Mechanical Dragonfly Automata Kit Build and Review!

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Time for a model kit build! This steampunk-inspired mechanical dragonfly is something we've seen advertised on social media, and Norm assembles it to show you how the kit comes together, its motorized kinetic movement, and what hiccups he encountered along the way. It's an aesthetically beautiful piece that has a lot of presence, but the operation and fluidity of its movement leaves a bit to be desired.
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Moyu mechanical models:
Disclosure: This kit was provided by the manufacturer for purposes of review.
Shot and edited by Norman Chan
Music by Jinglepunks
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  • Guessed the price perfectly

    Rev_dudeRev_dude2 tuntia sitten
  • Just needs some little bits of silicon grease and WD-40.

    GTfour01GTfour018 päivää sitten
  • Low and behold... You did the most expensive kit they had. $400? No thank you. For that price, I can buy many many far more useful things.

    Jason MatthewsJason Matthews11 päivää sitten
  • That several people could work on it is total BS.. maybe 2 if you are a couple or a father/son moment

    abcabc12 päivää sitten
  • It's an ornithopter! Urza would be proud! (He wouldn't he'd be furious)

    Craig StoneCraig Stone20 päivää sitten
  • Hey, perhaps next time, stop talking for a while so we can actually hear the noise you are talking about? Keep up the cool stuff!

    MichaelMichael21 päivä sitten
  • image so crisp + lighting delightful, joy 2 watch

    Ninshiki Yea!Ninshiki Yea!22 päivää sitten
  • Careful with this vendor, I placed an order at the beginning of this week with express shipping, and still don’t have a tracking number. Customer service and the shipping department is out of the office until the end of next week on holiday. So they take weeks to even ship, and from China, so even weeks later when it finally ships then still will take forever to arrive.

    Scott MilanoScott Milano22 päivää sitten
  • 500 bucks for a mis-manufactured piece and a motor that's too annoying to keep displaying? That's a nah from me.

    Bryan MBryan M22 päivää sitten
  • On further reading of the Comments below, I now know where our Host could find 3 more, equally geeky nerds. Spoiled for choice, really. .

    A. Bloke 2.0 Always Learning.A. Bloke 2.0 Always Learning.22 päivää sitten
  • Knowing that it can be assembled in 1½ Hours by 4 persons is a bit superfluous knowledge. Where are you going to find 3 more equally geeky nerds ? Like our admittedly VERY skilled host, they too will be sitting alone in a darkened room. (Like me too, ready to spend time watching a guy assemble useless device.) 🐺 wahhrroo00OO00oo00OOO ! .

    A. Bloke 2.0 Always Learning.A. Bloke 2.0 Always Learning.22 päivää sitten
  • Get Adam to build an improved version with a bigger motor, maybe a V8?

    Thejs Revsbech AndersenThejs Revsbech Andersen22 päivää sitten
  • $500 retail for that model? It's cool, but I'll stick with my gunpla - more satisfying to put together, longer builds, and definitely cheaper!

    WhereTheVideoEndsWhereTheVideoEnds23 päivää sitten
  • Where Subtitle? :(

    Andy WolfAndy Wolf23 päivää sitten
  • Costing the guts of 400 quid, it would need to be grinding coffee beans or cracking the Enigma code as a subroutine.

    Carsten BodinusCarsten Bodinus23 päivää sitten
  • would you need to oil the gears? lol

    Aleph NullAleph Null24 päivää sitten
  • Okay, can someone explain to me why Norm got more dislikes everytime...? He seems like such a nice, pationate, talented guy, and I can't understand why he got so much dislikes everytime.. If you don't like it, then don't watch it, simple solution to a simple "problem" '-' ...

    John BlacksadJohn Blacksad24 päivää sitten
  • Love the combination of wood and brass

    NavidNavid24 päivää sitten
  • It's disappointing on many levels. It's powered when it should be entirely mechanical. It's jank and I don't understand how this thing is expensive.

    ThemazefulThemazeful24 päivää sitten
  • Automaton*

    bzqp2bzqp224 päivää sitten
  • It's a great kit, a fantastic build, and your workspace for this was surprisingly tiny. and yes, those top wings are backwards...

    RobbishRobbish25 päivää sitten
  • Gorgeous

    Mitchell Van NoyMitchell Van Noy25 päivää sitten
  • Beautiful buuut... 400 bucks and a piece that's WRONG?!? Nope. Loose tolerances, sure for 100 bucks, but ..nope.

    Swampbutt StinsonSwampbutt Stinson25 päivää sitten
  • OOooooo, very cool! I really like how they have the hardware laid out in the containers like that. Incidentally, I had a hummingbird watching though the window while I was watching the video...

    guitfidleguitfidle25 päivää sitten
  • $400. This is NOT a project for the majority during lockdown! I'm sorry but WTF? Really? $400 on this?!

    James QuaileJames Quaile25 päivää sitten
  • I'd rater buy a nice little model Stirling engine.

    Google UserGoogle User25 päivää sitten
  • Steam punk or mechanical?

    Google UserGoogle User25 päivää sitten
  • Maybe run a little fine grinding paste through the gears, turning by hand. Then clean and lube with clock oil

    lee marshlee marsh25 päivää sitten
  • those gear teeth might benefit from some fitting or the shafts might benefit from some reaming. I think if you start stripping pieces and go bit by bit adding them back, you might find what's causing that issue

    commenty commentercommenty commenter25 päivää sitten
  • For that kind of money, throw a couple hundred bucks on top and you can get a Prusa MK3s 3d printer kit. You'd have as much fun assembling it(if not more) and on top of that it will open up a whole new hobby.

    Dmytro DovgoshliubnyiDmytro Dovgoshliubnyi25 päivää sitten
  • 500 bucks for that thing, and apparently quality control still fucked up.. I have an ornithopter that actually flies, and it cost half the price of that thing.

    SvenSven25 päivää sitten
  • This looks cool! I'm gonna buy thi- $400... nevermind

    LockheartLockheart25 päivää sitten
  • Rambling twat... i just wanted to see the fucking thing move

    Ashton GristAshton Grist25 päivää sitten
  • I got this kit in December from Moyu and definitely recommend. I was quite scared of ordering from this store in China but it arrived on time and customer service is good Edit: why did you mount the wings backwards??

    nilsvidsnilsvids25 päivää sitten
  • How is the quality of the kit? are the parts precise? Thx.

    BlamItBlamIt25 päivää sitten
  • Yeh its clunky because its meant to be!!! Have a look at the masters creations Bob Potts.

    Groove TrainGroove Train26 päivää sitten
  • What is the song in the time lapse?

    AssagixxxAssagixxx26 päivää sitten
  • I definitely own some MoYu rubik cube. I had no clue they made flat pack models.

    B. WinkyB. Winky26 päivää sitten
  • You have the wings wrong. Left ones on the right and vice versa.

    NorthernStarNorthernStar26 päivää sitten
  • Why do I suspect if this were a Transformer it would convert into a ceiling fan?

    Darryl GiorsDarryl Giors26 päivää sitten
  • That looks absolutely amazing! I just wish it didn't cost $400 (on SALE!)

    Brandon LenenskiBrandon Lenenski26 päivää sitten
  • Yeah it's $399 from $599 for anyone immediately wondering. I stumbled across this video and watching it started considering model making but the price tag slammed the door on me for this hobby lol

    DanDan26 päivää sitten
  • Also known as an "entomopter."

    DigeridudeDigeridude26 päivää sitten
  • I just did this myself. It was pretty nice.

    Philip GreenawaltPhilip Greenawalt26 päivää sitten
  • Looks like something out of Dishonored 2.

    liquidliquid26 päivää sitten
  • That would be way cooler if it was spring/clockwork powered

    jon yakjon yak26 päivää sitten
  • I would treat the wood so it looks polished.. that was a big thing back in the days where people where still proud in building machines.

    Pounce PouncePounce Pounce26 päivää sitten
  • Kitsch!

    JustLocalJustLocal26 päivää sitten
  • DaVinci in the design. ✌

    James BarisitzJames Barisitz26 päivää sitten
  • Looks like a background prop from the old Myst game to me. Very pretty.

    VorpalGunVorpalGun26 päivää sitten
  • That's so cool it's a shame I'm broke

    Red MistRed Mist26 päivää sitten
  • $400

    Craig SwinsonCraig Swinson26 päivää sitten
  • Looks like a real-life Thopter from Magic the gathering. Awesome looking kit!

    DeXDesTrOyAzZDeXDesTrOyAzZ26 päivää sitten
  • Wow!.. $400 reduced from $560, you would expect it to have gold parts for that ridiculous price.

    Dave Lennon-CopelandDave Lennon-Copeland26 päivää sitten
    • @bad1dobby - Well, I do know... but it is still a ridiculous price. Go look at their website and see more ridiculous prices. Next time, make a general statement, do not attack the comment and/or the commenter. :)

      Dave Lennon-CopelandDave Lennon-Copeland24 päivää sitten
    • You obviously have no clue how much work goes into creating a working automaton - let alone designing one for other people to be able to assemble.

      bad1dobbybad1dobby25 päivää sitten
  • Turn the lights on! We can’t see it!

    Henry WilliamsHenry Williams26 päivää sitten
  • I love steampunk ornithopters

    EON CroadonEON Croadon26 päivää sitten
  • Why is Norm doing reviews for Instagram store scams. Isn't this an AD if they sent it for free?

    CrosswalkCrosswalk26 päivää sitten
  • $400? You're fucking insane.

    ThoraniosXThoraniosX26 päivää sitten
  • For anyone complaining about Norm's building skills (tightening things too much, not enough oil): In this video you can also see the mechanism slow down considerably.

    Pelle Kuipers MusicPelle Kuipers Music26 päivää sitten
  • more lube

    jouhannaud jean françoisjouhannaud jean françois26 päivää sitten
  • It'd look nice being run by a small Mamod or Wilesco steam engine

    Squeezebox Of DelightsSqueezebox Of Delights26 päivää sitten
  • It's beautiful, but I think it either needs more voltage for the motor or a stronger motor. The website shows a 3v power supply going to it and that's not enough to power relatively large metal and wood pieces like that. I'd hook it up to a bench power supply and crank up the voltage slowly while monitoring the power draw to make sure I'm not burning it up.

    millenniumf1138millenniumf113826 päivää sitten
  • Seems like crap for $400. Pass

    PolecatPolecat26 päivää sitten
  • $400

    TheSerpent753TheSerpent75326 päivää sitten
  • I don't mind (in fact I like a bit of extra tinkering) but mild machining on something this expensive is a joke!

    Phil BarrettPhil Barrett26 päivää sitten
  • The wings look like they’re on backwards, the brass veins would be at the back

    AikenAiken26 päivää sitten
    • @Lotek Nomad Yes, definitely:

      RandomStuffRandomStuff23 päivää sitten
    • Wonder if that's what's causing the motion to drag.

      Lotek NomadLotek Nomad25 päivää sitten
    • Assembled with all the care and attention to detail of a Sears toy catalog photographer. Love ya Norm, couldn't resist that one.

      Darryl GiorsDarryl Giors26 päivää sitten
    • @m f Picard facepalm moment

      Darryl GiorsDarryl Giors26 päivää sitten
    • The link to the product shows the brass veins on the back. Norm put the top wings on backwards.

      m fm f26 päivää sitten
  • I wonder if they got permission to copy the OG art piece...

    asertaaserta26 päivää sitten
  • Is electricity really expensive in the Bay Area? If not, maybe turn a light on for the next video.

    G.E. KayG.E. Kay26 päivää sitten
  • Really cool but $399? No thanks.

    tatwotatwo26 päivää sitten
  • Let Adam give it more power and weather it for you(us).

    Corey HalversonCorey Halverson26 päivää sitten
  • ever heard of grease? they run smoother with some lubrication! A thick grease on the gears, light oil on the pivots.....

    nickademuss42nickademuss4226 päivää sitten
  • How about filming it in decent light so it can be seen 😡

    Bob SellBob Sell26 päivää sitten
  • I got really excited there for a second, I thought it said Firefly/Serenity, instead of Dragonfly. >.

    Kyleen DrakeKyleen Drake26 päivää sitten
    • @Phillip Greene Who ever makes that kit will be rich quick.

      Kyleen DrakeKyleen Drake25 päivää sitten
    • no joke if it was mels ship in walnut and brass I'd be ordering it right f'in now lol

      Phillip GreenePhillip Greene26 päivää sitten
  • Maybe put a little lube on some of the joints to give the motor less work.

    Grimprime01Grimprime0126 päivää sitten
  • The wing action is completely wrong. On a real dragonfly the front and rear wings alternate to keep it balanced.

    Yellowbird NestYellowbird Nest26 päivää sitten
  • I imagine it might be noisy because they for aesthetic reasons picked a very small and anemic motor and had to gear it massively to work, I think it would have been a better idea to use a bigger higher torque motor in the base and had the display pole be a static outer shell and an internal drive shaft with bearings at the ends or something.

    Christian GerefalkChristian Gerefalk26 päivää sitten
  • seems to me you have the two sides misaligned with each other but if it was machined properly it would have been pretty hard to do that. if you're not too fussed you could loosen up some screws and try to realined the two sides.

    Jacob EllingerJacob Ellinger26 päivää sitten
  • If I had the disposable income to spend $400 on a model that’s definitely one I would go for. There’s lego kits in that ball park and this looks way nicer for an office or something. Maybe a little on the big side for most people unless you can work out a way to hang it.

    RadicalxEdwardRadicalxEdward26 päivää sitten
    • @RadicalxEdward you should check out 40k. They have $1000 models that aren't even motorized lol

      TacComTacCom25 päivää sitten
  • The motor noise seems like a small issue to me. It’s gorgeous and would be another interesting project to beef up the motor section.

    RadicalxEdwardRadicalxEdward26 päivää sitten
    • The noise would drive me nuts, and for 400 USD, with the original price being 560, I would definitely expect better. The movement is also really janky.

      StrassenkickerStrassenkicker26 päivää sitten
  • Hmmmm, steam engine conversion? I bet you could figure out a way.

    ZenSpider40ZenSpider4026 päivää sitten
  • Need to adjust it

    ktint1ktint126 päivää sitten
  • Really nice looking kit - Thanks for sharing Norm!

    Ethan CoxEthan Cox26 päivää sitten
  • horrible site, f..k👎.

    No1 SENo1 SE26 päivää sitten
  • I thought this was a scam. Glad it's not. I might have to get one!

    Scifi Models and StuffScifi Models and Stuff26 päivää sitten
  • Looks beautiful, but for 400 bucks I would expect it to fly!

    Andy Lee RobinsonAndy Lee Robinson26 päivää sitten
    • Yeah, I honestly did a little gut-punched-omfg reaction when I saw the pricetag. It's beautiful, sure, but... blimey.

      Sniggyfigbat's ChannelSniggyfigbat's Channel26 päivää sitten
  • big carnival row vibes

    Dumbledore CalrissianDumbledore Calrissian26 päivää sitten
  • When I saw the parts come separated in tackle boxes I was like this thing’s expensive isn’t it lol. Yeah, like 500 bucks.

    reliquancyreliquancy26 päivää sitten
    • Dont worry, its on sale. Its *only* 399 now

      Atomicwinter 31Atomicwinter 3124 päivää sitten
    • @and2good2 Yeah, it's easier when you have a fair amount of money (from followers/viewers/etc), because then you get things sent to you and don't have to spend anything. This might sound like envy (and it is, to a degree), but I don't begrudge anyone that gets stuff like that. They've given companies a reason to give them things. But it does frustrate me, because I know my kid would love to do something like this, and I know I'll never be able to give it to him.

      Bad Wolf MediaBad Wolf Media25 päivää sitten
    • @and2good2 he mentioned it was sent to him #ad

      Bob DoleBob Dole26 päivää sitten
    • I have enough toys I don't play with, unless it actually flies.

      Kevin BauerKevin Bauer26 päivää sitten
    • It looks like norm has two apple pro display xdr’s in the begining of the video, so i dont think 500 bucks is too much for him 😂

      and2good2and2good226 päivää sitten
  • *beautiful kit and assembly...personally if and when i eventually get one of these kits for myself i would lightly hit the edges of the brass with a bit of sandpaper to round them slightly...that's just a personal aesthetic...these kits are pricey but absolutely gorgeous otherwise*

    Scott MantoothScott Mantooth26 päivää sitten
  • This would really benefit from a muscle wire mod.

    Christie NelChristie Nel26 päivää sitten
  • this would be a cool 100 dollar gift idea, but 400 bucks? Insane, Greedy af

    Brian WilliamsBrian Williams26 päivää sitten
    • Make me one for $100 please, dont skimp out either, i want quality!

      Toff EToff E26 päivää sitten
  • Cool model, but the finish on the brass parts is bad and I think some of the wood pieces, like the rings, would look way nicer if they were one piece. Seems like something someone would spend $400 on and then really regret it once they got it. Thank you for the video and review.

    Chris HollowayChris Holloway26 päivää sitten
  • Probably the "wrong" motor then? In some models i have made i can clearly see that they had another motor or part in mind but that probably ran out so they jammed something else in!

    Tommy HellbergTommy Hellberg26 päivää sitten
  • A beautiful idea. I will have to make the real thing.

    MaxwellMaxwell26 päivää sitten
  • Lol...their prices are obnoxious. No thanks

    gremlinbdgremlinbd26 päivää sitten
  • Brass gears are known to make noise. A little light gear lube could quite them down a lot and make the motion smoother on the other moving parts, too.

    Thomas LevyThomas Levy26 päivää sitten
    • I was sort of surprised that some sort of lube on those gears wasn't used. We didn't see the whole build, so perhaps he skipped that part? But, I think it looked pretty dry.

      Glen OsborneGlen Osborne26 päivää sitten
  • Adam would fix it. . . .

    Peter CharlesPeter Charles26 päivää sitten
  • The wind flapping doesn’t look right. The motor might be running in reverse. Try reversing the polarity.

    Azim AlifAzim Alif26 päivää sitten
    • The motor is not running in reverse but he mounted the wings backwards, and even if you mount them right, it's a quite "unrealistic" wing movement

      nilsvidsnilsvids25 päivää sitten
  • In the end you feel that you been burned. 400 bucks ? Thanks Norm for keeping my wallet shut. Moving on.

    AssassinlexxAssassinlexx26 päivää sitten
  • You really need to focus on removing the word "Uh" from your vocabulary. Halfway through you have said Uh/Um 46 times. I couldn't finish the video.

    GW Design Silver StyleGW Design Silver Style26 päivää sitten
  • Plural automata, singular automaton, never "an automata".

    Dave DaviesDave Davies26 päivää sitten
    • i had latin in school, 25 years ago, and everytime someone makes such mistakes, my ears are twitching. I loved the teacher but hated memorizing thousands of words and their forms...

      CaligoCaligo26 päivää sitten