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Round and Round We Go
Each Metal Earth 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. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).
The Ferris Wheel is an intermediate Metal Earth model. It consists of 27 pieces on two sheets of metal, but a lot of those are identical gondolas.
Metal Earth models have sharp edges and small pieces. They are not suitable for young children. Metal Earth used to be called "MetalWorks".
Are you curious...?
George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., built the first Ferris wheel for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, but small manually-powered "pleasure wheels" go back to 17th century Bulgaria. Ferris probably copied his idea from three 50' (15 m) wooden wheels that William Somers built a year earlier. If Somers hadn't lost his patent infringement lawsuit, we might call them Somers wheels today. The world's largest Ferris wheel (as of 2012) is the 541' (165 m) Singapore Flyer. The biggest one in the Western hemisphere is the 443' (135 m) London Eye.