Chantelle had a good chuckle as she handed over a shiny silver-wrapped present to me on our recent 5 year wedding anniversary. Apparently during the present purchase process, the sales lady (about to wrap it) had asked if it was for a little boy, to which Chantelle gleefully answered, “No, it is for my husband!”.
Anyway, not that it matters whatsoever, because underneath all that very shiny wrapping was something pretty damn cool. A 4D Master Spitfire Mk. VB Debden snap to build model airplane.
As a boy I was in love with World War II flying machines, and my bedroom ceiling was plastered with all sorts of airplanes precariously dangling from strands of fishing line. Some of the larger ones were known to sometimes escape their prestik bonds and fall to the earth, something my Gran discovered head first during one of her holidays down with us in Bellville.
Anyway, this Hong Kong produced toy from the guys at Fame Master is actually seriously fun for young boys as essentially it is an already painted, snap together, high quality model aircraft for which the goal is to see how fast one can actually put it together. It’s built to be taken apart and put back together again, and I have to say, I was truly amazed at the fantastic plastic machining that has gone into the pieces making up this gorgeous but ridiculously named “4D Puzzle”. (Seriously Fame Master, 3″D” + “D”etails does not equal 4D, no matter how much bolding you add to the font.)
All the pieces snap together perfectly, they are designed so that they can’t really be placed wrong, and the end result is a beautiful 1:72 scale model.
Of course it isn’t quite the same as the classic AirFix or Tamiya scale models which you painstakingly glue together, paint, and place decals on, but it does come with just as much satisfaction seeing the finished product, and to be fair, perhaps looking slightly better than if you had to make the whole thing yourself in the first place! ;)
It’s relatively inexpensive to buy, and this one Chantelle picked up from PNA whilst doing supply shopping for her cakes, meaning it’s easy to come by. In short, definitely a recommended toy for a school-going boy interested in putting things together!
Related Link: http://www.famemaster.com/product_detail-pid-43-id-303