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The Spirit of St. Louis is an easy Metal Earth model. It consists of about 15 pieces on one sheet of metal. Assembled, it measures 4.76" x 3.51" x 0.94" (12.2 x 9 x 2.4 cm). The Spirit of Saint Louis made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1927.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 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. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
Are you curious...?
The Spirit of St. Louis was officially known as the Ryan NYP (New York to Paris) and was loosely based on the Ryan Airlines M-2 mail plane, heavily modified to fly 4,000 miles without refueling. Since it was the only NYP ever built, the government registered it as N-X-211, where "X" meant "experimental." Actually built in San Diego, the plane was christened the Spirit of Saint Louis in honor of Charles Lindbergh's supporters from the St. Louis Raquette Club in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Ryan Airlines worked closely with Lindbergh to build the plane in just 60 days with an eye toward claiming the $25,000 Orteig Prize for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris. The plane cost $10,580 (about $145,000 in 2015 dollars) and did, indeed, win the prize.
Lindbergh became a huge international celebrity. He flew the Spirit on a promotional tour over the next 10 months, allowing his old barnstorming friend Bud Gurney to take it for a short hop and become the only person other than Lindbergh who ever flew it. In 1928 Lindbergh made one final trip to Washington, DC, where he donated the Spirit to the Smithsonian, where you can see it today.