Meccano revs remote-control cars

Lego may look prettier, but Britain’s engineers and scientists wouldn’t be where they are today without a childhood diet of Meccano. And n

Lego may look prettier, but Britain’s engineers and scientists wouldn’t be where they are today without a childhood diet of Meccano. And now the national institution is ready to inspire a generation of car mechanics with a colourful new remote-control range.The Tuning range comprises three new kits. The cheapest and most straightforward, Tuning Urban (left), has 168 parts, which can be built into two different models. In true ride-pimping fashion, you can customize your creations with flaming stickers and chrome wheels. More hardcore Meccanographers – as they are called by, er, no one – will be more interested in the Tuning Street Racing (right) or Tuning Cruising Style (top). Both have over 350 weekend-sapping parts and pack a more powerful 9V motor to help terrorise pets. To get the full respect of your hood, the remotes also let you control music – there’s ‘rock’ or ‘hip-hop’ tunes, which we simply must hear – as well as tyre-screeching sound effects. Flashing tail-lights and headlights are also on board for night races. Meccano Tuning versus Lego Mindstorms – it could be one of the gadget clashes of the year...

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Meccano Tuning Urban, Street Racing, Cruising Style Price: £25, £35, £40 On sale: Now Contact: Nikko Toys Related stories: Gadget of the Day: Bioloid