Ugears presents another quality kit for hours of exciting fun time assembling while gaining a piece of old English history. This kit is based on the Chesterton Windmill, a 17th-century cylindrical stone tower windmill, that was built outside the village of Chesterton, Warwickshire County. Built around 1632-1633, the Chesterton Windmill was restored between 1965 and 1974 and today it is the earliest tower mill in England to retain any of its working parts. The unique construction with an arched base was presumably built by a prominent figure of the period, Sir Edward Peyto who owned Chesterton Manor at the time. He was an enthusiastic mathematician and astrologer which brought up the presumption that the tower mill was initially designed to become an observatory. Although there is no evidence to support this theory, people can only guess what had driven the post-medieval nobleman to create this beautiful and unique windmill.
The Tower Windmill is designed in "Victorian steam-punk skeleton" style and based on a prototype from Chesterton. When spinning rapidly, the aerodynamic twist sails create fairly strong wind. It can also work the other way around. By blowing air directly at the sails, it will make them spin. Use a fan to demonstrate how real windmills operate. A double planetary gear reducer with differently shaped gears provides the necessary speed.
This model is powered by a removable rubber band motor. Once the motor is removed, the Windmill can work in a manual mode that allows you to observe and examine the fascinating, complex mechanism in detail. The rubber band motor dives the sails by means of a screw conveyor (worm feeder) and gear transmission. The design of the fear transmission includes a fluxure link, the type of chain drive assembled out of many small links. The full-fledged chain drive made out of plywood has never been used in the Ugears models before.
Resembling a spiral staircase, the rotating base of the arched tower shows fascinating mechanics of the moving gears that will captivate your attention for a long time. While taking it's origin from the English prototype, the Ugears version also addresses the Spanish Classic style by including the figures of the ingenious nobleman Don Quixote and his quirky companion Sancho Panza.
For an original gift idea or an engaging hobby that encourages family time around the table, Ugears kits provide hours of enjoyment. Specifications
- Estimated time to assemble: 14 to 16 hours
- 19.1" H x 13.8" W x 8.7" D
- 585 pieces
- Step-by-step, full color, easy to follow instructions included
- Assembly required; no glue needed
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