If you’re someone with a passion for engines, gears and cogs, then you’re likely to be on the lookout for ways to satisfy your engineering creativity. Traditional model building as a hobby does go some way to helping curb a person’s appetite for expressing engineering skill, but the limitations of conventional plastic models, that most of us are familiar with, tend to only mildly satisfy the creative urge.

Three-dimensional mechanical models from UGears, however, have bucked this trend because of their ingenuity, craftsmanship and the sheer joy that assembling one brings. In this blog, we take a look at our Tanker Truck model, which has a working 4-cylinder engine, is designed to perfectly house a 0.33l can and would you believe it, is almost entirely made from plywood!


No Glue, No Batteries


If you haven’t seen a UGears model before, our Tanker Truck model is probably unlike any other you’ve seen before. It’s an accurate representation of a 1920s truck from the United States, with intricate detail, right down the steering wheel column that really does turn the wheels! The remarkable thing about this model and all those available in our extensive range is that they need no adhesives to be assembled and no batteries to achieve movement.

No glue is needed because of the fact that each piece is precision-cut by laser from a single sheet of plywood, so that each part simply slots together. And no batteries are needed, because of the only non-plywood materials in our models - a simple elastic band - which is wound up to drive the wheels and the model forwards.


Aesthetically Brilliant


The Tanker Truck is a simply amazing piece of engineering and you’ll get to claim all of the credit once it’s sat on your mantlepiece after it’s completed. Even the mechanism that opens the tanker part of the truck is impressive, with a simple twist all that is necessary to move it from being completely closed to open and ready to accept another shipment of cargo!

Even if you’re not a petrol head, it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty of something so intricate and the fact that our models have been designed to be played with, as well as to look amazing as an ornament, means that they offer so much more than traditional plastic models.


Want to See More?


If what you’ve read here has piqued your interest and you’d like to see more of our range, all you need to do is head over to our website www.ugears.online, where you’ll find our entire selection. We know there’s a lot to choose from, so if you need any help in making your choice, give our friendly, knowledgeable team a call on +44192 686 4282 and they’ll be able to help you find the most suitable one for your needs.


Don’t worry if you’re new to modelling, as we’ve got models to suit both experienced and novices alike. Thanks for taking the time to read our blog. We hope you have tons of fun and enjoyment putting our models together!