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Q: How do toy pullback motors work? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: How do toy pullback motors work?
Category: Science
Asked by: serfari-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 30 Jul 2006 12:38 PDT
Expires: 29 Aug 2006 12:38 PDT
Question ID: 750881
How do pullback motors in toys work? They are common in toys, esp.
cars and airplanes.(Please include diagram and description, if
Subject: Re: How do toy pullback motors work?
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 30 Jul 2006 16:30 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I am happy to answer your question, I hope this response gives you
enough information.

"Roll-Back Car.  This toy is powered by a spring that is wound when
the car is pulled backwards.  As an example of Newton's Third law,
pull the car back (action), then release it and the car goes forward
(reaction). "

"Pull-back Car 
Vineet Khare, Shikhar Maini, Shahnawaz Faiyaz 
When this toy car is pulled back a few inches, it travels right across
the room. The energy must be stored quickly but released slowly. This
is achieved using two different gear trains in the same tiny gearbox -
when pulled back, the spring tightens fifteen times faster than when
it unwinds. The innovation lies in two floating gears - the axes of
gears 2 and 4 move along two slots in the gearcage depending on the
tangential forces acting on them. Explore the details of this
ingenuous mechanism."

The nitty gritty of the mechanism

Here is an Indian university course explaining how to make the car and the motor.

This course outlines







I feel this answers your question adequately as I too now know how one
of these motors works.

Any questions leave me a comment.


Clarification of Answer by keystroke-ga on 30 Jul 2006 16:32 PDT
Search terms
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serfari-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Wow! Great answer! I'm doing a project for school and this is very
helpful. Sorry I took so long to respond, but I was expecting an
email...I didn't even know the answer was here and stumbled across it
by accident.

Subject: Re: How do toy pullback motors work?
From: eestudent-ga on 04 Aug 2006 07:55 PDT
A pic is worth a thousand words. An experience is worth a million. 

Start by searching for #281907. Follow up by buying it.
Finish by taking apart a few toy cars. It will be more than worth it.
Subject: Re: How do toy pullback motors work?
From: keystroke-ga on 27 Aug 2006 19:32 PDT
Thank you very much for the five stars, kind words and generous
tipping! Email notifications would be helpful for Google Answers, but
apparently they've been broken for awhile.

Come back and ask us any other questions you may have! :)

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