Kits

Ugears Dynamometer

Ugears Dynamometer

Flat pack model maker Ugears 48-piece kit is one of their easier builds, yet it’s simply fascinating to watch. The mechanical contraption converts air pressure to movement, which in turn spins a pointer which acts as a sort of decision maker for the next task for you to work on.

Vitascope Wood Projector Model

Vitascope Wood Projector Model

ROKR’s bass wood replica of a classic film projector is one of the coolest flat-pack model kits we’ve ever seen. Not only does it look awesome, it actually can project a short loop of film that’s included with the kit. The hand-cranked projector isn’t bright, but it requires no batteries to operate.

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Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1

Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1

Korg’s recently launched Nu:Tekt line will create DIY instruments, effects, and utilities for electronic musicians. First up is the NTS-1 a tiny, build-it-yourself polyphonic synthesizer with a digital oscillator inspired by the prologue and minilogue xd. Sound demo here.

Ugears Monowheel Model

Ugears Monowheel Model

Flat-pack model makers Ugears offers this very cool kit that lets you build a mechanical monowheel that actually drives. It has retractable training wheels, but can roll without them on smooth surfaces. With 300 parts, it looks like a challenging 3-hour build. No glue required.

Beatbox DIY Drum Machine

Beatbox DIY Drum Machine

A fun DIY kit for musicians, electronics hobbyists, and just about anyone who likes cool gadgets. The Rhythmo Beatbox lets you build a MIDI controller and drum machine in a cardboard box. It’s got arcade-style buttons, built-in sounds, a battery, and speakers. Its companion mobile app enables sound customization.

Haynes Build Your Own Kits

Haynes Build Your Own Kits

Known for their in-depth automotive repair manuals, Haynes is now making a series of kits which let you build your own rudimentary gadgets, including a retro LED handheld game, an analog synthesizer, a working amplifier, a film camera, an FM radio, and a Simon-esque memory game.

Woodsum Pinhole Camera Kit

Woodsum Pinhole Camera Kit

This fun DIY kit gives you everything you need to assemble a working pinhole camera from pieces of laser-cut wood. After you put together your camera, it captures low-fidelity analog photos on 35mm film. It’s offered in three different colors of wood.

LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron

LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron

LEGO teamed up with hypercar maker Bugatti to create this incredible 1/8th scale, 3,599-piece replica of the Chiron, which measures 22″ long, and features details like an active rear wing, a working suspension, gearbox, and a W16 engine with pistons that move.

Robot Factory Wood Model

Robot Factory Wood Model

Build your own desktop robot factory with this amazing wooden model from UGears. The 598-piece kit comes in flat-pack form, and features a variety of moving parts as well as robots that roll off the assembly line.

Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy Kit

Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy Kit

The hurdy-gurdy makes its distinctive sound by turning a rosin-coated wheel across strings as its keys are pressed. Now you can make your own with this flat-pack kit from Ugears. It looks like a very challenging build, but the end result is a functional musical instrument.

Boundless Brooklyn Model Kits

Boundless Brooklyn Model Kits

Desktop sculptures you build from recycled chipboard. They come in a variety of familiar forms, from those water towers on top of buildings, to a mailbox, billboard, and our personal fave, the halfpipe. They’re paintable, and also come in awesome artist editions.

Snap Circuits Electronics Kits

Snap Circuits Electronics Kits

Elenco’s snap-together electronics kits are a great way for kids and adults to learn the basics of circuit building without tools or soldering. Choose from a variety of different kits which make hundreds of interactive playthings.

Infento Constructible Rides

Infento Constructible Rides

Infento is kind of like an Erector set for wagons, bikes, trikes, and snow sleds. The kid-sized vehicles are constructed from dozens of supplied components using a hex key, letting kids and parents work together to build various new rides.

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