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Offline Mechanism Man

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2015, 03:38:57 PM »
Great progress today, just hope that it continues!

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2015, 10:43:48 AM »
The gear box is finished! I finally got the lid on late last night - they're is still a lot to do, but that's a big hurdle out of the way.
Top mechanism next, and 8 days till the deadline. Gulp.











More soon.
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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2015, 03:54:32 PM »
Looking good!  Am impressed with your work rate... 

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2015, 12:45:24 PM »
Well after many nights of burning the midnight oil it's finally finished, running, and ready to send. The planets on this are just unfinished wooden balls as that is what the new owner has requested.
All the time taken at the beginning to get the gearing cut well and accurately seems to have paid off as it runs beautifully. This isn't always the case as some I have built have really fought me in the final stages, so I'm relieved  that this one just works without having to shout and swear at it...
Anyhow, here are a few photos and a video link of the finished machine (in fact there were a couple of finishing jobs still to do when the photos were taken, but nothing major).
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https://youtu.be/qPKRZ4OZuPE

I'll be back with news of the Antikythera build when I've caught my breath and seen my family for a while.
Happy clocking folks.
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« Last Edit: October 06, 2015, 01:22:08 PM by Mechanism Man »
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Offline steve323

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2015, 11:20:44 AM »
The orrery is absolutely amazing.

I am very impressed with how quickly you finished it with hand cut gears.  I can't imagine spending that much time building it and giving it to someone else.  Is it on display somewhere?

Steve

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2015, 02:28:19 PM »
Thanks Steve,
Believe me when I say that the short build time was kind of thrust upon me and completely out of character - and blimmin' hard going!
I normally specialise in running at least three months beyond a six month build time, so to promise two months and almost nail it is unheard of for me.
I also had to fit it in around family, a short holiday, and a full time job. I think that to say I'm relieved it's finished would be a bit of an understatement...
It's now in the hands of the UPS  gods on the way to New York. A very nervous time. Unfortunately it's going into private ownership so won't be on display anywhere apart from his home!
I am always sorry to see them go, but I will build myself one one day - although I might just keep the antikythera when it's done.
Right, it's back to work on that as of tomorrow, and  I can't wait!
More updates soon.
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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2015, 01:14:35 PM »
I thought that I'd change the subject from the now standard 'Moving house in India' post to something slightly more wooden gear related.
So, having finished the orrery and had that safely delivered to its new owner in the States I have now finally managed to get back into the Antikythera machine again. After a few nights of work I'm now at the stage where it now actually works! Well - after a fashion anyhow...
Below is s link to a YouTube film of the first trial run of the most complex part of the mechanism all linked together. There are a few more gears to fit, but they are all part of a single simple gear train that runs at the bottom of the machine but adds no real extra complexity thank goodness. Add you'll see, it's still a bit clunky - it's very much a trial fit at the moment - but it proves that with a little fettling the design will work, which I'm quite relieved about since nobody has ever built this particular version before with this planet mechanism (the gear system within the dark brown circular frames).
Anyhow, more soon,
Dave.
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https://youtu.be/1RJDMeesFKE
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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2015, 09:46:00 AM »
Here's another video link, but this time of it fully working, all gears fitted and being cranked for the first time with a handle. Relieved doesn't even begin to cover it...

https://youtu.be/Ku9k8o2YIsE

Next job? Dials and pointers me thinks!
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Offline steve323

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2015, 01:09:49 PM »
Love the updates and the detail that you put into both of your projects, Mechanism Man. 

This site appears to be taken over by spam bots.  I am thinking of jumping ship.  Do you post progress reports on any other web sites?

Steve

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #24 on: November 05, 2015, 01:57:45 PM »
Hi Steve,
Yes, there's a forum called Brass goggles (it's a Steampunk inspired site that I've been show boating on for years with my orreries), and on there you will find the Tactile section, and off that you'll find the Chronoautomata section - a section for all things clock, watch and gear related - that's where you'll find my Antikythera post.
It's quite fascinating to see what folk get up to on there even if you're not into the Steampunk theme, which I'm not really. It's also much busier than the Clockforum page - give it a try and say hi when you find my post, I think that at that point I'll jump ship with you.
However, thanks to the advertising bots if I'm ever in India and I need to move house I'll know exactly where to look!
Cheers, Dave.
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Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2015, 10:15:26 AM »
Hi Dave,

Thanks for the link to the other forum.  I joined up and will start looking for posts over there.  It feels bad to be chasing away one of the few real posters left on this site and especially someone building such an incredible mechanism.  However, this site went un-moderated a while ago and it is barely worth logging in anymore.

Steve