Ugears 3D Wooden Mechanical Model Combine
Utilizes a pull-back motor to move, a hand-brake, and a spinning cutter board. 2-3 hour assembly. Measures 10.8"x6.5"x5.2".
The UGEARS Combine Harvester is a top-to-bottom example of the wonders of mechanics. Drag the harvester backwards to wind up its rubber band motor. Release the hand brake lever and off you go to bring in the crops. You'll see the cutter board reel at the front spin just like a real harvester, but what you won't see is a hidden box to the left of the driver's cabin for sending love notes to your favorite farmer.
Wooden mechanical 3D model: self-assembly requires no glue
Number of parts: 154
Assembly time: 3-4 hours
Model size: 5.3" x 6.5" x 11"
Fully-functional mechanical models from nothing but laser-cut plywood? It sounds sketchy, and perhaps even fragile, but there's nothing amateur about these high-quality kits. Each box contains several sturdy wooden sheets of laser-cut pieces, with each piece numbered according to its chronological use in the instruction booklet. The booklet itself is the veritable pice de resistance of the kits, utilizing full-color 3D illustrations, "magnified" steps for small pieces, a straightforward labeling system, and helpful symbols for tricky steps. Once completed, the scale model operates just like the real thing, mimicking behavior as closely as 1/8th-inch plywood (and a few extra bits) can. Safes have combination locks, engines push pistons, and vehicles feature functioning transmission and rubber-band powered motors. All components are natural and sustainably-sourced. Oh, and did we mention the holy grail of model construction? No glue required.
The kits provide a range of complexity (between 1-12 hours), with 14 being the youngest recommended age for completing all models solo. With limited adult supervision or model-making experience, most kits can be completed by those as young as 11 or 12 and are durable enough for extended use. All models are beautifully designed and just about the right size for pretend play, and they can even be painted using watercolors or other thin paints! And of course, at the forefront of each and every lovingly crafted kit is a dedication to mechanics: you're not just putting it together; you're learning how it functions.
over 2 years ago