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    I had plans of making a Ferris wheel after last year because my gemmy one just didnít fit the bill In my display. I was driving my son to school past some construction and seen one of these spools on the side of the road. I thought that would be perfect. After asking around one of my dads neighbors knew someone at the construction company and they dropped one off in my dads yard. The base is built out of 2 by 4ís and angle iron from an old bed frame I had laying around. There a 1Ē whole shaft running through the middle with pillow bearing in both ends, you can spin the wheel with your pinky finger. There is a 12 volt wheel chair motor drive the belt with a 1Ē to 10Ē pulley set up


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    Very nice, how you plan on storing that beast?!

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    LMAO!, Dude, that's funny how stuff just pops up like that. That is AWESOME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toozie21 View Post
    Very nice, how you plan on storing that beast?!

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    Easy, I have a very large lot. The red shed in the pictures is my Christmas shed. Itís 12 feet off the property line. Originally I was going to disassemble the wheel and store it in there. But decided that was too much work. So I built a room in the back of the shed that only I know is there. 2 minutes with a screw guy and the wall comes down, lay out the Ramps and the wheel assembly rolls in. Base goes in the shed


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    Family display since 1982
    Plywood cut outs and motorized
    Over 35,000 lights
    New for 2011
    48 channels of LOR (10% complete)
    Roller Coaster (planning stages)
    Patriotic Mega tree (40% complete)
    Multi-animation skating Snoopy (Planning complete)

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    I have a 6 wire slip ring for the wheel, allowing me to install pixels on all the spokes. So the effect should be a turning pixel spinner when its compete


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    Plywood cut outs and motorized
    Over 35,000 lights
    New for 2011
    48 channels of LOR (10% complete)
    Roller Coaster (planning stages)
    Patriotic Mega tree (40% complete)
    Multi-animation skating Snoopy (Planning complete)

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    That is some mighty fine work you have done.
    Did you use a projector for your dwarf cutouts?
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    I have a 6 wire slip ring for the wheel, allowing me to install pixels on all the spokes. So the effect should be a turning pixel spinner when its compete


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    Quote Originally Posted by ukewarrior View Post
    That is some mighty fine work you have done.
    Did you use a projector for your dwarf cutouts?
    No I do them by hand, projector would make it easier but Iíve been too cheap to buy one lol


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    48 channels of LOR (10% complete)
    Roller Coaster (planning stages)
    Patriotic Mega tree (40% complete)
    Multi-animation skating Snoopy (Planning complete)

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    Just put it back together after painting this morning, now to wire and install the pixels


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    Family display since 1982
    Plywood cut outs and motorized
    Over 35,000 lights
    New for 2011
    48 channels of LOR (10% complete)
    Roller Coaster (planning stages)
    Patriotic Mega tree (40% complete)
    Multi-animation skating Snoopy (Planning complete)

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    This is some great work. I have been wanting to do a wheel for years. I would be interesting to see your power/motor configuration to get the bad boy moving.

    edit: just read above how you power and move it. great job.
    Last edited by BobBee; 10-29-2017 at 02:48 PM.

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    That is the same reel I used for the bottom ring of my megatree. I just cut out all the struts and welded in 1/2 conduit with a metal flange in the middle to center it on my pole.
    Last edited by aknflyer; 10-30-2017 at 12:39 AM.

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