Inside the Magazine
Each week, along with the lastest parts for your model, you will receive a 24-page full colour magazine containing assembly instructions and in-depth articles about space.
Our solar system
Travel to the farthest reaches of the solar system. Starting from the Sun, we take you on a tour of the solar system’s marvels and mysteries. Find out all the most up-to-date information on the planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids and much more.
Turn to the Image Gallery for jaw-dropping space photography and photorealistic artworks. Future issues include spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope as well as the biggest and best of the Earth-based observatories.
The Story of Astronomy
Trace the history and development of astronomy from its birth in prehistoric monuments to the high-tech science of space probes and satellites. Find out about the life and works of the greatest astronomers from Copernicus to Hawking.
What's in each issue?
Magazine + Sun | Screws | To hat bush | Column support | Column | Drive shaft
Magazine + Venus gear support arm | Tooth gear | Tooth driving gear | Gear axels 1 & 2 | Screws
Magazine + Tooth Gear | Mercury planet arm | Screws | Planet Mercury
Magazine + Tooth Gear x 2 (Venus gear set) | Planet arm collar | Gear spindle | Screws | Plastic washers
Magazine + Moon gear arm | Planet Venus | Tooth gear x 2 (Moon gear set) | Outsize gear axles | Venus planet arm | Screws
Magazine + Tooth engraved gear
Magazine + Vertical support arm | Earth’s Moon | Tooth gear | Planet Earth
Magazine + Tooth gear
Magazine + Earth support arm | Tooth gear | Earth Spindle bush | Earth spindle | Screws | Plastic washers
Magazine + Planet gears and arm to complete stage 2 phase 2
Magazine + Planet mars, its two moons and vertical support arm
Magazine + 106-tooth gear for the planet mars gear train
Magazine + 43-tooth gear, gear collar and planet spindle
Magazine + 85-tooth gear for the planet mars gear train
Magazine + 22-tooth gear and gear arm to complete mars phase
Magazine + Ceres, its 106-tooth gear and arm begin stage 2 phase 4
Magazine + 45-tooth gear, gear collar and planet spindle
Magazine + 83-tooth gear for the ceres gear train
Magazine + 22-tooth gear and gear arm to complete ceres phase
Magazine + Planet jupiter, its four major moons and support arm
Magazine + 106-tooth gear for the jupiter gear train
Magazine + 43-tooth gear, gear collar and planet spindle
Planet Gear Arm, Self-Tapping Screws, Grub Screws, 22-Tooth Gear, Gear Axle 1 & 2
Planet Saturn, Saturn's Moons & Saturn's Support Arm
48-Tooth Gear, Gear Collar, Plastic Washers, Self Tapping Screws, Grub Screws & Planet Spindle
Planet Gear Arm, Self-Tapping Screws, Grub Screws, 22-Tooth Gear, Gear Axle 1 & 2, 3 Base Plate Feet
Planet Uranus, Uranus' Support Arm, Uranus' Moon
106-Tooth Gear for the Planet Uranus Gear Train
37-Tooth Gear, Gear Collar and Planet Spindle
91-Tooth Gear To Drive Your Planet Uranus Gear Train
22-Tooth Gear and Uranus Planet Gear Arm
Planet Neptune, Support Arm and Neptune's Moon
106-Tooth Gear for the Planet Neptune Gear Train
30-Tooth Gear, Gear Collar and Planet Spindle
98-Tooth Gear for the Planet Neptune Gear Train
22-Tooth Gear and Gear Arm to Complete Neptune Phase
Dwarf Planet Pluto, it's Moon Charon and Support Arm
41-tooth gear, gear collar and planet spindle
87-Tooth Gear for Pluto's Gear Train
22-Tooth Gear for the Dwarf Planet Pluto Gear Train
Dwarf Planet Eris, it's 106-Tooth Gear and Support Arm
Bank Gear, Gear Collar and Planet Spindle
The Base Unit
Legs, Rubber Leg Pads and Allen Key Screws
The Base Plate, Knob and Speed Control System
Motor with Gearbox and Noise-Eliminating Foam
AC Mains Power Adapter for your Solar System Model
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About the model Solar System
A working model of the solar system as we know it
Explore the mysteries of our solar system movements with this limited edition orrery, in which the movements of the planets are represented with astronomical accuracy.
Electrically powered, this attractive and completely individual piece is built to last and will become a family heirloom.
Solar System Gemstone Special Edition
In this special issue: A stunning set of semi-precious gemstones for your Orrery PLUS a fascinating 24 page magazine.
Eyes on the skies DVD Special
This special edition magazine and DVD created by the ESA/Hubble tells the story of the telescope and how it has transformed our vision of the universe.
PLUS a fascinating 24 page magazine
Frequently asked questions
Q: How much does it cost to subscribe?
A: The per issue prices area as follows:
Solar System UK price 99p for issue 1, £3.99 for issue and £6.99 for issue 3 to 52.
Build a Model Earth, Moon & Sun Orbiter collector UK price £7.99 from issue 53 onwards.
Q: What methods of payments do you accept?
A: You can pay by Direct Debit, Visa, Delta, Mastercard or Paypal. You can subscribe online via our subscription page, or call our customer services team on 0344 472 5264 in the UK to make arrangements.
Q: I have not received all my issues, can you help?
A: Our Customer Services Team can sort this out for you. If you email the team, please include your name and subscription reference in the subject line.
Q: I have received the wrong issue/s.
A: We will replace all your issues with the correct copies. Please post your incorrect copies to othe below address with a note including your name, address, subscriber number and which issues you should have received to:
Build A Precision Mechanical Solar System, Database Factory,Unit 4, Pullman Business Park, Pullman Way, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1HD. Alternatively you can call or email our Customer Services Teams.
Q: How do I cancel my subscription?
A: You can cancel at any time giving 28 days notice – please write to us at:
Build A Precision Mechanical Solar System, Database Factory,Unit 4, Pullman Business Park, Pullman Way, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1HD. You can also email or call our Customer Services Teams. We just ask that you use up any remaining credit on your account.
Q: How does the premium subscription work?
A: The premium subscription is an exclusive offer giving you the opportunity to receive additional gifts throughout the collection by paying only £1.00 (Eire €1.50) extra per issue. That means as a premium subscriber you will get all of the benefits of a regular subscription, plus you receive the telescope and the planisphere. This offer is subject to availability while stock lasts.
Q: If I take out a premium subscription do I still receive the other FREE subscription gifts?
A: Yes, as a premium subscriber you will receive 5 free gifts PLUS the telescope and the planisphere. This offer is subject to availability while stock lasts.
Q: I can't find copies in the shops – help!
A: You can ask your newsagent to place a regular order for you so you can pick up your issues from them. If you need back copies you can ask your newsagent to order them for you or just contact our Customer Services Team.
Q: I can't get through on the phone number given.
A: We have several lines dedicated to helping you, but they can be busy at peak times so please keep trying. Alternatively, please email our customer services team on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How can I get back copies?
A: You can order back copies via newsagents, our online shop, or if you prefer you can call our Customer Services department to order.
Q: What day is the collection on sale?
A: Every Thursday.
Q: How can I get copies if I live outside the UK?
A: I’m sorry, this updated collection is only available in the UK and Eire at the moment.
Q: I can’t see some of the pages on the website. Help!
A: It may be a temporary problem, so please click Refresh to reload the page. If you are experiencing problems getting through to the secure order area when trying to place a subscription order, please email us on the customer service website enquiry email address.
Q: How many issues is my model solar system complete in?
A: Your model solar system will be complete in 52 issues. From issue 53 onwards, you will be able to build a Sun, Moon & Earth Orbiter’
Q: Help! I’m struggling to build my model solar system.
A: We have assembly videos on our website to help you build your model solar system. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact customer services.