I think, such a nice puzzle deserves a review in its own thread.
To make a long story short: If you can afford $99, go and get it!!!
Thank you Tom and thank you Jason for allowing Tom to sell it!
Yesterday, I have received my DIY from Shapeways and here it sits fully assembled and stickered on my desk.
If you like more details, go on reading.
There have been two threadsviewtopic.php?f=15&t=19312
in New puzzles
in MarketplaceCurrent order process
The order process for a Mini Pentultimate DIY is a bit more complicated as usual. Tom has provided this link for buying it:http://www.shapeways.com/model/170785/m ... imate.html
Possibly, you will then find it “Not for Sale” (like me).
You have to contact Tom for more details.
TomZ wrote on Shapeways wrote:
My Mini Dodecahedra now are available for purchase from Shapeways, but due to technical limitations I cannot offer them on my shop since they can only be ordered through Shapeways' back door. Please send me an email ( tom at tomvanderzanden dot nl ) to purchase these puzzles.
You’ll get then further instructions from Tom.
Fortunately Shapeways will be able to change this soon and you can then order the Pentultimate as usual.
The price is surprisingly low for such a complex puzzle. It’s not cheap but fair.
You can order a fully assembled and stickered puzzle from Tom. This is far more expensive (currently $210). Therefore, I had decided buying the DIY in black. (The material is called “White Strong Flexible”, but you can buy it dyed black at Shapeways.)Assembling it
When I saw the many pieces, I was worried a bit, if I could assemble it without further instructions.
My hardest assembling experience, so far, has been the Gigaminx (the C4U, obviously
) and I had
instructions for that one.
The pieces looked pretty clean, probably, excessive powder had been removed by Shapeways when dyeing it.
Today, after I had finished the assembly, I had a look at the mechanism pictures in the existing threads (see above). I think that those might have been of some help. Even without the pictures (because I hadn’t searched, my fault), it was pretty straight forward to see, where the different piece types should go.
As Tom had written in one of his posts, it is fun – but not when you do it seven times.(That’s why the assembled puzzles have their price.)
For me as a non-builder, this was a great experience.
It helps a lot that the core ball is printed together with one of the faces and the internal structures for that one.
One good thing is that the pieces hold together fine, even when only a part of the puzzle is put together, so far.
(For the mentioned Gigaminx I have used adhesive tape to hold the assembled part together. No adhesive tape used for the Pentultimate).
When I was close to the final pieces, I was worried again, if I would be able to plug in the last piece. Due to the flexibility of the WSF material, it turned out not to be a problem.
While I was assembling it, I thought many times: Will this beast make a single turn? (I was glad that no piece was left over at the end.
)The finished puzzle
It is not so “Mini” as the name says. It is 52 mm high and its size feels comfortable in my hand.
Turning is as smooth as promised and as I had hoped for.
I have used my usual silicone spray on it(, and I think you should
use silicone on any WSF puzzles).
I have not yet scrambled and solved it (there is a little issue with the stickers), but I'm sure it will become one of my favourite puzzles
EDIT: Regarding my sticker issue: Olivér has written this viewtopic.php?f=4&p=237828#p237828
Actually, his stickers do not stick well on my BSF puzzle. (Remember BSF = Black Strong Flexible is just WSF = White Strong Flexible, dyed by Shapeways.)
They look nice, though, but how can I make them stick?
I'm not brave enough to use Greg's iron method.
Probably, Tony's super glue method will work well, but I'll try heating with infrared light first (the iron method for the not so brave
I have several puzzles from Tom and had never the smallest problems with stickers.
Two differences: 1. Tom has dyed those others and 2. he has used different stickers.
EDIT2: I have now tried some heating with an infrared lamp and was brave enough to use an iron at moderate heat. It seems that it helped!