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Old 09-11-2017, 07:50 AM
jeffk813 jeffk813 is offline
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Nothing like resurrecting a six-month old thread, but I wanted to add that my youngest son has some learning issues, and has a difficult time with pattern and spatial relationships. Put simply, he doesn't do well with pictogram-only type instructions. He's been trying to build some recent Estes kits and is getting increasingly frustrated because the instructions don't make sense to him.

I'm not suggesting that the kit manufacturers "dumb down" the instructions... In fact, I think the Estes instructions are already "dumbed down" too far. EXPLAIN to a person what they're doing and why. Those who don't need the explanation can skip it. Those who do will appreciate having it.

As someone who is working on a few new kit offerings myself, I know what a time-consuming task well-written instructions are, but I think that taking that time and putting forth that effort helps modelers to build better kits and to learn from the experience.
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