Apollo’s Chariot Kinetic Sculpture


Hey everyone, Jason here. Today we’re going to take a look at my latest kinetic sculpture which is this model of Apollo
the god of light, Sun, archery and a bunch of other things, and here he is riding in
his chariot being pulled by a couple of horses. I’m really happy with how this
model came together. I especially like how all the gold trim on the chariot and
the wheels turned out. I think it ended up looking quite sharp. Obviously the
main component of the motion here is the running of the horses, but I also added
some movement to the chariot, which rocks slightly on its axle, and also to the
figure itself, which moves in tandem with the chariot, but the motion is a little
bit dampened, which I think makes it seem a little bit more natural. If you are
familiar with some of my older models, you may remember a previous horse I
designed all the way back in 2014, which is this one, and this model was largely
Technic based and had an internal drive mechanism which really had a large
impact on the overall look of this model, and I always kind of had in the back of
my mind that I wanted to revisit this model of a horse and build a more System style of horse and finally about a year ago I started to tinker with a new
design which eventually ended up with this. And when we take a look at these
horses, the most obvious difference is that they are primarily made up of System
bricks, which allowed me to use all of these nice curved slopes to capture the
shaping of a horse. What allowed me to do that is that the drive system for the
legs is operating externally instead of internally. There’s a crankshaft that
runs beneath the horses, with rods connected to the hoof of each leg which
control their position and orientation, and the motion of each leg is just a
result of the constraints imposed by the joints. And just like in the previous
model I tried to encapsulate some of the more subtle aspects of the motion of a
running horse, including the rocking of the body, the forward thrust of the head
and the flick of the tail. And let’s take a closer look at how all of that works.
So the main support is stationary and the crank shaft runs through it about
halfway up. And we’re just going to put one side of the horse on, which is mounted on a pin at its belly, so that it is free to tilt
forwards and backwards. Next we’ll add a way to control that tilt using this simple pair of lift arms, so that the tilt can be controlled through an axle exposed on the other side of the body. And that axle is where we are going to
connect the rear leg. So that the tilt of the body is controlled through the movement of that leg. Next we’ll add the front leg. The head and the neck assembly is flexible and the bottom of it is mounted to the stationary stand and the
top is mounted at a point at the front shoulders. So that the as the body tilts, the neck deforms and the head is pushed forward and pulled back. The tail is mounted on a pin at the back of the body, and the base of the tail just rests on
the stationary stand. As a result, again as the body tilts the tail moves as well. The left side of the body is just
mirrored from the right, and the legs are mounted in the exact same way.
They’re just driven from a crank that is offset 90 degrees from the crank that
drives the right legs. Now, if you know your way around horses and their gaits,
you will notice that these horses are not really technically galloping. The
gait is much closer to a canter, where the second rear hoof is placed at the same time as the first front hoof. So, these horses are definitely not letting
it all out and galloping at full pace. And that’s just a side effect of the
simpler mechanism that I’m using, but I really do love this mechanism since it did allow me to shape the horses with system bricks, and it’s also just a much
simpler and more reliable design, which has a pretty big impact to the
performance of the model. Especially when you’re running it for six to eight hours a day at a show, the more complex the mechanism, the more opportunity there is
for things to go wrong, things to bind and wear down and come loose
over time, and I’ve already had this model running at two full weekend events
with no problems whatsoever, which is really awesome. And that’s about it for
this model. I hope you enjoyed the model and the video. As always, thanks for
watching, keep on building, and I’ll see you in the next one.

100 comments

  • cALiBr0

    And they say LEGO are for kids

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  • MegaPro

    Can you upload it to legoIdeas, please!!!

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  • Luiz Felipe

    It is so cool already, but could you make the horses's heads bopping a but?

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  • Sawyer Locke

    I think I speak for all Percy Jackson fans when I say this is sick

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  • Captain Brickbeard

    This is awesome!

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  • Barda A

    Where are the instructons?

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  • Jonathan Ambs

    Cool Nice ???????

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  • JustDIYin

    This is SO AMAZING!
    I love your moving building and makes Lego way more awesome?

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  • Adam Wishneusky

    I love your combination of art and engineering. AND excellent explanations!

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  • Movies Fan

    Briliant:)

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  • Always Hungry

    That looks really nice!
    But I think the wheel turns slightly too fast.

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  • Czitus The Zep

    Isn't Helios the god of Sun? Great work as always 😀

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  • Kevin Tish

    The horses are so beautiful!!!!

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  • BryanStopMotionProduction

    As always I'm amazed at these models

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  • Elric

    A lot of subtle motions (and details) that go unnoticed at first glance. But they would be instantly missed if they weren't there.
    Very nicely done. ?

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  • welldoboy

    Very cool! Very neat attention to detail and motion. Admittedly, I chuckled a little bit. The horses look like they are tip toeing, but very fast tip toeing.

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  • Willem van Gils

    Do you re-use these parts for another model?

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  • The Frenchy Bricks Junky

    Epic and beautiful, thanks for sharing mate !

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  • Cee Jay

    What is that part with the spiral on the wheel hubs?

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  • TheZestful12

    Any chance that the "car" part moves sideways? These vehicles are not exactly the most stable (mostly for the common ground they were used, gravel or dirt). It would be fun to see some sort of trebble on the cart.

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  • Xanpi 3000

    I love it ^o^ !!

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  • Hieu Nguyen

    You should submit this model so that it becomes an official Lego set! This is a worthy Creator Expert set.

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  • Anne Jeppesen

    This one is straight to Masterpiece Gallery!!! It's amazing

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  • Jesse Gros

    This is amazing. LEGO IDEAS?? Please..

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  • SoldJor BRICKS

    Wow you should work by lego as a set designer because that would make the sets way better

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  • Niek Bastiaansen

    Can you buy this?

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  • Rainbow Brick

    SOOOoooooo realistic ????

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  • Johnny GearBot3000

    Can you make the instructions please! ?

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  • CyniuxD

    Could you make a video where you show us your thought process, how you plan everything?

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  • Anonymous Guy

    These get better and better every time! Nice work?

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  • Lautaro Gabriel Vargas Palavecino

    Like 600

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  • Andrew Gedge

    It isn't lost on me that this is at least the 2nd kinetic sculpture inspired by Greek mythology. Please keep it up, it's a wonderful but overlooked medium to work in.

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  • Joost Schiphorst

    So, so awesome! Love the "simplicity" to build a complex motion

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  • Albatross IV

    Damn that's cool

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  • Colter Brown

    Beautiful and elegant as always, JKbrickworks! The fluidity of the motions despite the speed of the movement is incredible! However, I fear that the axel connecting the two horses together (the brown one at the front) is flexing unhealthily. Nonetheless, this piece is truly astounding! Great job, man!

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  • Doctor Mario

    You are just too good at this stuff. Great work. ;]

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  • Aristotle Chalkidiki

    Uploaded this to Lego ideas. Lego needs a good kinetic line of products and this is so far your best moving mode. Good job

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  • F.D.anime lego man

    Please build a lego kinetic sculpture of a swimming mermaid please

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  • Ника Абашидзе

    Wow! Incredible! I'm shocked

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  • The Brick Bro

    That's so cool!

    God bless!

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  • Vermithrax Pejorative

    Holy. Fuck. My draw dropped the first 5 secs I was watching this, and then I thought, "Oh, Gogd I hope he's posted instructions on this!".

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  • Linux O

    This is not LEGO, it’s a piece of art!
    You truly are a masterbuilder.

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  • toby070

    0:00 and that's why I've subscribed. You must have the patience the size of Olympus to get this right!

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  • Kyle M

    Who dislikes something like this? Lol

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  • Siempie p03

    What a masterpiece!!

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  • Grace

    1:36 Skeleton Horse :-0

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  • Sans

    So glad I wore CHB Hephaestus Shirt today. The Design is amazing. Us Half-Bloods from Cabin Nine approve.

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  • Karen Kirk

    Oh my goodness this is amazing xxx

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  • Bricksom Parsom

    Awesome, as usual.

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  • Brick Focus

    You left the chariot mechanism for another episode?

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  • Hot wheels and Matchbox cars and customs

    best i've sen from you keep up the the amazing work

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  • Stephen Zacharias

    Beautiful build!

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  • Sam

    I always love just how the intro music suddenly cuts to Jason's voice.

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  • Tsa Szymborska

    Beautiful!

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  • Ken Tkacs

    Amazing!

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  • Smattless

    Another kinetic masterpiece. It's beautiful, especially the horses are just perfect in both sculpt and animation. Wonderful work, keep it up.

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  • LDS SG

    Fantastic, really good job!

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  • JZStudios

    The front hooves make it look like it's running tippy toes, looney tunes style.

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  • Joseph G

    Usually you're just genius, but with this model you're next-level genius. I LOVE the entire complexity of the mechanism and how simply you put it together and explain it. Great work!

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  • TYIESHA ASHBY

    The final battle

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  • azuran73

    Great stuff as always!

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  • Sunset Rider

    You are an amazing designer!

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  • Gabriel kaz

    Oh WOAW !

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  • Phil R

    Stunning and gorgeous!!

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  • Brickbait

    Wow great work, this one would be perfect to put on display on my desk.

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  • Ricebread343

    Really great!

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  • Blastmaster1972

    Brilliant!

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  • LEGO's WORLD

    Wow!

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  • Mohammed Lii

    Could I buy this ?

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  • Crystal M

    That might be my new favourite next to Sisyphus of course!
    Really great job!

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  • Amadeus Ravenswood

    I always love your creations but this one has to be one of the best ones I’ve seen ?

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  • Christopher Moschko

    Shut up and take my money!

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  • Thomas DiMaggio

    Nice job man, it looks amazing. Are you ever planing on posting the build plans for it?

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  • Coleman Bubar

    The horses looked slightly off to me, and now I know why. The front leg’s “knee” is actually supposed to be the equivalent of our wrists. There should be another joint in between that and the Horse’s body

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  • Conrad Monson

    I think this is my favorite sculpture yet! I love the chariot design and how you got the horses to move!

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  • BrickBen

    Wooow. This is awesome. You are getting better and better in kinetic sculptures.

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  • Joshua Monson

    Not to be that guy, but are the midsections of the reigns held together by cut flexitube? I can’t think of any other bar connection piece that short

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  • ericgelders

    Hi Jason, watched the evolution of your kinetic sculptures through the Brothers Brick website; this must be your most intricate till now, very impressive ? Did you study the horses' typical movement before starting this build?

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  • Ray Chen

    Pretty smart! I like the design of the horses!

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  • Ray Chen

    Hope this was a Lego ideas set! I really want to build this myself but I don’t have the pieces to build it…

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  • Currie Rowe

    Ahhhhh! This is magnificent!!!

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  • ZG Brickfilms

    This is amazing, excellent work Jason!

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  • Frederick Morrison

    I'm always amazed by what you create sir!

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  • Roland Brune

    I am deeply impressed. Another masterpiece …

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  • Ethan Behee

    imagine this but the guy pulled by his horse masters is shrek himself

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  • MaggieMouth

    wow!! Thanks Jason. You are a Lego God!!

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  • BlockHeadUK

    Such a simple but clever mechanism to drive the horses! Wonderful stuff, as usual. ??

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  • isupalodee

    Thanks for showning how it all works 🙂

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  • Martijn van Wagtendonk

    I like them all, but like this one especially. I hope this design will show up on rebrickle with instructions. Thank you

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  • Super Clone 117

    I couldn't even tell it was LEGO in the thumbnail

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  • Maor Avni

    These horses look more like greyhounds.

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  • Pierre Kimmel

    What are the parts used for the reins ?

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  • Mardigrasman23

    This is another amazing model. I would love to see a series of videos of the development of these. Did you build the horse first then disassemble and try to figure out how to tweak it to make it work. Another great one Jason

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  • MB Bricks

    Wonderful build! I've always done more system builds myself but these kinetic designs definitely open up a lot of different possibilities in the Lego world! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Davide Tognon

    Congratulations, it's beautiful, very realistic, I hope you propose it as a lego ideas project, it would be an excellent lego official set

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  • Deipatrous

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heRuLp7CyTM

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  • Nico71's Lego Technic Creations

    Very nice, especially how you combine the movements with such simple crankshaft mechanisms, congrats !

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  • Lars is my name!

    RUN BOY RUN!

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  • Racernator De

    Beautifull model in both ways, technical and aesthetically.

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  • Kids Fun Science

    These are so cool.You are very creative and talented. BIG LIKE

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