Sunday, May 18, 2008

Week TechVideo, 2008 #20 - Manual Sequential Gearbox

A cute idea, quite realistic, to actuate a manual sequential gear box with 2 speeds (in this case).

2 comments:

TJ Avery said...

Wow, that's an oldie :-) I mean the design - that transmission concept goes back to set 8860 Auto Chassis:

http://guide.lugnet.com/set/8860

Of course the problem with the 3-speed tranny in 8860 was that it relied on fine-tuning the positions of two sets of three gears. And if you shifted too hard, you ran the risk of bumping one of the gears out of alignment.

But damn, it was a fun set! I remember playing with that transmission for hours... fond memories :-)

Conchas said...

Don't tell me! ;D

That 8860 Auto Chassis, is still my favorite LEGO nostalgic set...
Great functionality, great colors combination.
It was my last set before a long "Gray Age", and bought with my own money.
Long hours of amusement with it!!

The gearbox was really fantastic and relative innovative for the time.

This gearbox is in fact similar in construction as you realized, but the actuator lever (shifter) is much more reliable. That's what I liked in it.

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