Opset - Nando
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There is a reason why robots are so popular in Italy. I always wondered why but when I got this little automan in hands, I know why... They build robots themselves allready in 1955 while the golden Japanese Age was flushing over the world, the Italians build their own cool robots. NOt batterypowered, not friction or clockwork powered... nopes they build a pneumatic robot and called them NANDO.
Nando was made by a small factory called Opset in Italy. Nando is a small robot, about 13 cm and 2 face variations are known.
In action the robot is powered by a pneumatic mechanism driven by a rubber remote bulb. Pressing the bulb makes the robot walk and move his head. As with ALL the Nando`s, the rubber of the bulb and the mechanism inside dried out and therefore you will never find a working example of this robot. IF its working then the robot has been opened and the internals are replaced. I found this robot in... surprise... Italy. Its the first complete Nando I have seen in years. Nando is always missing the remote or parts of it. Also the face, which is fragile material, is almost always damamged. Nando is build out of tin and lacquered aluminium.
The condition if this Nando is near mint to mint. The robot looks never been played with. 100 % complete with hose and bulb, 100 % complete face and original antenna. NO missing, damaged or broken parts. You can not find a better example ! Unbelievable that such a fragile robot survided so many years considering this robot is more than 55 years old !!
One of the hardest to find robots in complete condition. Scarce in this condition.
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