How do you make cranks for 12 legged walkers with LEGO?
Twelve legged walkers require each leg pair to be 120 degrees out of phase with its adjacent leg pairs. The only LEGO part we found with an 120 degree angle was the Technic Rotor 3 Blade Liftarm (part #44374), which required additional parts to make into cranks, added width to the walker, and it was also kinda weak.
Can you come up with a better solution?
Below is one idea.
You can make an equilateral triangle with 3 Technic beams of the same length.
Add a 2nd equilateral triangle to it to create a 120 degree angle:
To transfer the rotation from one axle to another, LEGO parts with cross-shaped holes are needed. Below is one idea for making 120 degree cranks of length 4.
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