Today, I am reviewing the 3rd set of the 2nd wave of Modular Buildings under the Zhong Hua Street (中华街) series released by XingBao (星堡積木), XB-01022, Zhong Hua Street: Roadhouse (中华街：万福客栈)
XingBao XB-01022 Zhong Hua Street: Roadhouse (中华街：万福客栈)
Upon opening the box. The Instruction Book is seated nicely a pop up paper tray. The deviation on the Instruction Book as compared to the tray and the box art, instead of the usual 中华街 and Zhong Hua Street, China Town is printed on the Instruction Book as mentioned in the earlier reviews is still visible. But there is no sticker sheet in sight. I am hoping it is not glued or taped to the Instruction Book!
The contents within the box below the paper tray.
A total of 58 bags spread across Numbered Bags 1 to 9, Spares Bags and loose in box is 1 32×32 Dark Grey Baseplate and 3 Dark Brown 6×12 Plate.
The distribution of the bags across the Numbered Packs.
5 bags of Numbered 1 Pack.
7 bags of Numbered 2 Pack.
6 bags of Numbered 3 Pack.
5 bags of Numbered 4 Pack.
7 bags of Numbered 5 Pack.
6 bags of Numbered 6 Pack. The loose 3 Dark Brown 6×12 Plate will be used together with Numbered 6 Pack. I notice there was a jump in bag numbers between the last Numbered 6 Pack and the first Numbered 7 Pack while checking the bag numbers. Apparently each 6×12 Plate is a bag number on its own.
8 bags of Numbered 7 Pack.
12 bags of Numbered 8 Pack.
2 bags of Numbered 9 Pack.
2 packs of Spare Parts.
The sticker sheet nicely slotted in between the cover and 1st page of the Instruction Booklet. Thankfully not glued or taped!
Let the building begin!
The completed build from Numbered 1 packs.
The printed parts from Numbered 2 packs.
A furnished room with spittoon on Level 1 for the weary travellers.
I believe minor enhancements was made to the set after the Instruction Booklet was printed. The Black 1×2 Tile was replaced with a Black 1×2 printed Abacus Tile.
The completed build from Numbered 2 packs.
The printed parts from Numbered 3 packs.
Another minor enhancements was made to the set after the Instruction Booklet was printed. The 2 Red 1×6 Tiles was replaced with Red 1×6 printed Chinese Couplets Tiles.
I like the SNOT technique transforming the oriental Fence piece into a window.
The SNOT wall installed.
It is interesting to note that a Noren design is used at the back door of the Roadhouse instead of a normal door. While the printed design feels Chinese, I rarely see Noren being hung in a Chinese restaurant, it is more common in the Japanese culture and usually at the main entrance and at the side / back door.
The completed build from Numbered 3 packs.
It is a common to see the warping of the Baseplate during the initial steps of the build on a 32×32 Baseplate. The warp would be reduced significantly by the 2nd level or completed build.
The SNOT wall is bulging out after securing the top piece. Another effect caused by the warping of the Baseplate which will be reduced significantly as more layers are added to counter the warping.
The completed build from Numbered 4 packs.
The printed parts from Numbered 5 packs.
The warping of the Baseplate is significantly reduced.
The bulging of the SNOT wall has also significantly reduced.
The completed build from Numbered 5 packs.
The base build of Level 2 sturdy but on the edges it is floating above a 2 plate spacing. So it can be quite frustrating to be pushing parts into the edge as there is a tendency to for the base to flip.
The room on the left.
The room on the right.
The completed build from Numbered 6 packs.
The printed parts from Numbered 7 packs.
The completed build from Numbered 7 packs.
The completed Level 2 stacked with Level 1.
The access to Level 2 rooms is through the back door on Level 1.
The completed build from Numbered 8 packs.
The completed roof stacked with level 1 & 2.
Horse that comes dissembled.
The completed build from Numbered 9 packs.
The street view of the Roadhouse.
I built this set in a day clocking almost 9 hours to complete.
This set has the lowest minifigures count amongst the sets reviewed to date. However, this is compensated with high printed piece counts which I believe is welcome to many people like myself who have the issue of sticking stickers onto the tiles in correct alignment.
I really like how the printed tiles really add to the effect of a oriental building.
The entrance has captured the essence of a temple or ancestral hall and can be easily modified into one by the replacement of the signboard.
Hope you have enjoyed this. Thank you for reading!
Do check out my earlier reviews of the Zhong Hua Street (中华街) and stay tune for the last review of the 2nd wave.