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 Post subject: Jason's Radiolarian 13, The Radio Gem
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 4:03 am 
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I'm happy to present Radiolarian 13, the Radio Gem! There are two more in the series.

This has been a very challenging puzzle to get to this point. This is the second version, and the third print. This one has been tough financially. Assembly and stickering take 8 hours.

Compared to Radiolarian 12, the deeper cuts in this puzzle have caused 60 outer parts to disappear. Unfortunately, stability is not increased much from the outer simplification, but hangups are reduced which is great!

Turning is fair, although I feel the puzzle is not as stable as it should be, so I'm very, very careful in turning, and did not make the video too long. I can feel the puzzle would be likely to pop under normal solving, and with a deep shells puzzle like this, a pop could mean the whole puzzle. I am not going to risk another long assembly at this point! It's only the long road and problems already solved to this point that makes me proud to present!

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Radiolarian 13, The Radio Gem
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 4:12 am 
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Wow, is this the equivalent of a master pentultimate with an icosahedron ? :shock:

I wonder about how many pieces there are inside ! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Radiolarian 13, The Radio Gem
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 4:18 am 
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Fantastic, beautiful puzzle, a great achievement. Your determination to create the full series of Radios is amazing. This is the third print of this puzzle! I shudder to think what "This one has been tough financially ..." actually means :shock: BTW, how is the jumbling on this puzzle? Looking forward to the next one in the series.

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:shock: Aug...so close to the deep cut face-turning icosahedron...so close...what an amazing achievement this series has been so far.

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Radiolarian 13, The Radio Gem
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Jason, that is a beautiful puzzle and another demonstration of your skill and tenacity. I like the long edges and the tiny corners! It is hard to imagine that this is just one stop on your way to completing the series.

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Radiolarian 13, The Radio Gem
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 2:20 pm 
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Thanks you guys for the comments!

Felixouchon wrote:
Wow, is this the equivalent of a master pentultimate with an icosahedron ? :shock:


Almost! But it is missing one part type in the Master Fathom (or should I call it Master Radio Chop, I still can't decide). Look at the holes by the pointy ends of the long edges. New triangular pieces will bloom there in Radiolarian 14. Those will be the final new parts that appear in the Radiolarian series, and then it will be a true master to the deep cut FTI. Look for the next one. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Radiolarian 13, The Radio Gem
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JasonSmith wrote:
But it is missing one part type in the Master Fathom (or should I call it Master Radio Chop, I still can't decide).

I think you should call the master version the Radio Fathom and the deep-cut version the Radio Chop, since the dodecahedral version of the deep-cut puzzle is named the Chopasaurus, and it would be obvious by its name what the puzzle is. But it's your choice :)

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Radiolarian 13, The Radio Gem
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 6:54 am 
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Jason, one of your best designs. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But today I can't see the pictures?


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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Radiolarian 13, The Radio Gem
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 5:20 pm 
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That turning startled me somewhat. It seems irregular.

Unrelated note: I figure that one of these days, I'll choose a puzzle that's unstable because of its size (which reminds me of some of the other Radiolarians), and fund a larger version. That would be awesome for two reasons:

1) We'd have a stable version of the puzzle
2) We'd have a really big puzzle

It would be not awesome for this reason:

1) I would be obliged to bring it to puzzler meetups, which would either mean large bags or me getting really good at assembly.

I wonder what Oskar does with his 17x17x17... :?: :!: 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Radiolarian 13, The Radio Gem
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quicksolver wrote:
Unrelated note: I figure that one of these days, I'll choose a puzzle that's unstable because of its size (which reminds me of some of the other Radiolarians), and fund a larger version.

I'm with you, quicksolver. The core for Radiolarian 14 is larger than this whole puzzle is! I can't afford to go that large for all of them, but I'm going to try with the last two to see if I can't make a nice stable (big!) puzzle. :)

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