Mechanical music box
The Secret Garden is part mechanical kit, part music-box. It's a more advanced model in the Robotime Music Box collection.
Enjoyable build ~ lifetime keepsake
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 mechanical music box doesn’t have to stop here. There are five models in this collection.
- Challenging ★★★★☆
- 315 pieces
- Average build time: 5 hours
- Wooden sheets
- Music box
- Illustrated instructions
- Model number: AMK52
- Music: Swan Lake
- Assembled size: 135 x 135 x 140 mm
- Model weight: 850 grams
- Packaging dimensions: 400 x 234 x 51 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 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 recommended age to build the Secret Garden?
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 Secret Garden?
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 base of the completed kit into the music box. Give it a few turns and enjoy the music.
Can I store stuff in the music box?
There is a small secret space at the top.
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?
Some do, but most 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 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.