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 Post subject: Cool Japanese Puzzle - Rainbow Cube
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2001 9:53 am 
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Take a look at this cool puzzle:

http://member.nifty.ne.jp/puzzle_cube/sub42.html

It looks like this website sells puzzles within Japan. I sent them an email to find out if they sell internationally. If anybody can read Japanese, I would surely appreciate a translation.


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 Post subject: More info, please
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2001 12:11 pm 
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Hi Carter,

Thanks for showing us something different, it been kind of slow here at Twisty`s for the past couple of days.

I have pointed my browser to this Japanese site before, but this is what I get: Å@Å@DZÇÍÇý ÇkÇÖÇÅÇÜÇåÇÖÇî Ç*ìØÇ*å`Ç=Å@ïHå`Ç™èWÇÐÇ¡Ç*ÇPÇQñ ëÃÇÃå`Ç*ǵǃǢÇÐÇ*ÅBÅ@ï degreeséGÇ»çê¨ÇÃÇÊǧDžévÇÌÇÍÇÐÇ*Ç™
Å@äÓñ{ÇÕÇRÅ~ÉLÉÖÅ[ÉuÇ*ìØÇ*Ç=Ç*ÅBÅ@...needless to say i do not understand a thing.

Is this a place that sells puzzles or something like a mild copy of the Virtual Puzzle-Museum ???

Maybe Masaki or someone else could help us out on this ?

One thing for sure, they have some rare puzzles here.
We need a "follow up" on this site, after all ...Cristmas is around the corner !! (hehehe...)

Michael
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 Post subject: Looks like a store...
PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2001 10:25 am 
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Judging by the fact that they include prices for many of the puzzles in one page, I'd say the guy sells some of them. Unfortunately I didn't see that one for sale or any Dogics either.


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 Post subject: Holy Smokes
PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2001 10:34 am 
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It appears to have 8 axes and should be similar to the Pyraminx in terms of solving difficulty. My "nihongo" is not so good. Can anybody translate?


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 Post subject: Cuboctohedron
PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2001 11:53 pm 
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Looks like a cuboctohedron in shape.


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 Post subject: Another puzzle page
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2001 10:25 am 
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While checking out the links to this page, I also found this nice puzzle site:

http://www.i4no.com


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 Post subject: Translation
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2001 10:34 am 
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I was able to translate this page using:

http://www.excite.co.jp/world/url

Anyway, here's the results....


"It has the unusual form and they are three square shapes [ eight ] and four square shapes [ six ].
It is made of the 14th page object of ‚ª


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 Post subject: Translation.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2001 3:47 pm 
Carter,

I post a translation on the website as follows.

Rainbow Cube:
This puzzle is uniquely shaped and consists of 8 triangles and 6 squares.
The structure of this puzzle imitates a certain kind of crystal of metal.
Although this puzzle consists of combination with triangles and squares, it can be flexibly twisted.
This puzzle is well fabricated.

Mr. Kazuhiro Watanabe is managing this site. I exchanged some e-mails with him in the past.
I am sorry that I am late. I do not check Twisty Megasite on weekend.

Regards,
Masaki


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 Post subject: I know what this puzzle is.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2001 6:58 pm 
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After studying the images for quite a while, I have come to a couple of conclusions:

1. Good News: Yes, the Rainbow Cube can be made by modifying a production puzzle that already exists.

2. Bad News: That production puzzle is the Dino Cube which is very rare and usually sells for $500+ on Ebay.

If you take the Dino Cube and truncate it by removing its corners deep enough to create a cuboctohedron, then you will have a Rainbow Cube. It's the same mechanism with 8 spindles of rotation. Unfortunately, I doubt that many collectors are willing, let alone even have, a Dino Cube to modify.

Doug.


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 Post subject: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2001 11:14 pm 
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Some many questions, without answers...

1- Are theses puzzles new ?
2- And are they still manufactured ?
3- If so, by who ?
4- Are they "home made" ?
5- Who sells them ?
6- Where can we buy some ?
7- Or is this a Japanese version of the Virtual Puzzle Museum ?
8- Or is this a personal collection ? (probably, since he has a Fisher cube and other rare cubes)
9- Then why do some puzzles have prices ?
10- Can anyone actually translate what is written on this site ?
11- Uwe Meffert puzzles are (I presume) made in Hong kong, has he ever seen them ?
12- If yes, does he know who makes them ?, Maybe some will be produced by him in 2002 ?
13- Why in the world, are we stuck to look ,at all theses wonderful twisty variations,
that are no longer produces, and very difficult to find, and to afford...?
14- Wouldn't be GREAT to log on Meffert's site and find them all for sale ?

Michael
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 Post subject: turncutted dino cube
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2001 4:01 am 
I think rainbow cube is turncutted dino cube.


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 Post subject: Japanese Puzzle Site
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2001 3:47 pm 
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Thank you, Masaki. I emailed Mr. Watanabe over the weekend. He responded that he can ship internationally. He is checking on the shipping costs. He is going to consider accepting PayPal International.

Looks like he could get a lot of business if he did that! Twisty Megasite enthusiasts alone could keep him busy for a while.


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 Post subject: Definitely truncated Dino Cube
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2001 4:01 am 
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Bob, that's what I said in the previous message.


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