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    That's great Peter, thanks!

    Remember these things? Used to keep me amused for hours when I was a kid..

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    This is fun too..

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    Yep, or a bike wheel, spin it up and attempt to twist it .This one is fun.

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    Physics does my head in, but I love it
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    Me too! Loved the levitating bar and weight !
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    Yep. An elderly inventer I knew - he died very old in the 1960's - made an "anti-gravity machine" that was basicly arrayed fly wheels that had along their rims small asymentric flywheels that were electro-marnetically controlled. In essence he could aim the heavy ends of the little flywheels thus making the net centrifugal force of the big wheel point where he wanted. The array allowed him to keep the thing gyro-stabile and go in any direction. He outfitted one unit inside a Volks bus shell powered by an eighty horse engine as I recall. He could get it off the ground but it was coolest using the wheels for horizontal travel.

    He also fitted small units in model rockets that his grandson and I helped build. The idea was to strip some power off the rocket to run the anti-grav enough to essentially make the rocket weightless. The remaining thrust would then let the rocket accelerate away from earth at a rate inverst to the gravitational coefficient. It never quite made the efficiencies he imagined and net rocket energy savings in the models we made were minimal but something like this is what we'll need in the end to get efficient earth-to-space flight. But so far as I know, the thing in the OP comes closest to thinking along those lines.

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    We did this exact demo yesterday. Students love it.
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Yep, or a bike wheel, spin it up and attempt to twist it .This one is fun.

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    Someday, I'm going to settle down and be a grumpy old man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isla View Post
    That's great Peter, thanks!

    Remember these things? Used to keep me amused for hours when I was a kid..

    We are on the constant lookout for a quality gyroscope.

    Slinky, who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceboy View Post
    We did this exact demo yesterday. Students love it.
    I like to hold the wheel and sand on a lazy Susan type platter. Twisting the wheel then turns you. Itís fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    Yep. An elderly inventer I knew - he died very old in the 1960's - made an "anti-gravity machine" that was basicly arrayed fly wheels that had along their rims small asymentric flywheels that were electro-marnetically controlled. In essence he could aim the heavy ends of the little flywheels thus making the net centrifugal force of the big wheel point where he wanted. The array allowed him to keep the thing gyro-stabile and go in any direction. He outfitted one unit inside a Volks bus shell powered by an eighty horse engine as I recall. He could get it off the ground but it was coolest using the wheels for horizontal travel.

    He also fitted small units in model rockets that his grandson and I helped build. The idea was to strip some power off the rocket to run the anti-grav enough to essentially make the rocket weightless. The remaining thrust would then let the rocket accelerate away from earth at a rate inverst to the gravitational coefficient. It never quite made the efficiencies he imagined and net rocket energy savings in the models we made were minimal but something like this is what we'll need in the end to get efficient earth-to-space flight. But so far as I know, the thing in the OP comes closest to thinking along those lines.
    I wonder if this Honda bike uses a similar idea ?

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    We do that one as well. Spinning on the platter while holding weights is also fun.
    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    I like to hold the wheel and sand on a lazy Susan type platter. Twisting the wheel then turns you. It’s fun.

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