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Merry Christmas, MOCpages! My last-second entry has been done for a week or so, but travelling and general holiday craziness did their usual job on me.

This is an entry for Yuri Fassio's Spinning Top Contest, in the Christmas category.



At 212 pieces, this is one massive top. Although it looks like a giant ornament, I wouldn't recommend hanging it on your tree. Especially if it's a wiltering Douglas fir, like mine. This baby would probably collapse my tree.




I was overjoyed to finally find a use for the 100 or so red 4x4 curved plates I acquired two years ago.




Here is the required photo, showing the top spinning. It would spin a lot better if it were lighter, and if it didn't require internal friction to hold together.




I managed to get a few shots of it spinning, although the thing is always trying to tear itself apart. Four rubber bands on the outside fight outward pressure from the plates and the wheels (see next picture).




I spent a while trying to get a system of rubber bands inside. Almost at the point of giving up, I remembered my new wheels from an early Christmas present. Success!


Thanks to Yuri for hosting the contest! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a great Christmas morning!



Comments

  May 5, 2011
hats off to you for ingenuity. For moc builds I'm not a fan of creations that require friction and elastic bands to hold all the pieces in place as I'm of the opinion that is cheating. However the frustrated scientist in me admires the way you've approached an engineering project using a familiar medium to achieve a specific objective.
  January 18, 2011
Congratulations on your victory :)
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  December 31, 2010
Beautiful design Wes!
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  December 30, 2010
Quoting Mike Johnson Wes, one question to be absolutely clear; is this top in the Christmas category?....
Yup.
  December 29, 2010
Wes, one question to be absolutely clear; is this top in the Christmas category like the title would imply or is it in the 100+ piece category because you mentioned it was over 212 pieces?
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  December 28, 2010
Quoting Yuri Fassio Outstanding SPAM-top.
Ooooo, new acronym! WIM? (What's It Mean?)
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  December 28, 2010
Outstanding SPAM-top. Great idea with the 'bands.
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  December 27, 2010
Wow, awesome part usage on this bad boy. The rubber bands (although there for structural purposes) look great.
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  December 25, 2010
This thing is just plain nuts! That's what make it so amazing. It would of been fun to see it go to pieces during a spin of self destruction. Anyway best of luck in the contest.
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  December 25, 2010
Insane!
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  December 25, 2010
Nice work! Best entry so far!
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  December 25, 2010
Beautiful work, nice job.
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  December 25, 2010
Nice top, Wes. Merry Christmas!~H
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  December 24, 2010
Nice! @ Shannon: ... Space station? THIS IS A TOP.
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  December 24, 2010
Awesome space station!
 
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