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The Tank Boomer!
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Potential energy in a wound up rubber band just waiting to be released!
About this creation
My Tank Boomer is simply a LEGO version of a toy made by a past student of mine.
When I worked as a teacher, there was only one year that I ever taught 8 graders! And then, it was only one class of Physical Science at a private school. That year I had the students do a small home project where they each made an historical motion toy of some sort. The best toy was made by a student using an old wooden spool of thread, a rubberband, 2 small dowels, a nail, and a piece of soap as a lubricant!

The Tank Boomer In ActionÖ
For those of you not able to view the video below here, I give you the FLICKR LINK!

Don't forget to turn on the sound to enjoy the background music!


I chose to Model the Tank Boomerís action with my Decisive Action 2nd Tank build, because although it is a better designed tank than my first, it never was able to surpass my first in smiley number! Go Figure!
If you would like a better look at the tank, please visit this LINK.



Comments

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  June 21, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P Thank you Topsey. Your creations are the most unique and fun. You are still the teacher. I learn a lot from you.
Thanks Cheryl. Earlier today I added you as a favorite. I didn't realize that I hadn't. But even so, I think I have managed to view/comment on all your own unique mocs! :)
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  June 21, 2014
Thank you Topsey. Your creations are the most unique and fun. You are still the teacher. I learn a lot from you.
 I made it 
  November 16, 2013
Quoting JWG 258 Great presentation. I remember seeing such a toy in an arts and crafts book when I was a kid.
Thanks for stopping by! :)
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  November 14, 2013
Great presentation. I remember seeing such a toy in an arts and crafts book when I was a kid.
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  September 22, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 hey Topsy, look at this and have a laugh! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/349704
I did and I did! :)
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  September 22, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett Haha! Great use of potential energy, although it would be a shame to blow up the grooviest tank in DA :-)
Thanks Nick, and wellll, I was just toying around! But, then I'm working on my MO round 2 entry and needed parts. Groovy tank has now been tanked! :)
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  September 21, 2013
hey Topsy, look at this and have a laugh! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/349704
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  September 20, 2013
Haha! Great use of potential energy, although it would be a shame to blow up the grooviest tank in DA :-)
 I made it 
  September 16, 2013
Quoting Marc dZ Ha! Ha! Very clever!
Thanks, Marc! :)
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  September 16, 2013
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Lego kaboomage at its finest!
Best way to say it... Boom, Boom! :)
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  September 16, 2013
That kind of soap is good on sticky drawers, too, you know.
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  September 16, 2013
Ha! Ha! Very clever!
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  September 16, 2013
Lego kaboomage at its finest!
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  September 16, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith I remember making these things, my friend taught me when I was about 9-10? The smiley thing on MOCpages is pretty arbitrary I've found. Some of my MOCS, have been hit by an early spate of negative scores, which kept them off the front page. I think the inferred nudity on my Virgo build riled a few innocents as it faced a wave of below 4 scores. Anyway, rambling now. Congrats on making it to the MO round 2.
I know that some mocs seem to get hit with multiple low scores for many other reasons too, like teens trying to favor a friendís moc that might be up at the same time as someone elseís. Several people have complained about it in the pages Help thread. Iím sure the pages uses some kind of algorithm noting initial post time and number of viewers that do not score it, as well as the obvious, number of viewers that score it low, as factors. So Iím guessing the algorithm must involve the summation of several terms, such as number of views in some given time period and number of high scored views per some given time period, etc, etc.? You would think that some bright programmer could have a factor or conditional statement that would negate an onslaught of low scores?
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  September 16, 2013
I remember making these things, my friend taught me when I was about 9-10? The smiley thing on MOCpages is pretty arbitrary I've found. Some of my MOCS, have been hit by an early spate of negative scores, which kept them off the front page. I think the inferred nudity on my Virgo build riled a few innocents as it faced a wave of below 4 scores. Anyway, rambling now. Congrats on making it to the MO round 2.
 I made it 
  September 16, 2013
Quoting Mark McPeek Awesome! Great work!
Thanks, I was going thru organizing some old lesson plans and decided to make the toy with LEGO! :)
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  September 16, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 quite smart!
Hee, hee, those kids of ages past actually knew a few things too! ;)
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  September 16, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee If Hitler had this voodoo technology, he might have won. ;D Too fun!
Thanks... and your comment made me think about when synthetic rubber actually became a viable production material. Now, I'm going to have to go research that! Always something new to learn or refresh one's memory, that's what I also like about this hobby! :)
 I made it 
  September 16, 2013
Quoting George Marshall Very cool!
Hey, thanks George! :)
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  September 16, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Deadly! That soap really does the trick, eh?!?
Yup, and I recall the kid even tried to stay historically accurate by using a castile(olive oil based) soap instead of a modern deodorant or extra moisture type! :)
 I made it 
  September 15, 2013
Quoting David Roberts This is fun and reminds me of similar thing that we used to make as kids by using old cotton reels. Endless fun, as there are no batteries required :)
Yes, and it's simplicity is why it was one of the toys that was made that made it a favorite. :)
 I like it 
  September 15, 2013
Awesome! Great work!
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  September 15, 2013
quite smart!
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  September 15, 2013
If Hitler had this voodoo technology, he might have won. ;D Too fun!
 I like it 
  September 15, 2013
Very cool!
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  September 15, 2013
Deadly! That soap really does the trick, eh?!?
 I like it 
  September 15, 2013
This is fun and reminds me of similar thing that we used to make as kids by using old cotton reels. Endless fun, as there are no batteries required :)
 
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