Mechanical Butterfly Model Kit
Fascinated by the unique synergy of nature and mechanics, UGears continues to explore the amazing world of automatons and presents its latest mechanical pet, the Butterfly model – a 3-D puzzle.The Butterfly is not a static stand model, but an animated kinetic sculpture. Each of its...
The Butterfly is not a static stand model, but an animated kinetic sculpture. Each of its details is designed to make sure it fits its own place and plays its own part in the workings of this outstanding mechanism. Equipped with a rubber band motor, the mechanical automaton moves, imitating the flutter of a butterfly but with no external power source or batteries.
As with every model in the UGears family, The Butterfly requires no glue or additional tools to assemble. You will build your new model out of ready-made parts (details) that come precisely precut in high quality natural plywood boards. Slightly pushed, the parts easily pop out of the board.
The assembly is constructed by blocks: initially, the details must be put together to form smaller blocks that in their turn will compose the whole model. The process of assembly is described in a comprehensive step-by-step instruction manual with detailed color illustrations, in 11 languages (English, German, French, Polish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, and Korean). The assembled model is 290mm х 550mm х 400mm in size and includes 161 parts.
Craft paper is used to make the Butterfly’s delicate wings. The lower wings change their tilt angle when the model is working to ensure that the movements of the automaton resemble those of a real butterfly. Two front pairs of its legs move while the wings flutter. The back pair of legs are used as launch/stop levers of the rubber band motor. Butterfly comes with two sets of wings: a color one and a less bright, beige one that you can paint as you like.
The Butterfly sits on a flower-shaped platform. The elastic support slightly bounces the model, making its movements more realistic so that the Butterfly dances and flutters in the air approaching the flower.
UGears strives to share its knowledge and passion for smart mechanisms with children and adults, kids and parents. The innovative company wants the complex and beautiful world of mechanics to become closer and more comprehensive. This is why the body of the Butterfly is designed in a skeleton-style, which allows you to see the working of gears and blocks inside and understand how the mechanism works.
This interesting and attractive model is fun to assemble, study, and play with. It can be a wonderful present to a friend, colleague or family member. The delicate iconic design from UGears guarantees that your new model will look gorgeous in any home or office.
- Perfect STEM activity
- Number of parts: 168
- Assembly Time: 3 hours
- Includes step-by-step instructions with color pictures
- No tools or glue needed
All the motion is done with rubberbands the placement of which is very hard and not very clear. sometimes it calls for doubling the thickness of the bands which makes it very difficult to install. The item looked good when finished but mine is strictly a shelf ornament.