Beginner Wooden Model Building Kit


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UGEARS beginner model kits make building a fun and engaging hands-on experience. These kits are geared toward older kids ready to try something a little more involved. Each model is pieced together from flat, unfinished, laser-cut plywood parts that don’t need tools or glue to be assembled. The finished product has parts that move, too, to put these models in motion.

  • Materials: Laser-cut plywood
  • Includes: Pieces of the model, assembly instructions. Does not include sandpaper
  • Unfinished wood can be stained or painted
  • Assembly time 2-3 hours
  • Recommended for ages 14+
  • Made in Ukraine
  • Dimensions: Flat kit: 14.6" x 5.7" x 1.2"; Assembled Engine: 6.5" x 3" x 3.5"; Assembled Tractor: 7.9" x 3.4" x 5.4"; Assembled Box: 7.9" x 3.4" x 5.4"
  • Weight: Engine: 0.74 lb; Tractor: 1.07 lbs; Box: 1.84 lbs
    Model details:
  • Pneumatic Engine: Mimics the working of a steam engine to perfection. Its mechanism generates real pressure coupled with the noise that pneumatics are well known for. Small but fully functional example of a steam engine, except that it uses air pressure instead of steam to set it in motion
    Number of parts: 82
  • Tractor: Mechanical model works with the aid of a rubber band that activates an all-wheel drive motor which allows it to move on a flat surface showing clearly the workings of the gears, pistons, and levers. It has a transmission switch that provides three options: “park”, “drive”, and “sport". The “drive” mode will get it going slowly, covering about 5 cm per second. Switch the model to “sport” to see your tractor speeding up in its graceful splendor
    Number of parts: 97
  • Treasure Box: A unique teaser puzzle that has been dynamically engineered to be self-assembled. Contains a compartment that can be opened and closed with an exquisitely carved key that sets the gears in motion when turned clockwise. The box compartments can be used to store your treasures like jewelry and memorabilia
    Number of parts: 190

7 Reviews (3.9 out of 5 Grommets)

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Great Gift for the hard to buy for

6/23/2019 by Mary

My grandson loved this. He is 14 and loves to build things. It kept him busy and when he finished he made a point of showing us his finished tractor.More > < Less


I discovered UGEARS in Switzerland and now Grommet has it!

4/9/2019 by GENE

U-GEARS are a fantastic way to teach basic mechanics to anyone, adult or child! I should know - I work at an Ace Hardware store. I discovered my first UGEAR last year - 2018- while vacationing at a Christmas Markets tour in Basel, Switzerland. They had run out of tractors so I got the business card holder and couldn't wait to get home to assemble it! At work, I showed it to everyone - it was is a hit - and I commented how I hoped to see this imported into the US some day. And now, a few months later, I see that Grommet has the most popular styles!!! I'm so excited!!!

(One suggestion for the UGear folks - you should re-visit how the tool you use to push toothpicks into place... it is a bit unsafe and can easily slip. I used pliers instead...)
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For the guy who has everything!

2/14/2019 by Donna

Every year at Christmas, it's what to give to the guys. I was thrilled to find these unique models for the men. My husband loved making model cars when he was young & I thought he might like these UGEARS. It was a hit! Don't let the number of pieces in a beginner kit discourage you. The instructions are easy to follow. My suggestion? GlueMore > < Less



1/4/2019 by Robin

I got this as a stocking stuffer for my soon to be son in law. He loved it!


Great gift

1/3/2019 by Betty

My grandson (12) is a lego freak so figured he'd love this. He did but the instructions are horrible. It took my husband (56) to try and figure it out but once they did it worked perfectly. Tell the maker to add written instructions instead of just photos. It doesn't say it on the site but on the box it says for 14 years+.More > < Less

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Gears That Go

UGEARS founders Denys and Gennady share a fascination with the inner workings of machines and both are enamored with gears and levers. They realized we rarely get to see these parts in action anymore. To remedy that, they created model kits with movable parts that are engaging from start to finish.

The duo and their Kiev, Ukraine-based team want to encourage folks to be more hands-on, so they strive to make the model-building process as fun as playing with the finished product.

What begins as flat pieces of laser-cut plywood transforms into a model motorcycle, train, treasure box and more designs that all have parts that move in some way—like pistons, wheels, and, yes, gears. There are no tools or glue needed here and there are models suited to different ability levels. You can paint or finish your model once it's built.

Denys made models as a child and wanted to recapture the joy of creating with your hands—which he thought, much like with gears, was something many of us have fallen out of touch with. And we can attest, it’s hard to keep your hands off a UGEARS model.