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John’s first Metal Earth Kit

by on February 9, 2016

I was recently given a kit from our Metal Earth collection.

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These kits come in many varieties, including several Star Wars models.

My wife chose the R2-D2 kit for me 🙂

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The kit includes 2 metal sheets of pre-cut parts that just need to be punched out.

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Pictorial instructions are included too, but you’ll need some small tools to complete construction.

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The first step was assembly of the domed head. I thought this was going to be very difficult because of the curved shape, but it went quite well. I was on my way.

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Next I needed to form the two halves of the main body. Curving the pieces was pretty easy because they’re so thin.

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A couple details needed to be added to the inside of the body halves before they could be joined.

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Next it was on to the legs. They were much more complicated than any previous steps. But I was ready for a challenge.

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The legs had to be attached to the body before the head.

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R2 is really taking shape now. The feet may be the hardest part of this kit but they’ve worked me up to it.

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Haha, he looks like he wants to help.

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See all the detail in his feet. There are several parts with lots of folds involved but it all went smoothly.

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These are some of the parts used to make his center foot.

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Now the center foot parts are attached to his bottom.

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He’s almost done! Time to mount him to the display base.

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I spent about four hours over two separate days on this little project. I decided to split it up because my eyes were getting a little tired. The tabs and slots are very small. I may use my magnifier lamp for my next kit.

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Overall I really enjoyed making R2-D2. I was concerned when I first opened the package that the metal sheets might be sharp. I imagined poor R2 would end up all bloody from my cut-up fingers. However, I never cut myself through the entire process.
Now I just need to decide which kit to make next 🙂

Here is a little video of R2 on one of our solar powered spinners. He looks great in the sunlight.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you try one of our Metal Earth kits yourself. Here is a link to our selection:
Metal Earth (link)

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