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 Post subject: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:52 am 
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Gear Change = Rhombic dodecahedral transformation of Uwe Meffert's factory made Gear Cube version of Oskar van Deventer's Caution Cube.

This is a tatty prototype of an idea I've had since I restickered the first Gear Cube I recieved a while back. It works pretty well and I am very pleased with it. I need to tweak the masters a little and then hopefully I can make a few to sell. The work was all done by hand using my normal techniques.
I wanted to have just one colour per side but that would've made the gears completely pointless. For that reason I have used a total of 24 colours which I am amazed I actually had. Each side is split in two so the gears must be rotated correctly. I believe the puzzle is equivalent to a fully (additionally) stickered super Gear Cube to solve.
It always remains a rhombic dodecahedron and doesn't change shape like a Gear Cube.
Without Oskar's amazing puzzle I could never have made this

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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Something like this had to be expected from you! Congratulations to this amazing mod. :D
You should talk to Oskar and Uwe promoting this to a Jades / Meffert's puzzle (of the year).

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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Wonderful as always Tony, what i really like about this puzzle is the overlapping you added to the edges (referring to the edges on the cube) the overlapping fills in the gaps and makes he puzzle look much nicer. Fantastic!

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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6th picture makes me think of a skewb. This looks awesome.

I'm still waiting for some heli cube mods. *hint hint*

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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konsassen wrote:
You should talk to Oskar and Uwe promoting this to a Jades / Meffert's puzzle (of the year).


I couldn't agree more. This should be mass produced. GREAT WORK!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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omg.. shapemods. of course. I havent given that one thought.... wow

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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Wow! I love it. Incredible!

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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I loved it. One more for mass production, please :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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Very nice. I wish I could make amazing puzzles like that.

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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I like how those small "U"s on the Gear Cube are rectangles on the Gear Change.

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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I like how the "suns" aren't directly apparent when they're scrambled, it keeps its shape nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:24 am 
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As usual, a great mod and a very good looking puzzle!

I started making this mod a few weeks ago, but I got a little overconfident with the band saw, and unfortunately cut too deep. I may eventually try again, but not this summer. I have 3 projects going on at once!

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:14 am 
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Wow Tony, that is amazing. Well done! Oskar

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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Beautiful transformation, and great mod. :D I'm not sure about having so many (24!) different colours. :? Is it possible to reduce this back down to some reasonable number?

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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Kelvin Stott wrote:
Beautiful transformation, and great mod. :D I'm not sure about having so many (24!) different colours. :? Is it possible to reduce this back down to some reasonable number?
What about having 12 colours and using the six adjacent face colors to define the orientation of the "sun"? Instead of two colours on the sun, make it six or three, whatever looks nice.
Tony, if this gets ever mass-produced (I vote for it!) you could consider making it a preassembled DIY and leaving the complex stickering to us. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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Wow, another brilliant idea Tony!

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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Kelvin Stott wrote:
Beautiful transformation, and great mod. :D I'm not sure about having so many (24!) different colours. :? Is it possible to reduce this back down to some reasonable number?

How about colouring it like the normal cube? That would give it only six colours and would probably look alright. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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APJ wrote:
Kelvin Stott wrote:
Beautiful transformation, and great mod. :D I'm not sure about having so many (24!) different colours. :? Is it possible to reduce this back down to some reasonable number?

How about colouring it like the normal cube? That would give it only six colours and would probably look alright. :D


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What about having 12 colours and using the six adjacent face colors to define the orientation of the "sun"? Instead of two colours on the sun, make it six or three, whatever looks nice.


I am open to different colour schemes though I want to keep it a 'super' puzzle and to be honest I don't want to cut the suns up any more. Six colours might work but I can't figure out a pattern.

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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Tony Fisher wrote:
Six colours might work but I can't figure out a pattern.


Six colors WILL work. Just map the colors of the Ultimate Cube to this. It will still be a 'super' puzzle.

http://www.twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pkey=1078

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Gear Change
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Tony Fisher wrote:
Six colours might work but I can't figure out a pattern.


Six colors WILL work. Just map the colors of the Ultimate Cube to this. It will still be a 'super' puzzle.

http://www.twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pkey=1078

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Great! That looks good, I like it. I will use it on the next one.
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