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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Metal Earth laser-cut model review- Avro Lancaster.

Stumbled across this laser cut miniature model a few weeks ago while on the Cali trip with my eighth graders.  These are made by Metal Earth, and are VERY detailed and fun to put together, although they are NOT what I would call easy to assemble.

I paid quite a bit more than amazon is asking for the same kit here ($6.64):  http://www.amazon.com/Fascinations-Metal-Earth-Laser-Model/dp/B00FFCI2XU/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436406536&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=metalearth+lancaster

Very small package.  They claim to have 360 degree views to help assemble the models here: http://www.fascinations.com/metalearth/gallery360 but I was unable to find the Lancaster there.



Laser cut, very detailed, and dang challenging to put together. Fairly simple when you look at the directions and parts...



But looks can be deceiving.





These little engine pods were a pain to build. If you can find a rod about the diameter of what you need its pretty easy to curl the metal around it.





Starting to come together!





Done.





Part of what makes it so hard to do is the size- pretty dad gum small.








So overall this was a WAY fun project.  Took me maybe an hour and a half start to finish.  It was challenging enough to make it exciting but not so hard I got frustrated with it.  Definitely NOT for begginers or very easy.  I do think they have a few simpler models that might be great to try and see if you like it. 

I *definitely* recommend this to any model builders or people who like to work with their hands.  I think they are a bargain at the prices you see them on amazon, and there is a HUGE variety- planes, tanks BUILDINGS, Transformers, and even STAR WARS ships!!!

Here are a few of the others:



http://www.amazon.com/MetalEarth-3D-Metal-Model-Pirate/dp/B005Y22FY8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1436407434&sr=8-4&keywords=metal+earth

http://www.amazon.com/Halo-Metal-Earth-Warthog-Model/dp/B00QE4RVEO/ref=sr_1_47?ie=UTF8&qid=1436407553&sr=8-47&keywords=metal+earth
http://www.amazon.com/Fascinations-Metal-Earth-Laser-Model/dp/B00TMTSZKC/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1436407805&sr=8-9&keywords=metal+earth+prime
And my PERSONAL favourite- The John Deere model B!

http://www.amazon.com/Metal-Earth-3D-Model-Tractor/dp/B00BELHSZO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436407889&sr=8-1&keywords=metal+earth+tractor

There are *hundreds* more to choose from.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

mike gillette said...

Hey dork punch, I've seen your posts on the XL forum, this explains (a little) your fascination with old XLs' :-).