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I guess you mean this toy?
This is a variation on a clock escapment.
Have several good examples in toys here
Not really all that complicated - Just a bit fiddly. Apart from the free advertisment why do you want to know if anyone can make it?
Hi Rick. Yes, that's it - a lovely mechanism. The swing-boat element adds additional complication (and it reminds me of the swing boats on Exmouth seafront when I was a child). Why do I want to know if anyone can make it? Well, firstly, I posted the Instructable and then someone sent me a message suggesting I include it as a question - so I did. Secondly, I am genuinely interested to see this toy in action as it looks like nothing I have seen before. I love toys that operate without the aid of batteries and on the basis of physical laws and considerable ingenuity. I think it is an interesting and fun challenge.
Make one then, Some cheap wood you may already have - the odd barbecue skewer and some elastic is all you need.
Your instructable only shows the clown, (and no instructions either ), there is a clue in the name of the site.
For those who might want to make the clown, although the original was weighted with mercury you can make a modern safe equivalent with a couple of ball bearings.
As to the swing boat see my answer below.
Sorry - I am new to Instructables. The instructions are in the attached PDF file. Clearly I didn't upload this correctly.
Yes this is/was a common inclined slope toy in the 40's or 50's - As I recall the side rail is hollow an has a ball bearing in it to produce the over ballance you need to get the clowns walking down the stair or slope.
shows the same principle
Wow, that is interesting.
That is probably where the design and idea of the slinky came from.
I don't think it would be ble to be built without super precision and better plans.
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