I’d like to announce that we have now finished our half term construction project: Dippy the Diplodocus. Over half term we were issued a challenge by Apples to Pears. The idea was to build a diplodocus from one of their kits in a tin. The kits in a tin were produced in collaboration with the National History Museum. As you may well know, Dippy the Diplodocus is the National History Museum’s famous dinosaur skeleton who is currently on a national tour. We liked the idea of having our very own Dippy at home with us, but we have visited the real Dippy in London before now.
Our Dippy is made of 60 pieces of FSC wood and he’s 46cm long. His pieces all comes neatly packed up in a metal tin and he makes a nice gift (easy to wrap too, or is just me who thinks about that?). You just press out the pre-cut wood pieces and start work. The pieces pop out of the wood quite easily and you have your parts ready to go. I’d suggest that you pop out a sheet at a time, rather than popping out the sheets all at once, and then having to work a bit harder to identify which piece was which in the instructions. The instructions do refer to particular numbers of pieces of wood and it would be easier to follow if you knew which sheet of wood each piece had come out of.
The instructions are clear and easy to follow (we liked that they were illustrated with photos rather than line drawings), but H decided that we would make it more difficult for ourselves (I’m not sure why) by not using the glue provided. Using the glue would make the dinosaur more robust I’m sure and we did have a few tricky moments because we had decided to do without.
Anyway we managed without the glue and Dippy is still standing now a few days later. We have him on display on the mantleshelf.