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Tobar 01544 Gyroscope

by Tobar
8 customer reviews

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  • Metal gyroscope
  • Includes winding string
  • Instructions for effective use
  • Explanation of the physics
  • Plastic stand
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£6.44 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 13 left in stock. Sold by Life Unearthed and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

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Technical Details
Item Weight141 g
Product Dimensions7 x 6.8 x 6.6 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:8 years and up
Item model number8006944602005
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB000H6W52S
Best Sellers Rank 100,823 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight141 g
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Date First Available1 Jan. 2002
  
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This is claimed to be 'the original' in the sense that it is made in America, by the successors to the firm who first marketed it in 1917. It is entirely metal and smartly packaged with string and stand,The original American metal gyroscope,Metal gyroscope,Includes winding string,Instructions for effective use,Explanation of the physics,Plastic stand

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1X Tobar 01544 GYROSCOPE

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Big Ben TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 July 2007
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This is similar to the gyroscopes we had in the early 1950s, and it works exactly the same way. You thread the string through the hole in the axle, and turn the gyro until the string is wound up on the exle, then give it a mighty pull to set it spinning. Then you can do tricks with it!

Educationally very good - but a little less fun than I recall because it does not spin for as long or as smoothly as I remember. The vibration is enough to make it fall off its little plastic stand every time we tried it, but it will still do the usual tricks of balancing on a string, albeit not for very long, since it soon slows down. We've tried tuning the adjustable bearings, adding a drop of lubricant, but it still slows faster than one would hope.
The price *looks* a lot more than the 3/6 (threee shillings and sixpence) that I recall them costing way back when, but that translates to about £5 in todays value, so it's fair.
On the positive side, the fairly rapid slowdown means that it will keep a patient and inquisitive youngster engaged longer in rewinding the string and spinning it up again, but it would be nice if it kept going longer.

Whilst spinning, its massive flywheel demonstrates precession well (that weird feeling you get when you move it one way and it responds by moving in another - conservation of angular momentum) and will intrigue the embryo engineers amongst us. Recommended.
Still fascinates me!
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I purchased 2 of these, both for my sons as christmas presents. They were cheap stocking fillers. I can honestly say that of all their presents and some being very expensive this game them the best and most enjoyable entertainment learning and trying the different tricks. I too had one myself as a child and we had some great fun. I highly recommend this product. They are not expensive but highly entertaining. Thanks to Amazon for getting them to me very quickly.
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A shame that someone doesn't make a decent and reasonably prices gyroscope. Great fun toys that amaze young people - but this was not very well finished, a bit cheap looking and did not spin for very long. When I was a kid I had a much nicer one which was properly finished in metal and would go for probably 45 seconds. You get what you pay for, I'm afraid.
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By Paul Burgess on 14 Feb. 2013
the outer ring isn't welded together fully for some reason - don't know why. it accidentally fell to the floor onto carpet, and it didn't work properly after that. i'm in trouble with my son as its me who managed to drop it !!
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