Ugears Mechanical Journey Through the Ages
Ugears continues to explore the mystery of mechanics and this March exclusively on Kickstarter we present 12 absolutely new creations. Our engineers and designers invested all of their creativity and passion into this new fascinating range: the Horse-Mechanoid, the Archballista-Tower, the Tower Windmill, the Stagecoach, the V-Express Steam Train with Tender, the Secret model (Trimaran Merihobus), the Roadster, the Aviator, the Bike, the Heavy Boy Long-Hauler with the Trailer, and the Flexi-Cubus. They are ready to become your companions in an exciting adventure through the ages on the way to discover the evolution of mechanics.
Media Kit download
Traditionally, some of our designs are inspired by real-life prototypes while others represent an original re-imagining of historical mechanisms and the creatures from the wish-list you shared with us. Perfect examples of unique engineering, our models adhere to the highest level of quality production standards.
All Ugears models are made of sustainably sourced wood and require neither glue nor special tools to be fully assembled into functional working models. Also, there is no need for batteries or any external power source as they are powered by rubber bands, gears, cranks and gravity. Follow the detailed step-by-step illustrated manual with instructions in 11 languages to assemble your model.
Today, The Ugears mechanical models have become an interesting and engaging activity, a smart hobby, an original gift idea that brings hours of fun, and the joy of being creative, making things with your hands with friends and family in over 85 countries across 5 continents.
We appreciate your feedback very much. It is your support that inspires the creation of more exciting projects. We would like to thank you for the ideas and wishes regarding new designs you shared with us. We did our best to incorporate some of them in this new campaign.
Driven by your inquisitive minds and priceless support, once again, the Ugears team is back on Kickstarter to take you time travelling.
Let the Mechanical Journey begin!
So follow us, support us and be a part of our success story.
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Long before the times of mechanical transport, the most common and, frankly speaking, the only available way to travel had been strong and fast horses. Ugears looks away from high end technologies and ultrahigh-speed to appreciate the time of travelling by horse-back with a model joining nature and mechanics – the Bionic Horse.
Making the Horse quadrupedal was one of the project’s main challenges. In the walking mechanisms designed by many engineers before, stability of the moving construction was realized by means of additional extremities or other extra-supports. Ugears’ wizards have found a smarter way to achieve stability in motion. The absolutely unique mechanism of the model that makes your Horse a real quadruped and walking is a brand new innovation developed by Ugears and presented for you to test for the first time ever.
We paid special attention to the anatomy of the animal’s legs to make sure that all the joints and movements closely resemble those of a real horse. To animate the legs the engineers implemented a claw mechanism.
The bionic heart of your horse is a pendulum installed in the chest of the mech. The oscillations of the pendulum slow the transmission of energy from the rubberband motor to the movable elements extending the working time of the mechanism. The Bionic Horse won’t carry you over the horizon – the distance it can cover in one winding is quite limited. Although, it is enough to observe the work of the unique mechanism and enjoy the beauty of the mechanics of the model.
Ugears Archballista-Tower Model
The weapon created to demolish defence fortifications has been in use since antiquity. However, this UGEARs’ two-parts model refers to the medieval period. Dive into the romantic times of true chivalry, take over a castle and practice your aiming accuracy with the Ugears Archballista and Tower model. Inspired by the best examples of ancient artillery, legendary battles of the past re-enacted in films, books, and games, this model provides a new spin on the classic war machine to test your great conqueror’s skill.
The model consists of two parts: the siege machine itself and the mechanical tower. Both units are moveable and have plenty of articulated details. The Archballista has two modules: the firing unit and the base. The base has adjustable legs stabilising the machine during firing. The firing unit – or the actual archballista – shoots wood bolts. The firing mechanism can shoot up to four bolts in a round.
The firing module can be detached from the base and mounted on the top of the Tower – the second part of the Archballista and Tower model. Decorated with delicate ornaments, a classic ivy-cloaked castle tower with a heraldic gryphon/dragon on a coat of arms hides a few interesting constructional features.
The tower is completely extended when you can see the whole shield with a dragon that is set parallel to the tower’s wall. Aim your ballista to hit the shield and the second level will collapse, dropped by your mighty weapon.
Ugears Tower Windmill Model
The windmill is one of the oldest inventions of mankind. The earliest known instance of using a wind-driven wheel to power a machine goes back to the 1st century Greeks. However, the Tower Windmill from Ugears takes you to post-medieval England.The model is inspired by the Chesterton Windmill, a 17th-century cylindrical stone tower windmill that was built outside the village of Chesterton, Warwickshire county.
It is powered by a removable rubber band motor. It drives the sails by means of a screw conveyor (worm feeder) and gear transmission. The design of the gear transmission includes a flexure link, the type of chain drive assembled out of many small links. The full-fledged chain drive made out of plywood has never been used in Ugears models before.
When spinning rapidly the aerodynamic twist sails create fairly strong wind. It also can work the other way around: blowing air directed at the sails will make them spin. Use a fan to demonstrate to your kids how real windmills operate. The rotation of the windmill sails is mesmerising. You can’t stop watching them turning over and over. The rotation of the windmill sales is mesmerising. You can’t stop watching them turning over and over.
While taking origin from the English prototype, the UGEARs model also addresses the Spanish classic: the Tower Windmill can be completed with the figures of the Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote and his quirky companion Sancho Panza.
Ugears Stagecoach Model
Feel the free wind of the frontier in your hair, take your family on a thrilling journey to the Wild West with Ugears Stagecoach.
Simple and comprehensive mechanics guarantees fast but interesting assembly that people of any age will enjoy. Invite your whole family to spend time together re-creating the Wild West spirit and deepening the bonds between you with this exciting game.
The Stagecoach is fast and needs just a few turns of the winding key to get going. Lock the rear wheel axle to make sure the model is not running away from you while you are winding it. Two cargo crates on the roof of the cabin and a crate on the carriage's back will conveniently accommodate your letters and secret packages.
Ugears V-Express Steam Train with Tender
The Victorian Age filled with the spirit of the Industrial Revolution is a source of internal inspiration for designers and engineers. Ugears turns to this fascinating era once again to create the V-Express Steam Train with Tender.
The minutely detailed design of the Express reveals the beauty of moving details: gears and a flywheel, and the work of cylinder-piston arrangement.
One full winding will give your Express energy enough to cover a distance of up to four meters. The locomotive has three settings: forward, back and idle. Switch it into the “Back” setting and the Express will roll back and automatically hook up with its tender.
The coal car with lifting sides has a hatch that you can lock with a tiny latch. Assembling the Ugears’ V-Express Steam Train with Tender you will feel like an inventor engineer discovering for the first time the magic of the complex mechanism taking shape in your hands.
The V-Express Steam Train with Tender kit includes 2.45 meters of tracks.
The Secret Model: Trimaran Merihobus
Carried by the wayward wind of travel, the graceful and stylish Trimaran Merihobus from Ugears invites you to leave your peaceful harbour and sail away on an exciting marine mechanical adventure.
The body of the sailboat is made in the “skeleton” style to ensure good visibility of the mechanism and the design of the sailboat, including such details as bulkheads, frames and beams. The new mechanical model kit has everything you might need for assembly without glue and special tools and includes winches, rigging, hulls and several templates for a flag of a ship.
The rear rudder blade is steered by the ropes connected through the pontoons to the master wheel on the stern. The hydrofins on the side of the pontoons make the model stable and steady while creating a visual effect of the elevation of the model. The side pontoons are attached to the main body with a load frame designed to match the style of the hulls. Also, they carry a boat davit mechanism with a winch.
The mainsail and fore staysail on the mast can be set or taken in, just like on real trimarans. The mainsail of the Trimaran Merihobus is set on the mast groove with the main top halliard. The staysail “rolls up” on a stay. At the front under the bowsprit you will find the staysail’s winch drum. Sail booms are operated by a lever that pulls the sheet of the boom.
The model comes with several templates for a flag of a ship. Create your own design and using the winch, hoist the ensign up the mast.
The anchor cable winch based inside the Trimaran’s body has an automatic-tensioning mechanism that picks up an anchor. The Ugears’ designers used a strong but thin white thread for the rigging of the Merihobus. This ensures the structure of the boat remains neat and light even with a lot of details while making the mast and other elements remain in their positions.
And of course one mustn’t miss a lovely little finishing touch - a tiny seahorse carved in the bow of the boat. The curious sea creature known also as the merihobus gave your boat her name.
Sail away with this outstanding graceful sea beauty. Where will she take you today - around-the-world cruise? overseas expedition? Leave the rough seas of the daily grind and voyage to faraway lands with the Trimaran Merihobus from Ugears.
Ugears Mechanical Evolution Campaign Early Birds, Rewards and Add-Ons
If you would like to add a few models to your pledge, simply add the cost of the model to the cost of models in your pledge and indicate all the models you pledged for in the survey after the campaign. Notice that the shipping cost will vary depending on the add-ons you add.
To find out the shipping fee, please use the online Ugears Calculator or sum up the weight of the models in your pledge, including add-ons, and find the corresponding value in the table below.
the online Ugears Calculator of shipping fee
Ugears Aviator Model
Do you fly in your dreams? Once again Ugears makes the dream come true reaching out to the sky with its first ever aircraft model represented by two flying machines in one package. Introducing – The Aviator model. On our mechanical time travel scale along with the first sports cars and locomotives we will find the first functioning aircraft.
The Aviator model has three modules: the airplane, the helicopter and the flight control tower. Choose between your aircraft, set one on the tower’s bar and you are good to fly.
The control tower is operated with two control bars:
- the control column regulates the roll and pitch of the flying machine;
- and the Motor controller to adjust RPM (revolutions per minute) sets the speed of the aircraft
When all three units are assembled and you are ready to soar into the sky, it is time to wind up the motor, hold on to the control column, launch your model and fly!
Ugears Roadster VM-01
Following with the huffing and puffing symbol of Industrial Revolution, the locomotive, early examples of motor-car construction took over our imagination. The Ugears Roadster VM-01 resulted out our fascination with the beauty and elegance of sports cars from the post-war period of 40s-50s of the 20th century.
The unique charisma of the model comes from both its outstanding technical characteristics and detailed realistic retro-design. The clever combination of the plywood elements of different thickness – 4 and 2 mm – ensures that the roadster’s body looks streamlined and clear.
This sports car has a transmission that switches it in three modes: forward, back, and idle. The driving direction can be adjusted with the steering wheel. The suspension of the front wheels makes the Roadster look even more realistic.
Open the hood to see the powerful V8 engine and watch the moving pistons. With a powerful rubber band motor, the car covers up to four meters in one winding. The winding key is designed to look like a spare wheel at the rear of the Roadster.
Ugears Bike VM-02
Graceful and bold, this self-propelled model carries the true spirit of the road. The Ugears Bike VM-02 is a tribute to classic cruisers from the 30s of the 20th century to nowadays. Hold on to your handlebars and breathe in the smell of highway with the new Bike from Ugears.
The Bike is driven by a powerful rubber band motor that makes the motorcycle ride for as much as 3 meters in one winding. The energy produced by the motor is transmitted by a belt drive to the mechanism.
The design of the Bike allows you to observe the work of the mechanism, including the moving pistons that look absolutely fascinating.
The combination of a high-tech exterior and eco-friendly materials make the model a welcome gift to a friend or a business partner. Detailed realistic design ensures that the Bike will become a wonderful complement to any home or office
Heavy Boy Truck VM-03
The Long-haul tractor unit is one of the modern days models in the Ugears’ current range of mechanical models.
The romance of the road and the might of a large and fast automobile will leave nobody indifferent. Whether you are a loner or a company man, the time on the road will clear your head and you will learn to cherish the time with your close ones even more. Fill the tank to the brim and venture forth with Ugears’ Heavy Boy Truck VM-03 to explore new routes.
Robust and powerful, the Ugears long-hauler has a R6 engine driven by a rubber band motor. With one winding, the truck can go for about 5 meters.
The transmission system implemented in the model has three modes: forward, back and idle. The front sprung wheels turn to set the direction.
The detailed design includes all iconic elements of a long-haul truck – two big pipes and two pairs of mirrors as well as a realistic hook up system that connects your tractor unit to the trailer.
For more convenient access to the cabin, a small ladder is mounted under the cabin door. In the rear of the truck you will find a shovel and a gas can. Moreover, for the tired driver, the Heavy Boy can offer a cosy sleep station with a TV-set!
Heavy Boy Truck Trailer VM-03
To complete your long haul freight traffic experience we would like to draw your attention to the Heavy Boy Truck Trailer VM-03.
It can carry your favourite things, it will deliver a box of chocolates, a load or fruits or even a ship in a bottle. Use an automated conveyor to load your trailer with potted plants and you will have an absolutely unique wheeled garden in any interior.
Hook up your Heavy Boy Truck Trailer to the tractor unit with the automatic coupler – and you will have a perfect pair ready to hit the road. Some things are just better together!
Mechanical time travel doesn’t have to end in the present. Ugears’ designers decided to fantasise about future mechanics and invented the Flexi-Cubus.
The Flexi-Cubus is a mechanical anti stress puzzle in the form of a steampunk skeleton cube made out of eight joint-connected spheres. This flexible connection allows the spheres to move and roll over one another creating different geometrical shapes.
The geometrical anti stress toy takes the shapes of a rectangle and a 3D cube transforming by bending the joints from one to the other and back as many times as you want. Each sphere is a mini-mechanism comprising six segments connected with a hinged joint.
Mesmerizing and peculiar – looks like a futuristic sci-fi device, don’t you think? We would like to think the Flexi-Cubus arrived from days that are yet to come to give us some idea about future mechanics. The geometrical anti stress toy takes the shapes of a rectangle and a 3D cube transforming by bending the joints from one to the other and back as many times as you want.
Ugears is a young Ukrainian company with its own production facilities located in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2014 we implemented the idea of modular self-propelled wooden mechanical models in which everything is real. Today the UGEARS collection includes 28 extraordinary, fun and educational self-propelled wooden mechanical model kits.
Our mission is to give an unforgettable time of working together on things that are popular for all ages. We want families and friends to have fun strengthening the unique bond they have through creativity, bringing to life real mechanical marvels.
Ugears in customers reviews.
The most inspiring words come from demanding customers!
In autumn 2017, Ugears successfully passed an International Social Standard Compliance Audit (with the highest score ever seen according to our partner’s feedback). Today we have a team of more than 190 enthusiastic people. They invest their creativity and love in their craft which you receive in each of the models.
We believe that crowdfunding is the best way to expand the audience interested in these innovative products. Help us to spread the word and share it with your friends.
Production and Delivery
All Ugears models are manufactured at our own production facilities. We guarantee high quality of our products, effective and helpful customer service and fast replacement of spare parts to complete your models worldwide. Ugears models are made of natural eco-friendly materials. Each model kit comes with high quality plywood boards with precise laser cut parts, and easy-to-follow step-by-step assembly instructions in 11 languages: Ukrainian, English, German, French, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Turkish, Italian, Chinese and Korean.
A team is a mechanism in which every detail is important. Take a look at the day-to-day mechanics of Ugears team and in this light hearted film starring Horse Mechanoid – and us. Our favourite pet placed a special order with our wizards and they instantly got to work. You can watch them fulfilling this challenging request while closely supervised by Horse Mechanoid himself. Enjoy!
Timeline of the Campaign
Risks and challenges
What we have:
1) Our own manufacture with increased output facilities and many years of experience in business project management. We are confident in our ability to create original models for self-assembly and bring joy to all those who supported us.
2) Experience in cross-border delivery and contracts with key parcel courier services to ship UGEARS models anywhere in the world at declared shipping costs.
3) We have a detailed plan how to proceed after the end of the project.
4) Our main marketing strategy is based on our true passion for mechanics and love for our work.
Ugears team is constantly engaged in developing natural innovative models with sound construction and engineering.
Our team is continuously working on new fascinating self-propelled wooden models. With the support of Kickstarter – your support – Ugears can develop more new models within the forthcoming years, introduce absolutely new models series, and offer our DIY-models all over world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (35 days)