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Lowpricenice 1 X Wind-powered Animaris Ordis Parvus Strandbeest Model Robot (Beige)
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To prepare the strandbeest for the propeller, a shaft slides into the top of the body. Then the propeller slides over the shaft, and a rubber stopper slides over the end of the shaft to prevent the propeller from sliding off. The shaft in my kit had too small a diameter to fit snugly in the body, and as a result slid in and out freely. Almost immediately upon blowing on the propeller, the shaft would slide out and the gear on the propeller would disengage, causing it to stop working. The rubber stopper was too loose to prevent the propeller from moving and pushing it off of the shaft during operation, also causing it to stop working.
The propeller blades are held onto the propeller frame with provided strips of tape. The propeller blades have a curve to them and are quite stiff, however, so after a day or so the stiff blades pulled away from the tape and disconnected. This could be solved with some glue, but shouldn't need to be.
For this price point, I didn't expect super-high quality, but there are quite a few major problems with this model. It feels cheap, and several parts just can't be assembled as they are meant to be.
Individually the two kits I received were unassemblable, luckily I was able to use the first kit's rubberband to make the second kit work, then return the first as defective.
Once assembled, the actual strandbeest was very cool, and well worth the purchase, but getting two bad kits in a row makes me think there's something wrong with the supplier's quality checking.
Overall, worth the price, but be prepared to massage it to get it to work properly. I'm an adult and it took me 2.5 hours to get it working properly - around an hour to assemble (and I used a knife to trim all of the pointy edges as I broke them off the part holders used in the molding process) and an hour to fix issues and see if I could get it to walk more smoothly. A couple steps took a while to figure out, but overall, pretty decent directions. I don't think I'd turn it over to a kid without adult supervision - I think they might easily confuse minor steps, which could cause problems. Also, they might now know how to fix issues outside of the normal instructions.
Also, again the propeller, the shaft is way too tight to allow the propeller to spin on it as I believe it is supposed to do. Instead the shaft turns in the holes in the framework, lots of friction. No way you can blow hard enough, I finally tested using compressed air and got it to walk. Now I need to figure out how to make it work right.
Be careful when assembling. Test the sub assemblies for free swinging and if the bind, get out a magnifier and very carefully trim flashing. I took my time and had very low resistance when operating by hand. The prop implementation is a disappointment.
I've continued to work on this and it now works right but only after reattaching propeller blades. They stay on long enough to make the point and visitors are charmed, as I was.
Still, fun to build. Well worth the price.