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Mechanimations – It’s Worth It

An evening pause: An animation that actually is real and useful, showing the full rebuild of a dirt bike engine.

What struck me is the number of parts and pieces and their complexity. Pause and consider the engineering thought that went into creating this and all such engines.

Hat tip David Eastman.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • Fun to watch. The rebuild is a little different than a car, as the transmission is integral to the engine case. Noticed that the used parts weren’t scrapped until the new parts were fitted. Usually a sign of experience.

  • Chris

    So when will the electric bike surpass this? I expect now or soon.
    That will be a very boring rebuild video though.

  • wayne

    Thunderbirds: The 50th Anniversary Episodes
    ” A Day in the Life of the Thunderbirds Studio”
    November 2015

  • Alex Andrite

    I am Guzzi, and I approve of this message.

  • wayne

    a longer period piece–>

    Thunderbirds: Original Series Behind the Scenes

  • wayne

    going way far afield here….

    Oskar Fischinger
    films on Vimeo

    (German-American abstract animator, filmmaker, and painter, notable for creating abstract musical animation many decades before the appearance of computer graphics and music videos.)

  • Jeff Wright

    Also OT…Meng models has the space platform from The Wandering Earth. In terms of engine-I wonder if concentric rings can be shaped into one. No one ugly mass part next to another. Computer chip design too. Iceland was looking at high tension power lines to look like giants-maybe Arecibo?

  • Chris remarked: “So when will the electric bike surpass this? I expect now or soon.
    That will be a very boring rebuild video though.”

    I don’t ride motorcycles (too many ER visits), but my understanding from the industry press is that e-bikes are pretty well, or soon will be, mainstream.

    What, you don’t want to watch someone rewind a motor?

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