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Make Your Own Working Paper Clock [Paperback]

James Smith Rudolph , Isaac Asimov
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Sep 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060910666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060910662
  • Product Dimensions: 31.7 x 24.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cut this book into 160 pieces, glue them together, and have a paper clock operated by weights that keeps perfect time and can be rewound and regulated.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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It is precisly what it says on the cover : "Cut this book into 160 pieces, glue them together and you have your own paper clock that actually works".
I bought this little book some 18 years ago, and three-quarter completed the clock. I recently rediscovered it in my attic, but need to buy a fresh copy to complete it. (18 years in an attic is not good for a paper construction - my own fault)
The parts I did assemble did work, but you have to be very neat. Not suited for children under 15 (give or take a year). I heartily recomend to take a photocopy before, in case you make a mistake, so you can get make spare parts.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The clock works - beware the elastic band. 13 Oct 2013
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Having successfully built the clock I can say that it does work! It is a challenge, so take it slowly (I took over a year off and on).

Looks like it is out of print again, which is a shame, though there are some good deals out there for it from "other buyers".

As advice to other builders, one key think to watch out for is the elastic band. It has to be put in place early on - but no mention is made until later in the documentation, so if you don't plan ahead you will have to take the mechanism apart to install it. Overall, the elastic band is the weak point - finding one of the correct size can be a challenge and the tension can distort the position of some of your carefully placed shafts. Further, once the case was on the the band developed a habit of falling off. Of course, this could be more related to my construction than the design.

For the bearings rather than using beads I thought it would be better to stick to the "paper" concept and use tubes of paper generated by rolling paper loosely round the shafts and then gluing the ends. This seems to work quite well. Carefully straightened paperclips, as suggested in the instructions work well, but I replaced the knitting needle with a smooth wooden cooking skewer.

If a new edition of the clock were to be published I would suggest:
a) Replace the elastic band with gears (would have to reverse the rest of the mechanism and think about hand adjustment - the band allows slide).
b) Introduce some way of adjusting the angle of the "anchor" against the pendulum - to get a smooth tick, I have to tilt the clock, which looks inelegant.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Project 9 Oct 2008
I discovered this book while browsing the paper model books of amazon and decided that I had to have a go.

So far I have been pleasantly surprised with how simple and straight forward the building is. Each peice is numbered and each tab has a letter then it is a simple case of lining up the tabs on the numbered spots. For example tab 'a' on piece 2 should be glued to the spot marked 2a, tab 'g' on piece 6 should be glued to the spot marked 6g and so on.

There are drawings of some of the more intricate parts, to give you an idea of what you are trying to achieve and several pages of hints and tips on the best way to achieve the best results.

It is a slow process, not something that can be done in an evening as each piece needs to be allowed to dry before continuing but there are various 'batches' of pieces that can be glued and left to dry.

I have yet to finish it but so far it is looking good and I am very confident that it will work out well! I would reccommend it as i am really enjoying it and it is making a great little project to while away the hours..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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What a superb book! With patience and possibly a lot of good luck, this book can be transformed into a unique working clock. It'll keep you occupied for many, many hours. Leave those jigsaws alone and try this! Bargain price for the level of detail and innovation within. Not for young kids, but I'm sure they'd love to help grandad make one! ENJOY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paper clock fun for all the family? 5 Dec 2010
Good lord it looks stupidly hard! But what a challenge, climb mountains if you must, swim the channel if you want but, this is to be savoured!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paper Clock? You must be joking! 14 Sep 2013
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Recovering from an operation I bought this to pass the time and it was very absorbing - I couldn't believe how strong a clock made from paper could be. The only criticism is does not list what other bits you need apart from the glue and craft knife. You only discover what you need as you construct the clock so delays in construction occur when you come across the need for the extra bits.And best of all it works providing you are very careful in construction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars experience 20 April 2013
By fireaff
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A great new eperience and practical application for people who have never done anything like this before - excellent book/task most enjoyable with a very worthwhile end product
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looks very good!!! 13 Jan 2012
I bought this present for my friend and when it came it was a little larger than I expected but looks very good. I think this will keep him very entertained for many hours to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it...and so NEARLY made the clock. But you really need to be accurate with this...
Published 7 days ago by bushcraftrelf
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Christmas Present I Ever Had!
It's STILL available???
Imagine the scene, it's around 1984, I am 12 years old and the world is just starting to enjoy the awesomeness that was Transformers G1. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr.Markzilla
4.0 out of 5 stars Rated Very Difficult
This is the second book that I have bought. I got quite a way with my first making of this and am fascinated with the way it is put together. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ian C. Layzell
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift
great response time from buying to receiving
and no problems with the goods
would recommend no problems at all
Published 19 months ago by mr alan a mills
3.0 out of 5 stars More effort needed
Isaac Asimov suggests you buy two or three of these in order to get it right. I would suggest that the author puts more effort into his work so that the first has a better chance... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dave115
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't know yet!
Just as I remember it from a few years ago when I had one of these. It is a christmas gift and therefore I do not know how good it will be. Arrived as promised.
Published 21 months ago by Chris Beale
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Clock
This book creates a real working clock. I am about 75 per cent finished and the clock is really taking shape. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2012 by Astronomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Old and shaky does not make paper clocks work
Nothing wrong with the book itself or the delivery. Needs more care than you'd think. Good concentricity and positioning required. Not impossible if only I'd found it 20 years ago. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by Geoff Talbot
3.0 out of 5 stars challenge
This item is more like a project, items needed to complete are, craft knife, glue, paper clips, paint brush, sand or lead shot for the weights. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by leigh3o
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