- Unique Tower Windmill based on the Chesteron Windmill but with a "Victorian steam-punk skeleton"
- Details are laser cut and ready to assemble; assemble without glue and/or chemicals
- Made of sustainably sourced high grade wood and has everything you might need for assembly
- The Windmill moves! Use a fan to spin the blades or activate the rubber band motor!
The Tower Windmill from Ugears is more than a mechanical puzzle. It is an exciting adventure into the history of old England. The model is based on the Chesterton Windmill, a 17th-century cylindrical stone tower windmill that was built outside the village of Chesterton, Warwickshire county. Built around 1632-33, the Windmill was restored between 1965 and 1974 and today it is the earliest tower mill in England to retain any of its working parts.
When spinning rapidly the aerodynamic twist sails create fairly strong wind. It also can work the other way around: blowing air directed at the sails will make them spin. Use a fan to demonstrate to your kids how real windmills operate. A double planetary gear reducer with differently shaped gears provides the necessary speed.
The model is powered by a removable rubber band motor. Once the motor is removed, the Windmill can work in a manual mode that allows you to observe and examine the fascinating complex mechanism in detail.
The rubber band motor drives the sails by means of a screw conveyor (worm feeder) and gear transmission. The design of the gear transmission includes a flexure link, the type of chain drive assembled out of many small links. The full-fledged chain drive made out of plywood has never been used in the Ugears models before.
Models Size: 13.8 x 18.9 x 8.7 in
Number of components: 585
Estimated time of assembly: 12 - 15 hours