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Published on December 30th, 2010 | by Greg


Eitech’s Race Car Construction Set: Ja, Bitte!

The Germans are known worldwide for their engineering ingenuity. Some of us here at TrulyObscure daydream about one day owning our own BMW (take a spin in one and you will understand). Thus, it comes as no surprise to discover German metal construction toy company Eitech. Eitech offers a wide range of building sets for young, developing minds, ranging from their “Beginner” line of plastic sets for young children, to metal construction sets that include small starter sets, mid-range sets, solar sets, experimental electric sets, and large sets with over 1,000 pieces for the experienced builder. In fact, Eitech products are accredited and used in German schools (not a bad idea for the U.S. education system to consider).

We tried our hands at the Eitech Classic Radio Control Race Car Construction Set, designed for children 8 years and up. Including over 350 parts made of high-quality steel, we found ourselves both exhilarated and slightly intimidated. But, keeping in mind these sets are designed for children, we decided to give it a go. Thankfully, the set includes a step-by-step set of illustrated instructions. Instructions can be hit or miss (we’re looking at you, Ikea), but Eitech’s instructions were clear and easy to follow. What is great about this kit is that a variety of different race cars and off-road utility vehicles can be built. Once one car is built, it can be taken apart and a different vehicle can be made. The auto is powered by a 2-way remote control (batteries not included), and can zip along fairly fast. A 9-volt block battery is included to power the car. All necessary tools are also included in the set.

Our race car looked quite stylish and exceedingly shiny when we finished building it, attracting attention when we took this baby for a spin on the San Francisco streets. Amazon sells this set for $99.99 as well as a range of other Eitech construction sets at a variety of prices that can fit every budget. Other Eitech sets include locomotives, dump trucks, construction cranes, and nifty solar panel-powered vehicles and wind turbines. What better way to get the future generation to grow up green? These sets are a great gift to develop the minds of creative children and, for that matter, adults.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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