The Arckit Go Plus architectural model design tool set from Arckit is a more than 175-piece model building set designed by architects as a first line into the field. Unlike a brick- or block-based building game, the Arckit Go Plus set features an assortment of pieces that are reminiscent of what one might find in a real-world build, from glass panels to dormer rooftops to arched windows to angled beams. The kit also comes with five 5×5 adhesive sheets of preprinted patterns for additional decorating. These models include solar panels, dark roof tile, red brick, stained timber, and grass.
Follow the directions to piece together your model home from the ground up. We suggest sizing any patterns you plan to use before assembling the model house. Otherwise, you may find that pieces need to be disassembled and reassembled.
If you’ve, you’ve got a budding architect in your midst that spends more time tuning into home remodeling programs on HGTV and seeking out the more advanced construction sets; Arckit might be the right fit for them. It will appeal to kids that like the idea of learning about different architectural details through building play. I especially like that once my son learns how the pieces connect and fit together, he can pair this set with others in the line or tear down their models to rebuild and reconfigure their models as they see fit.
The Arckit Go Plus kit is for ages 12 and up. Unlike the similarly designed Artkit Go Color, because this kit does require new out-of-the-box thinking regarding accessorizing the house with patterned designs it is geared toward older kids. It will likely find an equal following amongst model builders as well as kids that have an interest in architecture. It does require patience, so it’s not for everyone and less intended for kids that are more excited about post-build play than the actual construction of the set.
It took us about a half hour to piece this set together. The building time, of course, will vary but one thing to note is that the directions don’t make it as easy as we would have hoped to determine which pieces to use when and where exactly to place them. Once you figure it out, the pieces snap into place without a problem, but it does take a bit more thought to determining the slight variations in the siding for example.
Once together we found these kits held together quite well. However, it’s important to note than when working from the ground up to make sure each and every piece is securely snapped together, otherwise like building a real home—if your building on a wrong foundation you’ll run into issues later on as you work.
Scissors and a drawing tool are required for sizing the adhesive sheets.