Flutterbye Butterfly - kit reviews
The Miss Lydia Pickett children's room furniture isn't being made in 1/24th scale, so I wasn't sure what I was going to do for my little girl's room. I wanted something a bit special. Then I spotted several Flutterbye Butterfly kits in the Christmas sale at 'In Some Small Way'. This is another Robin Betterley line, with lovely artwork featuring butterflies and patchwork in pastel colours, which may be discontinued as I can't find many other examples on the internet. I bought the wagon, bench, push toy, child's table and chairs, and wardrobe kits in the sale. Judith is going to order me the matching bed as she was out of stock.
Overview: Like the MLP kits, the laser cutting is clean and crisp on these kits, with minimal charring. The wood is fine grained and good quality. Unlike the MLP kits, there is very little labelling lasered into the wood to identify components, meaning that multi-piece kits like the wardrobe can be somewhat confusing. This is not helped by the instructions having no illustrations or photographs other than the somewhat fuzzy photograph on the packaging. Also, some of the kit photographs do not seem to exactly match the kit, presumably because the kits were offered in different scales and were not all identical. The artwork is charming, but I struggled with some of it because the very tiny pieces sometimes do not have a very clear outline to cut to. The kits are charming in concept, with a real touch of whimsy and although the shapes are simple, the artwork makes them different and special.