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December 14, 2005 6:34 PM   Subscribe

Yee is a Canadian Artist. His company Yee's Job is located in Montreal. He designs & handcrafts all kind of paper craft, such as a working V-8 engine made of paper, a paper biplane clock, the Cathedral at Notre Dame and more.
posted by mr_crash_davis (15 comments total)

 
very cool, but all the frickin' DIY kits are sold out!
posted by carsonb at 6:50 PM on December 14, 2005


The detail is exceptional. I love how Yee incorporates the Chinese character for the zodiac signs in the design of the cards. I think I'll save the link to order the cards when my friends start turning 36--at $19 a pop-up card you can't be giving them out for any ol' birth year!
posted by phoenixc at 7:19 PM on December 14, 2005


Wow. Just wow.
posted by item at 7:59 PM on December 14, 2005


Neat-O
posted by Skygazer at 8:00 PM on December 14, 2005


A friend of yours crash? The conclusion of this auction and the time of this posting/promotion are a little bit close, no?

On its own, that engine is a fine piece of work.

On the other hand the guy is trying the ole' $1 starting price and $350!+ (international) shipping price trick on ebay, which i find a dodgy concept in practice.
posted by rawfishy at 9:51 PM on December 14, 2005


The airplane clock is elegant.
posted by Cranberry at 9:59 PM on December 14, 2005


I saw some pics of the engine on another site and was amazed to see in the stats "Speed of crankshaft: 3.4 rpm." I mean, it's one thing to recreate an engine out of paper. It's quite another for the thing to actually fucking work.

Just take a look at this gearbox (although, I don't quite know what a gearbox is doing inside an engine).
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:19 AM on December 15, 2005


[pedantic]
It's a moving model, not a working model.
[/pedantic]
posted by DrDoberman at 4:49 AM on December 15, 2005


The man has obviously spent all his genius on the paper models, and none on the website design.

(But it's cool stuff, and he's talented.)

although, I don't quite know what a gearbox is doing inside an engine

In this case, it's looks like it is stepping up the speed of the fan (he mentions in the description a "rapid cooling fan) and the whole unit looks more like a pump.

(Warning: Massive Digression.)

On a V-8, it very well could be the water pump (most IC engines have two pumps, both very critical -- the oil pump keeps the parts lubricated, the water pump keeps them cool (simplified, oil has a big role in cooling as well, mainly in the cylinder)

Lose either one and keep driving, your engine dies quickly.

In the old days, the fan was simple deadly -- it was either tied directly to the crankshaft, or was offset by a simple gear. Problems: Fan was dangerous, and was always on. First solution, electric clutch. Now, you could let the engine warm up a bit (more efficent.) The "chops off fingers" problem was harder. In the end, the direct driven fan was replaced by the shrouded, electrically driven fan, which didn't put as much drag on the engine, and decopled fan speed from engine speed (this was why cars in traffic jams used to overheat -- with no induced airflow from motion, and the engine at idle for long periods, there wasn't enough cooling. Modern electric fans can run at full speed, even with the engine off (until the battery dies, of course.)
posted by eriko at 5:25 AM on December 15, 2005


In the end, the direct driven fan was replaced by the shrouded, electrically driven fan...

I think sometime in between there we had viscous coupled fans didn't we?
posted by DrDoberman at 5:52 AM on December 15, 2005


mr_crash_davis, that is not a "working V-8 engine". Yee's paper craft is impressive even without exaggeration.
posted by ryanrs at 6:58 AM on December 15, 2005


!

(That's awesome)
posted by drezdn at 7:55 AM on December 15, 2005


rawfishy: "A friend of yours crash? The conclusion of this auction and the time of this posting/promotion are a little bit close, no?"

Even if they are friends, the consensus on MeFi would almost certainly be that it's fine. This is best of the web, and mr_crash_davis has been around long enough (longer than you or I) to know that we'd like it either way. Besides, he didn't post a link to an auction or even a link to a link to an auction; he posted a link to a page that included an announcement for an auction. Pepsi Blue this ain't. Case closed.

"On its own, that engine is a fine piece of work... On the other hand the guy is trying the ole' $1 starting price and $350!+ (international) shipping price trick on ebay, which i find a dodgy concept in practice."

Yes, certainly. If I were buying an engine made entirely out of paper, I would expect the guy I bought it from to save money by sending it book rate. Isn't your skepticism just a little over-the-top?


Now that that's out of the way: awesome! This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. And it should be pointed out to ryanrs and DrDoberman that the reason the site linked calls it a "running model" (and the post calls it a "working model") is because of the vast difference between this and a "model with moving parts." Understand, the only thing missing here seems to be a combustion; and if you could provide a combustion that didn't burn paper, this engine would probably run. That's incredible, and it would therefore be entirely misleading to call this 'a moving model.' It's a hell of a lot more than the shape of an engine with a little piece that turns on the side-- it's actually a paper engine. Wow.
posted by koeselitz at 8:50 AM on December 15, 2005


"A friend of yours crash?"

Don't be silly, I don't have any friends.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:26 PM on December 15, 2005


koeselitz, I also complain when the word "literally" is used to emphasize a metaphor.
posted by ryanrs at 2:23 PM on December 15, 2005


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