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 Post subject: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:19 am 
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This is a puzzle I designed at the request of Katja. There's very little new here, it's just like the Helicopter Skewb: it jumbles like crazy. Katja wanted something even more extreme, so this puzzle has been unbandaged similar to the Curvy Copter Plus.

Watch the video by Brandon Enright here

You can buy the Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb from my shop for $160 (€150). The regular Helicopter Skewb is also still available for a new, lower price of $150 (€140).

The following pictures are of a tumble polished copy by Brandon Enright.

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 Post subject: Re: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:41 am 
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Awesome! I really like the idea and the finished puzzle!


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 Post subject: Re: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:45 am 
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Awesome, insane, cool, ... (more words stating disbelief)
and good images. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:31 pm 
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Seems I have to visit your Shapeways shop when we're back from holiday 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:48 pm 
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Every $0££!n% time I decide on my next Shapeways puzzle and start saving, another great puzzle comes along. I'm going to have to stop visiting this forum until I actually buy it.

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 Post subject: Re: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:32 pm 
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How did you get it so black? I always thought it would come out a grey color.

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 Post subject: Re: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:41 pm 
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Darren Grewe wrote:
How did you get it so black? I always thought it would come out a grey color.

Actually I didn't do such a great job of dyeing this. Click on an image to get the full resolution and then look at the tips of the triangles and you'll see that they're a slightly lighter reddish color. I needed to boil them for longer. I noticed the poor dyeing during assembly but by that point I didn't want to go back and dye them again because of the work involved and they'd lose more shine.

I re-use a dye bath. I don't know what the concentration is now because I've died so many puzzles with it but I've put about 10 Rit dye packs in it. Parts boiled in it for ~2 hours it get very black no matter how smooth they started out going in. The only disadvantage to boiling this long is that the parts lose some of their reflective shine that the porcelain spheres give them.

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 Post subject: Re: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:24 pm 
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Amazing! I've always been a fan of the helicopter cube variants. Could you do the same thing with a heli+2x2?


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 Post subject: Re: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:28 pm 
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Beans wrote:
Amazing! I've always been a fan of the helicopter cube variants. Could you do the same thing with a heli+2x2?

Yeah you can unbandage the Helicopter cuts on a 2x2x2 + Helicopter Cube too.

I think Eric has a good 2x2x2 + HC design but I'm not sure if it's shop-ready or not. Maybe he'll unbandage it and sell it :D

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 Post subject: Re: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:49 pm 
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God. This is Beautiful, Mad! I can't believe my eyes.

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 Post subject: Re: Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:45 am 
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Realy nice puzzle :) I love how it jumbles!


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