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joeytx
11-08-2011, 03:00 PM
I just got up the structure for my ferris wheel. It has a diameter of 16' and the center is 9' off the ground, total height is 17'. There will be 5 cars carrying homemade elves. I am using mini multicolor lights on the front spindles, and two 52' strands of LED C7 bulbs on the both outer rings. On every other spindle I am placing a 3 watt LED strobe at the end, and four strobes on the center hub. I am going to use red and green minis on the legs and base. This Year I am working out kinks so it will not turn, but next year I hope to be able to spin it.

txag2008
11-08-2011, 03:05 PM
WOW, looks great.

Are you using gray pvc for the wheel portion of it? or is that emt conduit?

mlkren
11-08-2011, 03:08 PM
Very cool, what materials did you use?

joeytx
11-08-2011, 03:31 PM
The spindles are 1/2" metal EMT and the outer rings are 1/2" grey PVC. The 30" hubs are 5/8" plywood sandwiching the 1/2" EMT between each set. I used black wire ties to hold the spindles to the PVC temporarily, and I am going to use 1/2 PVC Tees cut in half to secure the spindles to the outer rings. The pipe through the center of the hubs is 1 1/2" rigid electrical . The plastic at the top of the 2 x 4s is 1" UHMW (ultra high molecular weight) drilled to accept the 1 1/2" rigid pipe. I used 2" PVC as spacers on the rigid pipe and 2" PVC caps on the ends. There is a 48" long 1/2" all thread running through the middle of the hub locking the PVC caps on. At the bottom of the UHMW, I used two 3/8" eye bolts to secure the plastic, this gave me a location to attach the 3/32" cable so as to anchor the whole unit to the ground in 4 places. Worked it all in my head, lets see if it works on the ground.

lightman
11-08-2011, 05:47 PM
Wow! Impressive effect. It is gonna look great when lit up.

dirknerkle
11-08-2011, 06:04 PM
Fantastic!

And I imagine you'll be storing it in the living room? :lol:

What a terrific project, and one that looks very well engineered! Looking forward to seeing it in action!

dmcole
11-08-2011, 06:18 PM
And I imagine you'll be storing it in the living room? :lol:


Hell, I think it's purty enuf to just leave in the front yard ... ;-) ...

\dmc

budude
11-08-2011, 06:58 PM
This is such a blatant attempt at making the rest of us look bad! :wink2:

Looks great - wondering about storage myself...

FIRECOP252
11-08-2011, 08:26 PM
That looks great Joey...I cant wait to see it in action either....still amazes me things you come up with sir.

Skunberg
11-08-2011, 09:35 PM
WOW! I love it! I wanted to make something half that size. Maybe now I'll have to scale up.

Brian

boyelroy11
11-08-2011, 09:48 PM
Wow, that's cool. I hadn't considered a ferris wheel... *starts thinking for next year*

:)
Bruce

DaveJZ
11-08-2011, 09:57 PM
looks good

chesterspot
11-08-2011, 11:40 PM
Wow. I'll definitely be over to see it.

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kwajtony
01-10-2012, 03:51 AM
Well, no need to do one of those in my display. Awesome job!

rangebob
01-10-2012, 06:42 PM
Where are the pictures? I can see that there are attached thumbnails but none are showing.

Mactayl
01-10-2012, 07:12 PM
Where are the pictures? I can see that there are attached thumbnails but none are showing.

Right here http://www.joeyc.net/

lightman
01-10-2012, 07:27 PM
Joeytx,

Watched the 2011 videos and saw the ferris wheel in action... way cool! Also, love your whole show. Great lighting effects.

Regards,
Lightman

llewis
02-23-2012, 11:11 AM
Whoa!

*chants to self* I won't build a ferris wheel, I won't build a ferris wheel, I won't build a ferris wheel...

tennhillbilly
08-17-2012, 04:12 PM
Some time ago I read an article with detailed photos and instructions on using a car altenator as slip rings to supply power to a Ferris wheel or merry go round or some type of prop . Now I can't find it, if someone knows where to find this information I would appreciate it. Thanks very much.

Keebler
08-17-2012, 04:26 PM
nice!

joeytx
08-20-2012, 05:16 PM
Try this: http://www.thebackshed.com/windmill/articles/Sliprings.asp

joeytx
08-20-2012, 05:27 PM
I have found some slip rings on ebay for $25 that are two wire 15 amp rated to 250 RPM.

Ponddude
08-20-2012, 07:31 PM
How come I can't see the pictures :disgust:

tennhillbilly
08-23-2012, 07:21 AM
I have found some slip rings on ebay for $25 that are two wire 15 amp rated to 250 RPM.

Thanks for the information , I did order 1 from ebay.

ukewarrior
08-23-2012, 08:44 AM
Can you provide the auction number?

I have found some slip rings on ebay for $25 that are two wire 15 amp rated to 250 RPM.

timon
08-23-2012, 09:57 AM
Did a ebay search and found:

These if you want to go partial DIY

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SLIP-RING-WIND-TURBINE-WIND-GENERATOR-1-1-4-NPT-MAST-/310423826540?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4846b3b06c

and this if you want to build your own

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SLIP-RINGS-1-1-4-MAST-HIGH-AMPS-PDF-FILE-TELLS-YOU-HOW-I-BUILT-MINE-/160861259154?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2574140592

Then they're are these which are fairly turn key

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Slip-Ring-for-wind-turbine-hole-0-5-1-1-5-2-/280804837552?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item416145c8b0

Anyway, just thought I'd toss that on the table.

ukewarrior
08-23-2012, 10:39 AM
Where are the $25 ones ?!!?

Did a ebay search and found:

These if you want to go partial DIY

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SLIP-RING-WIND-TURBINE-WIND-GENERATOR-1-1-4-NPT-MAST-/310423826540?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4846b3b06c

and this if you want to build your own

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SLIP-RINGS-1-1-4-MAST-HIGH-AMPS-PDF-FILE-TELLS-YOU-HOW-I-BUILT-MINE-/160861259154?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2574140592

Then they're are these which are fairly turn key

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Slip-Ring-for-wind-turbine-hole-0-5-1-1-5-2-/280804837552?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item416145c8b0

Anyway, just thought I'd toss that on the table.

n_gifford
08-23-2012, 10:42 AM
Where are the $25 ones ?!!?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Capsule-Slip-Ring-2-Wires-15A-250Rpm-360-Degree-Rotation-/140816391986?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c94f9f32

15A, 250 rpm, $21.99

dlovely
08-23-2012, 10:52 AM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Capsule-Slip-Ring-2-Wires-15A-250Rpm-360-Degree-Rotation-/140816391986?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c94f9f32

15A, 250 rpm, $21.99

Yeah same one I found. There is a box on the left side that when you search you can filter the search by dollar amount, using $15 ~ $30 shows many slip rings.

tennhillbilly
08-24-2012, 07:07 AM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Capsule-Slip-Ring-2-Wires-15A-250Rpm-360-Degree-Rotation-/140816391986?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c94f9f32

15A, 250 rpm, $21.99

This is the 1 that I ordered, but have not received it yet.

tennhillbilly
08-24-2012, 07:10 AM
Thanks to all for the information.

joeytx
09-11-2012, 09:25 PM
By the way I'm using the Xbee Pros this year to transmit the data for the Renard controllers and using the slip ring for power only. Just FYI.

mkozik1
11-22-2012, 07:52 PM
Joey,

Your website appears to be down - Is there somewhere else you have posted your pics?