Lego Orrery by V&A Steamworks

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An orrery is a mechanical device that illustrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons in the solar system in a heliocentric model. They are typically driven by a clockwork mechanism.

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  1. worker201 35 months ago | reply

    This is probably the most innovative thing I've ever seen rendered in Lego. Outstanding vision!

  2. Dali‎ 35 months ago | reply

    orrery. o rry?

  3. 62 Bricks 35 months ago | reply

    Great model - I know you were building for style and not accuracy, but check out this orrery that has accurate periods of rotation for the earth and moon:
    www.donrogerson.com/bricks/orrery.html

  4. V&A Steamworks 35 months ago | reply


    Yeah, that's the design problem with an accurate orrery. It's just not that visually dynamic so I went for a more fantasy based one. PLUS, the ratios and gearing for our universe is a lot on engineering time that the contest didn't allow for.
    : )

  5. Judah Neu 35 months ago | reply

    how do I add notes. I wanted to add a note about the minifigure trophies as stand-in minifigs, but It won't let me. P.S. am I the only one who noticed them?

  6. Oblowmov 35 months ago | reply

    Eise Eisinga build one in 1774 in the ceiling of his house. See www.planetarium-friesland.nl/engels.html He build it to proof that a preacher predicting the end of the world was wrong. On the dutch site www.planetarium-friesland.nl/ you can see a picture by clicking on the link "planetarium" (on the right site)
    He used about 10000 handforged nails and a lot of oak wood.
    Thank god they invented lego.

  7. NorbyZERO 34 months ago | reply

    This is Totally Revolutionary!!! My mind was spinning trying to imagine the gearing (and still is as of this writing). How many more puns can I insert and still be complimentary, yet truthful? And when I watched the video of it in action... You ROCK my world! Okay, I'll admit that the last laudation was self indulgent, but it's still truthful.

  8. V&A Steamworks 34 months ago | reply


    Norby, sorry that I didn't use any Bionicle parts in there for you!
    : )

  9. NorbyZERO 34 months ago | reply

    I see gears. Sure they are TECHNIC but the THROWBOTS, predecessors of BIONICLE, had gears. I see a BIONICLE/HERO FACTORY projectile sphere. I see Von Nebula's black hole orb. What do you mean you didn't use any BIONICLE (& HERO FACTORY) parts?

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  11. bruce n h 10 months ago | reply

    This is great. I blogged it on SciBricks.

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