|Level (Complexity):||Advanced (7)|
|Type:||Wooden 3D Puzzle|
|Object:||assembling the mechanism|
|Number of components:||726|
|Estimated time:||12-15 Hours|
|Size:||Console: 16.5*13.4*12.2 in (40.2*34*31 cm) |
Plane: 5.5*4.7*3.1 in (14.5*12*8 cm)
Helicopter: 8.7*7.1*3.5 in (22*18.5*9 cm)
|Packaging:||cardboard (14.6*6.7*1.3 in (37.8*17*3.2 cm)|
|Materials used:||Organic wooden pieces|
|Safety:||sharp objects, choking hazard|
The Aviator is truly one of the most complex and exquisite mechanical models that Ugears has to offer.
Unlike many models in Ugears line up — it consists of 3 (!) different modules that must be assembled separately first.
The first module is the console — the tower itself with an attached wind-up mechanism and a joystick to regulate the altitude, or rock and pitch, of your flying endeavours.
The other two modules are a Plane and a Helicopter that must be attached to the tower bar before you take off.
Helicopter can be flown on lower speeds and is generally easier to control. Three-blade head and tail motors are fully animated and the cockpit doors can be opened as well — that makes it no less exciting than a plane.
The plane has no movable or animated parts, but it is can be more fun to play with due to higher rotation speed. It will take you some skill to fly effectively and, maybe, a few hours of training with a helicopter first.
The console itself is a very complicated mechanism to assemble and will probably consume most of your time.
There is a lot of rotary parts that connected from the joystick to the wind up mechanism and the tower itself. The special motor controller attached to the console can regulate the speed of rotations — higher for plane and lower for helicopter.
The joystick can regulate the pitch of the bar by moving in forward and backward and rocking by moving it sideways.
Overall, it’s a great model from Ugears that will take a lot of skill to assemble, but, at the same time — very rewarding in terms of play-value and a wow-factor. Assembling this set from all by yourself from the very start to the finish will definitely make you proud of yourself and give a pleasant sense of achievement.
The two different flying models certainly bring even more variety to te table, but higher RPM with a biplane tend to drain the motor too fast, so we were sticking with a helicopter more.
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- Detailed assembly tips of Ugears mechanical models you can find here.
- Download full PDF instruction in 11 languages with pictures to Aviator here.
- Watch full Aviator assembly video below.
- Made of high-quality plywood
- Be careful not to overload the rubber bands on the wind-up mechanism. Try to do no more than 25 half-turns in one go.
- Avoid getting hit by the moving plane when the mechanism is in motion. It is very easy to move your face to close in excitement.
- Perfect for family projects through hands-on STEM learning
- Detailed answers on Frequently Asked Questions about Ugears mechanical models you can find here.
- If you still have questions, ask them in the comments. We will answer in detail and include them in the FAQ list.
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