Posts Tagged ‘Carousels’

March 14, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Amusement Park Rides, Erector Sets, Ware, Dave

Dave Ware’s Carousel

Dave Ware writes: The horses for the carousel were made from a photograph of a real carousel horse. My wife traced them and colored them for me. Flashing lights were added to the base.

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Dave Ware’s Hand Operated Airplane Ride

Turn the crank and duck!

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Dave Ware’s Parachute Jump

Dave Ware writes: This is the model as revised by Gilbert in 1949. Use of the OI segment of 72 tooth gear allowed for a simpler mechanism. This innovation and the increase of the height to almost 6 feet made for a much improved model. The action was now completely automatic. Parachutes were homemade using silk cloth and swizzle sticks.

· by David Gilbert · Amusement Park Rides, Erector Sets, Ware, Dave

Dave Ware writes: This is the standard carousel modified to have one horse behind the other.

Recently I was trying to impress one of my grandsons, who is into K’Nex, with the great things I could build with Erector sets. I showed him my carousel. He was not too impressed. In fact he had built one with his K’Nex and it had tandem horses. The only concession that he made was that Erector used screws and nuts so it held together better. So, I had to meet the challenge and modified my carousel to have tandem horses. This is how it was done.

The tandem horses are linked with the mechanism shown. AA Eccentric Cranks are used as before to connect to the drive rods. The 9 washers used as spacers could be replaced with a pair of locking screws.

To make room for the tandem horses, the original horses were moved in by replacing the 7 1/2” drive rods with 7” ones and replacing the guide rod brackets with CH Right Angles. The outer guide rods are held in place with N long double angles mounted to the EZ outer bottom ring with O Pawls and S57 1 3/8 screws. The horses are attached to the guide rods with O pawls as before.

The carousel actually runs smoother than the original due to the balancing effect of the double horses.

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· by David Gilbert · Amusement Park Rides, Erector Sets, Scheer, Dan

Dan writes: Spare parts were painted the usual Gilbert colors after they were stripped and primed. The standard Gilbert carousel horse was reproduced on good quality card stock. The saddle and bridle design remained the same, but each horse was given a different color scheme that added some additional panache. My wife Kathy, was my color consultant.

· by David Gilbert · Amusement Park Rides, Erector Sets, Klein, Bill

Bill Klein’s Carousels

Bill Klein writes: One was copied from the “How to Make Em” book with coverings added and one was custom made.


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Bob Allmen’s Ferris Wheel

Bob Writes: This picture shows a full view of my double Ferris wheel built with type 3 erector parts. The model is 58 inches high and is powered by 2 erector battery controller boxes and 4 plastic gear box motors. Transfer of power is by erector chain, sprockets, custom built drive pulley mechanisms, auto string tightening system and flax waxed string. The wheels with gondolas can be run with the main H frame at a standstill which simulates the real operation of a full size unit.

Bob Galler’s 8 Parachute Jump

Here is Bob’s first place model of a giant parachute jump (8 parachutes, 8 feet high) from the 2003 ACGHS convention in Tulsa.

Tom Washeck’s Merry-Go-Round

Also see Tom’s notes in the Model Building Tips Section.