Glue-free, tool-free metal 'Star Wars' models

These small but flashy 3D models have great detail and can be assembled with nothing but your own two hands.

They might take Jedi-like patience to assemble, but these metal models look worth the effort. Metal Works

New metal models of iconic "Star Wars" figures can be assembled without glue or tools, though they do require a solid chunk of time.

What you do is pop out the metal pieces and fold them up to create one of four models: an AT-AT walker, the Millennium Falcon, R2-D2, or a TIE Fighter (boo-hiss). Even though the models are tiny (R2 is 2.5 inches by 2 inches by 3 inches), they have truly impressive detail thanks to laser etching.

The kits, which use a fold-and-slot design and retail for $14.95 each, are officially licensed and come from Metal Works, which has put out similar models of items such as the Eiffel Tower, the Titanic, and an old-fashioned ferris wheel.

Although the models can be assembled using nothing but your hands, the manufacturers say they've "found that a pair of pliers or tweezers can make precise assemblies a tad easier." They also say that each model takes "a few hours" to put together. So make yourself a slice of Darth Vader toast or some other "Star Wars"-themed snack and get busy.

Here's a video about metal models. Although the video was made before the "Star Wars" set came out, it will give you a good idea about how they work. And don't ask me what the deal is with the horse heads.

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