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Blowin' In the Wind
Each MetalWorks model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. MetalWorks model assembly requires some patience and dexterity because they're much smaller and more intricate than our 3D wooden puzzles. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).
The Windmill is an intermediate MetalWorks model. It consists of just 20 pieces on two sheets of metal.
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
Windmills that we would recognize first appeared in Europe during the 12th century, and at the height of their development could produce as much as 1,500 megawatts of power -- a level they wouldn't reach again until 1988. Although they are seldom used for milling these days, the name stuck. Nobody calls them "wind turbines."