These are quite easy to make but you have to understand the principle
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They tend to function better the smaller you make them.
This one I made the whole mechanism as simply as possible from bent wire
One bit of wire forms the 'maypole' and is taped to a plastic bowl
Another bit of wire forms the wheel bearing and also one pole of the battery holder, the other end is soldered to one of the motor terminals. A bit of spring wire forms the switch, it is shown above in the 'off' position; to switch the motor on the spring is clipped against the pole of the battery.
This one has two AAA battteries instead of a single AA. Goes really impressively fast. You can only just see the end of the pivot behind the motor. Wheel is made from a large tap washer with spare cogwheel from motor/gearbox set pressed into centre.
They are easier to make square; doesn't work so well on carpet because no curved rim.
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