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Kayak Robot Kit

Academy Kayak Robot Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of First Look January 2016 Manufacturer Academy
Subject Kayak Robot Scale N/A
Kit Number 18156 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Fun project Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $23.98

First Look

Kayak Robot Kit
Kayak Robot Kit

As the catch-phrase from Monty Python goes: "...and now for something different." Academy has released this fun snap-together project which a demonstration of mechanical engineering and aquatic paddling skills. This is a quick-assembly kit that features a battery-powered robot that paddles its kayak across a pool of water (pool, pond, bathtub, whatever).

The kit is molded in injection-molded styrene and presented as four parts trees, each molded in a different transparent color. The kit also has a one-piece boat hull, pre-assembled motor and gearbox assembly, and a small bag of parts to wire up the battery holder (one AA battery) and power switch. The kit also includes a display stand.

This is a fun project that is a snap (pun intended) to assemble and will be fun for your child to learn a little engineering or as a nice conversation piece on your desk at work or at home.

My sincere thanks to MRC for this review sample!