Building the final model took longer than I expected and although I needed to make a number of adjustments between the original digital model and the new real Lego one I was very pleased with the result. I felt the final build still paid tribute to both Heath Robinson's original design and my digital model. It was great experience going from digital model to physical model for such a complex and delicate build.
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
One of the things that I felt was important about building a real Lego model of one of Heath Robinson's designs was that it actually worked! Manging the rubber bands and connections between the various elements turned out to be much more challenging that I expected. There was a lot of trial and error with the placement of various elements, wheels and cogs. Plus I also added a crank handle so that you could more easily operate the model.
Here's a short video showing the mechanism working during the build process.
Monday, 25 October 2021
Back in 2018 I'd created a digital Lego model "The Professor's Invention For Peeling Potatoes" based on one of William Heath Robinson's designs. You can see it here on the Lego Idea's site and I've also blogged a little bit about it here Animating The Professor's Invention (Part 1) and here Animating the Professor's Invention (Part 2). I was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted earlier this year by Heath Robinson Museum based in Pinner, West London asking if I could build the model so they could feature it as one of their exhibits! I happily agreed to create the model out of real Lego, but I was then faced with the challenge of how I might actually do it! A few trips to Bricklink found all the parts that I needed, but I knew that the actual build would be tricky as the digital models can be more "forgiving" when it comes to the placement of elements like the rubber bands. Plus, as I discovered the rubber bands change the physical structure of the model quite a lot. There were also a number of changes and adjustments that I needed to ensure that the Lego model actually worked!
The series of images below, show the progress of the model from the original illustration, through the digital designs and early physical models, to the final model.
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Gosh, it's been a crazy time! I've managed to sort a few things out so I could have a little more time to continue my adventures with digital Lego. As a lot of my adventures happened on the daily commute to work, during the pandemic, it was hard to find the time to continue my explorations. However as the situation improves I find that I now have a little more spare time.