Erector sets seemed to be played out?

when I'm surfing the instructables of past times, i come across a plentiful bounty of k-nex and wonder, hmm, does anyone play with erector sets anymore, or is it because the surgeon general warns us of anything and everything, that might give you cancer in the state of california... erector sets are still one of the coolest building materials evar!

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Goodhart5 years ago
I agree. The youngin I am mentoring can hardly get enough of the things she can build with them. And man do she love to build.....I sure hope Instructables is still around in 5 years or so when she is old enough to get a membership for herself. Until then.....I will be feeding her as much as I can from here.
toka5195 years ago
Erector set will never die i use them to build the bodies of my robots
Read "The Man Who Saved Christmas" I don't think Erector is played out. But it does require a lot more attention than some of the other manips. Vex and some of the other descendents of Erector demonstrate this. You can do some cool things with metal parts. -r
cucumber2887 years ago
i think erector sets are cool, they give you the opertunity to build things like cars, helicopters and planes with great detail, and you can connect the peices any way you want to without breaking them. its also a great way to help children learn about this kind of stuff.
CameronSS9 years ago
I haven't for a while, not since I started using "real" hardware. I still have a lot of parts, though...Maybe I'll build something in the morning...

Actually, a couple years ago I entered a competition in which I had to make a vehicle, powered by a rubber band, that would get as close as possible to the finish line without crossing it. We knew that the distance would be somewhere between 5m and 10m, but we weren't given the exact distance until ten minutes before the run. I built the frame out of aluminum L-channel, but I used Erector pieces for braces and as part of the stopping mechanism.

Oh, dear, I've forgotten where I put that car...I hope I didn't dismantle it...
bumpus (author)  CameronSS9 years ago
coooool, it would be awesome to see a picture of your car if you still have it
Found it! It was up on a shelf where it wouldn't get stepped on. I've never actually run this in competition; that job always went to an idiotic $@% who managed to break it every time he touched it.
wheeled vehicle.jpg
bumpus (author)  CameronSS9 years ago
thats awesome
skunkbait9 years ago
Linkin Logs, Erector Sets... good times.
bumpus (author)  skunkbait9 years ago
and dont forget tinker toys!
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