Life-Size Wind-Up Car Model

Based on one of my concept sketch, I created a model for a life-size wind-up car. To create the piece, I used recycled cardboard I found around my house and in a nearby dumpster and rubber bands. Other than the existing tape on my car-body box, I did not use any other materials (I did not apply any additional adhesives and probably could have removed the tape from the body of the car without affecting its performance).

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Using a found circular form a stencil, I cut out three wheels, two for the back, one for the front. I then began assembling the vehicle, cutting holes and devising attachment methods as I crafted.

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After a little trial-and-error, I completed the model. Although the design was not as attractive as I hoped, that was not the intent of the model. I was thrilled to find that the model worked (when pulled backwards the rubber band wraps around the axle and, when released, the vehicle propels forwards). I realized the vehicle is not quite as big as I think it should be nor is the cardboard able to bear the desired weight (an adult human) but, nonetheless, the model gives me hope!

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