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Hi Guys

Not sure if this is the right section of the firum, but I am not sure if any of the other sections is closer.

Apparently this chap makes these very strange creations which can 'walk' along beaches, powered by the wind. This is a scale model one, which should be able to 'walk' if I make it correctly.

Before receiving the pressie I had not heard of him, so this is all new to me, but a bit of a change from busts, so here goes ...

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Hi Peter
Definitely in for this. Not seen anything like it before. Is the kit just normal styrene or resin?
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Strange looking beast Peter.
Will follow from a distance to be on the safe side
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John Welcome aboard.

Peter - I was abou t to post the same link - very strange, but facinating

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Very clever but they are kind of creepy looking things - first saw them on QI a few years ago. They seem to be getting more and more elaborate
 

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Millipede technology made mechanical.....looks fantastic even if, as Simon says, a little creepy. Kit should be good..
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Thanks for posting that video Peter.
A remarkable construction.
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Apparently this chap makes these very strange creations which can 'walk' along beaches, powered by the wind.
This is that Belgian artist, isn’t it? (I must have heard his name when I’ve seen those things on TV over the last ten years or so, but names are generally in one ear and out the other, I’m afraid.) IIRC the full-size ones are mainly constructed from PVC electrical conduit. I didn’t know there were models of them too, but going by the box it’s Japanese, and then it suddenly doesn’t surprise me anymore :smiling3:

Incidentally, for any non-Dutch-speakers wondering about the name, it translates as “beach-creature” (I don’t think “beast” is a suitable word here, as it has slightly different connotations in English than “beest” does in Dutch).
 
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Guys. Here is the final build

As Dave wrote, the airbrush at 35-40 psi makes it walk very nicely.

I did find that if I pushed the shaft with the sails on it fully into the plastic then the shaft tended to stick, and I will glue tthe plastic sail onto the frame rather than the double-sided tape provided with the kit.

Other than that, a fun thing to build. A bit different and a bit silly, but fun.

here is a short video of it moving -
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Now it is back to busts.

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ps - sorry for the poor quality video, in real life the movement of Beast is a lot smoother

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Hi Peter
Your link to the video won't let me see it. I would love to see it and the link earlier is amazing. Agree with Simon in that there is something creepy about them.
Jim
 
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