My Favorite Things :
For the 8th article of this series, we would like to introduce you to “Handmade Takecopter,” made by Mr. Kazuhisa Tsunekawa, a 3rd year student of School of Science and Engineering, and Chief of “Waseda University Research Circle of Doraemon”!. Doraemon is one of the most famous animation and cartoon series which are exported to various countries around the world.
“This one's made as large as the original size,” Tsunekawa said happily. He showed us the well-known magical gadget of Doraemon, the “Takecopter” which resembles a traditional toy called taketombo, a propeller made out of bamboo which, when you twist the rod with both hands, actually flies. He made this by himself for the circle's exhibition in last year's “Waseda Festival 2006.”
This amazing yellow “copter” truly seems like it has come from the world of Doraemon. It really amazes us seeing it. When the propeller starts to rotate, it excites our imagination and we feel like we can put it on our head and really fly.
The total cost to make this was about 500 yen. “Plastic clay was expensive. But other parts were about 100 yen each,” he said. We were surprised at the unexpectedly cheap cost.
In the process of making it, he ran into some troubles. With the rotation of the motor, the center prop became very hot. He set the leading wire outside the body of the “copter,” having a hard time so that it wouldn't show. By doing this, he could remove the heat from the prop. Then he put the battery case at the bottom of the “copter.” But just before he finished making it, he realized, “I didn't put in a switch!” He was embarrassed, but at last he decided not to insert a switch. “You can turn it off by taking out the batteries,” he thought. Even these mistakes enhance the attraction of handmaking objects and the “copter” seems more charming.
“In ‘Waseda Festival 2006,’ many people who came to our booth actually picked it up and looked at it very closely. Especially children were interested. One of them said, ‘I didn't know that the ‘Takecopter” runs with batteries!’ and I was at a loss for how to respond,” said Tsunekawa, smiling with his “takecopter” in his hand. “I want to show people the fun of making things. Also, I was very happy to hear the comments of people looking at it and saying that they feel that they can start dreaming again through Doraemon's takecopter,” he said. Tsunekawa, an undergraduate student of the School of Science and Engineering, is an ardent fan of Doraemon, and loves to dream and make things with his own hands.
“I will make this ‘copter’ run more smoothly, and make it so that one can fix it on his head. And some day we really can fly with this,” smiling he said, with his sky-high dream.
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