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1983ss454
10-29-2017, 10:41 AM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171029/841cd3677cb81000725700e48fa60924.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171029/63c03975aeaf0c790a7a37c5d4b24bd2.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171029/03727485e5d0fdc2ca75aa5edf0a1969.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171029/251909066a71b2b4c342618460a13e65.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171029/f3cafecc07e612133f201b7cd4939100.jpg 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 https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171029/0da66213032b839e6fd1f5ee1b10d2b7.jpg


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toozie21
10-29-2017, 11:13 AM
Very nice, how you plan on storing that beast?!

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akareaper
10-29-2017, 11:19 AM
LMAO!, Dude, that's funny how stuff just pops up like that. That is AWESOME!

1983ss454
10-29-2017, 11:31 AM
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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1983ss454
10-29-2017, 11:34 AM
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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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ukewarrior
10-29-2017, 12:56 PM
That is some mighty fine work you have done.
Did you use a projector for your dwarf cutouts?


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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1983ss454
10-29-2017, 02:12 PM
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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1983ss454
10-29-2017, 02:13 PM
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Just put it back together after painting this morning, now to wire and install the pixels


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BobBee
10-29-2017, 02:42 PM
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.

aknflyer
10-30-2017, 12:36 AM
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.

toozie21
10-30-2017, 06:43 AM
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 :).

plasmadrive
10-30-2017, 09:45 AM
Nice artistry! Also the mechanics are way cool. You have a passion for doing it right I would say.. Nice job

akareaper
10-30-2017, 06:46 PM
Very sweet finished design. Can't wait to see it with lights on.

Dkelly0802
10-30-2017, 09:20 PM
Just goes to show everyone you don't have to spend a fortune if you use your imagination and abilities. Very nice job.

1983ss454
10-30-2017, 10:11 PM
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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Pcguy17
10-31-2017, 01:06 AM
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.

1983ss454
10-31-2017, 01:39 AM
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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mndless
10-31-2017, 08:13 AM
Really nice !

1983ss454
11-02-2017, 11:21 PM
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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Ruppro
11-03-2017, 12:08 AM
So the two white chairs (in a row) are on backwards on purpose?

Does look great. :thup2:

1983ss454
11-03-2017, 12:20 AM
So the two white chairs (in a row) are on backwards on purpose?

Does look great. :thup2:

Was in the middle of painting and priming them. They will fit on either way. Carts and motor can be reversed depending on where I want to place in the display


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Pcguy17
11-03-2017, 07:43 AM
wow that thing moves faster then expected. I'm not riding it lol.

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1983ss454
11-06-2017, 10:00 PM
https://youtu.be/-v6W6AWOpro
These are running through the slip ring no issues so far


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1983ss454
11-08-2017, 06:39 PM
https://youtu.be/wm-DYZXj3RQ
Pixels complete and motor wired, light slipping of the belt, need to tighten the motor. Excited to get this thing outside and see what it really looks like all together


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1983ss454
12-23-2017, 07:51 AM
Our Ferris wheel complete and running in the yard, has a falcon board running through a slip ring to control the lights https://youtu.be/zEVKKwcTkbQ



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beeiilll
12-23-2017, 08:50 AM
Great job. Amazing work. Only wish I could come see your display in person!

lrhorer
10-10-2018, 05:16 PM
Wow. That is impressive.

algerdes
10-11-2018, 12:09 AM
:thup:

duane.mosley
05-07-2019, 11:28 PM
WOW! very nice work!! i would like to pick your brain about the slip ring that you used. i am looking at some on amazon but he wires appear to be really small. could you possibly share your experience with that please. once again, WOW. nice craftsmanship and artistry in your work. looks great. if the wife sees this, she'll want one!! lol

jml255
10-07-2019, 05:49 PM
Do you have any specs on the motor? RPM Torque Etc? I have a very similar steel wheel I am making into a Ferris wheel.

1983ss454
10-07-2019, 05:53 PM
Do you have any specs on the motor? RPM Torque Etc? I have a very similar steel wheel I am making into a Ferris wheel.

Itís a wheel chair motor, itís geared down with a 1 1/2Ē pulley on the motor and a 10Ē pulley on the wheel


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