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- FREE Magazine Binder: Keep your collectable magazines stored neatly and safe from harm with this monogrammed, hardback binder.
- FREE Limited Edition Prints: Three poster-sized, glossy prints reveal the wonders of our solar system, the wider galaxy and beyond
- FREE Journey to the Stars DVD: With official Nasa and Science Museum footage, this fascinating DVD contains Sir Patrick Moore’s guide to astronomy, and explains everything about the Apollo story.
- FREE 16 Days: Columbia’s Final Mission DVD: Go inside the cockpit for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s final mission and meet the crew who boldly went where so few had gone before thanks to on board cameras.
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Upgrade Today to receive this exclusive telescope worth $110
As a subscriber you get the exclusive opportunity to upgrade your subscription and receive this telescope and planisphere for only $1.50 extra an issue. You will receive this exclusive telescope, stand in 4 shipments whilst building your model solar system.
How Your Collection Builds
There are three stages in the construction of your solar system model. Assembly instructions are provided for each sub-stage.
Collect and build the components for the framework of your solar system model in stage one.
Stage two is the principal construction phase, in which all the gear wheels and working parts are added to the model. Unveil the glory of the solar system with all the planets and moons.
Bring your model to life in stage three with the addition of the variable-speed motor and gearbox.
Inside the Magazine
A collection in itself, this 24-page full colour magazine is packed with information and illustrated with the most amazing images.
Your Solar System Model
Detailed, step-by-step instructions for each assembly stage of the solar system model. This section also guides you through the set-up, calibration and operation of your orrery. In addition, find out about the history of orreries.
Solar System Guide
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 Axlw 1 & 2, 3 Base Plate Feet
Planet Uranus, Uranus' Support Arm, Uranus' Moon
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Frequently asked questions
Q: How much does it cost to subscribe?
A: The per issue prices are as follows: $3.99 for Issue 1, $9.99 for Issue 2 and $17.99 for issue 3 onwards, plus $1 P+H per issue, if you would like to subscribe you can do so via our subscribe page.
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Q: I have not received all my issues, can you help?
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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, My Collectables, PO BOX 47906, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144. 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, My Collectables, PO BOX 47906, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144. 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 $1.50 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. For more details on all of the gifts go to our subscriptions page.
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.
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A: I’m sorry, this updated collection is only available in the UK and Eire and Australia at the moment.
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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.