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RollaBallGame

RollaBallGame

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Published by: Jim on Apr 14, 2008
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Roll-a-ball
Here's a game for both children and adults thatprovides a real challenge to coordination,fast reflexes and a delicate touch
By C. L. WIDDICOMBE
Assemble the activating linkage with steel wash-ers between all moving parts and under thepeened-over bolts. Keep contact points waxed
YOUNGSTERS
worn out by the "creative" toysand push-button monsters they got for Christmaswill find
this
game a welcome relief. It's plain fun,with emphasis on coordination, not education.It's as simple to construct (mostly fromscraps) as it is to play. The principle is to zigzaga large marble or steel ball from the startingposition shown above through the pivoting paral-lel bars to the base. You've got to manipulate thelevers skillfully to avoid inclining the bars somuch that the marble shoots past the projectingcatch-end of the next-lower bar. And even whenyou master this, you must reverse the pitch at just the right moment to send the caught ball ina new direction. If you seesaw the bars toomuch, the ball just rocks back and forth at thecenter. When you've mastered this, add a secondball at the top when the first is halfway down.To protect the pivoting mechanism, the panelon which the bars are mounted is set in a groovedframe. Softwood can be used for this frame andfor all base members, but the bars, pivot strips,levers and linkage should be cut from maple.Finishing of the bars is important, since the ball

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