Puzz3D was a series of three-dimensional puzzles released by Hasbro. The puzzles featured thick foam pieces with curves and contours. As the puzzle was constructed it would form a 3D miniature of the subject. Puzz3D puzzles were marketed as some of the most difficult puzzles available as they required more spatial thinking than traditional puzzles. The Puzz3D Millennium Falcon puzzle, based on the popular spaceship from the Star Wars series, was one of the more complicated Puzz3D puzzles released by Hasbro, with a rating of "Extremely Challenging."
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Sort your Puzz3D pieces. There are many different types of pieces that accompany the Millennium Falcon puzzle, and not all of these pieces are actually used in the main construction. Look for any pieces with small red dots on the reverse side. These pieces are optional, and are used following the completion of the Millennium Falcon. Set these pieces aside so that they do not confuse you during construction.
Look for pieces with a similar texture, colour or pattern. Unlike traditional puzzles, you cannot simply set aside each of the "edge" pieces and try to create the outline of the puzzle first. Due to the 3D nature of these puzzles, there are no easily defined "edge" pieces. Instead you'll want to sort pieces by similarity so that you can begin construction of smaller portions of the entire ship. The Millennium Falcon has a very unique body shape, which can be used to make the task of constructing it a bit easier. Try to focus on the smaller parts such as wings, radar dishes and the cockpit to make the construction of the final body a bit easier.
Consult with the instruction manual frequently. Puzz3D instructions are intentionally vague and simplistic. The manufacturers of these puzzles wanted them to represent the epitome of a difficult jigsaw puzzle. As a result, there are no clear-cut directions for how to put the puzzle together. Instead, the instructions feature some basic hints about the specific puzzle and provide diagrams of the completed piece from many different angles. Use these diagrams to guide you as you slowly piece together the puzzle. Pay attention to edges and outcroppings in the design to help you figure out where curved pieces are meant to be placed.
Tips and warnings
- Finalise your puzzle with puzzle glue. Once you have completed your puzzle, you can use a coat of puzzle glue to keep the model permanently constructed. Puzzle glue can also add an element of moisture protection to the model, and will allow you to show off a trophy of your efforts.
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