|There was a slight issue with coordinating the build across a group. With three sets of numbered bags, it seemed logical to break into three groups, however it didn't quite work out this way. There are four booklets in this set and some of bags don't align with the instructions (eg. booklet four is for bags numbered three) it took us a little while to sort everything out. This is hardly a criticism as it only applied due to the group way in which we decided to build the set, but it was a little odd for a company with such attention to detail to not match bag numbers to booklets numbers. Nonetheless the build went ahead with each of the team building one floor of the model.
What was interesting was how competitive everyone got. We were also surprised that it also took some time to build. Most of the builders are accustomed to whipping through a Modular build in only a few hours, but the level of detail in each floor/storey seems to stretch out the building experience. No one was disappointed by this and it did add something to the value for money equation for the set.
Team 1 (Ground floor) took their time and focussed on the tile mosaic type flooring, while still keeping an eye on teams 2 and 3. The ground floor is quite complex with a lot of activity. Such as the sabre opening of champagne (known as Sabrage to some).
Team 2 (Second floor) enjoyed building both the outdoor dining terrace as well as the 1st floor apartment. Highlights were getting to use the new dark red domes as flower pots for the hanging flower pots as well as using the same part as a lamp shade for a standing lamp. Great detail was also used in the fire place and the foldaway murphy style bed.
Team 3 (The third floor and roof) Clearly there is a lot of creativity in the roof level. Of particular note is the clever use of white parts to make up the scrolling window treatment. People also loved the use of the dark blue curved slopes to tile the roof.