Build your own 1860s era prime steam express.
1:80 Scale Model
Everything you need to build the Prime Steam Express is supplied including an illustrated English instruction manual.
Fun to build
What's more fun? Building the prime steam express or racing it?
The perfect gift for the car-lover in your life; especially if that's you!
Collect the set
- Moderate ★★★★☆
- 308 pieces
- Average build time: 5 hours
- Wooden sheets
- Illustrated instructions
- Model number: MC501
- Assembled size: 307 x 67 x 82 mm
- Model weight: 205 grams
- Packaging dimensions: 228.5 x 153.5 x 12 mm
- Not a toy - keep out of reach of children under 3
- Includes small parts that are a potential choking hazard
What could possibly go wrong?
Building the kit is pretty straight-forward; you remove the parts and then snap 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 recommended age to build the Prime Steam Express?
14 - but builders at this age are likely to need some help. Children aged 16+ are more likely to be able to build independently.
What is the maximum recommended age to build the Prime Steam Express?
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.
Can I paint it?
We think these kits look best when left raw but yes, you could paint it or stain it. Do this before removing the parts from the wooden sheets.
Do any parts need to be glued?
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 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.