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22 May
22 May

Project Ideas for Double Crank

I'm putting together a download of ideas that you could make using the double cranks as a starting point. My initial plan is produce a printable zine or booklet but that might change as I progress. Do you have an idea for a character or characters that could be powered via the double cranks mech? Leave a comment or drop me an email.

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21 May
21 May

Extras for the Double Crank

Commenting on the Double Crank Mech, friend-of-the-website John W pointed out that the push rods flap about in an uncontrolled way if they are not connected to a character of some sort.

As a way of controlling unwanted flapping I've added a couple of glue-on stops into the downloadable file. You'll need to redownload the file from Double Crank page then you'll be good to go.

Fold up and glue the two stops as triangular tubes.

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19 May
19 May

Stilt Walking Automata

#Truelove is reading one of the Moomin books to her class and it got me thinking about stilts. As I remember it there is a bit is Comet in Moominland where the characters have to escape with the aid of stilts. Something to do wth the sea having been dried up by the approaching comet, anyway, despite the rather worrying looking picture, I'm sure they make good their escape and stilted their way to safety.

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09 May
09 May

Flying Pig New Site Special Offer!

New Flying Pig Website! 10% discount on all orders made before the end of May using code FP10

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02 May
02 May

Make your own Makey!

I'm presuming that you all already subscribe to Make magazine. As you will know, their mascot is the little red robot called Makey. A while back I was commisioned by them to make a paper version of Makey, the result is now available for everyone to download for free at their website here!

Check out the article for the downloads, instructions and some background on how I designed the model.

Thank you Caleb and Make magazine :-)

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22 Apr
22 Apr

Viking Head and Sine Waves

The head on my forthcoming Viking model is connected to the body so that it can nod back and forth and turn left to right. I have used a rotating tube to connect the neck to the head. To make the horizontal tube a good fit in what is effectively a vertical tube that is the head is going to require a little maths.

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20 Apr
20 Apr

Designing a Viking

It is a well known historical fact that the Vikings never had horns on their helmets. That said - they have become something of an icon so why not provide them as an optional extra! I'm working on a viking character, one that will be part of a paper animation as well as a static model that will be adaptable for your own character based models.

I've started with a free hand model using coloured card plus scissors and glue. I've put together a rough design for the head. Complete with horned helmet!

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