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Just in time for Christmas! Turn the handle on the Flying Santa and his arms flap as he bobs and swoops through the frosty winter air. Three flaps for each bob. Ho ho ho!

Members can download the parts for this model for free at the link. Thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50.


Print the parts out onto thin card. 230 gsm / 67lb. The coloured version of the kit is printed on both sides of the sheet. Print one side, flip the card over then print the other side on the back.

Once the ink is completely dry, score along all the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.


Notice that the nose and moustache are cut round the edges and lifted out a little to give a 3D effect.

Roll the head round and glue it down.


Curve the hat into a cone and thread it up through the head. Glue the bobble into place.


Glue the small tab to the back of the head.


Fold over and glue down the arms and legs to make double thickness card.


Fold over and glue together the push rod ends and cams to make double thickness card.


Cut them out once the glue is dry


Glue the arm push rod to the arm as shown.


Fold up the body inner.


Glue together the three parts of the body.

Fit the body inner into the body.


Thread the arm push rods and arms through the holes in the side of the body and glue them to the tab. Make sure that the arms are free to flap up and down.


Glue the tab on the back of the head to the grey area on the back of the body.


Assemble the leg support parts and glue the legs into position.


Glue the legs into the body.


Roll up and make the various tubes lining up their edges with the arrow points.


Assemble the push rod. Glue the push rod end into place with the shortest tube threaded into position.


Assemble the two crank pieces.


Thread the two cams onto the crank pieces and glue them down.


Glue the crank pieces to the centre axle. Make sure that they are lined up.


Fit the two axle tubes into place.


Glue together the two parts of the cam follower. Thread the cam follower tube into place and glue it down.


Make up the four spaces by folding in half and gluing down the small rectangles making four double thickness squares.


Thread the cam follower down onto the push rod. Don't glue it! It must be free to move up and down. Glue two spacers into place on the end of the slider tube as shown.


Slide the other two slider tubes into place. Glue the two remaining spacer pieces onto the second slider tube as shown.


Assemble the link pieces and use them to join together the two spacer pieces on each side. Make sure no glue gets onto the centre slider tube.


Assemble the box top and box base by make triangle section tubes.


Assemble the two box sides by making right angle triangle tubes.


Join the four box pieces together. Use the picture to ensure they are in the correct order.


Thread the push rod assembly up through the box top and glue the centre slider tube to the box top tab.

Fit the axles through the holes in the box sides.


Fold up and complete the box keeping everything as square as possible.


Assemble the handle in three steps as shown.


Glue the handle into place. Notice that the cam follower assembly is at the front and the handle is on the right.


Tightly fold up a couple pennies (4 grams each 20mm diameter) into an off-cut of card.


Glue the coin bundle to the front of the cam follower.


Thread Santa down onto the top of the push rod. He should be facing towards the front where the cam follower and coins are.

Glue the ends of the arm push rods to the top slider tube.


That should do it! Turn the handle and Santa will flap his arms three times for each time he swoops. Ho ho ho!

 


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If you follow me on Instagram you will already know about this new model. You do follow me right?

Flying Santa! Coming Soon! All the photography and parts are done, just the instructions to write. Ho ho ho!


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Co-axial Gear.
Essential Mechanism.™
Here's an interesting mechanism for you to download and make! Turn the handle on the front of the box and the planetary gear reduces the output speed by half.
Use it as a stand-alone paper mechanism or as the drive for your own paper animation kit.
Members can download the parts for free from the link, non-members can join in the fun for £2.50

 


Print out the parts onto thin card (230 micron / 67lbs) Coloured card makes for a colourful model.

Score along all the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.


The four gears are made of double thickness card. fold them in half and glue them down. Once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.

 

 


Roll up various tubes and glue them down, carefully line up the ends with the arrow.

 


Assemble the two parts of the cross piece.

 


Fit the long 8mm tube into the cross piece lining it with the square tube between the two grey lines.

 


Glue the other two 8mm tubes into place.

 


Fit the square section into the pinion gear then fit the short tube into place using the grey lines for alignment. Repeat the process with the second pinion gear.

 


Thread the pinion gears over the 8mm tubes. They should turn freely. Glue the end stops on to hold the pinion in place without stopping them from turning.

 


The completed pinion assembly.

 


Glue the four spacers to the grey areas on the large fixed gear. Fold the spacers up and glue them to make a shallow box.

 


Assemble the box front and back.

 


Glue the fixed gear into place in the hole in the box back.

 


Thread the pinion assembly into place so that the gears mesh with the fixed gear. The assembly should be free to rotate.

 


Fit the square tube into place in the large gear using the grey line for alignment.

Fit and glue the remaining tube into place lining it up with the end of the square tube.

 


Fit the large gear into place as shown. Don't glue it! It should be free to turn over the pnion assembly.

 


Assemble the two box ends.

 


Thread the box front into place over the axle.

Glue the two box ends into place as shown.

 


Assemble the handle in three steps.

 


Glue the handle to the shaft as shown. Let the glue dry completely.

Turn the handle and the mechanism turns the output shaft at half the speed of rotation of the handle.

 


To make it easier to see the rotation of the output shaft assemble this push-to-fit hand. Once the glue is dry, slip it over the output shaft.

 

 


The input and output shafts are lined up so you can daisy chain more than one of the mechanisms. Each gear divides the rotation by a further two times.


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There are still a few days left to order from the Flying Pig shop. We are away on 20th Dec for a few days holiday so orders placed after the 19th Dec won't be shipped out until 27th December. Get you orders in now!

Paper animation kits that use mechanisms to come to life!

Paper animation kits come as printed booklets. they come complete with all the parts you need ready to pop out and glue together. All you need to add is some glue - PVA white school glue is perfect for the job and an evening or two of your time. Our animated models are asuper family activity for both parents and children. The models are suitable for children aged twelveand up, younger with adult help. they are a fun and educational way to learn about mechanisms and how things work.

Order our kits securely from the shop. Shipping is a flat rate of £2.95 for any size order to anywhere on earth!


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Wed 10th Dec 2014

Ha! Look at that!
I built a second co-axial gearbox for photograph purposes and linked it to the first one. The two of them fit together nicely. The first box halves the rotation speed, the second box halves it again. You could probably daisy-chain a few more before friction stopped rotation. Nice!
Anyway, photography complete I'll be posting the model very shortly.


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Mon 8th Dec 2014

I'm really having fun with these paper gears. For ages, I struggled to design an easy to make, reliable paper gear mechanism. I think I've finally hit on some workable ideas: Today's experiment, a co-axial gearbox.

I've finished a working design which I'll be posting in the next day to two. The basic concept, turn the handle on the front and the output drive on the back of the box, turns at half the speed of the handle. You can see an Instagram of the model in action here.


Here are the parts, cut out and ready for assembly photography tomorrow.


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Fri 5th Dec 2014

I've added a couple of Cut-Out-And-Make models to the Flying Pig website.

Cupid. Turn the handle a Cupid swoops and dives while his wings flap. A perfect model for your true love.

Jungle Jim Turn the handle and Jungle Jim beats his chest powered by banana cams in the base.

Check out these and other printed kits and books on the Flying Pig website here.


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The final two of my festive models on the Brother Int. website are this cute tree top / desktop angel and the festive robin perched on a yule log. Like all the other models in the set they are free for anyone to download from the Brother website.
Festive felicitations one and all!


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Wed 3rd Dec 2014

I’ve just added "Paper Models that Rock" to the Flying Pig shop.
Order yours here!

Paper Models That Rock

Simple directions and complete materials make it a cinch for crafters ages 12 and up to construct these charming models. All you need is a few pennies to make them move - The weight of the coins will help set the models in motion. Six automata include a nodding donkey, a gift box decked with a fluttering heart, a rocking robin, rolling bones that tumble down an incline, a pair of tapping feet and a tail-wagging dog.

58 pages 21cm x 28 cm


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Another festive model for you to download and make. This time, the Snowman.

Visit the Brother website here to download and make yours.

I like Umehta's idea about collecting together all the Brother models into one place. I'll put together a link page with thumbnails in the next few days. Ho ho ho!


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