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

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

4 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.

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rickharrisWordstothewise

Answer 4 years ago

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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Wordstothewiserickharris

Answer 4 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.

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rickharrisWordstothewise

Answer 4 years ago

Make one then, Some cheap wood you may already have - the odd barbecue skewer and some elastic is all you need.

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rickharrisWordstothewise

Answer 4 years ago

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.

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Wordstothewiserickharris

Answer 4 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.

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rickharris

4 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.

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Wordstothewiserickharris

Answer 4 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.

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JM1999

4 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.

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WordstothewiseJM1999

Answer 4 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.