Enjoy building your own wooden robot and be rearded as he plays his cello for you. Little Performer features moving parts and the music box plays the tune A Friend of Mine.
This is a great parent/grandparent & child project to build together during holidays or over a wet weekend. They’re also popular with adults who enjoy hands-on activities. The instructions are easy to follow and everything you need is supplied.
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- Moderate ★★★☆☆
- 88 pieces
- Average build time: 3 ½ hours
- 3 pre-painted wooden sheets
- Various wooden, metal and paper parts
- Music box
- Illustrated instructions
- Model number: AMD53
- Music: A Friend of Mine
- Assembled size: 121 x 81 x 167 mm
- Model weight: 600 grams
- Packaging dimensions: 235 x 156 x 72 mm
- Packaged weight: 700 grams
- Not a toy - keep out of reach of children under 3.
- Includes small parts that are a potential choking hazard.
Build your own music box!
Other hobbies will seem boring after you’ve entered the world of model building. This music box is a delight to build and using it will bring many years of enjoyment.
Yes - he moves as he plays
Turn the key and you’ll not only be rewarded with a delightful tune, but his arm and head moves.
Fun & easy to build
Once built, you’re left with a fun music box to share your shelf space for many years. However we think the best part is building it. Whether you simply enjoy hands-on activities or you need a therapeutic break from life, the construction process is a happy balance between keeping you interested without the need of an engineering degree.
No additional tools required
Building your music box is a snap - literally. Just pop out the parts and either snap them or glue them into place. Some wood glue and a small screwdriver (to attach the music box) is supplied, so nothing further is required.
Collect the set
The fun of building your own music box doesn’t have to stop here. There are more quirky creations to add to your collection or to share with others.
What could possibly go wrong?
Building the kit is pretty straight-forward; you remove the parts and then snap or glue them into place. However all model building requires skill. If you’re not careful, you could damage the parts during removal, lose parts or install parts the wrong way round. Some parts are delicate and can get damaged if you apply too much pressure. As with any skill, the more you practice and the more experience you have, the better the result. Take your time and enjoy the journey.
What is the minimum recommend age to build Little Performer?
10 - but builders at this age are likely to need some help. Children aged 14+ are more likely to be able to build independently.
What is the maximum recommend age to build Little Performer?
The kit is designed for all ages, so if you love hands-on activities then don’t let age stop you. It helps if you have steady hands and decent eyesight. The writing on the instructions and some parts is small, so if you’ve hit middle-age, you’ll need your reading glasses on.
How does the music box work?
A key is supplied that fits through the side of the completed kit into the music box. Give it a few turns and enjoy the music. A shaft is fitted to the back of the music box that makes him move.
Can I store stuff in the music box?
No - this is not a ballerina type music box with an opening lid.
Do I need to paint it?
No - the music box parts are pre-painted.
Do all the parts need to be glued?
Some do, but other parts just snap into place. The instructions indicate when to use glue. Some wood glue is included in the kit.
Do the parts need to be sanded?
The parts on some wooden model kits can be slightly rough on the edges and on those occasions it's recommended that you give them a light sanding. However with most parts in this kit, this is unnecessary. Occasionally when you remove parts, they might not detach from the sheets cleanly, leaving a tiny burr. You can remove this using the supplied sandpaper.
Is the finished kit fragile?
It should be okay if it topples over. However if it’s dropped from a height then I don’t like your chances. I’ve also sadly discovered that it is a bad idea to let a younger child operate it, because they take delight in stopping the moving parts by hand, which can irreparably damage your handiwork.