The Design Phase for the Lego Clock started when I was still in Boy Scouts. I had to make a
report about some product, I think it was for the American Business merit badge. so I made up
the LEGO Clock as my product. Now I all ready had a LEGO Clock at that time but it looked nothing
like it does today.
The original one had four long suport beams made from technic bricks that suported the gear box.
The clock had only a front made from black bricks and the entire structure was only a foot tall.
The clock had to sit on the edge of the burow so that the wieght caould fall beyond the burrow.
I had to make up a price list for the Clock, including a parts list of what bricks I would need
plus how many bricks it will take to build it. There was even a letter I sent to LEGO to advertise
the product to them and to see if I can intise them into marketing it for me. I think I got a letter
back, but if I remember right it was just a letter saying thank you for your intrest.
Once the merit badge was done I decided to complete the plans fully and since my guidance conceller
decided to give me three study halls in a row I figured this was a good time to design stuff. For
the merit badge I just had some sketches, but after half a year of endless study halls I had a full
blown set of blue prints for a new clock. You can veiw some of the blue prints to the right. One
problem when designing the clock was how to support all the wieght of the clock itself. A set of
patterns was devised to keep the towers interlocked. This would give them more strength and keep
them from bending and falling over.