This is no ordinary kit - it's a solar-powered Opportunity Rover! Build it and then set it in motion as the supplied solar panel harnesses the sunlight to power the wheels.
This is a great parent & child project to build together during holidays or over a wet weekend. Adults love these kits too, especially those who enjoy hands-on activities. The instructions are easy to follow and everything you need is supplied. Play the video below.
Build your own solar space rover!
Other hobbies will seem boring after you’ve entered the world of model building. The Vagabond Rover is a delight to build and any time you're feeling bored, just place it in the sun to commence a new journey of discovery.
Fun & easy to build
Building your Space Rover is a snap - literally. Just pop out the parts and either snap them or glue them into place. Some wood glue is supplied, so nothing further is required. Once built, you’re left with a solar-powered space rover to share your shelf space for many years. However we think the best part is building it. Whether you simply enjoy hands-on activities or you need a therapeutic break from life, the construction process is a happy balance between keeping you interested without the need of an engineering degree.
These solar space rovers kits are the perfect gift because no batteries are required! Everything you need is supplied including the solar kit and some glue. The only things you need to supply are your fingers and some patience.
Collect the set
The fun of building your own solar-powered space rover doesn’t have to stop here. There are more vehicles to add to your collection or to share with others.
What could possibly go wrong?
Building the kit is pretty straight-forward; you remove the parts and then snap or glue them into place. However 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 you practice and the more experience you have, the better the result. Take your time and enjoy the journey.
How much light is required to operate the rover?
All solar cells need sunlight to generate electricity. If the cell is in shade, including shade created by clouds, it is far less likely to be able to generate enough power. The rover will happily motor along when placed in direct sunlight.
What is the minimum recommend age to build the Vagabond Rover?
8 - but builders of this age might need some help.
What is the maximum recommend age to build the Vagabond Rover?
The kit is designed for all ages, so if you love hands-on activities then don’t let age stop you. It helps if you have steady hands and decent eyesight.
Do any of the parts need to be glued?
With this kit, most parts connect together without glue. However some parts are attached with glue and this is clearly indicated in the instructions. A tube of wood glue is included in the kit.
Do the parts need to be sanded?
Sometimes when you remove a part, it comes off with a small burr. On those occasions give the edge a light sanding using the supplied sandpaper.
Is the finished kit fragile?
It should be able to handle the occasional knock, but if it’s dropped from a height then I don’t like your chances.
- Moderate ★★★☆☆
- 156 pieces
- Average build time: 8 hours
- Wooden sheets
- Pre-wired solar set
- Wooden, plastic and metal hardware
- Wood glue
- Illustrated instructions
- Model number: LS503
- Assembled size: 125 x 160 x 120 mm
- Model weight: 400 grams
- Packaging dimensions: 238 x 177 x 43 mm
- Packaged weight: 1.1 kg
- Not a toy - keep out of reach of children under 3.
- Includes small parts that are a potential choking hazard.
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