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Motobackhoecycle | by Rumtopf
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Ever since we made Gavin's Helicopter, Jasper has been asking me to make him some wooden "concuctions." Today, with the whole afternoon to play with, we finally had time to whip something up. I kept asking Jasper what he wanted to make and he kept rattling off a list of ten or so things. I couldn't persuade him to narrow it down to less than two. In the interest of expediency, I combined them into one, a glorious motobackhoecycle (patent pending).

From the picture, I think you can discern the division of labor on the project. While I brought the strange chimera to life from scraps of thin plywood and dowel rods, Jasper and Gavin played with the bin full of scrap wood, occasionally stealing a part or two from me because "the suspension bridge needs wheels so cars will know it's a car bridge," and things of that nature. We all chipped in on the painting, though it seemed like the boys mostly painted my hand that was holding the motobackhoecycle while I concentrated on spreading out the paint they accidentally got on the thing they were to be painting. I'm not complaining, though, the build quality is no better than the paint job. I pondered adding a cab for the operator or at least a handlebar, but we ran out of time. My goal was to not let the sun set on our project, as I knew that could result in abandonment. It's fun, though, the joints and wheels move (or they did before painting, anyway) and insomuch as a motobackhoecycle can work, this one does.

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Taken on November 14, 2012