The Arms Race: building a robot arm with my son

Don’t be silly, it’s not a real arm.

We’re not making a limb out of actual flesh and bones; I’m not Frankenstein.

No, my son had this Hydraulic Robot Arm as a Christmas gift and we’ve only just started to put it together.

It says science on the box so we know it must be an educational toy, right?

Of course it has thousands of parts which need to be separated.

And a very thick instruction manual.

The main tool we need for this job is patience. Lots of patience.

We spent last weekend working on it and have made a great start. It now looks like this…

… impressed, aren’t ya?

Next weekend we’ll have to tackle the messy, more complicated steps of adding oil and water and cutting pipes to size. Yikes.

Like I say, the main tool we need for this is patience, lots of patience.

I’ll let you know when we’ve finished building the arm!

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