KiiKA

Putting together your KiiFO kit is half the fun!

Below are the assembly instructions for the KiiKA (Car) Kit. Click on an image to see an enlarged version.

Finished product:

Kiika Car Tile

GETTING STARTED

KiiFO kits are made from quality cardboard. They are designed to be light enough so that a child can wear them for quite some time without becoming fatigued.

The thinness of the cardboard can make assembly of the kits a bit difficult in places. To facilitate construction, some of the panels come with slotted tabs through which it is possible to insert a temporary cardboard pin which helps to hold everything in place.

Take your time and enjoy the process. It will all come together at the gluing stage.

You will need:
  • scissors
  • hot-melt glue gun
  • clear space
  • craft knife is handy
  • clothes pegs make useful clamps
CHOKING DANGER

Some of the waste cardboard pieces are very small. If you are constructing a kit in the presence of a small child, put the slot waste and other small pieces of cardboard into a handy bin or bag. Poke out all of the slots before you start the project in order to eliminate choking hazards.

PAINTING AND DECORATING YOUR KIT

You can spray or roll paint onto your kit when it is still in the flat-pack form.
The white side takes paint very well.
The kit may be painted after assembly too. Felt-tip pens work well. The kit might be a work in progress. Think of it as a three dimensional canvas.

When you are happy with the decoration, submit your photos to us to put into our Gallery for others to see!

OPTIONAL

The panels may be spray painted before they are pressed out:

KiiKA assembly spray painting

step one

From a piece of scrap cardboard, such as the window press-out, cut eight thin wedges. These will be used as temporary pins to hold the kit together:

KiiKA assembly step one

step two

White side up!

Curve the bonnet, boot and roof panels by bending them one corrugation at a time.
Use the heels of both hands to progressively bend the cardboard until you achieve a uniform bend.
Do not bend the dashboard part of the bonnet/dash panel nor the backrest part of the boot/backrest panel:

KiiKA assembly step two

step three

Bonnet/dash panel should look like this:

KiiKA assembly step three

Bend over through 90 degrees along the score lines at both ends of the panel (not yet done in picture). This produces a nice ‘return’ on the panel instead of a rough edge.

Notice the slots for the lights and number plate. This is the ‘bonnet’ part of the panel.

STEP FOUR

Boot/ backrest panel should look like this:

KiiKA assembly step four

Only one return bend in this panel at the base of the backrest. Notice the slots for the number plate. This is the ‘boot’ part of the panel.

STEP FIVE

Join the boot/backrest panel to the car side with the tabs.
Pin the slotted tab and the holed tab with temporary wedges:

KiiKA assembly step five

Boot/backrest panel joined to car side. Not visible is the backrest.

KiiKA assembly step five

STEP SIX

Join the other side of the car with temporary wedges:

KiiKA assembly step six

STEP SEVEN

Join the pre-curved roof panel to the car sides. Don’t slot the tabs in at the front windscreen area just yet — you’ll need to fit in the bonnet / dash:

KiiKA assembly step seven

STEP EIGHT

Fit the bonnet/ dash panel slotted tabs through the slots on the car sides.
The slotted tabs are extra long so it is possible to insert the point of a temporary wedge into the slotted tab as it pokes out through the slot on the car side.

KiiKA assembly step eight

Gradually align the rest of the tabs and slots, all the while inserting the wedges further into the slotted tabs.

Align the tabs on the roof and gently squeeze the two car sides together. Notice the temporary pins at the bottom front.

KiiKA assembly step eight

The return at the bottom of the dash should look like this:

KiiKA assembly step eight

STEP NINE

Bend the steering wheel bracket as shown below. There are no score lines for the bends, so about halfway between the holes is pretty right.

KiiKA assembly step nine

STEP TEN

Insert the two bracket tabs into the dash slots:

KiiKA assembly step ten

Insert wedges into the slotted tabs to hold the bracket in place:

KiiKA assembly step ten

STEP ELEVEN

Roll up the rectangle panel to make the steering wheel shaft.
Roll it up across the corrugations as this will produce a longer shaft (or you can cut your own shaft panel).
Any extra length will be hidden behind the dash space.

KiiKA assembly step eleven

TIP!

It’s actually easier to wrap an elastic band (that held the flat-pack together) over one end of the shaft, then slide on the steering wheel and then insert the shaft through the bracket and through the dash:

KiiKA assembly step eleven

STEP TWELVE

Bend up the lights and the number plates as shown:

KiiKA assembly step twelve

The long sections (cowling) on the lights should be bent on each corrugation so that they will wrap around the circle.

Now is a good time to plug in the hot-melt glue gun. Glue the cowling around each light and sit them on a bench between some weights until the glue hardens.

STEP THIRTEEN

Take out the temporary wedges.
Run some glue along the inside edge of the wing mirror before you slide it into place in the slot:

KiiKA assembly step thirteen

Do the same thing for the rear indicator lights.:

KiiKA assembly step thirteen

STEP FOURTEEN

Attach the lights through the bonnet slots.
Notice how the bottom cowl tabs can be pushed completely through the slot to bring the cowl flush with the bonnet:

KiiKA assembly step fourteen

STEP FIFTEEN

Now it’s time to strengthen the car by gluing it in strategic places.
If your child is old enough, they can pretend to be a welder!

JUST REMEMBER-GLUE IS HOT!

KiiKA assembly step fifteen

The steering wheel bracket and shaft will need a dab of glue as well as the bonnet/dash and boot/backrest panels where they join to the sides of the car.

The roof will also need a few dabs along the join.

KiiKA assembly step fifteen

STEP SIXTEEN

Attach the strap to the rear as shown on the left:

KiiKA assembly step sixteen

You might find it easier to start as shown above then thread the other slot and pull it through leaving about 3 cm of tail.

Attach the strap to the front, inserting through the front-most slot and then from underneath into the rear slot:

KiiKA assembly step sixteen

If you tighten the straps so that a ruler siting on the window sills will pass through them, that will be a pretty good adjustment.

When you are happy with the adjustment, you may want to dab some glue where the straps go into the slots just to keep the straps in place:

KiiKA assembly step sixteen

STEP SEVENTEEN – LAST STEP!

Decorate the number plates and attach through the slots in the bonnet and boot:

KiiKA assembly step seventeen

Children can get into the car themselves by tipping it on its nose and ducking inside, making sure their arms go to the outside of the straps.