Slithor

 

Slithor consists of:

3 Sprues

2 Body halves

3 Clam Shell Cockpit pieces

6 Caps

1 Pilot

1 Small wind up motor

1 Instruction sheet

1 Sticker sheet

The first step in construction is building the complex frame work of this small wind up Zoid. The motor is centered in two halves, in which a small wheel is centered

Next, two large wheels and a clip that holds the frame together are placed. The clam shell cockpit is also constructed.

Two neck pieces, along with the second small wheel and cockpit are attached to the frame.

The missile launching unit is then built. Three pieces are assembled.

The completed launcher is not active, and is missing the spring normally included to power the projectile.

Next, the framework - complete with neck - is affixed to one shell body half. The missile launcher is then held in place via three caps.

The second body half is then attached via three caps, along with the unhidden side cannon.

The second body half is then attached via three caps, along with the unhidden side cannon.

The second body half is then attached via three caps, along with the unhidden side cannon.

The center shell, or secret cockpit, is then assembled. This cockpit features an extendable gun that folds up, enabling the closure of the hatch and concealment of the weapon.

The center shell cockpit is then inserted into the main shell.

The unit is then ready for display. There is no other word to describe building this unit other than eloquent. It seems like you are working with an antique clock as you are building. Watching the gears fit inside and operate on a slide frame is a truly amazing sight to behold. Slithor is another example of a toy that was far ahead of it's time. The movement is almost mesmerizing as the snail creeps across the floor while it's neck elongates. To actually view a small video of this unit in operation click here. Although not brought back until the Dark Zoids, Slithor belongs in each and every Zoid collection no matter how big or small. 

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