Of all the models I’ve designed that don’t have instructions, my kinetic sculpture of a galloping horse has probably received the most requests for them. I know quite a few people figured out how to build it from the original video, and a couple even sent me digital versions of the model in LDD and LDraw format. This really got me motivated to finally put together building instructions for it. A huge thank you to Ben Gee in particular, who sent me a mostly complete LDraw file with step sequencing, which was a great starting point for finally creating these.
I also took the opportunity to make some updates to the model, and the newer version is much more structurally sound than the original. The connection points of the neck, body and tail with the stand are now achieved using Technic pin connections instead of relying on the clutch power of studs. Which means it won’t fall apart anymore if you blow on it. 🙂
The biggest visual change is with the feet, which I redesigned to use parts that are actually in production. I still prefer the look of the original feet, as my entire motivation to building the model in the first place was to use those Bionicle Piraka Head pieces as hooves, but they have been out of production for 10 years, so getting a hold of them might be a challenge. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which feet you want to go with. The Piraka head pieces can be attached to the ends of the legs using a 2L Technic axle, as pictured below.
The model can be easily motorized using a power functions M motor and a couple of gears, which are also pictured below.
It was actually a pretty interesting exercise to revisit this model, and I’m happy I was able to make some significant improvements to it. Hopefully it means I’m still learning new ways to be a better builder!