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Pasta Model Kit

Cook pasta, arrange it into a model that dries and holds its shape.
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Drying pasta bonds to pasta. You could build model structures out of pasta without glue if you had little pasta links, somewhat like the connector pieces for K'Nex (TM). You cook the links, assemble the structure, and the dried links bond the linguine into joints.

The Pasta Model Kit includes pasta connectors and pasta girders. To make curved objects, like ships, you cook pasta girders and bend them before waiting for them to dry. The kit is cheap, biodegradable, and versatile. To make seaworthy ships, flat pasta pieces are sold in separate kits.

Edit: Very similar to xenzag's. The differences are the I-beam cross section, dedicated joinery pieces, and explicit boiling bending and bonding. Could be seen as a slight improvement or a shameless plagiarism.

Ketchupybread, Jun 19 2010

Spaghetti_20Technic like this? (meaning that it's a tad redundant) [xenzag, Jun 19 2010]

pasta art- (without the joiners) http://belladia.typ...dspastaskeleton.jpg
[xandram, Jun 21 2010]

pasta jewelry http://www.kid-craf.../pasta_jewelry1.jpg
[xandram, Jun 21 2010]

Gehry's secret http://la.curbed.co....fankgehryvegas.jpg
Uneven pasta-shrinkage turned to advantage? [mouseposture, Jun 23 2010]


       the pasta would have to be cooked el dente!
xandram, Jun 21 2010

       Seaworthy ships? Seriously?   

       You might find the pasta goes soggy quite rapidly even if you have built your boat from shiplapped lasagne verdi.   

       On the plus side, spaghetti models have long been used by engineers to prove structural design concepts.   

       Also popular among students for competitons such as 'how high can you build a structure to support your own weight from 1lb pack of spaghetti'
Twizz, Jun 21 2010

       this reminds me of those biodegradable starch based packing peanuts. they also sell multi colored ones in building kits for kids. you just wet the ends, and they stick together.   

       but when i saw the title of the post, i thought of "seinfeld's" Kramer and his "fusilli Jerry".   

       a problem i see in using cooked pasta, is that it would shrink while drying, affecting the shape of the construction.
-wess, Jun 21 2010

       [wess] //it would shrink while drying, affecting the shape// It's not widely known, but Frank Gehry uses this technique when building architectural models <link>
mouseposture, Jun 23 2010


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