When you were a kid, did you ever dream of creating a house made out of Lego bricks, big enough to live in? Or how about building an actual full-sized model airplane? James May, one of the hosts of Top Gear, had those same dreams and decided to make a TV series about them – hoping to make those dreams a reality.
James also produced the show to introduce the kids of today with the toys of the past, to get them away from video games and feel a sense of accomplishment from building something. And over the course of each episode, he brings together people from different communities in England to work on each project.
In “Airfix,” they build a full-scale model of a World War II Spitfire fighter plane. “Meccano,” which is kind of like the pieces of an erector set, is used to build a 75 foot working bridge in Liverpool. Other episodes are about creating a 2.95 mile “Scalextric” race track (kind of like Hot Wheels), laying out the world’s longest model train track, and building a house out of Lego bricks. (James actually spends the night in the house, saying he got the best night of sleep in his life!)
My favorite episode is “Plasticine.” One of my hobbies is working with plasticine, or polymer clay. James and 2,000 volunteers create a life-sized plasticine garden to exhibit at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.
In some episodes everything works out great, other times the results are disastrous. But either way, the show is fun to watch, just to see if James will achieve his goal.
Total Seasons: 1 (6 episodes plus 1 special)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 0
In Production: 2009-2011
Viewer Discretion: Suitable for all audiences