Saturday Science Sessions – 3D Laser Cut Models, Part I

I recently received a gift of three 3D laser cut metal models: a P-51 Mustang, a Fokker D.VII, and a Space Shuttle.

The pieces are produced by the online site Fascinations (wonders created by physicists). As per their website: ‘Our goal is to captivate the imagination and inspire wonder. Designed to illustrate many magical aspects of our world, our products will cause you to react with amazement and ask “What makes that work?” or “How is that possible?” By working with engineers, scientists, magicians and most importantly, kids young and old, Fascinations® is proud to bring you the best in truly unique toys and gifts.’

Definitely up my alley, these 3D laesr cut steel models are a fun hands-on activity. All you have to do is pop out the pieces and assemble as per the instructions.

The first model I built is a Fokker D-VII – a German World War I fighter aircraft. The entire V-series were experimental, beginning from a 1916 design of cantilever wings. The V-II itself was an experimental bi-plane with a Mercedes engine, found to be unstable during initial testing. Subsequent improvements vastly increased the performance of the plane.

The D-VII entered war service in 1918, with a significant advantage of structural stability during dives, it was also able to maneouver extremely well, and climb fast at high angles of attack.

Check out the models below!

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