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MAKE Flickr photo pool member iZoo shows off the Gakken metal beetle kit (now assembled) – Link. I found this place that has some of them for sale, post others if you have a favorite.


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Phillip Torrone

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  1. cairn says:

    You can find these same kits for much, much cheaper then the linked store at I don’t represent them or anything like that, I just bought a few of these recently and $8

  2. bleuarts says:

    Yeah! I heart beetles. Thanks for the link!

  3. HGPilot says:

    Okay, the really cool thing to do with these would be to:
    1) scan each piece
    2) enlarge to 1000%
    3) make stencils
    4) cut out pieces from sheet steel
    5) rule the world with your army of giant robot beetles

  4. dansdata says:

    Hobbylink Japan have them (or, at least, they get them in when someone places an order).

    I bought the whole series :-).