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
lurker: oh, good, i thought i was the only one here, talking to myself.
Aug 6, 2020 8:20:50 GMT -7
desertbikes: No doubt. I'm still in the north country among to pines. Crappy verizon signal but lucky I have anything. My usual spot was taken so while voice & test work OK, data is spotty.
Aug 5, 2020 4:29:47 GMT -7
gonefishin: to hot to type
Aug 4, 2020 19:49:34 GMT -7
lurker: i order something in maybe once a month. heck, it's usually related to firearms and i tell you guys all about it.
Jul 29, 2020 9:18:12 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yup at least 90% of the time. However I get at least 2 or 3 items per week via USPS so I have a higher probability of failures they're responsible for creating. On-Trac is the leader of lost or damaged goods so USPS isn't the worst.
Jul 29, 2020 8:39:58 GMT -7
lurker: it's been my experience that the problem is not the USPS so much as the people outside USPS at the start of the process. regular mail takes a week at most to cross the country, more like 3 or 4 days, but fulfillment and customs can take weeks.
Jul 28, 2020 13:08:09 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yes. I had forgotten about the high tech USPS labs. In March they stated with confidence, after pain staking genetic surface testing that, the mail was "probably okay to handle". The also CDC advised that wearing masks wasn't useful. Yup. High tech.
Jul 28, 2020 4:08:59 GMT -7
lurker: maybe they were testing it for you? mighty considerate, those USPS people.
Jul 27, 2020 6:29:12 GMT -7
lurker: updated in polytech thread. arrival expected tomorrow. i'm so gullible.
Jul 27, 2020 6:26:40 GMT -7
desertbikes: My personal record for longest ship time is 5 months. A PCP air/water filter shipped from Shanghai in Feb. I finally got it last month. It had been in the US since March. USPS had no explanation
Jul 27, 2020 4:39:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: Ta da! With USPS it may still take a tour thu TX & OKC before it gets to you
Jul 26, 2020 7:21:50 GMT -7
lurker: hooray! it exists! it's on its way! it's in ...minnesota? some time next week, i hope.
Jul 25, 2020 4:33:22 GMT -7
desertbikes: If you print postage yourself with a tracking #, it's not scanned at the PO where it's dropped off unless it's 1st class or "overnight". Same if it's a home pickup. 3day flat rate box only gets a origination & destination scan. It's nuts.
Jul 24, 2020 4:59:39 GMT -7
desertbikes: Besides the old trick of printing a shipping label to make it appear a thing has shipped, the USPS may only scan at the destination PO for delivery.
Jul 24, 2020 4:50:59 GMT -7
lurker: ordered a small item on the 13th from colorado for poly, $25. on the 16th they claimed they shipped, but really only assigned tracking #. today 22nd they say it has actually shipped, but tracking doesn't reflect that. not happy with e-commerce.
Jul 22, 2020 14:05:09 GMT -7
lurker: sci-fi, history and anthro are all mind-openers. math? zoom, over my head. maybe see if there's a library in the next town?
Jul 21, 2020 10:41:45 GMT -7
desertbikes: Also a few hundred lbs of process control instrumentation & PLC manuals. Maybe 25 years worth. While the internal instrumentation electronics have changed over time, the theory of operation & system placement have not.
Jul 20, 2020 7:53:05 GMT -7
desertbikes: I'll have to take a look. Most are in boxes that haven't been opened in years. Lots of scifi, some horror, history, anthropology, electronics & math.
Jul 20, 2020 5:06:31 GMT -7