Brass Pegasus Automaton

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Sculptor Keith Newstead made this lovely brass pegasus automaton. He writes of its metal work:

As they had been cut from 1mm brass they were quite heavy and I was worried that the whole brass horse would be too heavy for the crank to lift it.

I made up the base , fitted all the parts of Pegasus together, fitted Pegasus to the base and joined up all the connecting wires.

As soon as I connected the wings I realised that because of the way they were set up they were actualy lifting the rest of Pegasus, in effect making it lighter. and Link via Make

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"Is it magic brass? If not, then no, it's not in ANY effect making it lighter."

Technically, you're right. I believe what he meant, though, was that the wings were acting as a counterbalance, relieving some of the downward pressure on the mechanism -- in effect, you might say, making it lighter on the mechanics.
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