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Zome Tool - Buckyball Kit has been reviewed 23 times with an average rating of 4.61

Posted 4/22/2010 by S Pegany
Rating: 4

I'm a teacher and ordered the Bucky Ball to help my students understand the concept. It is so much fun to put together! I do have a few pieces that slip out of the joint connectors, but for the most part, I am thrilled. It is very cool looking, and the kids can't wait to get their hand on it!

7 of 7 customers found this review helpful.
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Bucky Ball kit review
Posted 11/3/2009 by Wayne Mansell
Rating: 4

The kit consists of the correct number of nodes and blue links to construct the Bucky Ball model. There was an instruction leaflet and general information pertaining to the Carbon 60 molecule it was intended to represent. All in all I think that the components were well made and had a hi-tech feel to them. Overall, the kit did what it said on the tin but unfortunately no more! - From my perspective this is limited in foresight. After all, this is a small kit and could be treated as a taster kit by Fat Brain toys. I am currently thinking about purchasing the Creative Kit 4 which retails at approximately $200 USD. If I had a few of the alternative link parts to adress my concerns on the kits flexibility it would have been a much clearer decision. I appreciate that you are only a distributor to Zome Tools, but as you took the effort to add a news letter, etc... you obviously see yourselves as a value add as well as a developer. Overall though, the experience was good.

5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
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Posted 5/15/2006 by Sergio De Agostini
Rating: 4

Buckyball is an excellent toy. Material is almost perfect. Some of the connection balls (nodes) have some defective holes with some plastic deformities. Other than that, excellent.

4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
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Buckyj Balls
Posted 12/22/2009 by Richard Sindeldecker
Rating: 4

Bought as a gift for christmas

4 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
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Fun, Education, Not So Sturdy
Posted 4/3/2014 - EDUCATOR
Rating: 4

I am reviewing this product as both a toy for my four-year-old and as a materials science tool in a lab. For the child: My child LOVES this. This literally occupied his full attention for a three hour car ride (not a good choice for a car due to the small parts). He quickly figured out that different shapes go into different shaped holes, and we had a series of snowflake-like creations in all orientations. Note that he has this kit in combination with one of the creator kits. More free form use than buckyball creation. As a drawback, the strut pieces are a bit weak at the ends, and the tips tend to break off. Evident both with my four-year-old as well as with graduate students in the lab. Zometool will replace for free, but I have not tested this yet. For the scientists out there: As a scientist, I bought a set for my lab (this set). In combination with bulk parts bought from zometool, I can make any lattice structure. Note that the Buckyball kit alone can only use the rectangular holes, which have 6-fold symmetry. For the scientists out there, this differs from commercial kits that "swivel" at the bond/molecule joint and allow different lattice formations from one "bond". For example, this kit can make a hexagonal buckyball and a cubic lattice, but not tetragonal lattice. For tetrahedral bonds you need triangular (yellow) whereas the outside of the polygon would be made with offset (green) struts. Note that bonds look a little "twisty" due to the strut shape.

1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
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