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    Welcome to DIYC!!!! Looks like you've got some good ideas going. Keep us posted on how it's going and maybe we'll be able to help out!!!
    2009 - 48 channel MegaTree 4800 lights
    plus 3200 lights static display.
    2010 - 6 Snowflakes on heavy equipment stored in front yard :-(
    2011 - 72 channel Megatree 7520 lights,
    120 channel total about 10k lights total

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    I built a carousel this past year, used a dumb ribbon around the top. I picked up an inexpensive slip ring off Amazon - light duty but worked well. I thought I had a video up on YouTube, but it was posted on my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater
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    looks great nice job

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    Hello everyone. I built a 7 feeet diameter ferris wheel out of 1/2" PVC 500 12mm leds and it has baskets with stuffed animals. I want to thank everyone for your post, and sequece sharing. I am still leaning. Here is the link. Merry christmas from Hawthorne california. https://youtu.be/c5w3OnkrjWU

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    Looks awesome! Great work.

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    Where would you get your outdoor characters (people/animals) to sit in the chairs? That is something I've often wondered about (since stuffed animals would become a heavy, moldy mess after a few rains.
    All you have to do is remove the filler, and fill with Great Foam. Now they don't soak up water and stay light (weight).
    Both my penguins skating and my Ferris Wheel riders were done that way.

    Skating-Penguins.JPG

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    built PVC Ferris wheels back in 2010...here were some pics from it all (lasted 2 seasons...the original deer motor worked really well...until it didn't. Then I didn't have another exactly like it and the motor to shaft was off with the new motor, making it ruin that motor. Attempted wiper motor but then lost interest in spending all my time on this project only)

    First pic is before redesign and final version, but has good info embedded in it.

    wheel-info-2.jpg

    How original motor mounted:

    motor-mount.jpg


    Final version:

    SAM_0208a.jpg

    Added lights (but wasn't 'safe'...no slip ring...just two strips of metal pushed into a slot to connect to two copper pipe on shaft)...note, pic makes it look like it's going faster than light...was actually very slow.

    FWlite1sm.jpg

    Some other pics showing important pieces...

    Designed to be able to break down for easy storage (until I added lights).
    CIMG9216 (Phone).JPG

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    Continuing...

    Main shaft:

    CIMG9218 (Phone).JPG

    Thumbnail was final paint...video was before painting...



    Added lights (solar lights powered with wall-wart


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    Windshield wiper motor is your friend for this. I highly recommend going with that? Amazing torque, good prices, and can regulate the speed by adjusting the voltage to it.

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