Ugears Mechanical Aquarium – wooden 3D puzzle from Ugears
Mechanical Aquarium | Assemble & Watch the fish swim!
The Ugears Mechanical Aquarium from Ugears is an ingenious saltwater fishbowl, with two pet tropical fish chasing each other around a forest of microalgae fronds, inside 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 Ugears Mechanical 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. Ugears 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 Ugears Mechanical Aquarium will be a cherished gift, and a delightful addition to any home or office.
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MECHANICAL AQUARIUM DETAILS AND SPECIFICATIONS
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FUN AND EDUCATIONAL
Teens and adults aged 14 and up will enjoy building their own 3d puzzle set. Creating the wooden puzzle model kit is challenging and may take a few hours, depending on your pace and patience. These building sets will draw out and propel your child’s ability to plan and build their own structure like a true architect or engineer.
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With laser-cut technology, the pre-cut wooden board will be easy to pop the individual pieces out of the sheets. Utilizing safe and environmentally friendly wood from all-natural trees without any added toxins, even children can safely play with sets. Also, the educational toy comes packaged with clear, simple, and very detailed English instructions as well as illustrations. Follow the steps shown in the instructions and you will build the wooden art craft set quickly and correctly.
Thrill the entire family and provide fun and entertainment by piecing this DIY wooden puzzle together. Building this 3-D Puzzle Kit can be worthy for the family to complete together. The complexity of this kit will bring families together for hours to create something truly unique to display in their homes. Believe us, this is an unforgettable family time, you will be surprised by the child’s hands-on talent. This model is also a perfect idea for a handyman or anyone who enjoys woodworking. It integrates the beauty of machinery and scientific exploration, which advocates science and technology, creativity, and freedom.
EDUCATIONAL DIY 3D PUZZLE
- Solving 3d puzzles flexes mental muscles and provides benefits for both children and adults
- Also provides an effective way to develop motor skills,hand-eye coordination, and build a better sense of structures.
- You will certainly be proud of displaying your creation to all of your friends and family!D
- Ugears Aero Wall Clock will be attractive decorations when you put them in the bookcase, display cabinets, etc.
- Wood is from all-natural trees, even children can safely play with sets without harmful chemicals.
- Build your own structure like a true architect or engineer with exquisite workmanship.
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