Holiday Modeling in Metal


My 10-year-old son and I tackled this modeling project over the holidays.  This is one of those Metal Earth model kits, available in toy and book stores, that consists of a couple of plates of laser-etched metal out of which you cut and bend pieces to make any of a quite impressive array of architecture, animal, vehicle and other models.  It took a couple of evenings to get our Titanic together, most of it being New Year’s Eve when we used it to kill the hours between dinner and midnight.  These models are fiddly in the extreme, but the decals are impressive.  If I do any more, I’ll get a pointier pair of needle-nose pliers first.  Most of the pieces are held together by twisting tiny little metal tabs to lock them after feeding through slots, so the pliers are your most essential tool.