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Author Topic: Clockwork solar system  (Read 4144 times)
Deck Hand
United States United States

« on: September 28, 2010, 04:02:36 pm »

Someone most likely posted this already, if so then please forgive me, but just in case......

The model features repeating sets of large and small gears - their ratios meticulously calculated
so they combine to match the movements of the real planets as they move through the sky. It has
a variable speed setting and even a safety clutch. Whatever speed you choose to run your model,
each set of precision gears steps down the speed of the next planet's rotation, accordingly. It is
fascinating to watch and highly educational.
Just call me Rob
Zeppelin Admiral
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Captain: RD Susurrus

« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2010, 04:22:13 pm »

It does look nice.

But, at 5.99 +£3 P&P per magazine it could work out quite expensive.

£311.48 for the 52 magazines. (perhaps a few £ less for the special offer on the first 3)
£156 for the postage. (assuming there's no bulk deals on postage).


Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting aiw kwacken.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010, 06:33:25 pm »

A word of advice. If you post an advertisement as your first post an a forum, there is a strong likelihood that people will assume that you are a spammer.

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
Lord Byron
United States United States

« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2010, 11:53:33 am »

It's been discussed at length before and has had at least a couple of threads on it. markf,7440.0.html,7546.0.html


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Zeppelin Captain
England England

Lord of Glancairn

« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2010, 06:43:14 pm »

Yep... That's the one I built.

Ages 8 and upwards... yeah, right...  Undecided

It took me and my Dad about 6 1/2 hours to build it once I had all the parts.

Between us we had about 60 years of engineering knowledge.

We had to improvise at least 3 kludges to make it work and stay together.


What really matters is what you do with what you have. - H. G. Wells
Alastair Smythe
United States United States

« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2010, 12:54:07 pm »

I have one.  It was a pain in the neck to put together, because the parts aren't labeled '48-tooth gear' or '51-tooth gear' so you have to count and its easy to make a mistake.  I'll say this for them, though.  When I discovered I had missing or broken pieces, they sent new ones right away at no additional charge.

My advice, though, would be that unless you're REALLY mechanically inclined it might be worth the extra $60 to get one that's already assembled.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  And it'll look really cool, too.
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