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climbing monkeys

Postby johnstoate » 17 May 2007, 17:46

Help! has anyone got a working diagram for ladder-climbing monkeys? - the sort where you squeeze the sides, and the monkey somersaults up the ladder (Or anything similar) - I'm working on new props, and this one's got me stumped! :?
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Postby Chris » 18 May 2007, 09:32

<blockquote><img src="http://www.punchandjudy.com/images/acrobattoy.gif" align="right">I think that you are mixing up two different toys. There is a monkey (frog or man) which climbs, head-over-heels down a ladder. Then there is the acrobat which does handstands and flips at the top of two poles. This works by squeezing the poles at the bottom, which action adds tension to a twisted string running through the monkeys hands.
Get a book from the library on old wooden toys - these designs feature in several. Or you could go to a good toyshop - both toys are still produced.</blockquote>





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Postby johnstoate » 18 May 2007, 10:02

Thanks, Chris, It was the twisted string bit that was eluding me- I couldn't figure the top spin. Hopefully my design might work now!
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Postby lesclarke » 18 May 2007, 20:01

I've got a modern acrobat toy hanging up in my kitchen. Here's an attempt at a description. As Chris says, the 2 vertical rods apply and release tension.They are held by the small cross bar, but pivot in and out in their slightly over-sized holes, being held in place by small retaining rods.
At the top of the vertical rods there are 2 holes on the front and rear face, and the string make a continuous loop through these.
The acrobat, has 2 holes in each hand and when he is 'standing upside down and included in this loop the string is untwisted.
As he falls forward the loop is twisted, and forcing the vertical rods together applies tension and the string wants to untwist so the figure is forced upwards and over, where the string is again in tension and ready to go again.
So, squeeze together and release tension to do somersault or squeeze and hold to keep figure at top.
Obviously having the right tension will be important.
Just notice, this figure has small spacer between his hands.
Good luck fiddling about.
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Postby Chris » 18 May 2007, 20:09

I have just remembered - there is a climbing toy. It is usually a sailor, but could be a monkey. It is on a rope or cord, in climbing position. You hold top and bottom of the cord and pull, and release, on each pull the figure advances up the rope.
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Postby johnstoate » 18 May 2007, 21:08

Aha!- So presumably the holes in the hands & feet are off-set to produce the lift, thanks, both of you, Looks like I'm back in the workshop for more experimentin'
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Postby Chris » 18 May 2007, 22:50

Actually I seem to remember that the pull of the string opens up the puppet and it moves up, then I think an elastic band contracts the puppet.

However her is a simple climbing toy made from paper, but based on a wooden toy original.<br><br>
Climbing Toy<br>


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What you need :<br>
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* a paper plate for the body of your toy. You'll also want stuff to decorate it.<br>
* a straw, to help your toy slide up the string<br>
* 2 beads, so your toy doesn't slide off the strings<br>
* string, for your toy to climb up<br>
* a paper towel tube, to tie the string onto<br>
<img src="../images/climbingtoy1_c.gif" align="center">
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What you do:<br>
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1. First, draw an animal onto the paper plate. You could also draw a funny person, or a wacky design. Whatever you decide to draw, you need to make sure it has arms or flaps on the sides because this is how it holds on to the strings.<br>
2. Now cut out the drawing and decorate it. Make sure you decorate the backs of the arms as well, because later you're going to fold them over and they'll end up on the front.<br>
3. Next, cut two 1-inch pieces of straw. Tape a straw piece onto the middle of each arm of the toy.<br>
4. Now, fold the arms over the straw pieces and staple them in place.<br>
5. The body of your toy is now complete.<br>
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6. Now, cut two long pieces of string. Tie the ends of the strings around a paper towel tube.<br>
7. Thread the string through the straw pieces on the body of your toy, and tie a bead onto the end of each of the strings.<br>
8. To hang up your toy, cut one short piece of string and tie it around the middle of the tube. Tie the ends of the string to make a loop to hang your toy.<br>
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9. Now it's time to test it out. Slide your toy to the bottom of the string.<br>
10. Pull the strings one at a time and your toy will climb up the string! When you pull on the right string the toy should slide up the right side until it gets stuck. And when you pull on the left string, it should climb up the left side until it gets stuck.<br>
11. You can make two toys and have a race with a friend!<br>
<img src="../images/climbingtoy2_c.gif" align="center"><br>
The strings are of course much longer in relation to the puppet than shown here.
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