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#strProject# Instruction Set © Neal Crankshaw
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The components for the kit are cut by a laser into the card and MDF. To keep the parts on the card there are some small tabs that you will need to cut.

When you want to remove a piece from the card, cut through the remaining lines to release the part.

The MDF pieces only need to be pushed out of the frame. Some of them are quite thin so be careful with these pieces.

I use superglue for construction as it bonds fairly quickly (within 3 seconds) but feel free to use whatever glue you are comfortable with.

  1. The main tower
  2. The supporting legs
  3. The central octagon (new card version)
  4. The central octagon (older MDF version)
Part 1 - the main tower

Find the four sides of the main tower that have no detailing on them. These are the inner sides. They have placement tabs on their edges

Assemble the corners and then put the two corners together as shown

Find the two squares. One is slightly smaller than the other. Glue the smaller square over the top of the tower.

Find the four outer walls of the tower.

These have glyphs cut into them. Remove the glyphs from the pieces so that each side is cut into an upper and a lower part.

The two walls at the bottom of this picture are slightly narrower than the ones above so start with one of the lower ones.

Glue the lower part of the wall in place, lining it up with the sides of the tower and your work surface.

Do this on opposite sides of the tower

Then take the lower part of the other piece and glue that so that it overlaps and lines up with the first piece

Do this on both sides too.

Now repeat the process with the tops of sides

Once you have finished you should look something like this.

Now glue the other square on top.

Remove the circles from the glyphs and glue them in place too.

On each frame you will find three pieces like this. One is larger than the other two and has little notches cut into the bottom.

Assemble the three pieces as shown, with the larger piece in the middle

The notches are there to help you place the outer sides correctly

The outer pieces should form a channel with the larger piece (indicated by the red arrow)

Glue this onto the corner of the tower as shown.

Construct the other 4 and glue them in place as shown

Part 2 -The supporting legs

Each leg is on it's own piece of card as shown

Start by removing the main piece of the leg and prefolding it so that it bends easily on all folds

Take note of the sides marked A and B - we will start with those

Fold the sides UNDERNEATH the top flap so that they are flush with the edges of the top flap

Do this for the side piece (B) and the back piece (A)

Dry fit this next bit before you glue it!

Then fold the other sides underneath the top flap

The rear of the leg (the piece with the hole in it) should align with the edge of the top piece

The short flap goes BEHIND part A

The important thing here is that the entire back of this piece should be flat. Check it with a ruler. If it is not flat, it will not sit nicely against the other parts.

Once you are happy with the alignments, glue it.

Remove the small circle and glue it inside the leg, covering the hole

This hole is for a magnet, should you wish to magnetise the parts so that they stick together.

Now remove the outer cladding pieces and seperate them into a glyph, a top bit and a bottom bit

Starting with the bottom bit as shown, attach it to the leg so that it is flush with the BOTTOM,the FRONT and the TOP. It should touch your work surface, not be in line with the edge of the card that it is being attached to

I find it easier to rotate it and use the work surface to do the alignment.

Do this for the top and the bottom piece as shown

The next piece should overlap the side pieces so that you have a sharp edge

Again, this piece should align with the work surface top and bottom. This means that because of the slope of the side, it will jut past the bottom a little bit.

It is also going to jut out the other side (see next step)

Attach these pieces as shown. They should slip underneath the back of the piece from the previous step.

Finally attach the last two cladding pieces, lining them up with the previous step's pieces

Remove the top of the leg and glue it in place to cover all the card edges

For the large edges, remove the glyph circles and glue them in place

For the shorter edges, you have a choice. You can glue the glyph pieces as for the front or you can use the pieces with holes in them (as I have). The holes are mounting points for magnets, should you wish to use them

Part 3 - the central octagon (newer card version)

Start by removing the parts for the supports, roof and floor, and gluing them in sets of of 2.

Each piece now is double the thickness

Make sure the roof parts line up correctly (the holes should go all the way through)

Assemble the frame of the octagon as shown

Remove the door pieces and assemble them as shown.

Set these aside for now.

Remove the inner wall pieces as shown.

Glue them onto the frame as shown. The small round holes are for mounting a magnet (5mmx1mm) if you want to use magnets to hold the model together

If you want to use magnets, please read through the next section (the old MDF version) to see how to use them

Remove the outer wall pieces (don't throw away the glyphs).

Glue the doors and outer wall sections onto the frame as shown

Make sure the doors can open (so that they don't accidentally get glued in place)

Add on the glyph details

Assemble the floor detail as shown

This can either go inside the octagon or you can add it to the roof

Glue the final roof piece in place

Part 3b - the central octagon (older MDF version)

Start by gluing the decorative step to the base of the MDF octagon that has no central hole.

Then glue on the second cardboard decorative step and the four arches.

After that, add on the top MDF octagon

Find the frame that has the inner walls of the octagon and remove the pieces.

Starting with one of the pieces with a small hole in it, glue this onto one of the octagon sides that has the arch. The circle should line up with the arch.

Then work your way around the octagon alternating the pieces.

Find the frame that has the outer walls of the octagon and remove the pieces.

The doors need to have the thin strips glued onto the inside to cover the glyphs.

The walls with the glyphs need the glyphs removed first.

As for the inside walls, alternate the pieces going round the octagon. Pieces can be trimmed with a sharp knife if you need to adjust them but this should not be neccessary.

Glue the top of the octagon on, lining it up with the central hole.

If you want to use 5mmx1mm magnets, glue them into the hole provided before you glue on the central gyph pieces.

The two disks of MDF can be stacked and glued to make an imposing step for your cyborg crystal. The instructions to build that are here: Cyborg Crystal top

#strProject# Instruction Set © Neal Crankshaw
Available from http://www.lasercutcard.co.za
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