UGEARS 3D Puzzles For Adults V-Express Steam Train With
UGEARS 3D Puzzles For Adults V-Express Steam Train With Tender 3D Wooden Puzzle Model Kits for Adults and Teens 3D Puzzle Building Kit Wooden Model Kits
From the brand
UGEARS is a 2014 Ukrainian startup with a growing worldwide reputation for producing unique, self-propelled, wooden mechanical DIY models, puzzle boxes and educational toys. UGEARS models have become a fun and educational hobby for people in 85 countries across 5 continents.
What makes our products unique?
Unlike models with simple static displays, each UGEARS model is capable of a unique range of self-powered movement, using rubber band motors and fascinating systems of gears, flywheels, weights and gravity. There are no batteries or cords—these machines work all on their own!
|Dimensions:||245 x 12 x 12 cm; 200 Grams|
|Material:||Engineered Wood, Wood|
|Age:||14 years and up|
|Dimensions:||245 x 12 x 12 cm; 200 Grams|
|Material:||Engineered Wood, Wood|
It’s most enjoyable building the steam engine it’s so precise time flys by T F
I’ve bought a couple of these Ugears puzzles for my husband and he absolutely loves them. This train was the latest one. There is enough challenge in them to keep him interested in finishing them but not too much that he’s put off completing them. The finished article is stunning and he proudly displays them around the house. They are very good quality and no doubt he’ll be getting some more
I wanted to buy a kit for adults, something that would make my brain think when putting it together. I was a little resistant to get this wooden kit and wanted something made out of metal. BUT I need not have worried, this was a lot of fun putting together, the laser cuts are precise and should you have any accidents, a bit of wood glue will soon put things right. There is a video on Youtube to help you, but once you got use to how it is put together, you won’t need it. Once assembled the elastic band power was forceful enough to make the train move and while this is not a toy, was fun to use. It now looks quite good in my display cabinet. Building the car nex
Its complex not for the beginners you must have knowledge of how to put this wooden train together ,don’t forget to read the booklet that comes with it, please wax everywhere on moving parts otherwise you will b not run the train .wax wax wax ?
Great model to build, took me about 5 nights doing it when the soaps were on the tv.
if you put a little wax on the joints they fit together fine. sometimes a very gentle tap with a small modelers hammer makes it easy to fit together.
After a few small runs on the track to bed everything in it will run the full length of the track on a full wind.
I purchased this item for my dad (who’s 80 years old), he has found it quite hard to do, lots of very small parts.
I gave this train to my pet sitter as a thank you. He is an engineer by trade. He is enjoying the challenge of making the train and likes that it is a project rather than a toy which is made in a couple of hours, such as Meccano sets.
He has found the gears tricky to put together as five elastic bands need to be cited together without twisting or pinging off.
One small piece broke so he is making a replacement piece. They need to be handled with care.
Overall a successful present!
i loved assembling this,
however i broke a few small parts releasing them from the sheet. specifically some bushings and the damn tender coupler, and a few small narrow pieces because the wood was a little too dry from laser burns and some of the narrow parts were lined up with the grain of the template wooden board. – being a bit of a stick in the mud myself I would redo the laser cutting design – but hindsight is great wisdom so i cant criticize what is essentially a bit of genius on behalf of the designers
it took me well in excess of the suggested 15 hours to build this, and i am an experienced and fast builder of this kind of stuff.
one thing though… it is really is difficult to get the moving parts moving freely, and this is essential if you want the train to operate as is is depicted… because there is so much of a tolerance between different assemblies some parts clash , but if you have patience and lots of sanding of burrs on edges and waxing of teeth and shafts and bushes it goes really well.
a few minor errors in the assembly instructions – but minor – if you are undertaking this build you will have no issue identifying the missing bits from the illustrations, but having said that , I cannot recommend strongly enough sticking to the assembly process outlined in the manual…
It took me around 30 hours in total to build this it has around 500 pieces can be a bit fiddly but well worth the effort. If you have trouble following instructions look on YouTube you can watch it being built from start to finish just keep pausing it and coping what the guy on the screen is doing
I really enjoyed building this model and the satisfaction of seeing it run back and forward along the track was the icing on the cake. Yes not easy, yes fiddly and lots of care needed, but the it does say skill, advanced.
Not everything seemed to work as per instructions but a bit of thought got around this. I did manage to break a couple of bits but being wooden a modern glue soon fixed it and added to the satisfaction when seeing it run. Read some of the negative reviews, seems sad when it was such fun. Not sure how to top this one!
Some of the parts are not strong enough. I assembled it all very carefully , but the rubber band section is fraught as the parts are weak. Having overcome you cannot try it until the engine is complete. I then found a part broke in the rubber band nine area. So it will not drive it. This is not really an issue as making it was a lot of fun and enjoy able
I saw the UGears carousel before Christmas and had a spontaneous urge to ask for it as a present. I enjoyed making it so much that I bought this train as an extra present to keep me busy during the latest lockdown. It was a major step up in complexity and has given me many happy (and sometimes frustrating!) hours of ‘busyness’.
A few tips:
1. It is absolutely worth taking your time to wax the moving parts, sand rough edges and cut the little pins (cocktail sticks) accurately. You’ll get a much smoother result and it makes the puzzle last longer, why rush? I think the suggested time of 12 hours to make is probably a good average but it could take considerably longer.
2. Read the instructions VERY carefully, look at the diagrams and check you have the pieces the correct way round at each stage. It’s quite easy to make a mistake and have to backtrack.
3. It probably won’t work immediately. You’ll need to spend some time easing cogs, wheels and other moving parts. I watched a YT video to see what the problems might be and eventually got it working really well, but it took persistence and care.
4. It will really help to have a craft knife (and cutting board) and small lightweight hammer (3oz head or less). You don’t need glue for assembly but I did use a tiny amount to repair a couple of fragile pieces which broke during removal from the wood sheets.
The final result is a beautifully engineered masterpiece, see the video. With all the little details it looks brilliant and friends and family have been very impressed. Finally, if you’re not sure whether this is for you, I’m a 57yr old grandma!
I am not a “modeller”, but I am a keen and decent DIY’er, but I have run out of projects in lockdown, so decided to buy this model for something to do. From the reviews it appeared the best; movement, quality of materials, and the look of the final train.
To start with, I was very impressed with the materials: the parts are securely housed in their respective sheets, but there is a tool provided which makes extraction easy. I was concerned as I built it that there would not be enough rubber bands or toothpicks (the “accessory” items used to secure parts together). But there were plenty, so dont feel you have to skimp !
The instructions were simply brilliant. I have bought many items over the years, but these instructions were as good as any I have seen. All done with wonderfully drawn pictures, in colour, and on glossy paper. Well done uGears!. With these in hand, and a bit of thought you will do it.
As I progressed, I made a schoolboy error in building the “motor” and broke a piece, but lo and behold, there was a replacement part provided (one of about 10 duplicate parts), so I guess I am not the only one to mess that part up!. To avoid a repetition, I went on the internet, and watched some videos of mounting the 16 drive rubber bands, and realised I was using poor technique. Problem solved. I would definitely recommend watching these videos if you are in any doubt.
That was the only real issue … everything else fitted perfectly, and I used wax to ensure I didnt damage anything ( and were I did, through careless “pressure” to mount a part, a bit of glue secured everything)
This was simply a joy to work on and I am delighted with the final model.
Not for the faint hearted, and certainly not a beginners Model build.
My dad is an amazing Model builder so I wanted to get him so that would push his skills far!
This certainly did! It took him a few weeks to complete and he spent about 4 hours a day on it!
He said it was very enjoyable to make and although a few small pieces snapped while he was handling them, he didn’t mind Glueing them together again.
Over-all he was very impressed, and the train runs along the track believe it or not, powered by a rubber band!
Fantastic product we would say. It’s rather expensive but definitely was worth it for my dad who’s stuck at home during Lockdown.
I shall be purchasing another model or this brand for him soo
A good model to make which requires concentration and dexterity. The pre made parts are very fragile and would be good if some of the smaller parts had spares as I have had to repair some of then as the fit was so tight they broke. Eg items no 11 .Also some of the parts split when removing them from the pre made proforma pack. When it is done it will look grea
Sadly this kit being my 8th build has become a disappointment, instruction vary, some incorrect. Plus more errors
Being in lock down due to medical problems, the other kits have been helpfull to pass the time. This has not detured me as number 9 is on floor. Hoping that a marble run clock kit becomes available soon.
Hope this review does not put other buyers off, they are good, sadly not this one.
If you take your time and take care in handling some of the more delicate components this can be a really worthwhile challenge! Some parts of the construction can be really fiddley, particularly fitting the 16 elastic bands for the power assembly. I did have to revert to using superglue to secure one component. A shame, but it did make assembly much easier! I used side-cutters rather than a knife to cut the dowels to length. I also found that the piece of wax supplied was insufficient and I had to find a spare candle.
Once built the model worked fine, the elastic bands having enough energy to power the train the length of test track in either forward or reverse.
A great build, a wonderful working model.
I received this model as a Christmas gift from my daughter. This is the 7th UGEAR model I’ve built and it’s by far the most interesting and complex but great to build. The finished item is a beautiful functional model of a steam engine with coal-tender truck. I know it’s a bit of a clich, but you must READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY before attempting each construction stage. Be patient and don’t forcibly fir the parts. I used candle wax on just about every join to ease pieces together.
Remember, these models are designed to a very exacting specification so any error could impact elsewhere in the build. Take your time and at the end you’ll have a beautiful model “steam train” which deservedly draws comments from just about all who see it.
Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to the after sales service provided by UGEARS It is simply first class as is their communications (email). I’ve experienced the full spectrum of dealing with UGEARS, from purchase to constructing and now the after sales care and I have to be honest, they are exceptionally good in all areas.
Excellent build, but this type of model is complex, requires a lot of time and patience a steady delicate hand and strong fingers. It will take you quite sometime to assemble correctly, there’s just no way you can rush this build.
My top tips… read all the instructions thoroughly before starting this build.
Use several coats of mineral oil and beeswax before you assemble while the parts are still on the boards.
Wax all edges.
Buy a good quality craft knife and sanding boards.
Build the truck first, if its only for displaying build the end sections and put them together. Then build the rear carriage.This will prepare you for what is to come. Then start at the front of the manual and build the engine components as instructed. You will get far more enjoyment out of this build and less broken parts and frustrations if you follow my tips. Lots of preparation work is required for this build so take your time and you will reap the rewards of your hard labour. Just remember that this build is fragile and is a working model and it should become apparent whilst contracting this, it is not a toy, but a detailed scaled model.