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Original TEDCO Gyroscope/Nostalgic Pak

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Give your child the wonder of a toy you played with when you were little! Even the packaging on this gyroscope will make you think of your childhood. Produced since 1917, the gyroscope has been a classic educational toy for generations. It continues to fascinate young and old alike with its mysterious force that seems to defy gravity. An excellent tool to teach gyroscopic inertia, the gyroscope will provide hours of creative play. Gyroscope technology is used in numerous applications of everyday life such as guidance and navigation systems in ships, planes and spacecrafts; in accurate mapping and survey work; in oil drilling and even motion picture making. Each gyroscope is packed in a retro folding carton with original Tedco graphics. Includes starting string, pedestal and instructions for several amazing tricks. Winner of the coveted Parents' Choice Gold Award by the Parents' Choice Foundation. Made In USA. For ages 8+.

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The gyroscope is such a simple idea that it's tempting for toy manufacturers to make them cheaply. But the cheaply made ones usually don't have a dense flywheel or good bearings--and they don't work. The Chandler is a delightful exception: all-metal and precision made, it also comes with a simple instruction sheet that contains a number of tricks you probably wouldn't have thought of. A great toy for children and physicists of all ages. Parental supervision will be necessary to avoid frustration for children under 6: these things don't work unless you get them to spin fast. --Richard Farr

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Product Dimensions 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00000IU7S
Manufacturer recommended age 24 months - 10 years
Best Sellers Rank #11,339 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#28 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science > Physics
#121 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Toddler Toys > Learning
#310 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys > Learning
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By Shannon Allen on May 31, 2012
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The gyroscope looked pretty good on the website, but I probably should have looked at the price and reviews a little more closely. When I was a kid, I had one that was great. I wanted to show my son a simple physics toy that I liked and used.
This one, the frame wasn't closed together and welded, so any pressure while winding it up caused the center spinning portion to come loose and fall out. The size was smaller than I expected from the pictures, but that was probably my own oversight.

We got to use it a total of 5 or 6 times before it was rendered useless.(Also, had to adjust the seating of the pins at first in order to allow it to spin more than 8 seconds.)

Even for the price, stay away. It's not worth it.
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This is a very cheap toy. Poor finish, sloppy tolerances. Had a slight imbalance and would vibrate and lose speed quickly. The vibration makes most of the usual gyroscope tricks impossible.

Then it spun off the table and promptly broke. Perhaps that's why they offer the two-pack?
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Very disappointing... the gyro was not balanced.not smooth spin.. slowed quickly because of friction gyro touching post and the outer rim (gimbal) broke day 1 after 5 used -- no falls... I think Duncan's is the best bet.
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The gyroscope is fine but come with a rather short string that prevents attaining its full rotational speed. Gyroscope spins well with little friction, but if you drop it, it can break into its components. Fortunately, when this happened, it was easy to put back together.
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By Glorfindel on September 21, 2007
This gyroscope is pretty awesome. Wind up the string, pull it, and you'll have about a minute or so of action. The gyroscope can really balance on the tip of a pencil, or on the base included in the box. It uses scientific principles, and when it slows down it will sometimes spin horizontally on the base! Very cool!
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I love the gyroscope and it's educational value for my children. I only wish it was more durable. The outer ring isn't soldered together and care must be taken not to spin the gyroscope too hard or it will come apart.
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My Dad is in his 70's and a still active Engineer. He got one of these a couple of months ago and started playing with it while explaining all the physics behind it and the principles applications... he has us all agape. He got into taking the gyroscope with him to work, and he's been "teaching" young engineers with it. Now I'm getting him a precision gyroscope. This is one of those perfect toys that can teach so much in such a simple way, but if you really want to get all the awesomeness, you need to go and check your basic physics first!
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The original Tedco gyroscope is great fun while it lasts, but you might want to invest in a heavier duty model--this particular one gets bent out of shape the first time you drop it on a hard surface. I give it four stars because it introduced me to the sheer wonder that is the gyroscope; everyone who plays with it is amazed and wants to know how it works. Get one for every kid in your family, and maybe all the neighbor kids too. Science was never more fun.
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