Review: Action Make your own Sinterklaas steamboat
Last weekend I walked into Action, like every week ;-). On the shelf with all the nice products for Sinterklaas, I saw this DIY box from Decotime with which you can make your own Sinterklaas steamboat. I couldn't pass this one up. In this article I show how I made the package boat, I give tips and of course my opinion about the entire package :-).
When I opened the package I actually got exactly what I expected. Many pieces of MDF that were neatly pre-sawn, paper to stick on the boat and to decorate the boat, double-sided foam tape, paint, brush and manual. It will all look neat.
Getting started with Sinterklaas' steamboat
The packaging states that you must first paint the MDF. I painted both sides and edges red. Because there was only a little paint, I used my own red paint and brush. The MDF absorbs the paint well. Let everything dry thoroughly after painting!
TIP! Try to put as little paint as possible in the wooden grooves. You will need these later to assemble the boat. With a thick layer of paint, the boat may not fit together as well.
After the paint had dried, I grabbed the manual and started gluing the wooden parts.
TIP! I used spray adhesive for gluing (also available at Action). On the box they indicate that you can use hobby glue or double-sided tape. I do not recommend hobby glue because of stains.
After assembling the boat was ready 🙂 (except that I forgot the chimney, I just found out ;-)). I did not stick the paper decorations, Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet that came with it, on my boat. I used my own Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet that I had previously made from felt. I have written an extensive and free tutorial about this Sinterklaas and Black Pete, click here for Sinterklaas and click here for black piet :-).
- Time: about 1.5 hours
- Difficulty: Fairly easy
- Final grade: 7
I really like the end result. Especially for only € 1.99. The bad thing is of course that an MDF plate broke and putting it together was not that easy. It is not possible for young children to make it themselves, but with an adult to help, it should certainly work :-).
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