Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Summit Haul: I gave this Japanese robot a good home, but I don't know his name :(

Ok, so I was at the 2011 Chogokin Summit on no sleep at all so I was running on fumes mentally and physically. Towards the end of the night everyone was packing up and I can't for the life of me remember the guys name, but he offered to give away this really cool battery operated tin robot toy. It's like a foot tall. Nobody seemed to really want it so I offered to take it off his hands. I am a sucker for these. He gave me a brief history on it's origins, but those braincells that were in charge of remembering were pretty much asleep. The next day I scrubbed years of stubborn dust and dirt off of it. If anyone knows the name of this tin toy please tell me. All I know is that it's made in Japan. I know not the names of the previous owner or the toy. If this thing works, maybe I'll do a video of it.
EDIT 8/28/11

OK! I got it working. When I first loaded two D batteries, it did nothing at all. I took it apart and started moving gears with my finger, then all of a sudden it started working! I was scaring the dog with it until I heard an awful screeching sound. It no longer wanted to move. So I took it apart again.

I figured parts were just seizing up, so grab a little bearing oiler I had for my old RC cars and oiled up the gears. Instantly, the gears freed up. When I turned it on, it moved twice as fast! This thing is cool!

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