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 Post subject: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:56 pm 
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This is another from my 2 year old backlog. Noticing the interior of the Alexander's Star resembled my beloved Dino Star, I wanted to print some inserts that could convert an Alexander's Star puzzle into a larger cousin to the Dino Star. The Bronto Star!

You can buy your own parts to modify one of yor extra Alexander's Stars here:
Bronto Star on Shapeways

Please note, though, that as the Alexander's Star is tricky to turn, so is the Bronto Star. So don't expect to speedsolve it, but it can be fun to have alongside your Dino Star on display!

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:25 pm 
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Interesting sticker pattern, and a nice looking puzzle. Next on your list of mod parts should be for a Golden cube and a Dogic :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:38 pm 
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Beautiful! Such a simple mod, but I like the shape much better than the original. I also find it interesting how the puzzle aspect of the object is very understated.

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:41 pm 
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Thats a really smart idea! Looks beautiful too! Congratulations!

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:05 pm 
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Nice mod with a cool name.

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:35 pm 
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Since it is modified from an Alexander Star it has the same diameter between two opposing tips.
What is its weight?

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:16 am 
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Sorry to bump this old topic, but I think it worth it if I share my version of Jason's Bronto Star:

I have ordered this puzzle at April 2013, so it is long time passed till then.
To be honest, the puzzle turns horrible, many times pieces pop out (I think it came from the structure of the Alexander star and it is not the problem of Jason's design). So I was a bit disappointed. The puzzle was hiding in one of my box, when a few days suddenly an idea came, and I re-stickered the puzzle. And to be honest, this is one of my most beautiful puzzle ever.
I take some photos with my mobile:
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I hope you like it.

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:35 am 
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cool puzzle! I think I like the sticker mod more since it colors more of the puzzle. I think the original version would look cooler if every face was stickered completely like an alexanders star.

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:46 am 
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Olivér Nagy wrote:
I hope you like it.
I definitely do.


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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:41 am 
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Very beautiful puzzle! Oliver's stickers are colorful! I would like to order one if the turning is not that hard.


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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:32 pm 
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otischeng wrote:
Very beautiful puzzle! Oliver's stickers are colorful! I would like to order one if the turning is not that hard.

If you want, I can make you one, or I can cut and send you only the stickers, but to be honest, it is not a puzzle, what you will play with a lot.
I have tried to mix it up, and try to solve, but during the scramble many pieces pop (or go under the center pieces) so I gave it up.
If you ask me: It is a Very nice puzzle on shelf, but it is not playable.

Maybe someone will design better adons, but I think the main problem is in the Alexander Star what you need to use as a core!

cubedude76 wrote:
I think the original version would look cooler if every face was stickered completely like an alexanders star.

That's a good idea! (maybe I'll make that one too.)

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:29 pm 
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Wow, I love it!

I think I'll make the Bronto Star unpurchasable since I'm feeling the same way about mine. The shapeways edit page for this model is crashing their site though, and I'm waiting on a fix, so I'll have to take it down when they fix that. Or at least add your review with your permission so people know it should be considered more a shelf puzzle?
Also, Oliver, we could discuss a refund over PM if you'd like.
The underlying mech isn't stable enough for this, and I'd like to design the full puzzle body to make it work well. I'll put that on my list. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:59 pm 
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JasonSmith wrote:
Wow, I love it!

I think I'll make the Bronto Star unpurchasable since I'm feeling the same way about mine. The shapeways edit page for this model is crashing their site though, and I'm waiting on a fix, so I'll have to take it down when they fix that. Or at least add your review with your permission so people know it should be considered more a shelf puzzle?
Also, Oliver, we could discuss a refund over PM if you'd like.
The underlying mech isn't stable enough for this, and I'd like to design the full puzzle body to make it work well. I'll put that on my list. :)

No way to refund.
I think it is a unique puzzle! I really like it much!
I know, the problem is not your design. I was aware of it when I bought your model. I have tried an Alexander star, and well known that it is has this problem, and I also known that probably this mod will have the same problem.

I know I wrote a bad review of the mechanism, but still the puzzle is fantastic. Both the idea, and the way it looks.

I think it is no need to remove it from shapeways, just you need to warn people that it wont turn really well. It is a cheep and beautiful mod. But of course if you re-design the whole puzzle with better mechanism...
But till then, please do not make it unpurchasable! I'm sure I'll buy another one for my other sticker mod with Alexander star pattern

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:04 pm 
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Why not just make a whole puzzle available as a 3D print, so that you can make a better-turning one?


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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:57 pm 
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Yes Jared, that's what I'm trying to describe. It would be nice to have a custom body option. I personally get a kick out of the idea of modding old puzzles, but it does relinquish a bit of the control.

I'll leave it up for now and add a bit of a caveat. Glad you still like it Oliver! Again, I love the new stickers, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:41 pm 
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Here's my 'Bronto Star' with Red Shapeways pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Bronto Star
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:14 am 
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Olivér Nagy wrote:
Maybe someone will design better adons, but I think the main problem is in the Alexander Star what you need to use as a core!

You could use a megaminx as a core, but just hide the corners. The Outer pieces you'd see might be smaller, but the puzzle would definitely turn better

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