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: ouch not good. don't know that i'd know where to start, maybe turn off the water to the tank and get a mop?
Oct 20, 2020 5:09:15 GMT -7
tomcat65: My toilet tank cracked, one of the bolts fell out, and flooded my bathroom. I'm going to be busy for a while. Got the floor ripped out and starting all over fresh. The witch doctor has already superseded my last nerve, Christmas is coming.. YAY! .. omg..
Oct 19, 2020 19:40:35 GMT -7
lurker: i have a tv and get 5 or 6 broadcast channels, just no interest on my part.
Oct 19, 2020 18:36:29 GMT -7
gonefishin: tv makes u mentally ill. and I cant afford cable anyway so F it!
Oct 19, 2020 17:23:08 GMT -7
lurker: i don't watch tv at all, so no granny panty ads for me
Oct 17, 2020 1:29:21 GMT -7
desertbikes: I'm voting to ban all political, Medicare, ED & menstrual commercial. Oh, and fat women dancing in their granny panties commercial.
Oct 16, 2020 18:25:15 GMT -7
lurker: i voted. it is the civic duty of every american to vote for the candidate of your (or preferably, my ) choice). vote or quitcherbitchen. vote like your life depends on it!
Oct 15, 2020 8:14:40 GMT -7
lurker: still alive and well, we're still alive and well. every now and then i know it's kind of hard to tell, but we're still alive and well. (johnny or edgar winter, i think)
Oct 15, 2020 8:12:10 GMT -7
desertbikes: I'm living amongst the primitives in a strange land. They speak a language similar to english but not quite the same. Its a land without masks. Without diet soda. Where, at 235lbs, I am frequently the thinnest person in the room. They call it, Oklahoma.
Oct 15, 2020 7:14:26 GMT -7
lurker: AHA! YOU'RE ONE OF THEM, I KNEW IT! naw, i don't much understand conspiracy theories. seems like a needlessly complicated way to explain greed to me.
Oct 11, 2020 19:17:01 GMT -7
gonefishin: my neighbor is a big illuminatzi conspiracy guy. the reptillians to. I nods my head but dont say much.
Oct 11, 2020 16:12:04 GMT -7
lurker: WOOOHOOO! CHAOS! ANARCHY! right after my nap. tell the illuminati i said "hi".
Oct 10, 2020 13:18:06 GMT -7
desertbikes: See you gents in a few days. On a secret mission for the illuminati free masons yarn ball club
Oct 10, 2020 9:17:52 GMT -7
lurker: expected to be ten degrees warmer & sunny tuesday. a pattern begins to emerge: go shooting when the weather sucks, keeps the crowds home, go boating when it's pleasant. meanwhile, i've got boring stuff i can do on the wood boat. lot of sanding, sealing.
Oct 9, 2020 8:42:53 GMT -7
tomcat65: Some duck hunter is reading this and wondering why you think it's too late? I've paddled back to the truck in slush before, but I was young, and dumb, and hadn't seen a duck all day. lol.. I didn't want to give up and go home!
Oct 9, 2020 8:11:38 GMT -7
lurker: there's a chill in the air, getting wet might not be a good idea. i may have waited too long.
Oct 9, 2020 7:01:36 GMT -7
lurker: no it was sticking out int the driveway so i removed it.
Oct 7, 2020 15:33:39 GMT -7