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Winged and Toothless
Assemble the die-cut pieces of circuitboard in this simple kit to make a pteranodon model (click the Related Products tab to see other dinosaurs). Teach kids basic electronics principles while they build their own cool dinosaur nightlight. Add the included 9-volt battery and it lights up like an airliner. The pteranodon model snaps together in eight simple steps, and instructions are included. There are only 18 pieces including the battery compartment and battery. Adult supervision is recommended to ensure that all of the metal contacts are touching properly -- because the joints fit very tightly (by design), young children will become frustrated and might break the solder contacts. No tools are required for assembly...but we found it a whole lot easier after using a nail file on some of the more stubborn tabs, especially on the wings (sandpaper or a rasp would work, too). Assembly only took about 20 minutes after we hit on that trick. A spot of white glue will keep the hind legs from falling off.
The assembled pterandon is a desk-friendly 7.5" (19 cm) tall x 6.25" (15.9 cm) long, with a 7.75" (19.7 cm) wingspan. Makes a great office decoration, too.
Non-US customers: this product cannot be shipped outside of the US or to US military addresses (APO, FPO, DPO).
Are you curious...?
The word "pteranodon" means "winged and toothless". This prehistoric flying reptile (which was not technically a dinosaur) probably spent much of its time gliding over ancient seas 80 million years ago in search of fish to scoop up with its sharp beak. They typically stood about 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, had a 20-foot (6 m) wingspan, yet weighed only 35 pounds (15.9 kg) thanks to their hollow bones and slight build. Pteranodons could flap their wings for powered flight to travel great distances. They had large brains and good eyesight, as do most modern birds, but no bird has ever matched the pteranodon's wingspan. Some species had a bony crest on their head that might have acted as a rudder, and some scientists believe that they had fur. More than 1,000 pteranodon fossils have been found (mostly in the American Southwest) since the first one was unearthed in 1876, many of them very well preserved. None, however, had red running lights like ours does.