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Yuri Fassio's Spinning Top Contest

I play with tablescrap tops all the time. My computer desk is cluttered with a mess of random Lego that I can fiddle with when my computer is being slow -- or MOCpages is. (Useless factoid for anyone who cares: The Blockheads were born in just that manner, when I happened to click a pair of binoculars onto a yellow headlight brick and it suggested a nose and glasses to me.) A Technic axle and gear makes a nice easy two-piece top to spin idly while waiting for that page to load...




So this is born from a few tablescraps that emerged from the primordial soup of my Lego-littered desk. The big wheel of inside-out treads and three spokes has a mate, and I was thinking of making a motorized, remote-controlled vehicle of some sort with them.

(Hey, you can see the reflection of me taking its picture in the pod lid! That's professional quality right there.)




Likewise, the two Power Miners wheels pushed together like that make one big fat cool-looking wheel, and I was thinking that I needed to make some sort of vehicle that featured them. And then somehow it all comes together in a top.




The nub end of the Technic axle that it spins on. That gear is also very important for launching the top.

The whole thing is big and top-heavy enough that trying to spin it by hand is difficult. I set about devising some intricate launching mechanism, and after several failed concepts ended up with this fairly low-tech solution:




The teeth on the inside rails of these two whatchamacallems mesh with the gear on the top's bottom.




Detail of one of the whatchamacallems.




In addition, the wide Power Miners wheel sits just a bit over a stud's width off the table, so the top is balanced upright when it's ready to launch. Push the whatchamacallems in opposite directions sharply enough, and away she goes!









The UFO at the end of the video is made entirely of desktop detritus. I was going to do a batch of those, but when I saw that there weren't many entries in the 100+ pieces category, I thought I'd try actually building a top with some thought toward it, rather than post a bunch of little aimless doodles. This had 102 pieces, 104, something like that. It's already been blown up, you see. Those treads went back into the desk-mess and are already taking shape in another form. Maybe a moon rover of some sort...




Comments

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  January 19, 2010
Congrats on winning! and it looks like a candle when its spinning in the first picture
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  November 10, 2009
Congrats on the win! This top is really cool!
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  November 10, 2009
Congratulations on your (for real) victory in the heavyweight category of the Spinning Top Contest :)
Shannon Young
Blade Bat
  November 5, 2009
What you said about your desk space being full of bricks made me think of all my bricks at my desk
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  November 5, 2009
Boy, I kinda wish my table scraps were that plenty...Very cool and inventive!
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  November 4, 2009
very nice.
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  November 4, 2009
Way cool; originality is always good in a contest.
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  November 3, 2009
The bottom detail blew me away. Two points for you!
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  November 1, 2009
Very nice space-crafts!!
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  October 31, 2009
Huh... I like the UFO one better...
Shannon Young
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Mark Legorski
  October 30, 2009
Awesomeness!
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  October 30, 2009
Wow! That's a really creative way to start the top! But my favorite one is the UFO bonus! ;)
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  October 30, 2009
Nice top. Actually, there is a Power Miners combo set called the Aero Shredder (or something) that uses the two interlocked wheels.
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  October 30, 2009
Great job! I was hoping someone would make a really cool launcher.
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  October 30, 2009
Wow that UFO top is my design... Thanks... ;)? Im not sure when you made it but Ive had mine up since the start of the contest. Oh well good work.
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  October 30, 2009
Wow, a top launcher. There's something you don't see everyday. Nicely done.
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  October 30, 2009
Quality idea for the launcher whatyamacallums and nicely presented. I'm just glad i'm in two different catagories!
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  October 30, 2009
*Throws up hands and walks out* Well, that's it. I'm out... ~ Chris.
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  October 30, 2009
Great job, I love the shape. The design is great, and I like the use of all the interesting pieces. The main picture fooled me though.
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  October 30, 2009
Nicely done, when I first saw the main picture I thought like hey, that's not lego, it spins very well, great use of those tracks, I hope you don't force them too much (but if you don't it wouldn't spin that good I guess) Great job anyway
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  October 30, 2009
hey! this is brilliant!!! thanks for share it!!
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  October 30, 2009
Top notch design Shannon.
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  October 30, 2009
Was gonna build a 100+ top, but I don't think I'll bother now... hahaha, like the warts and all video.
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  October 30, 2009
Your two top "starters" will probably give you a little bit of an edge in the contest, but the top is what the judges are going to be looking at. Is it good enough for the win? Questions, questions, questions? -Dylan
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  October 30, 2009
Shannon Young? entering a contest? we're all doomed...
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  October 30, 2009
Nice job, The pieces you used were good and the top spinning whatcamacallems are a nice touch. *shiver* Maybe Kelso is right.
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  October 30, 2009
Woo-hoo! Twenty twelve! Twenty twelve!
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  October 30, 2009
Nice, Shan! Great parts usage, and bonus points in my book for the Lego watchamecallems. But you entering a contest? Maybe this 2012 thing is real after all!
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  October 30, 2009
Awesome spinning top, those launchers are simple yet GENIUS! I like the UFO top as well. :)
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  October 30, 2009
Very clever, great tech. Sweet looking too. I'm happy you entered :)
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  October 30, 2009
EEe.... Oo thats nice. I hate how all the respectable Afols went into the same category, making it impossible to decide which is the best.
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  October 30, 2009
If you keep up the quality work with contest entries, I wouldn't mind seeing more doodles like this. I love the form of this one. Good day
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  October 30, 2009
haha the two are great, I love the look and concept of the bigger one, probably one of the best looking Spinning Top. And this is not a shame to do a GOOD contest ;-) (which I was supposed to do but argh ! not much time left)
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  October 30, 2009
OOOOOHHHHH! Snap! Everybody needs to fall in line and have ShannY do a running slap in everybody else's faces! Most innovative of them all by far! Puts my bird cage top to shame... XD
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  October 30, 2009
Hey, this is cool. I love the design. but, if I were you, I'd try taking one of them Power Racers pullback motors, and use a technic rod for the grip, wind it up and zzzzzip -
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  October 30, 2009
Pretty good, but needs some more balance to spin longer, still good though, keep it up.
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  October 30, 2009
Top notch design Shannon, and the launcher looks like a great success even if it wasn't remote controlled from your smart phone...
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  October 30, 2009
Not sure if you will take the win on the contest, but this would make one very cool satellite. I like the use of the treads, and the spin mechanism is an interesting 'twist' on the contest theme (sorry). Lee
 
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