Current project is a UGears U-9 Grand Prix car. Six sheets of laser-cut plywood, some elastic bands for power, suspension and tyres, some cocktail sticks to hold parts together (because it needs no glue), some sandpaper for removing burrs and a little wax stick for lubricating some parts.
The instructions say to start with the engine but that looked very fiddly, so I started with the wheels, starting handle, drive gear and exhausts.
And now the cockpit is done, and the body sides are on. The seat is very cleverly done, it's done in such a way that it curves and then slots into place. There's a quite a few slots and tabs to get lined up with the sides, it takes a good while, and plenty of wax!
I will be following this thread closely. My gf bought me this model over a year ago and I have yet to even open the box. It has sat on a shelf ever since.
My brother had one and struggled to put the rubber band 'power unit' together so I helped him. I can confirm it is a nightmare to complete but with patience and a couple hours it was finished. Its tiny but actually quite well engineered. Doing that for my brother kind of put me off starting mine. But this thread has given me the push to start it.
Ugears have quite a comprehensive catalogue and they look great running, but I do wonder how hard it will be to get them running successfully.
Stripped down the drivetrain, put it all back together, and it still doesn't work! On the photo of the cockpit, you can see the first gear of the drivetrain, and behind that is a slot for the second gear. It's a slot, because in theory, the model has forward, neutral and reverse, so as you move the gearlever that gear moves to provide the drive in the relevant mode. Unfortunately, that gear is a bit wobbly in the slot, so doesn't engage properly. I think I might need to find a slightly thicker shaft for it for reduce the wobble.