@medz they are really tiny. I’ve got a couple of the Star Wars ones. They’re very thin sheets of metal, like maybe 1-2mm thick. They slide together with small metal tabs. If you buy, make sure you have small pliers on hand, or just use your fingertips if you hate yourself.
If I am right on these, they are usually a set of pre-stamped metal plates. You punch out the pieces, and after some bending and general “Insert tab into slot” you get a finished model. I had a couple star wars ones, and i started to feel like I was going blind and quit after an hour. Neat, but not for me. Finished items always come out looking like neat little fingerprint-attracting trinkets.
Companies that make things like this send my company samples from time to time. I make the silly useless things they send but we don’t have use for such things so they go into a desk drawer to be forever forgotten. Good luck everyone that buys these useless things. The first fold will be fun then it will be time for beer!
I built the Apollo Moon lander kit from this same series of models a while back. You will absolutely NEED needle nose pliers, preferably two pairs with smooth jaws, as well as some wire cutters. Like, there is no fucking way you are getting the parts out undamaged without cutters. Hell, even if damage wasn’t an issue, well, I dunno about you but I’ve never been particularly good at ripping stainless steel with my bare hands. Anyway, the parts themselves are nicely made and the overall engineering and design is alright. The biggest downfall is the instructions- lots of ambiguous imagery and nonsensical order of operations. I remember having to take things back apart more than once to add a piece in several steps down the line from where I first assembled them.
I love these things. Build one over the course of a week as a hobby, while having a beer of course. Definitely worth it if you’re into that kind of thing, 4 bucks for multiple hours of fun. As said, not for children or lazy/uncoordinated udults.
@Euniceandrich@RiotDemon Guess what. These are knockoffs. There is zero connection between A&M Group International (seller of Model Technics) and Fascinations (seller of Metal Earth). Tanga even admitted Model Technics were knockoffs. completely unsure just how Fascinations could even have a warranty. Unless Fascinations sued A&M, won, and then ended up with the fake stuff and had to sell it off.
I cannot think about the models … I’m too disturbed by Star Trek Stormtroopers… it either means my generation is moving into memory confusion or the younger generation doesn’t understand its roots. Heartbreaking either way. ST = Science Fiction. SW = Science Fantasy…
Warning: My son and I started putting together one of theses models three years ago, a Star Wars At-At model. We pull it out once every six months or so, work on it for a few hours with extreme patience, until one of us suddenly screams out “fuuuuuuuujhgwrssht!!!”. Back in the box.
These are fun for about 5 minutes, and then you bend a piece that isn’t supposed to be bent, or slice your hand violently on a wing.
I’ve put together several, the R2, the Hindenburg, and the shuttle. They come out looking mostly like the pic on the box if you have a good set of jewelers rolling pliers. But I do echo whomever said “fingerprint attaching trinket”.
Good if you’re bored on a rainy day and don’t mind bloodshed.
In for one set #1.
I bought and built the Apollo lander last year.
Have nothing to add about these models that hasn’t already been said.
Tiny models, difficult to bend the pieces in just the right way even with the right tools - you’ll need small needle-nose pliers and snips at the very minimum.
Not sure I would call it “fun”, but it’s a good way to kill some time, occupy your mind and hands, and test your patience and threshold for frustration.
Don’t attempt these if you’re not either extremely meticulous and patient or a glutton for self-punishment.
I’m a little of all of those things - I will love/hate putting these together. lol
I have marginal interest in putting together a building one of these. I have negative interest in putting together a bridge. If I had an option of just vehicles I MIGHT have considered $20 worth it, but not for THESE assortments.
I bought the X-Wing when we were at the museum in Victoria, BC. It was the Canadian version of one of those crazy things you do when you’re in a foreign country and then regret later. It sat around intimidating me for a couple years before I finally opened it up and tried it. The first piece didn’t bend quite right and I broke a couple tabs off the second piece when I was separating it. That’s when I said “Yep” and calmly put it all in the garbage.
I received mine yesterday and put together the Eiffel Tower in about an hour.
This is probably the easiest one; if you bought set one, and especially if you’ve never built one before, I’d recommend building this one first.
I’m considering making a “building tips” thread…
@DennisG2014 I have an aspirational interest. I didn’t buy any of the bundles of kits because I thought they were a little pricey to take a flyer on. But I used to like jigsaw puzzles and think these “puzzles” could be fun, but I don’t want to slice my fingers either.
I think a tips post (with pictures hopefully) would be helpful.
@therealjrn I never cut my fingers on these. I used tweezers and a nail clipper to help assemble them. If you like puzzles, you’d probably enjoy them. I didn’t buy these because the models didn’t call out to me.
I think the next one I’m gonna build is the lunar lander.
@RiotDemon@therealjrn Honestly, my biggest tip would be: don’t do it!
Yeah, I don’t think there’s any real danger of slicing your fingers - I suppose it’s possible but, in my experience, I think you’d have to be trying to do it.
W/ only the one person expressing interest, I don’t think I’ll bother putting together an actual building tips thread.
They are ridiculously tiny and frustrating to assemble.
If you enjoy and can tolerate such a challenge, then it may be something you’d enjoy.
I have kind of a like/hate relationship with them - I don’t exactly find it fun, nor do I find the results particularly pleasing.
Apparently, I just like to punish myself. lol
Honestly, I spent the entire hour assembling the Eiffel Tower saying, “oh you f-cking c-nt” about every few minutes… and that is very possibly the simplest possible model to assemble.
I guess it’s the challenge, along with the tendency toward self-flagellation, that motivates me to do it.
In any case, the thread I was considering making would’ve been specific to the model I made - the Eiffel Tower - there were some things I learned along the way that I realized would help some people to know before hand.
If anyone is about to build that model and would like some tips, just ask.
I’m in no hurry to build the rest, but when I do, if I learn anything along the way, I’ll offer again.
General tips are that small needle nose pliers are required - I have no idea how RD managed w/ tweezers, but I suppose the right pair would work - you need to be able to hold a tiny piece of metal and get a clean, straight, accurate bend in it.
Keep in mind, the metal is a fraction of a mm thick, and the tabs and slots are no more than 2 mm - maddeningly tiny and flimsy.
Also important - make damn sure every bend is correct before you make it - the perforated fold lines will tolerate ~2 - 2.5 bends before breaking. I.e., if you bend a 90° angle, realize you have to unbend it (in order to perform some other step, e.g.) and then bend it back, there’s a very good chance it’ll just break - if you do that twice, it’ll almost certainly break.
Another general tip involves the tabs - they give you two methods of securing the tabs and instruct you which to use where - one is bending a tab 90° and the other is twisting it 90°. The twisting is by far the more reliable, secure and do-able method.
They seem to advise the bend in places that are visible and the twist in places that are not.
Ignore the suggestions and do the twist whenever possible.
Can’t think of anything else to add at the moment.
Guess what. These are knockoffs. There is zero connection between A&M Group International (seller of Model Technics) and Fascinations (seller of Metal Earth). Tanga even admitted Model Technics were knockoffs. Completely unsure just how Fascinations could even have a warranty. Unless Fascinations sued A&M, won, and then ended up with the fake stuff and had to sell it off.
@JOATMON I realized this as well.
But they seem to me to be the same quality as the one Metal Earth model I’ve made.
(Actually, these were packaged better, w/ a protective plastic sheet on both sides of the metal sheets, which the M.E. kit didn’t have.)
I did think it was strange that Meh said there’s a warranty from M.E., but really, I can’t see much need for a warranty on these things anyway.
I’d think manufacturing defects would be extremely rare on CNC laser etched items, and shipping damage would be Meh’s responsibility.