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Friday, July 25, 2008


This Gernegross design may look slightly familiar.

I've been known to repeat myself every now and then, and other times I just repeat myself. Every once and a while, I create something new. This isn't one of those times.

Still, I like this design for it's simplicity. It's a variation of the Gernegross g5 design. Similar, yet very different.


Michelle Liebgott-Osinga said...

I am enjoying your blog. I have been looking on the internet of images of Anchor Stone Buildings because I don't actually have a set and am wondering what it is all about. Thank you for your efforts.

releppes said...

Thank you for stopping by. I was in your purchase position not too long ago (it seems).

Anchor stones are an expensive hobby, so it's difficult to make that initial purchase. One nice thing about Anchor Stones is that it's a toy that can be enjoyed at all ages.

Things to note: The blocks are smaller than you think. When I received my first block set, I was surprised at how small the box was. Then I picked up the box and realized how heavy it was.

The blocks can get damaged. The blocks are rugged, but they can chipped if one likes to knock over tall towers or drops a block off a table onto the floor. Keep that in mind with your children.

As for making a purchase decision, it depends on where you see the collection going. If you only want one set and your looking to spend as little money as possible, I think the Heinzelmannchen set is the best way to go:

sells the Heinzelmannchen set for $55. This set is great for young kids, because it doesn't have any of the very small blocks. The draw back to the HM set is that you can't build very much.

I started my collection at set #6. That's where most folks start their collection. TheToyHouse sells set #6 for $140. It's a big jump from the HM set, but you can build so much more with it. A set #6 is a great place to start if you know you'll be expanding the collection later.

Another alternative (and the one I recommend) is starting with a set #4. A set #4 costs about $70. The price is slightly higher than a HM set, but much less than a set #6. The set #4 and the HM set are packaged in the same size box, however, a set #4 has a better selection of stones. More roof tiles, a steeple, a large arch, etc. Most importantly, you can expand a set #4 with a set #4a which will allow you to build all the set #6 models. A set #4a costs about $80, so a #4 + #4a combo will run about $10 more ($150 vs $140). So even if you had the money to purchase a set #6, I recommend getting a #4 + #4a combo instead. It's worth the extra $10. The combo includes some extra blocks.

I personally wished I started with a set #4 + #4a combo.

Thanks for the comments on the blog. I hope the blog can give extra ideas on constructions that can be made using these "starter" sets. Keep in mind the actual construction looks much nicer than how the CAD drawings look.

Model Builder said...

William; Sorry I did not get back with you sooner. Busy moving and resettling; not to mention I have not checked comments in a while. I would guess the set I made for myself as an extension set reference Germegroff set cost about $30.00. Chris had all the stones I needed and now am saving up for a a 6A set. At one time I had sets all the up to 14A but was forced to sell when I had to file for Bankruptcy.