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Duplicated Building Steps
When you see that dreaded "2x", or "3x", "4x", ..., do you build simultaneosly or do you build one at a time? Do you think it's quicker to build simultaneously to save time on finding the same parts again? Do you think it's quicker to build one at a time because you already "know" what the next step is on the second or third time around building the same thing? Is it merely too frustrating and boring to build the same thing repeatedly?
I'm in the middle of a tower bridge build and opted to build the two towers simultaneously. I am thinking I should have constructed one at a time in order to make the build seem longer and feel like Im getting more for the money.
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- For multi-page sub-models, you don't have to re-flip the pages.
- You're likely to find the parts for each step once, which will probably save you time. Physically locating pieces with your hands is often one of the most time-consuming parts of the assembly process.
- Humans are just generally more efficient when we're repetitive. Switching from one task to another takes slightly more brainpower, and slows you down. That's why assembly lines (with one worker assigned to one task) are faster than having the same amount of workers doing ALL the tasks independently.
So, if you want to enjoy the building process for longer, don't build simultaneously. If you want to go faster (and maybe if you don't want to get bored-- in the case of the dreaded 8x or 16x), build simultaneously.
Sometimes i even let him win.
-Oh man, I dropped my helms deep the other day. Epic. Pieces everywhere. Wish I took a pic.
I've actually changed my mind and decided I like numbered bags now. Why? Because my son and I were able to easily build this one together, he started with bag 1, I started with bag 5 or 6, with 3 manuals, we could build this together, at the same time, then put our builds together.
Very fun, and great father/son bonding time.
It's one of the reasons why the modulars are so cool. Multiple floors means you could have up to three people working on the set and no fights over who gets to do a certain step.