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Lunar Escape: A Gizmos & Gadgets Project

by davidsaunders

Published on October 8, 2015

We were feeling nostalgic and decided to remix a classic pinball machine using only the
materials provided in the new Gizmos & Gadgets set!
Your mission is simply to make your way back to your rocket ship. But good luck with that - the surface is unsteady and the rocket is spinning wildly out of control!

Duration: 2 hours

How To Make It

1

Construct Circuit One The mechanical arm is what allows the player to propel the ball. It is build by attaching it to a servo that is connected to a slide dimmer bit. Manipulating the slide dimmer will control the speed and direction of the arm's movements as it blocks and propels the ball.

2

Construct Circuit Two The rocket (which we haven't made yet!) is attached to the second circuit, which is built with a DC Motor and wheel connected to another slide dimmer bit. Adjusting the slide dimmer makes the wheel - and, ultimately, the rocket - spin faster or slower for differentiated gameplay!

3

Build Your Rocket! The Gizmos & Gadgets kit comes with a rectangle of cardboard that has been pre-cut with three openings that could be used for a multitude of purposes. We decided to turn this two-dimensional shape into a three-dimensional, cylindrical rocketship! First we added some stickers for styling, then we rolled the cardboard and used three glue dots to secure the new cylinder shape.

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4

Build and Stylize the Walls Using the sideboards provided in the kit, we built the side walls of the game so that the ball wouldn't simply fall off the table every time it was played. We wanted to create a visual suggestion of deep space, so, before attaching them to the box, we painted them black, drew stars, and attached a small littleBits flag using a few stickers found in the box. Once the walls were decorated, we used the provided glue dots to secure them to the sides of our playing box.

5

Attach Your Rocket to the Wheel Attach your rocket to the wheel using strips of cardboard and glue dots.

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Decorate the Playing Surface We used colored pencils and pastels to create a lunar-like environment on our playing surface.

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Final Touches We added a blackdrop to the game by attaching the provided pre-cut cardboard to the back of the box, behind the rocket. The pattern of large and small circles suggests celestial bodies hovering in the distance. Finally, we fastened some of the provided plastic bricks to the back two corners of the box in order to create an angled plane that will lead the ball back to the mechanical arm on each unsuccessful attempt to escape the moon.

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PLAY! Now that the board and the circuits are created, it's time to play!

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