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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Ack-Ack Macaque
Gareth L. Powell
Progress: 249/792 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Isaac Newton
James Gleick
Progress: 20/289 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 454/700 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 232/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
I Am a Cat
Graeme Wilson, Aiko Ito, Sōseki Natsume
Progress: 410/638 pages
Retro 80s LEGO Technic car
Retro 80s LEGO Technic car

Originally belonging to my brother and stored in an attic for decades, I recently rescued this. Unfortunately some parts are missing (possibly still lurking in the attic) and some parts seem to have warped or expanded, because the gearbox no longer works. If you leave it in "neutral" the engine pistons still work and the rack and pinion steering mechanism still operates nicely. The seat backs are prone to falling horizontal because the elastic bands providing tension have perished but over-all it's still impressive.


It's the most difficult LEGO project I've ever done, for two reasons:

1) The instructions are much less clear than in modern kits and

2) The assembly in places is very awkward and fiddly and the design is not overly robust during construction (again, modern kits don't seem to have that problem).


The instructions show a method of modifying the kit to be driven by a LEGO motor if yuo have one (the motor is not included in the kit).


EDIT: I've figured out/fixed the gear box so it works properly now!