Rocket to the moon

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Project by Bill Huffman posted 05-20-2020 06:35 PM 705 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is something I made for my nephew when he was younger for his birthday weekend. It was a toy/invitation and for a few years I made one for each of the 3 kids annually with a different them based on their interests.

When you pull the lever down on the back, the rocket takes off, and as it approaches the moon it pivots via cam and lands on top of the moon.

Its all made from Poplar, pressboard, plywood, and brass. I painted it with enamel model paints.

I tried to post a 25 second video, but I need to look into that a bit more.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#1 posted 05-20-2020 06:46 PM

Very cool – I wish you were my Uncle!

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#2 posted 05-20-2020 07:09 PM

LOL! The youngest Grangirl would have that wrecked in under 5 min.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 05-20-2020 07:11 PM

These will be family heirlooms, very very cool.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 05-20-2020 07:52 PM

That’s AWESOME!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 05-20-2020 07:52 PM

great gift and themed for their interest makes it even better, they will surely enjoy

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 05-20-2020 08:47 PM

Super cool!

You can’t upload videos to LJs directly but you can post it on YouTube and put a link to it in your post. I’d love to see it in action :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 05-21-2020 01:53 AM

Very clever. Has a nice look to it too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 05-21-2020 02:14 AM


We’ll have you doing automatons before you know it! A truly wonderful piece!!!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#9 posted 05-21-2020 11:09 AM

Great job! Video please.

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#10 posted 05-21-2020 03:28 PM

Another amazing creation.
Bill, you think of projects…and create them beautifully far beyond my capacity to imagine.
I am truly impressed…Thank you for sharing!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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Bill Huffman

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#11 posted 05-21-2020 04:28 PM

Hi Folks, Thanks again for the great comments.

I am also trying to figure out the YouTube upload deal… comfortable as I am in the shop, when it comes to computers…...lets just say my familiarity is almost exclusively business related; I worked for a software company for 23 years and had IT for all the fiddly bits.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#12 posted 05-21-2020 05:29 PM

Very cool, I can’t wait to see it in action. You build some interesting stuff, congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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#13 posted 06-08-2020 12:12 AM

That is amazing. Nice work on it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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