Fascinations Star Wars R2D2 Model Kit Metal Earth Fascinations
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
These amazingly detailed DIY models start as 4-inch square steel sheets and finish as amazing 3-D models. Use the easy-to-follow instructions included with the sheet to pop out the pieces, bend the tabs, and connect them at the attachment points! Build your own.
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1. The detail is truly astonishing. Even on little areas you wouldn't think they would spend much time on.
2. It's challenging... For those of us who enjoy a challenge that's a good thing.
3. It's not an overwhelmingly long project. Mine took 4 hours because of a malfunction, but even that is not especially long.
1. You definitely need tools. They don't really tell you that. I started mine fairly late at night, so I wasn't able to run and get needle-nose pliers. I managed fairly well with a pair of tweezers for twisting the tiny (and I mean tiny) tabs; regular scissors to push tabs firmly down; the clip of a pen cap to help curl flat pieces. His head looks like he was in an accident, because there's no easy way to curve that piece.
2. Don't make mistakes. Because most of the pieces will only hold up to being bent one way, one time. I bent a part the wrong way, and it was unfortunately one of the "perforated" pieces. When I bent it the correct way, the parts snapped completely off. There were no spares for that piece, so I ended up having to super-glue part of R2D2's leg together. Hopefully he wasn't planning on dancing.
3. Work on a surface that doesn't hide teeny pieces of metal. Patterned counters are not your friend.
4. If you have large hands, you're SOL. I usually hate how small my hands are, but it worked in my favor this time! The pieces are tiny, and you need to be able to carefully maneuver them.
5. The directions aren't super clear. I did fine for most of it (with the noted exception), but it helps to have some spatial recognition.., they aren't always clear on what direction things go.
In all I enjoyed most of it. I like the end result (I'd love him more without the smashed-in skull and gimpy leg). But it was way more frustrating than I had anticipated. I'm very glad I opted not to include my daughter in the festivities, or she might have learned some colorful new words.
These Star Wars models are a new evolution of kits beyond the early planes and buildings, and it shows in the details. If you compare any of the Star Wars kits to the likes of the P51 Mustang or F22 Raptor, you will see a noticeable increase in kit complexity. This translates into a more enjoyable and involved kit to build.
The detail on R2D2 is superb. The raised areas and lenses you expect to see on his dome-top are all there. The recessed ports and vents are also there in detail. The resulting model is impressive.
The difficulty of this model on a scale of 1-5 is about a 4. There is a fair amount of rounding of the metal and the construction is pretty involved, but not quite as challenging as the TIE fighter was. None-the-less, I would Not recommend this as a starter kit for those new to building Metal Earth kits. As always, I would point to the P51 Mustang as a starter.
Standard disclaimer I put on all my reviews of Metal Earth kits:
Be careful when reading the bad reviews posted by some. Some people blame their inability to complete this style kit on the kit itself. Don't be fooled, the kit itself is very high quality. The detail is superb, and the metal pieces are sturdy if you don't bend them repetitively (as you would if you made a mistake). Hence, I continue to recommend these kits to experienced builders with good manual dexterity, but not for children.
Two other invaluable tools are these:
Beadalon Slim Bent Chain Nose Pliers for Jewelry Making
Hakko CHP-170 Micro Soft Wire Cutter, 1.5mm Stand-off, Flush Cut, 2.5mm Hardened Carbon Steel Construction, 21-Degree Angled Jaw, 8mm Jaw Length, 16 Gauge Maximum Cutting Capacity
The wire cutters are ideal for clipping the parts from the metal sheets and the needle nose pliers are just about the perfect size to do most of the twists on the tabs. I also use a small 1/4" thick piece of plywood cut into a right triangle. That helps me with tabs that need bent as it sort of grabs onto the tabs and helps get them bending in the right direction. Also if it slips while trying to push the tabs it won't scratch the surface of parts like something metal would.
If anyone wants to know how I do anything else on these models just please ask.