Thank you for choosing Thames & Kosmos and for your interest in our Geckobot kit.
If your Geckobot isn’t climbing, it is usually the result of the legs being slightly out of alignment. We have a video on YouTube that helps with constructing and troubleshooting the Geckobot. Click on THIS LINK to access it and then skip forward to 21:15 in the video. The next 3 minutes will give you a step-by-step walk-through on how to align your Geckobot's legs, which should resolve the issue you had with it crawling up the walls.
When aligning the cams, you don't want to turn them, but you want to pull them out and then replace them in the correct position by removing the 7-hole wide rounded rods that are holding them in place.
First, we need to get your large cams (on the left and right of your Geckobot) in the right positions. Take a look at the left side of your Geckobot (with its feet down and its head pointed to the left) and turn your motor on. Let it turn until the large cam is pointed downward (6:00) and turn your motor off. Turn your Geckobot 180 degrees and make sure that the cam on the right side is pointing straight upward (12:00).
Now, turn your Geckobot 180 degrees again so you have the left side pointed at you (and his head to the left). Looking down at your Geckobot from above, remove the 7-hole wide rounded rod from the top of your Geckobot and pull out the axle with the small cam out and point it at 1:30 (pointed upward and to the right). Push it into the motor and replace the 7-hole wide rounded rod.
Next, remove the 7-hole wide rounded rod from the bottom of your Geckobot and pull out the axle and small cam. Now, pull out the axle with the small cam out and point it at 7:30 (pointed downward and to the left). Push it into the motor and replace the 7-hole wide rounded rod.
Now, you can remove the center small gear on the back-left side of your Geckobot and rotate the back-left leg as far back and outward as possible. Make sure the right side is rotated 180 degrees from the left and replace the small gear wheel.
Now remove the center small gear on the front-left side of your Geckobot and rotate the front-left leg as far forward and outward as possible. Make sure the right side is rotated 180 degrees from the left and replace the small gear wheel.
If that didn’t work, we kindly ask you to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Your mailing address and phone number
- Date of purchase (or when you received it as a gift) and the retailer it was purchased from
- The production code from your box (an alphanumeric code located in the white square with the UPC bar code)
- Some additional details on how your Geckobot is behaving (a video would be ideal)
If you have any additional questions about this or any of our other kits, please do not hesitate in including them in your email to us.
Thank you again for choosing Thames & Kosmos. We hope you will continue to enjoy our products for many years to come.
The Thames & Kosmos Technical Support Team