I have shown a picture of my Christmas puzzles in the "Rare puzzles" thread
My parcel contained three puzzles from TomZ
- Compy Skewb
- Helicopter Skewb
- Curvy Copter II
I have got them all fully assembled and stickered back in early October. My wife has kept them hidden from me until Christmas Eve. I have not played with them for a long time, but it may be of interest for others, if a share my impressions.Size:
- The Helicopter Skewb and the Curvy Copter II have the identical size as the mass-produced Helicopter from Jason (57mm edge length).
- The Compy Skewb is a few millimeters larger (~63mm).
EDIT: As Tom has mentioned I have made a mistake: The Curvy Copter II is slightly larger than the Helicopter.Material:
All three are printed by Shapeways in their "White Strong Flexible" (WSF) material and dyed black by Tom.
The stickers are perfect and adhere very well.
I own now many Shapeways puzzles and the material is really named correctly by "strong and flexible".
It has been said earlier that breaking in and lubrication with a good silicone spray is crucial for this material.
If you hate lube, you better buy no WSF puzzles!!
I'll probably get Cubesmith tiles for the Helicopter Skewb (Just because I like those tiles, the stickers are perfect.)Stability:
All three are perfectly stable. There is no chance of breaking or popping anything.Turning:
I have to differentiate here:
The Compy Skewb and the Curvy Copter II were perfect out of the box.
Just a tiny bit of silicone spray and they are turning very, very smoothly.
On the Helicopter Skewb I started with Helicopter moves and was impressed how easy the puzzle turns.
The Skewb moves were not so good at the beginning. I have disassembled it completely, washed the inner pieces (no, not the stickered outer pieces), dryed and lubricated everything.
I was quite impressed by the mechanism. So many pieces - inner and outer pieces - must be perfectly aligned for a Skewb move!!
The puzzle turns now really well. Probably it is not as good on the Skewb moves as Tom's in his video, but I'm sure, a bit more breaking in and some more silicone. will improve it further.My favourite?
I'm not yet sure, but probably the Compy Skewb would be my choice, if I could have only one of the three.Solving
In theory, I know how to attack all of them, at least without the special jumbling moves of the Helicopter Skewb. The Curvy Copter had looked very intimidating, but after a brief look to a corresponding thread in the Solving subforum, it does not threaten me any longer.