i have been trying to make a Lego strandbeest but cannot figure it out
You could try using Knex instead of Lego. That way there is a good standard size of parts and everything is color coded. Going by the link, it looks to me like it would be significantly easier with Knex
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It will be easiest with the mindstorm.
why would need mindstorm?
Its just simple rotation and a few gears you need for it to work.
My best guess would be googling for "strandbeest" to find the page of the guy who made those.
I remember him showing how one leg worked so it creates that walking motion out of a circular motion.
From that base it should be easy to figure it out with legos and a few tries.
Ok i found a good picture on his side.http://www.strandbeest.com/mGallery/index.php?s=y&id=ypenburg__board&p=2&view=fileI think from there you should be able to figure it out.Print out and measure it, so you can get aproximately the size differences of those parts (like 6 holes, 4 holes and so on...)My first try still would be building this out of wood, and see it it creates the same pattern as his, or a pattern close to this.You also need to remember that there's a time offset between legs. I think you would need at least 6 in pairs of 2 to create a good motion.Te top left is a fixed axle, and to top right is the offset drive.