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

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For the guy who has everything!


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




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


Great gift


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


Doesn't work


This is a really cool product and was fun to put together. However, after we got it done, it didn't work. :(


Very intricate


This little engine works very well, but it took several hours to assemble. The assembly and the engine were both fun!

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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.