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- Classic toy gyroscope
- Comes with FREE pull string
- Includes Pedestal/tower
- English instructions
- Learn about the physics/science of gyroscopes
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Made entirely from metal to the classic design, this gyroscope is beautifully crafted, and will balance on the smallest thing while spinning at impossible angles! Comes complete with winding string and stand. Approximate Size: 9.5 cm. Fascinating for children and adults alike. Suitable for age 8+.
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I have used it for the past couple of weeks, admittedly less once the novelty wears off, and it has stayed in one piece- I wouldn't suggest putting it on a tight-rope over a stone floor but for most purposes the build quality is adequate. (I actually did drop it from a height of about 5 feet when messing about, granted it fell onto carpet but it still survived)
It's a fantastic example of precession and obviously gyroscopes- if you wanted to teach a child about how a gyroscope works (and subsequently many amazing things) I would recommend the toy, but I'd probably also get a Powerball to demonstrate a spinning wheel's resistance to external forces. Then again for the money this can't really be beaten.
Well... you spin it- that's about it really. It entertained a few friends for a few minutes- in an age of Gears of War 3 and Xbox 360s that's impressive for what it is.
If you're on this page, you're interested in getting a gyroscope toy- this one is small (3 inch diamter roughly) but it's cheap and does the job well enough to justify trying it before moving up to more expensive models.
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!
after a fortnight however, the gyrsoscope wasn't as efficient as it was before.
in fact we had to purchase another one which has bearings.
spindle support ring not joined together which restricts spindle motion , product does not balance
Correctly when in motion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a small toy for my son, it arrived promptly and was packaged well.
However the unit is very poorly made,
> The welds have not been cleaned,... Read more
Having bought this product to amuse the grand children. It is absolutely useless, the string pull broke after one pull. Do not buy this it is a waste of money.Published 2 months ago by Colin, Edinburgh
This is a fab product product lasts for years easy to use builds a interest in science and fun to watch you can find little tricks to do with it like balancing on its string ect... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ebenezer scrooge
Excellent our grandson played with nothing else all over Xmas.Published 3 months ago by G. W. Nettleton
This toy is not just for fun because it can open new doors for your kid and develop interests in subjects like physics.Published 4 months ago by Ali