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    Looking awesome! That build came together really nice both mechanically and the artwork. I plan to do one some year, but I don't have the room for one of your size. I'll have to make it lighter and have the ability to take it apart for storage.... Which is why it hasn't been done yet .
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    Nice artistry! Also the mechanics are way cool. You have a passion for doing it right I would say.. Nice job

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    Very sweet finished design. Can't wait to see it with lights on.

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    Just goes to show everyone you don't have to spend a fortune if you use your imagination and abilities. Very nice job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dkelly0802 View Post
    Just goes to show everyone you don't have to spend a fortune if you use your imagination and abilities. Very nice job.
    Iíd say less then $300, not sure exactly . wheel chair motors and power supply a little pricey. But we recycled all the wood for boarding up the house windows during hurricane Irma to make the seats and characters


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    WOW that is awesome looking, man you have put some hours into that thing i know and the characters wow they look great.
    How is he going to store it someone asked.. i wanna know how do you move it i know its got to be heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pcguy17 View Post
    WOW that is awesome looking, man you have put some hours into that thing i know and the characters wow they look great.
    How is he going to store it someone asked.. i wanna know how do you move it i know its got to be heavy.
    For storage that pretty easy, now getting it all the back to storage can be complicated. Itís heavy but not too bad. Luckily for me I have good help, my dad and I have done displays for 25 years together, so I always have help on jobs that need more then one hand. The key to making these big things is to plan them to function but also think about disassembly and storage as you go. I have a large carousel as well that breaks down into 4-5 pieces and is assembled in the yard, would never work as a single unit. This Ferris wheel the base is made of 2 by 4ís and angle iron, pretty easy to move around and store I just drive my truck into the backyard and fill it and drive to the front, assemble and go back for more. The wheel is a little heavy, but a big advantage of living in Florida is no snow, i can roll it all the way to its storage spot if need be. It bolts on each upright with pillow bearings. Then we have 2 little 2 by 4 ramps that allow us to roll the wheel up and down during assembly and disassembly. My plan right now after I get it out of the garage is to bolt lawn mower wheels to one end and have a bolt on hitch on the other. Assemble in the back yard the week before it goes into the yard, test and then tow it to its place in the display. Hand tools and 5 minutes and the wheels and hitch are removed and ready for display.
    I was worried we wouldnít complete it in time for this years display. I first saw the wheels in January, but I didnít end up getting one to work on until August 20th


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    Really nice !
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    Video is obviously before paint, canít run the motor in the garage with the characters in the seats, they hit the ceiling
    https://youtu.be/RtUFGnImRg0


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    Multi-animation skating Snoopy (Planning complete)

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    So the two white chairs (in a row) are on backwards on purpose?

    Does look great.
    Matt

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