Arc de Nanoblock

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I had a little time to tackle a nanoblock kit I picked up quite a while ago.  I put it aside to procrastinate about other things.  I finally decided to tackle it.

The kit had a few unique pieces.

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The instructions were clear.  I especially like being told what pieces will be used in each step.  It is a logical and useful way to proceed.  Despite my big hands, with the help of tweezers, I was able to construct this one without too much difficulty.

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I like the overall look of it, but I wish that nanoblock would come up with some better trees.  I know it would mean another tooling and a new part, but I think they could use them in many kits, or sell them separately so people could retcon their old kits.  If you buy one of their deluxe kits, you’d want some pretty cool trees, wouldn’t you?

What’s left over when it is all done is pretty much at least one of every piece in the kit.  A good policy, I believe.

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Nanoblocks Shinkansen

keitatsu and shinkansen 009I haven’t written about nanoblocks lately, but I haven’t given up on them.  I was fortunate enough to receive a couple of sets from Japan and I thought you would like to see them.

The first is the shinkansen. Since I love trains and Japanese trains in particular, this person thought that this was a natural gift.  I agree one hundred percent.keitatsu and shinkansen 011

The parts came in quite a few separate bags, and rather than spend a lot of time sorting them, I just hoped I wouldn’t lose any pieces while building.  There weren’t any special pieces exactly, but there were some nice translucent brown pieces–there were a couple of leftovers, so I will probably find some use for them someday.keitatsu and shinkansen 019

The train turned out alright, though I don’t think it was brilliant.   The shinkansen is a smooth aerodynamic train, and that really wasn’t represented by these blocks.  It is unfortunate.  Perhaps the next version will include some smooth top pieces.

I enjoyed building it, but I would keitatsu and shinkansen 016have liked a bit better of a resemblance.  Perhaps I am just being too picky.

There were a handful of leftover or spare parts.  And of course, I have to put the decal on the train–I just thought I had better wait on that.  The room needs some dusting before I tackle that project.

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These are the leftover parts. Quite colourful aren’t they?