Can you make the swing-boat toy shown in our Instructable?

Can you make the swing boat shown in our Vintage Toy-making Instructable? https://www.instructables.com/id/Vintage-Toy-Making-challenge/

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Wordstothewise (author) 2 years ago
Hi Rick. Actually the challenge doesn't refer to the clown toy shown in the illustration. Instead, there is another toy in my Instructable - a swing boat - that looks so complex that I find it hard to believe it can be made to work. The chapter on toy-making is also available as a free gift on our website here - the Woodworking and Carpentry free gift.

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?

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Wordstothewise (author)  rickharris2 years ago

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.

Wordstothewise (author)  rickharris2 years ago

Hi Rick

Sorry - I am new to Instructables. The instructions are in the attached PDF file. Clearly I didn't upload this correctly.

rickharris2 years ago

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.

Wordstothewise (author)  rickharris2 years ago
Hi Rick. Actually the challenge doesn't refer to the clown toy shown in the illustration. Instead, there is another toy in my Instructable - a swing boat - that looks so complex that I find it hard to believe it can be made to work. The chapter on toy-making is also available as a free gift on our website here - the Woodworking and Carpentry free gift.

shows the same principle

JM19992 years ago

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.

Wordstothewise (author)  JM19992 years ago
Hi. My question doesn't refer to the clown toy in the illustration. My Instructable (see the PDF) provides instructions for making a range of toys including a swing boat toy that is so complex that I wonder if it is possible to make it. This chapter on toy-making is also available for free on our website here - see the Woodworking and Carpentry free gift.