The Victorian age is noted for the Industrial Revolution and this V-Express Steam Train will to take you on a journey to this exciting age of inventions and innovations.
One full winding will give your V-Express energy enough to cover a distance of up to 13 feet. You can change the direction of movement by switching a small lever on the side of the models’ body. The locomotive has three settings: forward, back and idle. When the mechanism of the model is working in idle, you can safely observe the work of the moving elements without having to worry that your train will race off into the blue. If you want to test another exciting option of your new model switch it into the “Back” setting. The V-Express will roll back and automatically hook up with its tender.
The Tender of the V-Express Steam Train is worth mentioning as a separate point. The coal car with lifting sides has a hatch that you can lock with a tiny latch. Of course, driven by a rubber-band motor, the locomotive needs no coal, which leaves plenty of room in the tender for some small cargo you might want to deliver: sweets, knickknacks and messages.Notes from Alex:
This was one of the two most challenging models to assemble (the other being the horse). Although true with most Ugears kits, it is vitally important that all gears rotate freely and mesh without sticking or hesitation. Special effort should be made to sand down all the points on the gears where they were attached to the plywood sheets. Any point of friction will prevent the model from operating correctly.
I found that for this kit, graphite powder worked a bit better than wax for lubrication. However, it can be difficult to apply neatly and will stain the wood - but since it's a Steampunk train, a little grime just adds to the authenticity!
Because I knew this was going to be used for demos, and therefore run quite often, I replaced the twelve rubber bands that power the engine with six heavier ones. It is possible to do this once the model has been completely assembled, but it's not easy.
There are some small touches that are easy to miss - the top doors on the tender can be opened with a lever on the side, there is a small retractable ladder on the side of the train cab, and there are opening doors on both the train and the tender.
Train Size: 22.0 x 4.7 x 4.7 in
Track size: 96.5 x 4.7 x 4.7 in
Number of parts: 538
Assembly Time: 10 hours