Brazilian child crafts a model excavator from syringes and wood

Wesley Pereira de Souza's model excavator

Ingenuity precedes resources – this in a nutshell describes the above pictured contraption built by model hobbyist Wesley Pereira de Souza. What might seem like just another toy is actually a home made version of a scale model excavator. However, the remarkable essence of the project goes beyond its DIY nature. The entire model is actually built from an assortment of scraps, including – old syringes, tubes and wood pieces. And, what’s more; the replica excavator’s ‘scooping up’ hydraulic movements exactly mimics its real time diesel-powered counterpart, which also includes the motional features of the individual sections.

Of course, the ambit’s allure is limited to the ingenious construction of a working DIY model by a child. However, the very notion of crafting a ‘technological’ device from just recycled materials does hint at something more. Now, if we stretch our imagination a bit; we might even have a brief reverie where future generations of humans construct and operate all their machinery by utilizing older specimens and upcycled materials. This in turn leads to a cycle of sustainability deftly powering our planet’s civilization!

Anyway, coming back to Pereira de Souza’s innovative creation, you can take a look at his project in the YouTube video below. Also, notice the fluent motions of the model sections that replicate the movement of a diesel-powered backhoe.



Dattatreya Mandal

A proud native of the beautiful steel township of Durgapur, West Bengal, Dattatreya’s fascination lies within a range of diverse matters. With a bachelor’s degree in architecture, he is quite fond of his hardcore strategy gamer as well as amateur historian tag. Of course, with over two years of blogging experience under his belt, he also likes to write about the latest updates on gizmo oriented products and home based technology.

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