Wooden self-propelled 3D models for self-assembly and hobby. Santa has already ordered one:)
About this project
Greetings from UGEARS!
Almost a year has passed since our 2015 Kickstarter Steam Locomotive Campaign, and this year UGEARS is doubling-down on a new campaign by offering backers exclusive access to our new models, a Mechanical Tanker and a Fire Truck, and unique option to create your own set of models choosing from the full UGEARS' collection.
Made of sustainable, eco-friendly wood, each UGEARS model assembles easily and without the need for glue or special tools thanks to our patented plywood joints. And instead of a simple static display, each model is capable of a unique and fascinating range of self-powered movements, all without batteries.
In 2016 we created 5 new models and now we have 10 more in development. All our models are result of the UGEARS engineering team’s collective imaginations. Most of them are inspired by real-life mechanisms and many are drawn from the 100 models wish-list of our customers.
In our age of electronics we know that people still want to be creative with their hands and minds. Our models’ combination of easy-to-assemble wood and mechanics along with the magical movement of wooden gears are sure to bring joy to casual builders and professional modelers alike.
Today, hobbyists are assembling UGEARS models in 75 countries across 5 continents, and we care deeply about the great support, priceless feedback, and kind advice we have received from each of them. This holiday season we hope to add your friends and family to our growing list of happy customers.
Let’s begin with two new UGEARS models - Mechanical Tanker and Fire Truck - which we present exclusively on Kickstarter.
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Сreate your own set of models choosing from the full UGEARS' collection
Some of UGEARS Bestsellers will retail on UGEARS store on Amazon.
UGEARS models collection 2016
UGEARS Tanker Model
A cool model for self-assembly from the new UGEARS Trucks collection. Presented exclusively on Kickstarter. We deliberately designed this model to have a raw, open look so even the casual observer could appreciate the marvels going on inside.
Based on UGM-11 Truck, the Mechanical Tanker model has real TANKER with the unique opening mechanism which fits well for standard 0.33 L cans.
UGEARS Fire Truck Model
It functions like a real Rescue& Fire Truck with turning foot, moving apart & ascending ladder, which transforms into real crane with hook.
There is a little ladder to help Firemen to climb on the truck in few seconds. Like in a real Fire Truck it is mounted on back.
UGEARS Truck Series with 3 Additions - Tanker, Rescue Ladder, Trailer Сhassis
A new generation of our mechanical models with more technical elements and details that make it even more exciting.
UGEARS Truck UGM-11 Model
Equipped with a four-cylinder rubber band engine. Start the engine in 'idle mode' and look at four pistons which move realistically under the folding hood.
Open the cabin door and observe the fully functioning steering wheel connected via a steering column to the suspension bracket of front wheels. Push gas pedal, put it in 'reverse' or 'drive' mode, engage the clutch and see how the Truck’s moving!
The Additions for the Truck (Tanker, Fire Ladder and Chassis) easily transform your Truck into Tanker & Rescue& Fire Truck. The Trailer Сhassis has very realistic springs which are swinging during driving.
Having 3 Trucks with a Set of Additions you will create your own auto park with Rescue& Fire Truck, Tanker and Truck with Trailer.
Mechanical Flower Model
Smart and great idea to impress our beloved. Elegant petals, with Ballerina & Tree of Luck for your favorite jewelry inside.
Add here the pleasant smell of wood and your personal imagination
Steam Locomotive with Tender, Rails with Crossing and Platform
Locomotive employs all technical solutions we’ve come up with in our previous models, and more. The spinning gears, pistons and wheels carry the soul of XIX-century engineering, when locomotives represented the mainstream of technical progress. It is one of the fanciest UGEARS models, as it consists of the highest number of parts and can run up to a distance of 5 meters.
Every train needs a proper station and our Railway Platform is just the ticket. In addition to being a beautiful reproduction of a European rail station complete with a clock, lamps and a bench, this model features a secret removable drawer with a lock and key for extra security.
Having assembled the Railway Crossing and Platform you'll get a real 3D-wooden Railway with a lot of magical inventions. You’ll feel what we all miss – the feel of real motion, real mechanics that you make work with your own hands.
Ugears models-bestsellers from collection 2015
The UGEARS tractor is a rattling greeting from centuries past. No electronics - just plywood, a rubber band motor, and tons of fun! You can shift your tractor’s real transmission from ‘park’ to ‘low’ to plow for your spring planting or step it up to ‘sport’ gear and watch it race to the end of the field.
20 minutes Timer
The Timer is one of UGEAR’s most beautiful models. It is an exquisite and refined mechanical device that can count down to zero starting from 1 to 20 minutes. Just set the Timer’s rubber band-powered counter hand, wind up the alarm, and watch the relaxing and elegant clockwork tick away until the alarm reminds you it’s time to do it all again. Great for meditation and adds a sophisticated accent to any work or living space!
The UGEARS Combine Harvester is a top-to-bottom example of the wonders of mechanics. Drag the harvester backwards to wind up its rubber band motor. Release the hand brake lever and off you go to bring in the crops. You’ll see the cutter board reel at the front spin just like a real harvester, but what you won’t see is a hidden box to the left of the driver’s cabin for sending love notes to your favorite farmer.
Mechanical Theatre Model
Mechanical Theatre is a very gorgeous and awesome gift with the magical movement of wooden gears. An intricate mechanism with a touch of drama. Spin the wheel to bring your characters on stage. Can the Prince slay the Dragon? Will the King storm the Castle? Does the Princess defeat the Witch? Perhaps the Jester will find the Treasure! Every spin changes the story and makes you both the playwright and the audience. What story will you create?
UGEARS Tram is inspired by the earliest streetcars and funiculars and is probably the most romantic model in our catalog. In addition to displaying a great deal of retro flair, the Tram can actually travel on its included adjustable tracks. In level mode the Tram cruises the rails under the power of its wind-up rubber band motor.
In incline mode the Tram simply employs the power of gravity along with its gear-drive transmission to gracefully scale down tracks. The Tram even has a hidden box for carrying messages to a special passenger waiting at the next stop.
Considering safe-cracking as a profession? This might be just where you should start. Build your own safe with a personal 3-digits lock combination, store your most precious items in the safe (jewelry or candy, your choice), and then promptly forget your combination!
Follow the handy steps in the instructions to master the mix of slow knob twists and careful listening to tumbler movements that will open the lock. Will you retrieve your items, or will you have to hire a locksmith? Try it and see.
Mechanical box (Etui) Model
This pretty little box brings a dash of mechanical magic to your home or office. Push the side lever and the box raises, tilts and opens its lid to reveal the contents. A clever way to offer a business card or a fun way to store and show off your favorite trinkets. The kit includes two interchangeable front panels – one for easily removing cards and one for keeping small items from spilling out.
How to assemble Ugears models?
All UGEARS models are equipped with everything needed for assembly. The quality of the parts is very high – a laser method is used for cutting items from a plywood board. All parts are already cut out and can be easily removed from the board. All steps of the assembly are described in very detailed step-by-step color instructions. The models are assembled without glue thanks to the patented joint design.
Firstly, you put the smaller parts together to form the large blocks: e.g. the wheelbase, body, and gear-wheels – which will altogether complete the whole model. It's quite fascinating when function goes into design and a mechanical marvel comes to life in your hands and you feel like a creator.
UGEARS began as a startup established in 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine & implemented the idea of modular self-propelled wooden mechanical models in which everything is real. Today the UGEARS includes 18 models of gorgeous, intelligent design. We are constantly growing and developing. And there are more than 200 ideas for future mechanisms that we plan to realize.
We’ve come a long way of engineering know-how and production fine-tuning to ensure the assembly of our models is great and rewarding experience for the whole family. Our models are fun for kids and grown-ups of all ages. Each UGEARS model brings rewarding feeling of assembling with your own hands, inviting you and your beloved ones into the awesome and cool world of mechanics.
Today we have a team of more than 90 enthusiastic people. They invest their creativity and love in their craft which you receive in each of the models. It takes from two months to a year to design a new model. We believe that crowdfunding is the best way to expand the audience interested in the innovational products. Help us to spread the word and share it with your friends.
Production & Delivery
All UGEARS models are manufactured at our own production facilities. We guarantee high quality of our products. It’s natural and eco-friendly. Each model comes with high quality plywood boards and precise laser cut parts.
It's important for us to deliver all pledges to our Backers in the first half of December 2016. What will be done to ensure delivery timing?
- The models will be shipped from the logistics center in the United States (for US and Canada) and from the Warsaw, Poland (for Europe and the other counries of the world).
- Ugears models will be ready for delivery from these logistics centres by the end of Kickstarter campaign. So we will have more than month to deliver orders to your home addresses anywhere in the world not later than in the first half of December 2016.
Timeline of the campaign
Due to the high-season, please, consider possible delays in delivery by your post offices.