I came up with an idea and made some balsa models but Along came child number one and my toy was shelved.
My old MAC is now gone. I do not know where the floppies with the old mac3D diagrams are.
I only wish I had completed it and patented it.
Could of been neat.
I think my balsa models are still in my folks house but I have no idea where. I will take some time this weekend to look for them.
Some origins of the design:
I was drawing railroad track designs and planning an HO scale layout. I started messing about with how to do the corners of a modular system kind of like N-Trak.
In my history class I was wasting time and started drawing hypercybes and optical illusions like the box that has the corners overlapping.
after a bunch of drawings I came up with a unit that would allow me to rotate the corners and swap the colored faces. like a rubik except you turned the corners. number of moving pieces was 12 but they were all the same wrapped about an 8 point core.
I even went to a sort of Hyper Cube as I called it that did an extra set of cuts. It followed the same rules as the first except there was an extra level of differently shaped pieces that turned.
This would be the combo skewb/dino that I see on http://www.org2.com/jaap/puzzles/ideas.htm
The combo cube is neat because it has a 24 piece puzzle with a 12 piece puzzle embeded inside of it.
However after having taken apart many rubik I could not for the live of me figure out how you could do the opposing cuts to get the rotations of the skewb
So, I simply opted for corner rotations.
If I can see how the skewb does it maybe the whole thing can come alive for me.
I picked up some plastic modeling sheets from hobbytown and tried to make the parts but with my money and the crappy materials I did not get very far.
All I really had was drawings and balsa models.
Enough to patent sure, but not enough to make a rubik killer.
Heck, at 16 I didn't even think of trying to patent it.
I suppose I should have.