I was able to find time over several nights to assemble a metal puzzle. In a Google+ posting, Linus Torvalds mentioned working on a Star Wars model, and I was curious to see what other models were available by Fascinations. I eventually ordered this:[amazon_link asins=’B00S5V98HC’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’winte0db-20′ marketplace=’CA’ link_id=’e615e664-5424-11e7-b003-f119972d5e31′]
It sat, unopened, on my desk for a few months, but I finally tore open the packaging and started putting it together. After about 15 minutes, I realized I wasn’t going to be able to do it with just fingernails, I needed a proper tool, very fine needle-nosed pliers. So, I ordered those, and waited a few days.[amazon_link asins=’B009DFK1TS’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’winte0db-20′ marketplace=’CA’ link_id=’4439c833-5425-11e7-84b7-93844903fcf8′]
Some of the tabs were very hard to place, I needed to borrow a magnifying visor to get the tabs into the slots, but things went relatively smoothly. I broke three pieces. Two of the breaks aren’t noticeable, there were enough tabs to hold everything together. The last piece broke when I was trying to remove it from the metal sheets, you can see a gap near the front of the upper cupola on the model where some of the length of that piece broke off. Here’s the final version:
Overall, it was a fun experience. Not frustrating, but it did require patience.