around this point, you'll go postal if you don't see some
...that's why at
this point, the instructions advise putting the wheels on
their axles and mounting them to see how the gears mesh.
They say, so casually, to cut
the axles from wire, any old wire, paperclips even. Don't
believe it. You need axles that are straight.
Using a very thin knitting needle for the motor wheel axle is
a good call. I would say, get some nice fresh straight
wire for the axles for the middle wheel and escapement wheel.
Next, for the wacky looking
Note on pieces 65-69: The anchor pieces will look a little odd at first. Basically it's a kind of three D rhomboid with a bite taken out of it. Go ahead and fit them together into the boxy anchor shape. Piece 68 will be the "fork" which control the pallet mechanism. Pay special attention to which lines are solid versus which are dotted when scoring the piece. Glue the "a" and "f" side tabs to make a "box." Then work on tabs "d," "e," and "c." Fold the funny cutout shape completely down and then glue "d" and "e." For tabs "g," "h" and "i" box up the corner 90 degrees on the opposite side from the d/e tab. Then use "j" to close up the tip of the arm. On piece 69, glue the d/b tabs.
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