11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
needs more cams, fewer beads
November 20, 2009
from Fishers, IN United States
Maybe it has to do with the build-up in my head, but this kit isn't that great. OK, but not great.
It's a lot more limited than I would have expected from the photo. There are only 4 cams, and 4 cam-follower holes in the frame, so if you're using all of them you can only swap them around for variation.
Because of this, you can't have elements doing the same thing on top (e.g. 3 spinning ballerinas).
What's annoying is there's like 2 pounds of other simple wooden stuff in the kit, which is good only for the bouncing and spinning bits on top.
The cam shaft is square, which is nice because the square-holed cams don't slip. The cams fit on a hollow square plastic core which the square shaft slips into. Or, if it's like mine, it will slip into after you've sanded it down considerably (losing points on quality).
For this to be really cool you'd have to make more pieces, which is maybe what you should do in the first place, and skip the kit.
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