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Old 02-12-2019, 03:40:39 PM
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While walking down one of the undisclosed “FLEA” market aisles this past weekend, looking for "STUFF", I spotted this model Ferris wheel , that has a 110 volt Wasp electric geared motor with the reversible transmission and twin-3 grove pulleys on it. I did a quick look over, the unit spun freely, and asked how much? I just gave the guy his asking price of $10 . It is a nice piece (a bit dusty and neglected), 17+” in diameter, wired with light sockets for eight GE52 12-volt bulbs (only one left) wired in series, and the commutator for the 110-volt electric lighting wiring attached (sparky you say, of course ). There are no makers name on it, and the internet search began. After a bit of research (minutes turn into hours ), I think it’s a pre 1964 MECCANO Erector set built unit with the early ELEKTRIKIT 120 volt wiring for the lights. The WASP motor runs and the transmission works, forward and reverse. I’m looking for some inexpensive GE 52 bulbs (must be rare), and I need to make up a drive belt to test it out. Just another project in “Q”, taking up work bench space. In the future (sometime), I’ll probably go with a low voltage, battery set up for the lighting (just a bit safer), and may run it off a steam engine model with a generator, or …….. something. Your thoughts are welcome, and I’m just having “FUN”, even in NJ on the way through on a crummy weather day.
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Paul, nice find. 🎡 Look really cool running off a model engine. I gotta find that flea market! 🤔. The real NJ secret. 🤫. Good luck, thanks for sharing.
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There are some GE52 bulbs on e-bay. A 10 pack for $25. Yes, they are 12 V. Good luck!
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Would very old style Christmas light bulbs fit?
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Found the GE52 12volt bulbs at McMaster Carr. 10 for $6.95, brand new. They will be here tomorrow . Sure beats the price for the 12 volt ones on eBay . Working on getting 1/8" drive belts for the drive . Sure am having "FUN", even in NJ, on the way through .
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Paul, do the belts have to be rubber? maybe some leather shoelace from an old boot mated by thin staple might do the trick unless your giving the kids a ride.
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I bought 10' of O-ring stock for well under $10.
Cut to length with an eXacto knife, a tiny drop of superglue on one end and make a butt joint.
Way less stretch than springs.
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Couldn't get my hands quickly on some "O" ring stock , so I pulled out a piece of plastic, storm window spline and made a temporary drive belt . Works OK for a little while just so I can get some "action", (counter clockwise & clockwise) out of it. The GE52 bulbs are on the way for the lighting. Here is the first video of the Ferris Wheel in motion . Just might set it up (sometime) with one of my steam engine models for a different look. Just having "FUN" with a new toy, even in NJ on the way through .


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I bought 10' of O-ring stock for well under $10.
Cut to length with an eXacto knife, a tiny drop of superglue on one end and make a butt joint.
Way less stretch than springs.
I’ve never had much luck with super glue and o-ring stock for belts. The joint always fails. What I’ve found to work perfectly for model belts, is rubber cord used for crafts. It’s super cheap and the ends can be joined by welding. Just heat, melt and join the ends. The 2mm size is nice for model steam engines.
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Hobby Lobby is on my "stop for stuff" list today. THANKS
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Hobby Lobby wasn’t any help, but when I got home, I took Mike’s suggestion and just welded (heated the cord ends with a match and fused them together-works for me). I cleaned the bulb sockets with some fine steel wool, and put the GE52 bulbs in, and then carefully plugged them in to 110 volts in anticipation of the worst. All I got was some erratic lighting , and with a small contact adjustment of the wiper fingers on the commutator, all is well . Here is a video of the Lighted FERRIS WHEEL in operation , and even when reversed. Now that that’s done, I need to work on getting some gondolas made for it, and finding some appropriately sized figures, or whatever to put in them . Sure am having “FUN”, even in NJ on the way through.

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Paul, that is a cool project your tinkering with. Is that the asbury park wheel? Lol. I haven’t been there since 82’. I’m sure the Ferris wheel is gone by now.
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Shawn: The Ferris wheel was destroyed in the "SANDY" storm, and this could be a model of it built way back then . Off to the "flea" market on a cold Sunday AM, for "stuff" .
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Since the WASP drive motor had a 3 step pulley I made up two more drive belts out of the plastic storm window spline I had, cut and welded (with a flame ) and now I have a slower running , 3 speed Ferris wheel. I picked up 6 - 1/4" x 3" standoffs (McMaster Carr) to put between the "wheels" as I work on the gondola design (need more "stuff"), while pushing heavy snow off the vehicles and down the driveway. Did I say I'm having "FUN" even in NJ today, on the way through .
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Paul,

Nice find, but I'm not convinced that it's made of Meccano. In the pictures I see pan-head screws and hex nuts, whereas Meccano used cheese-head screws and square nuts. The Meccano thread was 5/32" BSW (British Standard Whitworth).

Also, the slotted discs at the hub and the die-cast pulley wheel aren't like any Meccano parts I've ever seen. My guess is that it is some other kit inspired by Meccano.

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George: Thanks for the input . The screws are 8-32's , and the slotted discs (similar to), but only have single holes where the Meccano have two . I do like the slip rings for the lighting . It may be just built from Gilbert Erector set parts, but I'm having "FUN" with it .
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I was poking around on the internet and found 2.4mm rubber cord available at Grainger, Amazon and other sources by manufactured by E. James. Do you think 2.4mm is fine for general use as my standard spring belts from Wilesco lack the grip for some applications.
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