Category Archives: Helicopter

12.8.16

Curvy Copter


Well. Seems we have almost the same story as yesterday!
Another cube I’ve always had, no idea where it came from, when, or why!

Very unusual for me – I normally know who bought it, where from and why (or when). But these copters have befuddled me!


Oh well. Maybe the countdown is getting to me:


 Anyway, much like yesterday’s cube, this is an edge turner. Like yesterday’s cube, it jumbles. Slightly different are the cuts – this one is cut deeper to give the triangular-ish edge-centre pieces.


Not really much more of a challenge unless you (start a-jumbling….).


A really short, show and tell type post today – flat out at work trying to get everything sorted to leave and a busy morning before that.

Don’t forget you’ll be able to keep up at I On Mayden from the 22nd onwards.

Here is this one scrambled:


 Have a good weekend, folks!

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11.8.16

Helicopter Cube


Well, today I realised I hadn’t covered this cube already. 

I haven’t solved it in a LONG time. 

And unlike any of the other cubes (most of the other cubes), I can’t tell you where it came from, who bought it (if it wasn’t me), or why. 

It’s just always been there!!

A quick check through order histories shows it came from ZCube as a no brand helicopter cube. Still only just over five pounds. I genuinely don’t remember buying this, or receiving it!!

Anyway, if you don’t know – a helicopter cube is an edge turner. Where a standard cube is a face turner – the centres of the face are the rotation points, with a helicopter, the rotation point is the middle of the edge:

This one shouldn’t be too tough to solve – play a bit and figure out how it moves and works and where pieces can move to and you’ll get there. 
For a cheap, no brand puzzle, it isn’t too bad. (The url address says it is a Z brand). You can get one from most stores of choice. 

Again, a complete different world from a standard 3×3, but not too far a stretch if you fancy something different. 

So. There’s something I forgot. JUMBLING!!! When scrambling the cube for the last picture, I accidentally did a bit of a jumble. In case you don’t know, this cube can jumble (shape shift). Don’t ask me how, or why (bear in mind I had completely forgotten it even happened!!). BUT. Because of the edge turning of this puzzle, each piece has an orbit – it can only move to certain places on the cube. Unless you do the jumbling move. Basically, it moves pieces out of their orbit to get an EXTRA scrambled puzzle. I’ll try to show you in a few pictures, but I’m sure you can find tons of videos of it on YouTube:


Here it is scrambled:


Not far now – seven days to go (including today):