Laser cut/engraved Mini-Kits
I designed some of these kits a few years ago and wasn't really too sure what to do with them as the first kits were quite large. I then set myself the task of making all the designs fit onto a sheet of ply 187mm x 132mm, this is to maximise the number I can get from the sheet material and also it fits standard packaging so I don't have to have it specially made.
The kits are all simple to build and come with easy to follow instructions.
I've started off with iconic things associated with the North East of England, The Tyne Bridge (built by the same company and basically the same design as the Sydney Harbour bridge) The Angel of the North, Stephenson's Rocket, Stephenson's Locomotion No.1 and a Roman Torsion Catapult (the Romans were all over here a few years ago!) New kits I am currently designing are Durham Cathedral, Baltic art centre and others.
The kits are made from 3mm Italian Poplar Plywood which is PEFC Certified (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification)
The kits can be painted easily with Acrylic paint, The Angel of the North has been painted to give you an example.
I have my own laser machine that I will be using to make all the items and as it is in my workshop/cabin in my garden I will be in there until all the kits have been made and packaged if this is successful.
If this kickstarter is successful then I would like to upgrade my computer and drawing skills as everything I know has been self taught with a lot of mistakes thrown in!
Risks and challenges
As I have my own laser with a spare tube in case of emergencies, the only real challenge would be in receiving the sheet material to work on but the company I deal with is very good at next day deliveries. The only other challenge I can think of is the delivery overseas being a bit longer than estimated sometimes. As soon as I get close to my target I will start to manufacture the kits so I am already up and running when the closing date arrives.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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