Inexpensive and fun to build. Review of the constructor “crane” Sembo with Aliexpress
February 23 is not so far away and it’s time to think about gifts for young lovers of designers. I suggest looking at a budget truck crane from Sembo. After Lepin’s scandalous departure from the market, I think that it was Sembo (along with Xingbao) that became the most prominent manufacturer of designers.
Almost without exception, all designers from Aliexpress are packed in a regular transparent plastic bag. And here Sembo became an unexpected exception. This is still the same package, but neat, with a zip fastener.
But inside the most common set of bags.
They are numbered, but there is no logic in this numbering. Rather, it is convenient to pour black bushings separately, blue ones separately, and some other similar trifle separately.
But at the assembly stage, this is not tied in any way. So you can open everything at once safely.
The instructions are clear and well printed. Given that this is a fairly easy-to-assemble constructor, this instruction will help even an inexperienced elementary school student to assemble everything without pulling their parents.
In addition to the design, there are also stickers in the kit.
The cubes themselves, as you can see, copy the “technician” Lego series. Casting quality is excellent. There was not a single part where there would be some kind of casting defect. The set is complete. The son at some point began to fit in that “ahh, again the details are not enough.” It turned out that it was not in vain that I held the empty bags, the necessary part still remained in one of them. Considering that How often this happened before I give advice – check these bags before throwing them away. Or do not throw it away until the end of the assembly.
In addition to the instructions, the kit includes 3 little men, a couple of boxes and a bunch of all sorts of tools.
But the plastic of the latest tools looks pretty cheap and resembles all those figures of mutants and monsters, in which many of the readers were hacked to death in the early and mid-90s.
Well, let’s go collect?
First, we assemble the rear part, to which the wheel traction is attached through a rack gear.
Then we assemble the back of the case. She will be above these wheels. See the gear on the right? Spin it, the wheels turn.
Add the rest of the wheels and build up the body to the final length. Notice the ersatz supports just below where the cabin will be later. Those are the ones I didn’t like. In a good way, the supports should move apart. Here they just move left and right. Turned the boom to the left – pushed the support there.
And here is the turn of the wheels at work.
Here’s the bottom of the frame. Sorry for the hair and trash, but how can you blame her? Bonsai constructor, by the way, from this review
Time for an arrow. This whole part, I remind you, is on a turning circle like the original.
This is a “technician”-constructor, so on this scale you should not expect detailing. But still, it’s pretty good for gameplay. In terms of general mechanics, everything is in order here. What has to go up goes up, what has to go round goes round. Claim only to decorative supports (rear too)
The boom is extended, the cable is unwound
The cabin is small, but a couple of little men, according to the son, can be put inside
Well, here it is all assembled.
Some artistic photos
As you can see, the overall dimensions are quite comfortable for the gameplay.
Well, separately, the son asked to show the farm in the review. Yes please.
With a gift for NG, I did not lose, my son was pleased. The unhurried assembly took something on the order of a couple of hours, it was not a joint marathon of several days, as in the case of assembling the sophisticated and complex Osprey tiltrotor – here the child copes well alone and the son said that it was interesting to assemble.
All the details are in the required quantity (traditionally, there is also some kind of trifle in stock). Casting quality is good.
The gaming potential is good, here the crane works normally as a crane. There are 3 decent looking builder figurines and a nice set of tools to go with them.
Of the minuses, I will only note rather decorative hydraulic supports. I have another, much more expensive faucet a la tecnik and they are retractable. However, this will not affect the gameplay, the main thing (platform and arrow) works as it should. This faucet is definitely worth its low price.
You can buy this constructor in the official Sembo store at Aliexpress | Yandex Market
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