I was in Washington DC last weekend, working for a friend as a vendor at Otakon®. Otakon® was my very first anime convention way back in 2001, and I was thrilled to go again. DC is full of fantastic national monuments, but the one everyone recognizes is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, AKA The White House.
Brick kits are a great way to keep my mind active when my body rebels. Nanoblock® kits are perfect because they are so small! I’ve assembled them in bed or on the couch with a lap desk; and with the micro-scale of the builds, I don’t have to worry about the build overflowing my work surface. I had not done The White House kit before, but with a difficulty of 2/5, I wasn’t overly worried.
Nanoblock® kits come with very little extraneous packaging. The pieces are in small plastic bags, presorted by size and type. There is also an incredibly detailed and easy to follow building instructions.Set up was easy; open all the plastic bags, grab some tweezers, and put on an audiobook.
What followed was a few hours of quiet, detail-focused fun! SC had set up my camera so that I could create a slideshow of the building process.
Pretty cool, right? It starts slow, but builds up quickly! And at the end, I have a nifty little souvenir of my latest trip for my Around the World shelf!
My Rating: 5/5
Brick Kit SPECS
- Company: Kawada
- US Distributer: Schylling
- Title: The White House
- Kit Number: NBH-144
- Year released: 2017
- Pieces: 420
- Difficulty: 2/5
- Brick Size: 4mm x 4mm x 5mm
- Figure size: 1.5cm
- Finished size: 8cm x 8cm x 4.2cm with the flag, the height is 5.5cm
- Made from ABS Plastic
- Made in China
- Box: lightweight, 14cmx14cmx4.5cm
- Build Integrity: Very Good, the trees and flag are a bit fragile
- Recognizability: Excellent
- Piece shapes: Standard brick shapes
- Piece Fit: Good, small noticeable gaps along brick lines
Notes: The instructions recommend the Nanoblock branded tweezers, but I don’t own a set and found that angle tip tweezers work just fine. As there are extra pieces provided, I recommend saving them with the instructions in a sealed bag.
Disability Notes: Due to the fine motor control required for this build, I do not recommend Nanoblock® for those with fine motor control impediments, arthritis, or palsy, unless you have assistance. If you have a visual impairment, this is possible to do with the assistance of a magnifier.
Where to buy: The White House is available on the Schylling website for $19.99 usd. It and other Nanoblock® kits can also be found at your local Barnes & Noble.
Schylling Nanoblock® : Website
Disclosure: I received a complimentary puzzle from the manufacturer in exchange for review. The opinions are my own.
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