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Hurdy Gurdy

This DIY Hurdy Gurdy is the world's first mechanical musical model


3-D mechanical model makers Ugears have just released their newest prototype and it's been quite the hit on Kickstarter thus far. The Ukrainian start-up company created the world's first mechanical model/musical instrument by recreating a medieval times classic- the Hurdy Gurdy.

Made of sustainable, eco-friendly plywood, the Hurdy Gurdy assembles easily and needs no glue or special tools due to the patented plywood joints method and easy-to-follow colored instructions. All without batteries, it's propelled using rubber bands, cranks, gears and gravity.

The kit comes in a box and assembly usually takes beginners 4-5 hours, while pro model makers can do it in half the time. The Hurdy Gurdy, along with most of the other Ugears products is advertised as 14+ toy/model due to the intricate assembly process.

The musical model was inspired by the art of medieval masters and enriched with modern engineering.

It's a string instrument that produces a sound resembling one of a bagpipe by a hand-turned wheel rubbing against the strings working similarly to a violin and a fiddle bow.

"They are very exciting to assemble as well as educational because you can see the movement in all the gears, you can see the way the strings operate, you can feel the vibration. You can feel the instrument after it's assembled."
Dmitriy Zverev, Ugears rep

The Ukrainian company decided to put their newest model on Kickstarter because it's unlike their previous 24 releases. They wanted to see customer reactions to their first ever musical model. The reception to it has been nothing short of remarkable. Ugears set their goal at $15,000 and ended up receiving almost $250,000 of pledge money on the crowd-funding website. More than 500 orders have come in from the campaign.

Ugears has already released 24 other (non-musical) models for young adults and hobbyists. Some of their most popular products include a steam locomotive, a safe, a tractor truck and a business card holder.

Their mechanical models help teens and adults unwind and jump into a project that forces them to put the smart phone and tablet down and focus on the task at hand. The models combine the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math.

"The Hurdy Gurdy will be available to purchase in November after all the Kickstarter orders are fulfilled."
Dmitriy Zverev, Ugears Rep

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