The Best Wooden and Metal Mechanical Model Kits for Kids and Adults

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I love when education and fun get together to create a great learning experience. In today’s post, I want to talk about how mechanical model kits achieve this. Not only that, but kids and adults can have fun while learning and have a great time.  

All the models presented on this page are great for gifts for engineers, in the case of adults. And for aspiring engineers in the case of kids.  

If you want your kid to learn complex concepts in fun ways, these mechanical models are ideal for that.  

In reality, science is interesting and entertaining. And it is due to bad teaching methods that school assignments may seem boring or challenging.  

But with the right tools, science is not only educative, but exciting and inviting. And more than often, kids seem attracted to dig more and more.  

This is why I created this site. It will help students, teachers, fathers and mothers to go about learning in new and exciting ways.  

Let’s go over some of the best mechanical model kits you can get, and explore the possibilities.  

I want you to know is these mechanical models are not expensive, and with this I mean they are less than 100 USD.  

And in most cases, you can find high quality models for less than 50 USD.  

So you won’t break the bank account here.  

Let’s look at some of these models and you’ll see for yourself. Let me start with two of my favorites for you to have an idea of what we are talking about.

Mechanical Wooden Models

If there is a material that is great for building these models that is wood.  

The reason wood is so fantastic is manufacturers can do almost anything they can imagine with it. Building with wood is also an ancient art form, so it makes sense to use wood for these kits.  

Also…  

You can paint on wood, add more details, and go wild with imagination if that is your wish.   Wood is light and has tends to give a vintage look to things that make them even cooler.   Last but not less important, wood is safe to manipulate, so you won’t hurt your hands when building with it.  

Let’s look at some of the wooden mechanical model kits you can start building right now.  

The Hurdy Gurdy Mechanical Kit

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The Hurdy Gurdy Mechanical Kit

  • UGears Mechanical Models are self-propelled, mechanical wooden model assemble kits.
  • Inspired by the art of medieval craftsmen and enriched by smart engineering of the XXI century Ugears is introducing — Hurdy-Gurdy – the world’s first mechanical musical model and the genuine gem of the collection. It is the most extraordinary mechanical model kit which is all-in-one: model for self-assembly, toy and fully fledged musical instrument. Just build it together with your own hands and feel like Stradivari or a popular Hurdy-Gurdy star!
  • Based on the 15th Century organistrum, Ugears has created an intricately detailed, fully functional version of this medieval instrument. The finished model looks remarkably akin to the original 16th century hurdy gurdy, giving it a wonderfully medieval aesthetic. This wooden attractive and educational model has a highly detailed exquisite décor of the body crafted in romantic style and turns the assembly and playing process into an exciting game and brings you hours of pleasure and fun.
  • It’s easy to play dancing melodies, from folk to modern. To start the music flowing, the player just need to crank the handle with one hand to kick off a drone sound from the bourdon and melody strings. Pushing the wooden buttons with the fingers of the other hand changes the pitch of the melody string, as “spring-loaded” wooden blocks essentially shorten the string. Number of components: 292 Estimated time for assembly: 4-5 hours
  • These designs are inspired by real-life mechanisms. The team believes that building these beautiful working models should be fun. They have dedicated their engineering know-how, meticulous product testing and quality control to a single goal: Ensuring that the models provide an engaging and rewarding experience for the whole family.

Pros

  • Easy assembly process
  • Fun to build
  • Educative wooden model kit
  • Low price

Cons

  • Can take long time to build
  • Limited musical notes
  • Lots of small pieces

One of the most beautiful things that can science can define is music. Everyone knows that music is the result of vibrations.  

These vibrations are a well researched and studied part of science. For now, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to introduce the concepts related to vibrations. This is because the first thing we need to create is interest.  

If students get interested in a science topic, all the related concepts will follow along. But the first step is to get them interested, to attract their attention.  

This Hurdy Gurdy mechanical kit is perfect to look at the scientific side of music. At the same time, when complete, you’ll have a real musical instrument that can produce sounds.  

A modern and real Hurdy Gurdy instrument looks and sounds like this.

Did that get you interested?  

If so, then the Hurdy Gurdy mechanical kit is for you. I have to disclaim this is a simplified version of the real thing, but you’ll be able to make music with it.  

This is a piece of wonderful engineering. The minute you open the box and see all the pieces ready to pop out, you realize this is a high quality piece.  

The model inspires its design in the 15th Century instrument. It resembles the medieval version of this magnificent piece.  

This Hurdy Gurdy model has detailed decor all over the place, and it helps look more realistic. You’ll love it the minute you see it complete, and will know this is a true piece of art as well.  

To start the music, crank the handle with your right hand. Then press the wooden buttons with your left hand to start producing different notes.  

By the way, as you press the buttons the sound changes because the length of the string changes. Same concept as with a guitar.  

So there you have it, we are speaking about string lengths and how this produces different sounds. Pure physics and math!  

This model comes with 292 components and you’ll need between 4 – 5 hours to complete it.

Definitely a must have for every music and mechanical models lover.

ROKR Mechanical Gears

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ROKR Mechanical Gears

  • 【High-Quality Material and Perfect Design】This is a perfectly designed DIY kit that requires your hands-on work to complete. This mechanical wooden puzzle toy uses precision laser cutting of high- quality plywood, which is safe and convenient.
  • 【Detailed Instructions and Amazing Charm】When you follow the instructions step by step to complete the mechanical model, you will send yourself as if back to the industrial age. Open the clockwork, it will start to exercise. This toy kit will combine the charm of the old and the mechanical power, and it will be very attractive.
  • 【Exercise Willpower and Fun Of DIY】The ability to work out hand- crafted, but also bring fun to your life. Making this mechanical model toy requires not only attentiveness but also patience and empowerment. In addition, the successful installation will produce a sense of accomplishment, so you feel very substantial.
  • 【Ideal Gift and Fine Ornament】This is an amazing gift for any occasion. At Christmas, new year, birthday, Valentine’s day as a gift to a boyfriend, son, father, or grandfather. In addition, it can be used as a family decoration, in the study, on the desk.
  • 【Matters Needing Attention】Be careful to connect the parts in a complete and solid way to ensure that it runs well. Don’t put it in a wet place. If you find product problems, please contact our seller at once, we will help you to solve problems. Thank you.

Pros

  • Lots of Gears to have fun with
  • True Mechanical Movement
  • Safe and user-friendly
  • Precision-Laser cut pieces

Cons

  • Requires adult supervision to build
  • May take long time to build

 Right when you see it, it can seem intimidating, but it is not. This pendulum clock is full of gears and connections that make it work like a charm.  

A spring drives the whole mechanism and that is how the clock can tic-toc for 5 continuous hours.  

The model is 170 pieces and the manufacturer recommends an age range of 14+ to assemble and operate. Of course this is a great project that adults can help kids with, and have fun together.  

Being this a ROKR model, the quality of the pieces is very high. The puzzle pieces are precision laser cut, which makes them safe and convenient.  

All the instructions you need to assemble this model come inside the box, so don’t worry about this. Everything comes detailed step by step.  

Of course you’ll see a bunch of mechanics involved here. This model transfer the energy from a spring to a set of gears to do the work. It would be interesting to do some research about energy transfer and how this works.  

In case you find any issue with the pieces or manufacturing defects, contact the seller and you’ll be fine.  

This model will look great wherever you put it once is complete.

Mechanical Kits for Adults

 I wanted to create a section of this post dedicated to mechanical model kits for adults. This is because these look great as well, and some people prefer metal models.  

If you are more metal-oriented, or the style of the room you want to decor goes better with metal, this section is for you.

Silver Bullet Model Car Kit

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Silver Bullet Model Car Kit

  • Beautiful Vintage Car Model Kit – An elegant vintage metal puzzle kit for DIY construction, inspired by the most amazing historical and creative designs.
  • Considerable Size – These are moderate size models, not tiny toys (see size details in the technical information below).
  • Unique Wind-Up Moving Mechanism – This metal model kit has a moving mechanism, unique to the market, based on a spring and wind-up lever.
  • Opening / Moving Sections – Opening and moving elements like car doors or hood, levers, steering wheel and/or wheels etc.
  • Gift Box – Comes with elegant packaging, making the perfect gift for anyone in your life.

Pros

  • Easy assembly process
  • Fun to build
  • Thick metal plates
  • Low price

Cons

  • Can take long time to build
  • Spring is a bit sensitive
  • Lots of small pieces

This is a 3D puzzle for adults car kit that makes a beautiful, vintage car model. A Silver Bullet Model car Kit.  

Right when you see it, this item here catches your attention. It is impossible not to notice it.

The design is elegant and exquisite, and the polished metal makes it look even nicer.  

This car kit model is not only for decoration, as it also works with a spring. The energy from the spring transfers to a set of gears, to make this car move.  

About the spring, you have to be extra careful with it, as it is a sensitive part of the model and damaging it is easy.  

If you damage it, the car won’t move.  

Other than that, this is an amazing mechanical kit for adults that I’m sure will give you hours of fun.  

Metal Mechanical Clock Kit

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Metal Mechanical Clock Kit

  • Beautiful Clock Model Kit – Tool Kit INCLUDED An elegant clockwork metal puzzle kit for DIY construction, a clock that actually acts as a timer!
  • Considerable Size – This is a moderate size model, not a tiny toy (see size details in the technical information below and on photos).
  • Unique Wind-Up Moving Mechanism – The clock counts down 60 minutes after its wound!
  • Amazing Decorative Collectible – Perfect for any desk, bookshelf or other surface. Great in any interior.
  • Gift Box – Comes with elegant packaging, making the perfect gift for anyone in your life.

Pros

  • Easy assembly process
  • Fun to build
  • Thick metal plates
  • Low price

Cons

  • Can take long time to build
  • Spring is a bit sensitive
  • Lots of small pieces

Continuing with metal mechanical model kits for adults, here we have a model of a vintage clock.  

Again, right when you see it, it is impossible not to ask or watch closer.  

These models are super elegant because of the polished metal and the exquisite cut of the parts.  

Besides, this clock lets you see the inside of the mechanics that make it move.  

Like the Silver Bullet, this clock is functional as well. It moves using a spring.  

The spring is a very sensitive part of the model and you should treat it with extra care.  

All the instructions to handle the spring come inside the box, so pay extra attention to those.  

Once you put everything together, you’ll be very happy with the result.

Wooden Models for Kids

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Pica Toys Solar Car V1 Model Kit

  • A scholastic educational learning and engineering kit toy. Good choice for kids age 6+ who loves crafts and science. Fun and entertaining, perfect educational present for school age children that will never go out of style.
  • Designed to improve children’s practical ability, and promote their problem solving skills, to motivate children to love science and build children’s confidence. You will encounter all kinds of surprises.
  • Detailed guide and instruction included, even beginners can play. If you meet any technical issues, contact our technical support and we’ll make it right. Our email is on every product, reply within 24 hours is our guarantee.
  • Safety tested, all wooden blocks are made of real wood organic without chemical finishing. Non-toxic and non-irritating, it creates a safe play environment.
  • NO QUESTION ASKED BEFORE RETURN. Our policy is to make our customers happy. If you are not 100% satisfied, just contact our customer service, we will refund your money. Restore the peace around your family, kids and love. BUY NOW with confidence!

Pros

  • Easy assembly process
  • Fun to build
  • High quality wooden pieces
  • Low price

Cons

  • Can take long time to build
  • Some pieces require glue

This is a popular kit that is also an educational robotics kit.  

It will fit best 6+ kids given the size of the parts it has. It will create interest in crafts and science.  

At the same time, this kit combines some basic engineering concepts in engaging ways. This is a great wooden kit that make perfect sense for kids.  

All the instructions needed for assembly come included inside the package.  

This kit comes as well with a glue that will help you connect some wooden pieces. This adds a bit of complexity to the task, and make it interesting to have fun with.  

Something interesting about this kit is that it comes with a remote control. This makes it a pretty unique model, as you get to see the circuitry of this technology.  

The solar panel as well is interesting on its own, as it introduces the topic of clean energies.

This is a great wooden kit model for kids and one that is pretty educative and fun to assemble.

Wood Trick Mechanical Spider 3D Wooden Puzzle

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Wood Trick Mechanical Spider 3D Wooden Puzzle

  • Exceptional futuristic style and ultimate technological concept – The Space Spider constructional model kit is a one-of-a-kind wooden puzzle with a robotized mechanism.
  • Mechanical movement – The assembled Spider wood model craft kit moves forward wiggling his legs like a real insect if it was carefully cranked.
  • Eco-friendly and glueless assembly – Spider functional model by the Wood Trick brand is made of natural plywood and is pieced together without glue.
  • Perfect extraordinary gift – This Spider model kit will become a wonderful surprise for curious ones who like to put their thinking cap on.
  • Space Spider is one of the wooden masterpieces by Wood Trick. Take into consideration each constructional of the kit collection – models develop motor skills, imagination, creativity.

Pros

  • Easy assembly process
  • Fun to build
  • High quality wooden pieces
  • Low price

Cons

  • Can take long time to build
  • Some pieces require glue

This is another mechanical, interesting, fun, and educative wooden kit for kids.  

A 3D spider wooden puzzle with 245 pieces to assemble and have fun with.  

Being this a mechanical kit, once assembled, this spider will move up to 7 feet.  

Many people may find spiders and spider models a bit repulsive. The truth is that we have learned a lot from how spiders move and applied that to technology.  

It is very interesting to learn how these beings move and do all they do. The concepts related to the biomechanics of this model are awesome.  

Closing Comments

I enjoyed writing this post. I like everything related to mechanical puzzles for adults or for kids.  

I can enter libraries like Barnes & Noble and spend hours at the models and puzzles section.

I guess it is because of how these mechanical kits present science in a playful way to everyone.  

It is my wish you can find these interesting and playful ways to get closer to science with the posts I write.  

Feel free to leave comments or questions you may have. I enjoy learning about my readers and how they feel about these kits.

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