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The Pumpkin Day Horror

No way out Located about 150 miles north of Las Vegas, lost in the wilderness of Nevada desert lends, lay Zombiville. The town had not always boasted this catchy name. In fact, as early as 30 years ago it was called Smalltown and its main attraction was a huge shoe factory which promised the local residents jobs and relative prosperity. Unfortunately, the owner of the would-be shoe-manufacturing facility went out of business before the actual factory construction was completed – no one was sure why exactly. What mattered was that the hopes of Smalltown residents were once again deflated and spat upon. There...

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3D Puzzles that bring the past to life

Mystery The past is in the past. Time is a like a flowing river – each time you step into it the water washing over your body is not going to be the same. Since it’s gone, it’s impossible to grasp it and judge about all events with complete certainty, especially those not witnessed by our generation. Yes, we have histories and books, memoirs and monuments, but those are only the perceptions of the people living then and largely a product of how they interpreted their surroundings. Therefore, the real story is often hidden – and everything hidden lures us with its enigma, with its mystery. Ugears models...

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Sketches of one discovery

Approved! It was a rainy day in Madrid with clouds covering the entirety of its June sky. Water was dripping from the man’s garments and onto the cobblestones of the Spanish capital. His spirits, however, were high – higher than they had been for a long time. It HAD HAPPENED! After much negotiation, begging, bidding, countless letters, carefully placed comments, all the natural charm he could master, the stars finally aligned themselves in the right way. The Crown gave its permission and blessing to finance what had been his passion for well over a decade. His reasons… He was, of course, ready for the...

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EVOLUTION OF SPIRIT. Part 2: Bike journey continues

Bikes in popular stories Iconic ‘Mad Max’ motorbike chases or Arnie riding his Harley-Davidson Fat boy in ‘Terminator 2’ may be the popular culture images ingrained in bike and movie lovers’ minds all over the world. In Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic bestseller ‘The Stand’, bikes and motorbikes remain some of the best means to get around the area where deteriorating roads are blocked with wrecked cars and other remains of the once-buzzing world. More than once the easy-to-maneuver vehicles save the day for the public’s favorite characters and push the narration forward. Crazy bike...

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The essence of a curvimeter

Before satellites, GPS navigators and interactive maps on our screens, geographers, explorers and regular travelers had to rely on a much simpler tool, a tool which would become an indispensable part of calculating the length of routes traveled or about to be traveled. The device consists of a rotating wheel which is moved along the curved (or otherwise) line, in need of being measured and a face with a hand, which somewhat resembles the look of a clock face. The markings on the face, though, are not of hours, but of the distance.   Who came up with the idea? This question sparkles a certain...

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The Island Adventure Part 1: The Pledge

Breathing, against all odds I was alive… Unlikely though it seemed, this really was the case. Strangely, there had been no warning whatsoever – neither from the weather forecast nor from any of the marine service offices which are supposed to keep seamen like myself safe. What are these satellites for if they are no use in situations like these? How did they miss the storm of such intensity?   Anyway, this last night’s typhoon appeared out of nowhere and my tiny U.S. postal service mail vessel seemed to be its primary target. It seemed that getting a mild case of Covid, like the one my...

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Staying on the safe side

A dark beginning… On 3rd October 1883 a man walked into a bank building on the corner of 3rd and 75th in NYC. He was constantly shifting his gaze and emanating slight nervousness, and for good reason. What was about to happen would come to be known as one of the world’s top 10 outrageous robberies of all times. No, this didn’t really happen, but this is how a heist movie or a fiction book may begin one day. Throughout the ages there have been those who considered themselves above the regular laws, regulations and bonds, those intangible threads holding society together. For their own reasons these...

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Does the US really owe its existence to railroads?

The first American railroad called the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad appeared in the late 1920s and marked the start of a new era. More railroads followed, including grand ones like the Transcontinental Railroad. These pioneer railways proved their efficiency in carrying passengers and goods and by 1900 the total length of the railroad tracks exceeded 200,000 miles. It is clear that projects of such magnitude had enormous implications for the nation, but would the US be the same without this rapid development of railroads? Would it be the same without a steam engine? If someone was to claim that it would,...

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Evolution of Spirit: UGears SCRAMBLER UGR-10 WITH SIDECAR

  Why choose the bike? We, humans, have always been enchanted with the idea of freedom and choosing our ways and the motorbike is a near-perfect embodiment of this vision. Whether it’s dodging long waits in traffic jams on daily commutes, leisurely no-purpose cruising around the neighborhood on a crisp autumn morning, long-haul globe-circling adventure rides, doing crazy gravity-defying stunts or trying to beat your own speed record and racing everything that moves on the road, whatever the odds, the bike may be the ultimate answer! At the end of the nineteenth century mechanics enthusiasts...

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Hurdy-Gurdy from UGears: a musical DIY revolution

Never heard of Hurdy-Gurdy? No, it’s not related to Humpty-Dumpty, although these two share a country that gave them their present names. Unlike the English nursery rhymes character of Humpty-Dumpty, though, the musical instrument of hurdy-gurdy comes from a past as distant as XII century. Sure, it was called differently in other places (the French, in whose country the instrument supposedly took its near-present shape, used to call it ‘la vielle a roue’, which means ‘wheel fiddle’; Italians gave if the name of ‘ghironda’; Spain knew the hurdy-gurdy’s predecessor, a two-person operated...

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Set out for scientific adventures with the Ugears Research Vessel and the UGears Mars Buggy

The UGears mission is to help people learn about technology and innovation through hand-on fun and entertaining learning experiences. This is why all UGears 3d puzzle sets feature mechanical elements, self-propelled motors, and an amazing amount of detail! Buckle up for exciting adventure on two of the most exciting terrains: space and the deep. All the UGears 3d puzzle sets are made from eco-friendly materials and come with a beautiful illustrated assembly manual in 11 languages. To get the puzzle pieces out of the wooden frames that they come in, simply gently push them. Connecting the puzzle pieces...

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Ugears Research Vessel: get ready for a deep-sea adventure!

Passion for exploration and discovery is something that has been fueling technological innovation for generations. The UGears Research Vessel is a highly-detailed 3d puzzle set that is a great tribute to our scientific bravery and innovative genius. This set is so captivating, you will never regret the over 10 hours you will spend on its assembly. Yes, this means that this is a model that is within a ‘Hard’ assembly-level category. The true appeal of this set lies, however, in the high level of detail that it provides. The Research Vessel is a copy of the modern ice breakers and survey boats. 575 parts...

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The best non-vehicle mechanical UGears puzzles. Part 2

This week we are looking at the best UGears puzzles that did not have vehicles as the source of inspiration. If you haven't read our previous article on this subject, we strongly recommend going back and reading the first path of this list. Educational and fun mechanical puzzles do not necessarily have to be cars, boats, trains, and other means of transport. And the list that we came up with for you proves that. UGEARS DATE NAVIGATOR The UGears Date Navigator is a unique calendar that you would not find anywhere else. Its decorative elements come together with elegance and smart functionality. Like many other...

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The best non-vehicle mechanical UGears puzzles. Part 1

If we asked you what would be the best source of inspiration for a mechanical puzzle, what would you say? Perhaps you would suggest that the best mechanical puzzle is the one that is a good illustration of mechanisms that surround us. Puzzles like that would give us knowledge that we need to understand how the basic laws of physics work. Would you base these puzzles on man-made creations or on something completely new or even unexpected? It is most likely the question of personal preference. As you might know, UGears make all their puzzles from high-quality plywood. This makes them 100% eco-friendly. You...

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3 wooden puzzles that will cheer you up

Sometimes we all need something to cheer us up. Something unique that will make our day and let us forget our worries and troubles for a little bit. Wooden 3d puzzles that smell of natural wood and come with a detailed and illustrated assembly manual might be just the thing. The 3 charming sets that we selected for this list all share the same signature features of 3d puzzles by Ugears that we all love, such as the intricate carved design and smart mechanisms. Additionally, they might feature some emotional connection to something you love and cherish, like a childhood memory or a lifelong dream. Let's take a...

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3d puzzles straight from a fairy tale. Part 2

If you think that this summer might need a little bit more magic, then you have come to the right place. Today we are continuing to look at the most exciting and elegant UGears sets. They have been inspired by the magical world of fairy tales. We all have a favorite fairy tale and with these puzzle sets, you can reminisce about the times when you were a child or let your child enjoy the intricate wood carvings and the work of these delicate mechanisms. Each of these sets comes with an illustrated manual and is made from high-grade plywood. You can easily take every part of the puzzle from its wooden frame...

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3d puzzles straight from a fairy tale. Part 1

Many fans of UGears wooden 3d puzzles by UGears know and love them for their mechanical properties. But another striking feature of these sets is the unique design. The signature style of the UGears sets could be probably best described as a mixture of steampunk and Victorian-era style and intricate wooden carvings that we see in many art objects that are made of wood. All the UGears puzzle sets are made from high-quality plywood and feature an astonishing level of detail. Every time you open a box with a brand new UGears puzzle inside, the aroma of natural wood fills the room. All the puzzle pieces come...

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3d puzzles and technology

We are lucky to be living in the time of exciting technological innovations. And whether we are on board with all of them or not, they are rapidly changing our lives. Today let's take a closer look at the impact technology is having on our education and our leisure. The new STEM-lab series by UGears is a unique collection of 3d puzzles that illustrate mechanisms that we see and interact with in our everyday life. The key principle behind the STEM method (Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology) as an educational tool is to demonstrate their basic rules in close ties with real life. This way students...

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Best 3d puzzles for summer trips

We think of puzzles as something we can engage in during a quiet evening at home, alone in our study or in a group of friends or family. But what if we could take the fun and the challenge of puzzles with us when we go on a trip? In summer when you and your family are planning trips, take some time to check out this list of road-friendly UGears puzzles that will keep you busy along the way. All the UGears puzzles come in a box with all the puzzle pieces pre-cut so you can just simply push them out of their wooden frames. Additionally, all the UGears puzzles do not require any additional tools for assembly...

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Best 3d Puzzles for Long Assembly. Part 2

This week we are continuing to add new 3d puzzles to our list of the most challenging UGears sets. If you have missed the first part, you can go back to our previous post. Puzzles have always been one of the best ways to fight boredom. Surprisingly enough, puzzles sales were among the few others that were not affected by the Great Depression. Instead, they were going up at that time. Which means a puzzle can be our ultimate friend in times of insecurity. Just like now. All mechanical puzzle sets by UGears can be divided into three categories by difficulty level: from 'Easy' to 'Hard'. The 'Easy' sets usually...

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