Larry Worley’s “B” Ferris Wheel Revisited

March 14, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Amusement Park Rides, Erector Sets, Worley, Larry

Larry writes: Over the Christmas holidays we had some house guests who wanted to see the Ferris wheel work. It was broken at the time and that was a little embarrassing. Well, I set out to fix it. While I was at that, I decided to keep the two motors, but add another drive axle. That makes the whole thing turn better now.

Then I decided to add some lights. After a little experimentation, I figured out a way to do it. I used a plastic blank from inside my blank CDs and attached a metal ring. It installed easily and wasn’t hard to adjust. I made the contact arm from Fiber Strips attached to a piece of spring steel.

It burns all the bulbs via a 6 volt battery hidden under the control house. I simply move the contact arm off the metal wheel and it can sit until the next time I want to run the lights.

This isn’t much, I know, but I am proud of it. Mostly proud that it is finally fixed.

  • Video of the Ferris wheel lights in action

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