I loved building this, felt very zen and relaxing, after a days manic work and chaos. I'd recommend fine tweezers, silicone grease, smooth things with sandpaper, and taking your time. When removing pieces I would flip the panel to the non-printed side, then gently apply pressure where the joins are. Support the wood when inserting joints, and be mindful of weak points. I'd take a look, and think of where it needs support, before applying pressure. Take your time, just do a little bit at a time. When you do too much, you make mistakes, get impatient, and things break. Instructions were good, and the final product is quite sturdy!
This kept me quiet for a day, drove everyone crazy as you have to keep checking the music box sound. It was easy to pop the items out, nothing broke when I put it together and it looks really pretty once it's done.
The instructions were great. Some of the pop-out pieces are very delicate, so a craft knife can help with getting them out.
When assembling sometimes it seemed to help to sand down the tabs a tiny bit and rub them with candle wax to get them to fit in the slots better. Even so, some hand strength required in places to push items together, and some bits were very fiddly.
Very enjoyable to put together though, and the finished item is very pretty and works well.
Brilliant set. We assembled it as a family (aged 9-65) and all enjoyed it. Had to be really careful with the delicate pieces but we managed to complete it without any breakages.
Amazing design- every piece fitted in perfectly and there were extras of most pieces if needed. Would 100% recommend and we will be buying another set soon 👍🏻
A well produced accurate kit that works as expected on completion. Assembly can be intricate in places but is well explained with the instructions and available video's (if required). Spares of some of the more fragile parts are provided so there are pieces left over, a thoughtful addition. Best assembled in several sessions rather than one go. All parts are either push fir or held with pegs. A nice change from the plastic kits we are all familiar with.