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Crazy Croc Toy(losing its marbles)

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Project by woodreamer posted 700 days ago 1889 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The latest ‘Balancing Act” challenge got me thinking of a project I did about 8 months ago which is a mechanical toy crocodile that spits out marbles that were loaded in the back of its head. The principle is that the jaw keeps opening and closing when the marble drops through the hole in its mouth to the trough-like base. The bird in the back acting as a counter weight, brings back in position to release anothe marble. Its too brilliant an invention to be my own, but I’m sure it has ancient origins. It was a real challenge, and great fun to make and play around with. Here is a link to the youtube demo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcaE9nIQhlQ
Thanks for looking.
Bob Ungar

-- Bob, BC, Canada http://www.etsy.com/shop/abby702





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Kookaburra

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#1 posted 700 days ago

Oh, this is totally adorable! My niece is about to have a 3rd birthday – I can see her playing with this for hours.

Yes, the balancing does seem to be the key here and you got that down perfectly – the timing in the video is just right.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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woodreamer

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#2 posted 700 days ago

Thanks for the kind words.. That was not an easy thing for me, making the demo, that is. Glad it turned out OK.
Funny, the Croc was one of the few things I regret selling , so I might make another for myself.

-- Bob, BC, Canada http://www.etsy.com/shop/abby702

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woodpezzer

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#3 posted 700 days ago

Bob, Love your Croc! Great job on the video too. You should consider making one to keep and another to sell. Maybe even do a line of marble losing critters. Especially with the holidays fast approaching. Nice job!

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woodreamer

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#4 posted 700 days ago

Thanks. Love yor suggestions!

-- Bob, BC, Canada http://www.etsy.com/shop/abby702

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 700 days ago

he’s so cute!!
I’m picturing a “LumberJock Class” with this one :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 659 days ago

Wow!!!! I like this one. Cleaver design and beautiful result.

-- Dave -

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#7 posted 657 days ago

Thanks for participating in this challenge

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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