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Best Selling Items

UG70030 Ugears Model Hurdy-Gurdy

62.50

Ugears Model Hurdy-Gurdy Ugears keeps expanding the creative world of hobbies and opening an assembly process as ...
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78040 6pc Expo Nutrunner Set

16.95

Set includes 1.5/2/2.5/3/4/5mm. Suitable for 6/8/10/12/14 & 16BA Nuts. High quality tips manufactured in chrome vanadium steel, heat ...
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79920 Expo Professional Rapid Cable Stripper

14.95

799-20 Expo Professional Rapid Cable Stripper Strips mains cable outer sheath without adjustment! Features: ...
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26090 MTroniks Viper Marine 15

27.99

260-90 Viper Marine 15 15A limit & motor short protection. Forwards & reverse. 1.0KHz Drive Frequency.Adjustable reverse ...
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AB605 Expo Super Detail Airbrush Deal

89.95

AB605 Expo Super Detail Airbrush Deal. Perfect for beginners and experienced airbrushers alike. Complete set - nothing else ...
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Hot Wire Foam and Polystyrene Cutter with Large Y Bow and Knife

29.95

743-75 Hot Wire Foam and Polystyrene Cutter with Large Y Bow and Knife USES 4 x AA Batteries ...
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New Products

MIG8505 AMMO 1/48 Harrier AV-8S MATADOR

59.95

1/48 Harrier AV-8S MATADOR

PE parts included
2 types of ejection seats available
Positionable exhaust nozzles
Air intakes can be positioned open or closed
Different stores configuration available
Three different versions: American, British and Spanish

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UG70155 Ugears Model Mechanical Aquarium

42.99

UG70155 Ugears Model Mechanical Aquarium

Mechanical Aquarium | Assemble & Watch the fish swim!

The Mechanical Aquarium from Ugears is an ingenious saltwater fishbowl, with two pet tropical fish chasing each other around a forest of macroalgae fronds, inside of which hides another small inhabitant of the marine environment—a seahorse! The beauty, variety and intrigue of saltwater fish-keeping makes it one of the world's most popular hobbies. Perhaps you are a snorkeling or diving enthusiast, and would like to be reminded of underwater adventures when you've dived a colorful reef or explored a kelp forest. Building Ugears' charming and unique wooden models, brain teasers and 3D puzzles has become a popular hobby for thousands of people in 85 countries across five continents. Now you can combine these hobbies in a single model!

Not only is this DIY aquarium model kit, with its original theme and design, a fine addition to the Ugears catalogue, but it also features a unique mechanical action. The fish and algae rotate simultaneously and in parallel, at different speeds and in different directions, simulating the smooth, undulating rhythms of underwater plant and animal life. The elegant fish look like they are really swimming as they move their heads and tails side-to-side. The Mechanical Aquarium model is unique in that while many Ugears models are propelled by rubber band motors, the Aquarium is driven by a spring, for longer action and greater longevity. At Ugears we pride ourselves on innovating, and on listening to our loyal customers, many of whom have been asking for models with spring-loaded mechanisms. We are proud to bring you this spring-action aquarium—a first in our growing catalogue of Ugears models!

To set the model in motion, wind the knob under the aquarium with about 25 half-turns, flip the switch from "STOP" to "SWIM" mode, then watch as your Mechanical Aquarium comes to life! The mechanism contains an internal pendulum to regulate and smooth the movement. We have designed this model to be the very definition of operational simplicity for users: one switch, two modes: on and off. You can stop the model at any time, or just let it go and enjoy the movements of the automaton fish and fronds for about 40 seconds.

Did you know the ancient Romans and Aztecs had rudimentary saltwater aquariums? (Those of the Aztecs were far grander). In 1846 British marine zoologist Anna Thynne created and maintained the first ecologically balanced marine aquarium over a period of three years, providing the inspiration for the London Zoo's Fish House seven years later. It wasn't until a century later, in the 1950s, that saltwater aquariums as a personal hobby really took off. Because of the need to periodically replenish tanks with fresh seawater, most early hobbyists lived near the ocean. Saltwater tanks have always required the hobbyist to buy quite a bit of associated equipment, including filtration, aeration, and lighting systems. Over the years, the aesthetics and technologies associated with saltwater aquariums have progressed, with bleached corals giving way to live rock and coral species, better water quality testing, better temperature control systems, commercial captive-breeding and coral propagation to reduce harvesting from vulnerable marine environments, and better understanding of species interconnectedness.

Not everyone is up to the challenges or expense of setting up and maintaining a saltwater fish tank. Even a basic starter tank for beginners represents a substantial, ongoing investment of time and resources. But with the Ugears Mechanical Aquarium, you can dip into the fascinating underwater world with an attractive, whimsical wooden model you can build yourself, then proudly display. Once the model is assembled your family and friends will have hours of enjoyment watching the automaton fish swimming with lifelike action around their wooden bowl, while getting occasional peeks through the fronds at the secretive seahorse. And you'll never need to test or change the water!
At Ugears we strive for gorgeous design with surprising mechanical action, to charm and delight our customers. We think you will agree we have achieved that with this beautiful Mechanical Aquarium. With Ugears there's always that extra touch of whimsy, embodied in this model by the hidden seahorse at the center. Part of our core mission is to bring people together, especially across generations, as they build and play with our unique mechanical marvels. Make the Mechanical Aquarium your next family project!

The Mechanical Aquarium has 325 pieces, is rated "Medium" level, and has an estimated assembly time of 6 hours. As you build the wooden aquarium, you will learn about the action and interplay of drive gears and driven gears in gear sets, the function of pendulums, and about spring-action mechanisms. You will experience the satisfaction of building something beautiful with your own hands, without need of glue or special tools. Everything you need for this fun DIY project comes right in the box: high quality plywood boards with precision laser-cut pieces that you snap out then snap together, the metal spring that powers the mechanism, and of course a set of detailed, illustrated instructions in 11 languages.

Looking for a unique gift idea for a friend or family member? Maybe someone you know is a saltwater aquarium enthusiast, a model building hobbyist, or simply someone who enjoys working with their hands. Maybe you're the hobbyist looking to share with friends and family the joy you find in saltwater aquariums, snorkeling or diving, or building 3D puzzles. Perhaps there are some children in your life who would be delighted to wind up this model and set the fish spinning around their bowl again and again. The Mechanical Aquarium is certain to charm, and makes a thoughtful gift for birthdays, holidays, any occasion or no occasion. Give it as a DIY kit wrapped up in its handsome box, or build it yourself and present the finished Mechanical Aquarium as a personal gift in which you have invested your time and care. Either way, the wooden Mechanical Aquarium will be a cherished gift, and a delightful addition to any home or office.

Model size: 9.3*9.3*7.9 in (23.5*23.5*20 cm)
Package size: 14.9*6.7*1.3 in (37.8*17*3.4 cm)

- Number of components: 325
- Estimated time of assembly: 6 hours
- Level: Medium


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MIG2075 AMMO PLASTICATOR THIN

4.75

MIG2075 AMMO PLASTICATOR THIN

Surface preparation solution for any porous material, enabling paint adhesion to any surface. Jar 40mL

AMMO presents you with a new surface preparation solution for all modeling materials. Using the latest technology, we present the ideal solution for preparing any porous material, enabling paint adhesion to any surface. This will save both time and the amount of paint required to cover absorbent surfaces.

With Plasticator products you can give any surface the texture of plastic, allowing you to paint on materials that prevent proper paint adhesion such as plaster, cardboard pieces, balsa & other woods, and laser cut paper kits.

This product seals paper parts, very porous materials such as plaster, and all types of wooden surfaces which also have porous surfaces that would otherwise absorb your paints and require large amounts just to cover the surface.

Plasticator is available in two different densities:

Plasticator Thin A.MIG-2075 and Plasticator Thick A.MIG-2076. Both are non-toxic and water soluble for easy clean up.
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MIG2076 AMMO PLASTICATOR THICK

4.75

MIG2076 AMMO PLASTICATOR THICK

Surface preparation solution for any porous material, enabling paint adhesion to any surface. Jar 40ML

AMMO presents you with a new surface preparation solution for all modeling materials. Using the latest technology, we present the ideal solution for preparing any porous material, enabling paint adhesion to any surface. This will save both time and the amount of paint required to cover absorbent surfaces.

With Plasticator products you can give any surface the texture of plastic, allowing you to paint on materials that prevent proper paint adhesion such as plaster, cardboard pieces, balsa & other woods, and laser cut paper kits.

This product seals paper parts, very porous materials such as plaster, and all types of wooden surfaces which also have porous surfaces that would otherwise absorb your paints and require large amounts just to cover the surface.

Plasticator is available in two different densities:

Plasticator Thin A.MIG-2075 and Plasticator Thick A.MIG-2076. Both are non-toxic and water soluble for easy clean up.
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MIG4532 AMMO BURNT OUT NO33 TWA

8.00

MIG4532 AMMO BURNT OUT NO33 TWA

Title: The Weathering Magazine Issue 33 - Burnt Out
Author/s: Kreangkrai Paojinda, Daniel Morcillo, Lalo Zeleny, Frank Cournede, Mig Jiménez, Ricardo Rivas
Publisher: AMMO by Mig Jiménez
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian & Polish
No. of pages & Description: Soft cover, 68 pages with high-quality full colour photographs
ISSN: 2340-275X

The Weathering Magazine is the only magazine completely focused on the most enjoyable and effective painting and weathering techniques for finishing scale models and figures, created to fuel your imagination and provide the learning experience you need to explore the limits of your modelling aspirations.

The latest issue of your favourite magazine concentrates on "Burned Out" subjects: the conflagration and destruction bought about by war on models of all topics. This presents a wide range of interesting painting, weathering and narrative opportunities. Such as the burned out Russian T-72B featured in "Ukrainian Rebel," which explains not only painting and weathering techniques, but also how to modify a tank kit to show damage. In a similar vein "The Würger Is Down" shows how to add damage to a wrecked FW 190D-9, and its immediate surroundings during it's crashed landing. Whilst "Abrams in Ashes" focuses on an M1A1 Abrams during Operation Desert Storm; the result of friendly fire or deliberate damage to prevent capture. Architecture also does not avoid the damage of battle, and Franck Cournede shows the techniques required for modelling a damaged building. Next "The Fallen Soldier" explains step-by-step the different weathering techniques applied to a sci-fi mecha; a great chance to work with extreme weathering in a fictional setting. Then the iconic Jagdpanzer IV/70 (A) is the focus of various weathering techniques while showing the interesting contrast that can be achieved with intact camouflage next to the fire damage of an impact hit. Finally, Mig Jimenez shows how to work with fire damage on 1/700 scale naval models in "Exocet Inferno HMS Sheffield Ablaze," using real photographs to create an accurate and realistic result. No matter the topic of your burned out models, this new issue of The Weathering Magazine is sure to leave you inspired in your projects!

The Weathering Magazine explains all featured painting and weathering techniques with detailed "step-by-step" articles, each showing you how to perform each technique as illustrated through high-quality images and concise descriptions from some of the world's best modellers. This eagerly awaited new issue of TWM is sure to be a collector's favourite, each page filled with useful techniques and every article a learning resource full of inspiration for all genres and levels of modeller.
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MIG5206 AMMO TWA CAMOUFLAGE

9.00

MIG5206 AMMO TWA CAMOUFLAGE

The sixth issue of The Weathering Aircraft focuses on painting and weathering techniques for aircraft models. The color of the aircraft is certainly one of the main factors when we decide upon our next project. It is for this reason we have selected this subject, and instructed our contributors to work on it, explaining how to paint some of the most attractive camouflage schemes in great detail, which will allow you to build eye-catching and appealing models. Throughout these pages you will learn different techniques, from creating our own masking, to doing a whole camouflage scheme using decals. In addition, we will also see decorations as diverse as the flashy WWI lozenge patterns or today´s sophisticated digital camouflage schemes. As always, this magazine explains with detailed “step by step” articles, how to perform every technique as illustrated through high quality photos and concise descriptions by some of the finest modelers in the world. Printed on high quality glossy paper, TWA is a collectible resource packed with useful techniques and inspiration.
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