LEGO Galloping Horse Kinetic Sculpture
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LEGO Galloping Horse Kinetic Sculpture

August 12, 2019


Hey everyone, Jason here. Today I’m excited to show you my latest LEGO creation, which is this kinetic sculpture of a horse.
So there’s quite a bit going on here to try and replicate the motion of a galloping horse including the obvious motion of the legs, the rocking up the body, the slight forward
motion of the head, and also this little flick of the tail.
So let’s take a look at what is going on. On this partial model of the horse you can
see the gearing system that I’m using to transmit power up through
the stand and into the body of the horse. This gear drives the
front legs and this gear drives the rear legs. So let’s take a look at the legs. Here we have a relatively complex system Of one, two three, four, five, six, seven links. The front legs actually use the same system as the rear legs, just driven in reverse. For the
rocking of the body we have this relatively simple lever system here, which is driven in
time with one of the rear legs. This lift arm, that is part of that
system, is also used to you give the little flick of the tail as the back on the horse reaches its apex. To show you the motion of the head we’ll take a look at the main model again. Here you can see that the base of the neck is anchored to the stand, which doesn’t move and the top at the neck is anchored to the body. So as the body rocks back and forth, the neck slightly deforms, which causes the head to move forwards and backwards. I had a lot of fun building this model. It was definitely a challenge to reproduce the fluid motion a horse using LEGO parts. I went through a lot of prototypes as I
was refining the movement but in the end I think it was worth it.
I hope you enjoyed the video, keep on building, and we’ll see you next time.

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  1. OMG that is so awesome! Gawd it looks so complicated! Can u make a turorial on how to make it? My grandparents love and have horses, and they've done so much for me, and I want to give them something that has some of their passion and some of mine as well. Im sure everyone who has watched this video and will watch this video will want to replicate this amazing creation. Hell I'm willing to pay to learn how to do this, and I bet that many others are willing to as well. Keep up the good work man. Look forward to your next creation!

  2. Great! Because I am a Japanese, as for the words, there is a coming thing across it though I do not understand it! Please do your best from now on!

  3. The Piraka heads are a fantastic choice for the hooves. I know it's sort of illegal, but painting the teeth black or gray might make the whole thing look more like a real horse.

  4. Hi I am big fan of your chanel I will really like to see if you can create an animatronic from the haunted mansion at walt disney world in Florida plz if can can you build the opera singer

  5. This is very amazing 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 i would love to see it move while its fully done 🙂 i love the model.

  6. Gosh. You're genius!! I cannot believe what I am seeing now. How could you invent this complex creature just using LEGO? Many thumbs up!!

  7. Hello Jason,
    I've just reproduce your kinetic sculpture (no need for instructions, pictures are very good) ^^

    I miss him the wings to finish the mane and tail, I did some research on Bricklink but I do not find the reference you are using.
    I found only one model, but it does not match.
    Can you give me the exact reference?

    In advance thank you and congratulate you for your absolutely beautiful work. 🙂

  8. Speaking as an equine professional (riding instructor & examiner) as well as having trained as a Farrier originally, studying horse structure and movement, and as an artist specialising in horses, I'd like to say what a fantastic job you have done here.

    The horse uses the length of it's neck and weight of it's head as a counterweight to aid in lifting the forehand, powering off with the hindquarters, and you've replicated that aspect beautifully. Horses don't possess a clavicle (collar bone) so the forelegs are one connected to the body by muscles, tendons and ligaments, known as the thoracic sling, giving the forelegs a gliding range of movement you have also captured well.

    If there was to be any suggestions for amendments to the model in future I would only say working in inclusion of the smaller leg joints, the knees and hocks especially, would be nice, but even without that articulation then movement is still superb.

  9. Awesome ! I'm a big fan of Jason's kinetic sculptures 🙂 ! Would be great to build this model. If anyone can "decipher" the model and make some instructions for it, this would be every welcome.

  10. After watching Jason's video over and over again for almost a year, I was finally able to create my own Shadowfax. Here are the instructions…https://www.dropbox.com/s/6hg74omwad8yvap/Shadowfax.mpd?dl=0. I wasn't sure about the decoration on the tail and I didn't have a ldraw dat file for the hooves.

  11. I like it!, But I would like to see the whole body is moving forward and backward with a little jump in between.

  12. I CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE THIS MOBILE! Without needing to worry about the tilting of the body, the only real challenge will be putting the rotation source inside the horse.

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