This is a different kind of review, I suppose, as a father and son are making something together and, as you can see, they end up with a lovely creature.
It was time to get comfortable and put this tiny Spider we had bought from metal 3d puzzles together with the help of my son’s (much smaller hands).
The packing needs to be discussed first.
When the cardboard box was opened, it contained three smaller A5-sized jiffy bags with the components inside of each one. The 4 building videos were on a USB Stick that was located at the bottom of the packaging. Please be careful not to discard it with the package as it is a novel touch for me.
For beginners or people with smaller hands, this is a great “construction” because it requires fewer pieces but is much more complicated. The really excellent news is that my build kit comes with plenty of extra parts, so when we occasionally lost a nut on the ground and couldn’t find it or broke a watch ‘bar,’ we were still able to finish the project.
Additionally whilst there was a wealth of tools included there was no glue (that may be due to what substances can be transported by post across borders IDK) but no concerns as we had a tube of Loctite to hand. Just in case you haven’t, I’m bringing this up.
As you can see, there are also three additional screwdrivers, a tool for repairing watches, and some tweezers, all of which are warmly appreciated because the workspace is so limited. The parts are still packaged within the jiffy bags.
The first step, which involves connecting the watch face, sets the tone for the rest of the procedure, and you’ll need the watch repair tool with the little grooved end to complete it. Yet the build video does a great job of showing this, which concentrates the mind for more work.
If you have glue, the second video on the subject of glueing is quite simple to follow.
Fortunately, we were able to continue after a little drying period.
As you can see, there were very few issues with the subsequent section, which is the start of the leg “chassis,” which is fully detailed in the second building video.
One tip, though: be mindful of the pressure or tension you’re applying because the last thing you want is for one of the pieces to break in the middle of an operation.
Finally, with a firm hand but not much difficulty, it was time to attach the two half-circular pieces as the jaws.
Everything was now beginning to take shape pretty quickly.
(When I say “quickly,” I mean that the construction took about three to four hours.)
The bending of the metal piece underneath, which creates a covering to protect the legs and completes the “body,” is covered in the third building video.
It would be an excellent time to set the proper time on the watch face as the leg won’t be in the way to complicate things.
The Spider’s legs are finished in the last building video, and they certainly have a really unique appearance. These were very simple to install. Although it only makes things a little bit easier, I would suggest using a small coffee cup or a roll of tape as a stand while you’re performing this part.
Before the Spider will stand up properly, you’ll need to very softly and slowly reposition his legs. But, this is a really straightforward process, and before you know it, you and the Spider will be beaming at a job well done.
Simples! You suddenly realise that you already have another one in your collection.