Building a puzzle

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:

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.

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.

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