If you love building models from kits, then Orpheus belongs in your collection. He's an adorable robot that features a music box and an LED to light up his heart.
Building Orpheus is a fun project for both young and old and although some experience with model building will help, it doesn't require a huge amount of skill. These kits are often referred to as a 3D puzzle, but they're not like a jigsaw puzzle. Step-by-step illustrated instructions guide you along the way and as long as you're patient and take care, you'll be rewarded with a new friend to share your desk.
- 221 pieces
- Average build time: 10 hours
- 6 plywood sheets & all other required parts
- LED light
- Music box
- Wood glue
- Illustrated instructions
- 2 x A76 batteries (equivalent to 357A, AG13, LR44, V13GA)
- Model Number: AM601
- Music box tune: Can't Take My Eyes Off You
- Model weight: 250 grams
- Box weight: 800 grams
- Assembled size: 15.0 x 9.2 x 18.5 cm
- Box size: 19.5 x 7.4 x 27.3 cm
- Not a toy - not suitable for children 3 or under
- Includes small parts that could be a choking hazard
What could possibly go wrong?
Although you're pretty much just punching out parts and putting them in the right places, all model building requires skill. If you're not careful, you could damage the parts during removal, lose parts or install parts the wrong way round. Some parts are delicate and can get damaged if you apply too much pressure. As with any skill, the more practice and experience you have, the better the result. Take your time and enjoy the experience.
What is the recommended minimum age to build Orpheus?
14 - however be prepared to help out. If you're looking for an easier build, try the regular Music Box collection.
What is the recommended maximum age to build Orpheus?
You need steady hands and decent eyesight. The writing on the instructions and some parts are small, so if you've hit middle age and you're not already using glasses, you might need a small magnifying glass.
How does the music box work?
A key is supplied that fits through the back of Orpheus into the music box. Give it a few turns and enjoy the music. The box also drives the gears on top.
Do all the parts need to be glued?
Most of the parts are secured by simply pushing them into place. However some steps do require glueing and this is indicated in the instructions.
Do any parts move?
Yes. You can move his arms and legs. Also when the music box is operated, small gears at the top rotate.
How long will the battery last?
It's an LED, so expect to get several hours of use.
Are the batteries hard to find?
No - Orpheus uses a common button battery (see requirements above) available from hardware stores, supermarkets and chemists.
Is Orpheus fragile?
If he topples over? Probably not. If he is dropped from a height? There's a good chance something will break.
Do I need to sand the parts?
The parts on some wooden model kits can be slightly rough on the edges and it's recommended that you give them a light sanding. However with most parts in this kit, this is unnecessary. However occasionally when you remove parts, they might not detach from the sheets cleanly, leaving a tiny burr. You can remove this using the supplied sandpaper.
Can I paint Orpheus?
We think he looks cool in a raw finish, but one of the nice things about a kit is you can make it your own, so feel free to personalise as you wish. Orpheus is made from plywood so you can apply just about anything including paint or lacquer. Our recommendation is to paint prior to assembly as getting a brush into every little section would be really fiddly once he's been built. The moving gears on top of his head need to be carefully aligned and excess paint may prevent these parts from moving. If necessary, lightly sand your paint on parts that need adjusting.
Orpheus is cool. Does he have any friends?
Yes he is and yes he does. See the photo below.
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