We hope you’ve missed unusual and peculiar mechanical
models, because here comes the Monowheel rolling in to join your Ugears
Browsing through old photo archives we stumbled upon
an image of a fun and smart transport device invented in the beginning of the
20th century. This was a single wheel accommodating one passenger-driver who
looked so pleased with himself sitting inside his curious device that we
couldn’t help but design one for our collection. We extended our research to
find out more about single-wheel mechanisms and found ones that had no operator
at all, developed as war machines and all covered in armor. What really inspired
us was a similar approach to the transmission employed in all the prototypes
starting in the 1860s: a moving outer element with a stationary mechanism
Our peaceful minds striving for creation and curiosity
took the best of those two prototypes and today we proudly present the
all-wooden mechanical Monowheel!
No armor shell included – your new Monowheel is built
in skeleton steampunk style, which means you can see and enjoy the beauty of
moving gears. Despite its airy delicate appearance, your new model is quite
sturdy – you can take it outside and give it a good roll around on the pavement
and other hard and semi-hard surfaces.
The parts of the mechanism imitate a real steam
engine. The lack of an outer shell grants easy access to rubber bands should
you need to replace them.
Two working modes guarantee even more fun. Mode one
with the feet locked will give you uninterrupted rolling straight ahead for
about 1.5 – 2 meters (5.7-7.6 ft) until the rubber-band motor’s resource is completely
released. After that the model gracefully turns around and stops.
The second mode with the feet in the unlocked position
your Monowheel will roll ahead while the rubber-band motor is working. After
that it turns around, its feet hide inside and the model keeps rolling until it
runs into an obstacle. In this mode, the model can cover up to 5 meters, which
inspired us to play some mechanical bowling using our new model as a bowling
ball. We recommend this new sport to all our friends!
Self-assembly, no glue needed.
Model size: 185×95×160mm Package size: 378×170×32mm Number of parts: 300 Level: Intermediate Assembly
time: 3 hours