Friday, December 09, 2016

Line Mar Match Box Construction 031 - Rope Walker

I found a Line Mar Match Box Construction Set from the 1930s, complete and with instructions. The box claimed the set made 100 different toys. I decided to test that claim -- one toy at a time. You can read all the posts for the Line Mar construction project at 100 Toys.

031 Rope Walker

The body of the Rope Walker was very similar to the 030 Man. There is one difference, though -- the Man uses the longest flat pieces for the legs, and the shorter ones for the arms. In this figure, the pieces are reversed. The longest pieces are used to provide space for the wheel, with the shorter ones used for the legs.

As with all the figures, the biggest problem was assembling the neck, to ensure the head stayed level. If you look closely at the photo below, you'll see I didn't quite succeed. The head leans forward a little. But that's alright. It looks like the Rope Walker is stealing a glance downward. 

I also had to do a little guesswork for the pulley. The illustration doesn't make it clear if there was supposed to be something between the two wooden discs or not. I opted to put a fiberboard collar between the two as a spacer. It created a groove for the wire to slip into, which made for a more stable assembly.

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