has over 400 parts, you should be able to complete the assembly in a single seating.
The locomotive runs on a wooden track and when fully wound up, it can travel as far as 5m (15 feet). Additional tracks can be purchased separately as can a wooden railway platform that pairs up nicely with the locomotive model.
The model comes with step-by-step, full-color, really easy to follow instructions. No tools are necessary but you may need a small knife to help remove the individual parts from the board.
The UGEARS 460 Locomotive with Tender makes the perfect gift for anyone who enjoy puzzles or putting together models. It makes a great learning tool for those who are interested to learn about mechanical gears and how they work.
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