When I saw this Cruisin Classics jigsaw puzzle for $1.00 I just had to grab it! It's a real bang for a buck! Being a Classic car and a shaped puzzle painted by Lewis T. Johnson was perfect for me! You may like the following puzzle by the same artist. You may like this similar image by the same Artist and puzzle Company Classic Trains Amazon link
Overall Experience: Good
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Good, tad loose
Shape Cut: Random
Image Quality: Good
Hardest Area: Middle cars
Puzzle Dust? none
Finish Quality: Smooth, shiney
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: no
Was this purchased new? no
Recommend Level: Medium-high
Time: 5 hours
Board ALERT! The length of this one is 36" being 3 feet so prepare the puzzle workspace accordingly.
I sorted the colors as best I could into piles and even attempted to sort out edge pieces.
First I attempted to put the border pieces into place not really expecting to complete it. It's rather rare that border pieces on a shaped puzzles are easily determined.
Since this was only 500+ pieces I simply laid out all the pieces out around the bigger workspace board as the width is less than a foot (12").
The above image shows how much of the border was sorted on the first attempt of the Cruisin Classics jigsaw puzzle. The following 2 images share the work-in-progress (wip). It did take a good portion of time to get the border completed. I started with the white roof-top and 2 tires. The front hood and back trunk were next.
Picking out the text for the Diner-stores-buildings and the people in the diner went fairly quickly. The bigger, main color cars were next. The most meshy area was the cars at the inner parking lot and was the most time consuming as you can seen in the 2nd image below where all the white holes are unfinished.
The 4 closeup images easily show the 'meshy' area completed which is much clearer than on the box.
On the back of Cruisin Classics jigsaw puzzle is the image with the vintage cars numbered and then a list with the title of each car. It too gives a much clear image of the cars than the front of the box. The close up images on the front of the box did not really help me.
But the overall experience was fun for the price paid. The quality of the board was good but the cut was loose which meant moving completed sections one piece at a time. I really do like the old vintage cars so I was thrilled to see that this one had all the pieces since it was a previously loved puzzle. The Great American Puzzle Factory sure has a winner here!
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