July 08, 2009
Steampunk Mechanical Cheetah
Andrew Chase strikes again.
Before I started this latest project, I promised myself that this time, things will be different. I shall remember history, I will learn from the excesses of my past. I will build it small, I will build it light, and above all, I will build it quickly. I failed on all three counts. Dismally. Ah well, as the great sage Dirty Harry often said, "a man's got to know his limitations."
The cheetah measures 24" high and 50" nose to tail and weighs about 40 pounds. She took about 60 hours, spaced over 10 weeks time, to build. She's constructed out of the usual electrical conduit, transmission parts, and 20-gauge steel.
The cheetahs are part of the underworld ecosystem in the "Timmy" universe. They are couriers of small objects (a sort of steampunk FedEx) and also run in the treadmills.
It actually looks pretty good, IMHO.
Far too modest, Andrew.
Breathtaking would be closer to the mark.
Amazing people bestride our planet.
As do their creations.
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Tracked on Sep 2, 2009 5:38:45 AM
Consider my mind blown! Hey, do you mind if I make an attempt to do a computer 3D version of this?
Posted by: KeiChee | Jan 31, 2010 1:37:58 PM
Good heavens, that's gorgeous!
Posted by: Mongoose | Nov 23, 2009 6:11:34 PM
Oh my awesomeness!
that's insane, man! i adore it!
do you sell this little being? i'd like to have one of that.. :D
Posted by: Isadora | Nov 22, 2009 8:05:13 PM
I want it aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Posted by: aaaaa | Nov 11, 2009 11:35:29 AM
Is this on display in a museum somewhere? I'm serious, I really want to see it in person.
Posted by: q | Oct 10, 2009 12:17:56 PM
This is so fabulous and you are so brilliant. As a greyhound owner, i notice with some minor modifications you would have a very good greyhound as well.
Can I have it?
Posted by: Bonnie | Jul 17, 2009 2:57:59 PM
Amazing. I love it, and I want it. A true piece of art.
Posted by: Jason Steill | Jul 16, 2009 2:01:15 PM
GREAT work! How much do you sell it for? :)
Posted by: Pixi | Jul 15, 2009 4:39:36 AM
I so want to give this mechanical cat... a mouse.
Posted by: Chip Uni | Jul 15, 2009 1:12:12 AM
Posted by: randomguy | Jul 14, 2009 12:49:21 PM
I just came across this on a gadget blog but this is incredible. Maybe you intended this as a steampunk project but what you have created is truly ART. Seriously. Show it to art galleries, they will be climbing over themselves to show it. Congratulations truly astounding work.
PS. you know how you can tell it's artwork because it took so much work! art is not easy.
Posted by: Robert | Jul 14, 2009 12:44:03 PM
Now this is art.
Posted by: Brian | Jul 14, 2009 8:48:23 AM
BeautyBeast! That's my new DeskBg!
Posted by: foxfoobar | Jul 14, 2009 8:27:49 AM
Can I buy it? Please?
Posted by: Erica | Jul 13, 2009 9:43:15 PM
How do they run? Are the controlled remotely?
Posted by: Rich Krzyzanowski | Jul 12, 2009 2:14:13 PM
Beautiful work, I could look at this for hours. May I post a link on my site?
Posted by: Sean Brown | Jul 12, 2009 9:42:55 AM
It's very cool indeed
Posted by: Eyebee | Jul 11, 2009 11:58:14 AM
Whoa. "Pretty good"?? um, yeah. No. Incredibly amazing more like! And, as previously noted, cute. And? the toes? More amazing! along w/everything else.
Posted by: gurukarm (@karma_musings) | Jul 11, 2009 11:27:12 AM
"Does it leave mechanical cheese dust on your fingers?"
Yes, rust :)
Posted by: Andrew Chase | Jul 10, 2009 11:29:14 AM
Does it leave mechanical cheese dust on your fingers?
Posted by: Rocketboy | Jul 10, 2009 12:19:09 AM
I'd call it overwhelmingly, extravagantly brilliant, but it transcends all that -- the actual cheetah is illuminated by this fantastical thing!
Plus, it is -- don't cringe -- cute, even. In the best way. I could go on and on about just the toes, to start.
Posted by: Flautist | Jul 8, 2009 5:48:14 PM
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