|Hubley Tic-Toy Clock|
Every once in a while, the thought would strike like a bell tolling, and I'd look around once more. There were no Tic-Toy Clocks to be had. But I did find this:
|My First Clock|
|You get a few pictorial hints, no step by step written instruction like the Hubley had.|
|I laid out all of the pieces and got down to it.|
|See that black gear on the left? That's the quarter-hour bell thing; a bitch to get right, but it works.|
What my pictures here don't show are the trial and error aspects of getting the chime right and figuring out the pendulum assembly. I ended up taking the face off a few times to try and wrangle the quarter hour chime to perfection, but to paraphrase Voltaire: Perfection is the enemy of good.
And it's good enough.
A discussion of colorful, see-through, gear-driven goodness such as the Tic-Toy and My First would not be complete without a shout out to good old Mr. Machine.
|Mr. Machine - you can take it apart but it won't go back together|
Mr. Machine was an excellent toy that should have had screws and bolts rather than rivets. When my son was small I was able to find a used one at a thrift shop.
What's your favorite toy?