Academy da Vinci Clock
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- Reproduction of a clock based on an escapement sketched by Leonardo da Vinci
- Assemble in either a wall mounted or standing configuration
- Uses the pendulum's weight as the power source
- Snap together assembly of textured parts
- No batteries, paint, or glue required
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The design of da Vinci's clock utilizes intricately connected weights and gears to accurately measure time. Power for the clock is harnessed from a horizontal rotary pendulum design. The clock's speed is controlled by adjusting the weight and balance of the pendulum.
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Once assembled, you'll be expected to provide your own weights. The weight carrier looks like it's set up for about $2 worth of quarters, but washers ought to work just as well. The black teardrop weight pictured on the right is ornamental.
The ticking action is soothing and this seems like it will make a great desk toy.
still. its a neet looking timer. notice i said TIMER. this is not a 'clock' as such. the description from the seller doesnt make this very clear and i my self thought it was a true clock. bummed out for a bit but what the heck, for $15 it seemed okay so the bummed feeling faded.
ive seen many reviews about how the instructions were in JAPANESE and they couldnt read them an it was impossible to assemble. my kit came with instructions in both japanese AND english and it took me about an hour to finish it and do the first test run. even if only japanese language was used, the pictures are clear and concise and there are only like 30 parts to the kit. so i dont understand all the difficulty.
now as to the actual working part of this kit.
as i said, its a primitive timer. upper face minutes, lower face seconds. load the little weight basket with coins or whatever (i used washers) and wind it up while holding the pendulum on top then let let it go. the weight drops, which drives the gears, which move the hands of the two faces.
you can use different amount of weight along with the adjustable pendulum to vary the speed at which it ticks (tho only slightly)
the 'counter weight' on the model (right side teardrop shape) is 'for show' only and serves no actual purpose so i left it off my finished model.
after much playing around with it i find that with the 'tabletop' stand, it will run for about 8 mins before the weight hits the table and thus, it stops.
i currently have it hung on my wall to give the weight rope more room to drop and it runs for almost 15 mins till it reaches the end. it does seem to run a little fast but still accurate enough to time simple cooking :)
i intend to modify it a bit with a longer rope, re-attach the counter weight pulley and re-thread the whole thing with ACTUAL counter weights (more washers) to give it longer run times.
this was a lot of fun and easy to assemble. works great (ish) and looks really cool. a little simple paint on the faces and a couple of 'washes' to age it a bit (see my pic) and you got nifty item sure to draw attention.