Re: Walls and Slots - was Re: APEC Rules
John Billingsley wrote:
> "Don't change the rules, change the environment"!
> The first Portsmouth maze back in 1980 used corner pegs - and led to a
> lot of grief.
> The bright lads at ICL thought of the 'pins design' and that worked fine
> for many years - until reliance was put on the 'freebie' maze from
> Let me remind you. Walls are held up by a pair of pins that slot into
> (tiny) holes in the base. All 'posts' are virtual - incuded in the
> wall. There are three lengths of wall, 'short' equal to the passage
> width, 'medium' one 'virtual post' longer and 'long' that includes two
> 'virtual posts'. The only gaps/slots are where pairs of walls touch,
> either butting together on a straight or at right angles on a corner.
> Where a wall 'sticks out' there is no join at the end.
> It's a lot cheaper to make, easier to transport and the maze base can be
> bought, drilled and painted on site for a contest at the far end of an
> air flight.
Not to start a religious war or anything but...
I did make a small maze like that and I found it no easier to make. In
fact there are a lot more holes to drill that have to be made at least
as accurately as the post holes. I found it irritating to have to juggle
three lengths of wall when I wanted to change the maze layout rather
than knowing every wall will fit anywhere. If the pins are fixed in the
walls, they are a nuisance for storage, if they are not then they
inevitably fall out and/or get lost.
Post and wall construction is, I believe simpler all round.
However - for anyone thnking of building their own, dont underestimate
the time and effort needed to do it from scratch.