Nostalgic Pak Original Gyroscope
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- Comes with a starting string, a black pedestal and instructions
- Split in the frame is by design, your gyroscope is not broken. This allows for the final hand assembly and balancing adjustment, 2 ends at the split should butt together
- Proudly made in the USA
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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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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That said, I gave it four stars because of the low price and because I like that somebody still makes this sort of thing. Had I to do it again, for a dollar more, I'd buy the two-pack, so there'd be a second chance of getting one better balanced, and so two kids could each have one to play together instead of fighting over whose turn it is now.
Drill or file some material away at the mark.
Recheck by spinning up the top to see if it shakes less.
Repeat the steps above until you get close.
Then when holding the top horizontal, spin the ends a few degrees each way to "hunt" for the heavy spot.
When you can't find a heavy spot any more, the vibration should be gone or almost gone when you spin it up.
It will spin longer.
If you feel a need to lubricate the bearings, use graphite dry lubricant. Pencil lead will do. NO OIL. Oil attracts dust.
Would be perfect if cheaper and if it actually didn't need to be balanced.
On the other hand, balancing the toy teaches you and your kid something. Work on it together.
Don't get me wrong, it still does the magic of a Gyroscope and will balance on a string or pencil point, it's just not quite the quality of the old school models. Of course for all I know they may have had lead paint back then so who knows.
Note: If anyone at manufacturing is listening, I would pay more for one that was better made.
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. So disappointed that I can't return due to the seller policy???? Stay away from this product!
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These look the same (besides colour), but are definitely not the same as they used to be. Hard to believe as it's not difficult to precision machine a disk these days and equipment is far more advanced. If I didn't have 3 of them I would have thought I just got a one-off.