Handle Design – the Small Things.

Tue, 23 Aug 2011

"Rob:

I suggest that the crank handle(s) design be modified so that as the crank is turned clockwise the tail of the wrap-around slips easily through the fingers rather than tending to hang in them. 
 
Regards, Spingears"

It's the small details that make all the difference. Spingears is absolulely right. Fortunately, his suggestion is simple to implement. It is just a case of flipping the existing handle design left to right.

The result is that the long tab which rolls round the handle, rolls the opposite direction.

Here's the finished result. It doesn't look much different to the handles that I've been using up till now but when the handle is turned clockwise, the usual way, it slips nicely through the fingers. 

Expect to see this minor, but important change in future models. Thanks William!

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Comments (3)

  • frankenpaper August 24, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Brilliant! Little details

    Brilliant! Little details like this really stand out on the finished model. Cheers to Spingears for pointing this out. 

  • Smelter August 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Rob, you are among

    Rob, you are among illustrious company!

    The rush to get the first cars on the road caused problems for the early models of the Mini, particularly with the engine mountings and floor panel overlaps. Alec Issigonis it's designer later admitted that the floor panels leaked because he had designed them the wrong way round.

    http://designmuseum.org/design/alec-issigonis

    • robives August 24, 2011 at 10:54 am

      @Smelter. Nice! My first car

      @Smelter. Nice! My first car was a mini, it leaked like a sieve. I think that was more to do with rust holes than design though.

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