no solder, no paint, it appears you just punch the panels out of thin sheets and fold them up.
i haven't opened the box yet. it says no glue, appears to be flat pieces which i snap out of thin precut preprinted sheets of metal. they recommend tweezers (i'm thinking hemostats) and wire cutters for the details. it goes together with slots and tabs. this particular model is for ages 14+, and is 3 & 1/2 sheets roughly 6"x9". i probably should have started with a simpler kit.
my guess is this system does boxy and cylindro-conical forms well, not so much with compound curves, so some of them will look better than others.
there are3 and a half sheets in that stack. the blue bit is bent, reflecting sky.
i'm about an hour in on the peacock, i've pretty much completed the head. that's 2 pieces, 8 tabs and slots. there doesn't seem to be any danger of cutting oneself. the sheets are .25 mm thick, so not razor-sharp, non-magnetic, brass i think. these parts are TINY, you WILL need a magnifier, and not hand-held, either. you'll need at least 2 hands. and the wire nippers need to be pointy. at this point i'm using nail clippers to get the parts off the sheets. fine hemostats seem to work ok, tweezers might work as well or better.
instructions are about as clear as your average ikea end table, but this is going to be a much more involved, drawn-out process. if you try this, definitely start with an easier kit. there's a learning curve, i expect to pick up speed, but still, it's tiny and fiddly, and there's a lot of it.
i just spent a 1/2 hour on this, put together 1 leg. after that, my hands were trembling so hard i couldn't hold the parts. i'll get back to it, but i'm really hating that these parts are so small. doubling the size would make it much easier. it's encouraging that i made some progress, but soooo sloooowwww
hooray, making progress. spent a couple of hours putting together the other leg, attaching them to the base, then building the body, attaching the head. still working on the stand, then wings and tail, which involve lots of big parts, not so much of this fiddly tiny little bits. expect to be done in another day or so!
working on wings. this involves building 4 wing panels feather by feather and attaching the panels to the two wing frames. and here i've encountered the first "this isn't going to work", and a solution.
in a classic case of "tolerance stacking", the little variations that happen with manual processes, individually insignificant, add up to make the gap separating one of the tabs from the other two, too big to fit the frame slots. no way that third tab is going in its' slot. fix? bend it over, rely on the other 2 tabs to hold it. here's an unrelated pic.
should be ok. onward, through the fog! am i the only one here who remembers the fabulous furry freak brothers and mr. natural? granted, i remember them only dimly, as if through a (purple) haze of smoke (cough cough). there's some run-on stream of consciousness.
speaking of metal puzzles... today i went to the local gun show. much of it the usual, shotguns, deer rifles, "tactical" ar15s and ar10s, AKs and mosin-nagants ($399? wtf) SMLEs ($275), pretty much the usual, but this 1 table had non-working pistols of all vintages and makes, 25 to 40 bucks. some probably irredeemable, some likely need parts, some maybe just need refinish and cleaning. good thing i don't have a CC permit, or i might have bought half a dozen. numrich and sarco are your friends.
and a pocket gun. i bought an H&R top-break revolver in 32S&W, made around ww1
desertbikes: Clear today. In fact it's steaks & air rifle day, after some seasonal generator maintenance.
Jan 18, 2020 10:51:30 GMT -7
lurker: about the same here. wearing long johns under my overalls, trying to stay indoors. overcast but supposed to be clear and cold the rest of the week. range trip scheduled for thursday, gonna take my "new" pistol.
Jan 18, 2020 7:10:17 GMT -7
desertbikes: Even we have coldish drizzly days. Today day was one. Didn't get a darn thing done.
Jan 16, 2020 19:37:07 GMT -7
desertbikes: greasewood - what creosotes are called in the southwest. Probably due to shiny or greasy look of the leaves, particularly during monsoon season.
Jan 11, 2020 18:32:03 GMT -7
desertbikes: I give up. My service (verizon) is so crappy I keep losing posts.
Jan 11, 2020 18:29:41 GMT -7
desertbikes: I've used their .45 & .38 Spl with no issues. Maybe a bit dirty but that can be subjective.
Jan 6, 2020 20:37:03 GMT -7
lurker: vendor sold me a box of magtech, brazilian. i've shot their 7.62x51 nato.
Jan 6, 2020 14:04:25 GMT -7
desertbikes: And never test anything using Winchester white box ammo. In fact, there's no reason to ever subject yourself to that junk.
Jan 6, 2020 11:31:17 GMT -7
desertbikes: I use a bucket of sand & kevlar reinforced welding gloves to test handguns. Vertically, usually in a piece of 10" galvanized stove pipe to direct the sound up. And always look away for the first shot, just in case.
Jan 6, 2020 11:29:55 GMT -7
lurker: contemplating a range trip in the next week or so. need a confluence of mild temps and sunshine. highs lately about 50, so not really cold. there's that "new" hundred year old H&R revolver to try out.
Jan 5, 2020 0:45:34 GMT -7
lurker: it's not like i have to earn a living or keep a regular schedule. sometimes i get up in the middle of the night to pee. i'm still alive and can get around on my own, so it's all good. couple of times the probabilities said i'd be dead by now so it's good.
Jan 1, 2020 6:50:49 GMT -7
desertbikes: Happy New Year fellow forum fiddlers. Looks like me & the lurkster have absolutely nothing better to do on new years eve than type & read. It does beat driving in the drunken madness & dodging stray bullets. Well, we do have gun fire & mexican fireworks (:
Dec 31, 2019 20:37:47 GMT -7