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Heavy Boy Truck Christmas magic

Santa Truck They thought it was Santa with his elves, sleigh, reindeer and all. Maybe so, but it was he, Jacob, who drove the truck laden with Christmas toys to this utmost North Alaskan town. He drove for days, getting hot coffee in paper cups at the gas stations along the way, howdying the fellow truckers and napping when his body told him to do so. Despite the frosty surroundings, his spirits were high. He was delivering Christmas packages, after all, these boxes filled with dreams and aspirations of kids and their families. It almost felt like being Santa himself… The storm It hit him just below a...

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Gifts, gifts, gifts

The triumph The mammoth was theirs at last. The efforts of his tribesmen who laid the trap and those who provided the noise of the pursuit finally paid off. The women back at the caves would fry the meat and they would have plenty to feed on for a long while. Gratefully, he looked at the sky and thanked the spirits for giving them this gorgeous beast. Customarily, what was not eaten or couldn’t be used for making clothing or weapons would be given to the spirits of the forest and land to thank them for their kindness.   The origin of gifts Giving gifts is one of fundamental human interactions...

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Christmas spirit: UGears Dream Cabriolet

The morning beach It was quiet, except for a rare morning bird flying by and the deep sleepy breath of the ocean. Tommy took off his sandals, stepped onto the sand and wandered towards the water. At 5 am the dawn was still about to break, but he couldn’t sleep. It was the day before the night of miracles and he’d just caught a glimpse of the particular miracle waiting for him, Tommy, all wrapped up in fancy gift paper and tucked away neatly, awaiting its time. It was the nicest present he could think of, a wooden mechanical toy he’d craved with all his heart. It was a 3D puzzle called Dream Cabriolet,...

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UGears Christmas Carousel

A happy memory I remember this day from my childhood very clearly. It was a crisp December Saturday in uptown New York and it was the day my dream would finally become true. I knew my folks were finally going to give me a ride on the carousel, the colorful, lively attraction absolutely brimming with lights, music and fun! They did, and the happiness of the one-minute ride on the tallest horse available got imprinted into my memory as something very personal, warm and special. Childhood delights Moments like those exist in everybody’s life, no matter how easy the road has been. There are times we like to...

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Cyber Monday: Cyber Gears

Music of the soul Yes, we can all sing and create music, we are capable of anything we can conceive! UGears proves this point by letting just about anyone become the creator of their own musical instrument – the legendary Hurdy-Gurdy. This wonder of a thing, in its different versions, captivated the minds and souls of numerous generations. Dating back to the 9th century, the relatively simple mechanism ensures tons of fun, both while assembling this 3D wooden puzzle and playing with it. Traveling in style Dream Cabriolet and UGears Scrambler wooden model kits have it all. Choose one or the other,...

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Black Friday 2020: Ready, steady, go!

Romance on the road He came from around the bend, like a slithering glittering animal, united in one with his shining machine. The roar of the engine was deafening and positively overwhelming. As the magnificent bike - an unstoppable fearsome beast from a gothic futuristic universe - neared her, she knew that resisting its power and drive was futile… She knew she was desperately falling in love... Need for speed Many of us have been fascinated by speed, our imagination captured, our very existence defined by it… The range of UGears road DIY models featuring U-9 Grand Prix car, Scramble, Dream...

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UGears helps gather harvest!

Where food comes from Fall is nearing its end, which means that Black Friday is right around the corner! But it’s not just the season of Black Friday and traditional sales, it’s harvest-gathering time! All those field goodies are just waiting to be picked up, loaded and delivered to facilities around our great country for further processing Have you ever ploughed through a field during harvest time? If you have, you probably know the humbling feeling of being surrounded by the beauty of those ripe gifts of nature, ready for the taking. The nature’s gift to humanity, satisfying and nourishing, keeping...

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Do Ugears mechanical models foresee the future?

The concept Before this can be answered, let us ponder the question of what the future actually is. Is it our anticipation, our fears, excitement and expectations? Is the future a series of events we can try to guess but are never able to pin down precisely? Is it the moving gears of mechanical puzzles, ticking away one move at a time? For all practical purposes, does it matter? We are living our lives now and pretending to be glimpsing into the future is but an illusion which we indulge in for pure joy. And this is exactly where UGears models come into the picture. In line with our Theater construction kit...

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THE ISLAND ADVENTURE PART 2: THE ESCAPE

Looming hunger A month passed since my short-of-miracle staying alive in the defiance of the grandmother of all storms I had witnessed. When I made landfall, I thought I would find my way back to civilization, but, alas, the only thing I managed to do was not to drown, since I was thrown out by the grinning ocean onto a tiny islet which seemed somehow away from any conceivable sailing route. There was no search party, no ship in sight, no one to talk to and no one to help me. I was getting to the bottom of the food supplies found in the hut and, despite not particularly enjoying the no-variety meals, having...

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The Pumpkin Day Horror. Part II: The little savior

Revelation Katie woke up in the dead of night. Something had happened. She knew. With cold sweat running down her forehead, the seven-year-old tiptoed out of her bedroom, past her brother’s room, past their parent’s bedroom into the long dark hallway. The rhythmic ticking of the massive mahogany clock didn’t have the calming soothing effect it had once had on her. The town was in danger and she knew she had to act. She felt her own heartbeat and wondered if it was loud enough to wake her family up. Be what may, she slipped into her leather sandals, turned the door handle which (oh, wonder) opted for not...

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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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