Welcome Guest [Log In] [Register]

CLICK HERE to see posts in last 24 hours

Welcome to Mainly Military modelling. We hope you enjoy your visit.


You're currently viewing our forum as a guest. This means you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use. If you join our community, you'll be able to access member-only sections, and use many member-only features such as customizing your profile, sending personal messages, and voting in polls. Registration is simple, fast, and completely free.


Join our community!


If you're already a member please log in to your account to access all of our features:

Username:   Password:
Add Reply
Strandbeest
Topic Started: Jan 21 2018, 12:44 PM (201 Views)
peebeep
Member Avatar
resin fondler
What are Strandbeest? They are the brainchild of artist/designer Theo Jansen who's been making large, wind powered robots since 1990. When I first saw these on a Youtube video I was mesmerised and when I saw this model advertised I immediately bought one! Here's some Strandbeest in action:



Posted Image

Posted Image

The model ends up 20cm long, 13cm wide and 17cm tall.

BTW, strandbeest is Dutch, strand = beach, beest = beast.

Here we go, adding rubber feet to the legs.

Posted Image

Adding con-rods to the legs. You get the feeling that these will fall off easily during assembly and you wouldn't be wrong. ;)

Posted Image

Posted Image

Test fitting the main frame and crankshaft. You have to pull it apart to fit the legs, because the bottom rods on the frame are the axles.

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

You have to make sure the frame and crankshaft orientation is as per the instructions, I thought I had it right....

...but continuing anyway, you split the frame components and wiggle the legs in.

Posted Image

Then you add more con-rods that control the motion from the crankshaft to the legs. I mentioned earlier, the parts at this stage are a loose fit and come apart easily, but once all the connecting rods are added it all holds together. No glue is required at any time. Eventually you end up with two of these sub-assemblies.

Posted Image

The two sub-assemblies are then push fitted together after looping the supplied clear elastic into the frame then running around each end to stop it all from coming apart. Next up fit the turbine. You add the card sails to the five blades and they're held in place with plastic collars. A couple of cog wheels can then be push fitted, add the sails and away you go. Except I had the the crankshaft the wrong way round. Disassemble, disassemble! The legs will stay in place but I had to pop off the con-rods at which point other bits started to fall off! Once the crankshaft was put the right way around it only took a short time to put it all back together again, add the cogs and finally the sails.

Posted Image

There is very little friction in the whole thing and the sails spin easily with a small puff of wind. It works! the motion is obviously robotic, but there is something organic and insect like about it. This has been a hoot to put together and it's kept me occupied in a very happy state today. Highly recommended

PS: The jet noise in the video is a hair drier providing the wind!

Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
Mark M
Member Avatar
Hawk T1
thats bizzar!!
Online Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
Olde Farte
Member Avatar
Lt. Derek 'Smurfy' Reeve
This is WEIRD.......................!!!!!!!!! Where in hell do you find them Paul.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
beowulf
Member Avatar
Lt. Paul 'Red Dog' Rose
thats brilliant

gotta get me one of those!
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
peebeep
Member Avatar
resin fondler
Olde Farte
Jan 21 2018, 02:03 PM
Where in hell do you find them Paul.
Ebay is your best bet. Far east suppliers will do them for six or seven quid posted, I've seen a couple recently under a fiver. Takes a couple of weeks to arrive.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
TomTheCat
Member Avatar
airbrush beginner
That's truly weird! I don't know why, but some of these reminded me of Star Wars AT-ATs...

By the way, how exactly do you link Youtube videos so that they show like "previews" (like in the first post) instead of just a link?
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
peebeep
Member Avatar
resin fondler
TomTheCat
Feb 17 2018, 10:09 PM
By the way, how exactly do you link Youtube videos so that they show like "previews" (like in the first post) instead of just a link?
Using the full post editor press the flash button. With the video you want to link open in youtube, copy the URL from the address bar and paste it into the Flash dialogue. It will ask you to specify the frame height and width, I usually use 640x400 or 600x375. If the resulting frame is too big for the video resolution reduce it by using the editor, you will be able to see the numbers that you need to adjust to make it smaller.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
Disorder
Member Avatar
Lt Paddy 'Chancer' Boyle
Absolutely amazing - Both the full scale and model versions.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
Grayhawk
Member Avatar
Doug Summers
That's one creepy little device. My dog would go nuts! Very Cool! FTOSOTP
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
TomTheCat
Member Avatar
airbrush beginner
peebeep
Feb 18 2018, 01:02 PM
Using the full post editor press the flash button. With the video you want to link open in youtube, copy the URL from the address bar and paste it into the Flash dialogue. It will ask you to specify the frame height and width, I usually use 640x400 or 600x375. If the resulting frame is too big for the video resolution reduce it by using the editor, you will be able to see the numbers that you need to adjust to make it smaller.
Thanks Paul :cool
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
jelly071
Member Avatar
Rivet Counter
Paul brought it along to the last club meeting. It was cool and strange
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
DevilFish
Member Avatar
LCDR Paul "Voodoo" Carter
Now that's a bit different!
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
1 user reading this topic (1 Guest and 0 Anonymous)
« Previous Topic · other types of modelling · Next Topic »
Add Reply