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#1 jojoguy10

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:17 PM

Did you know one of the architects of the Falkirk Wheel (Tony Gee) originally made the gearing mechanism out of LEGO? [1]  The Falkirk Wheel is a "boat elevator" in Scotland.  It was opened on May 24th, 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II. [2]

This is just a bunch of random facts.  Let's get down to my build:
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This is it.  The specs:
  • 2 PF Battery Boxes
  • 2 PF Switches
  • 4 PF M-Motors
  • 2 PF IR Receivers
  • 6 short turntables
  • A bunch of panels (but not enough in the same color Posted Image)
  • A bunch of (mainly) 24t gears
  • And a bunch of other parts
There are more pictures in my Picasa folder here:
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First Video:
http://youtu.be/ltKVHUDubqM

Second Video:
https://vimeo.com/37868205

Thanks for taking a look at it!
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[1]: Falkirk Wheel PDF file
[2]: Falkirk Wheel Wikipedia Page

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#2 Javert

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:27 PM

you are doing a cracking job! can't wait to see it finished :D I live just around 40 minutes from the real thing!
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#3 jojoguy10

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:31 PM

View PostJavert, on 03 March 2012 - 11:27 PM, said:

you are doing a cracking job! can't wait to see it finished :D I live just around 40 minutes from the real thing!

Thanks!  I know it's not much to look at, but I AM done :-).  I'm hoping that I'll win with creativity more than the actual build, but we'll see :-)

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#4 timslegos

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:38 PM

Looks awesome, and very original!  maybe you could fit a few of Alissar's boats on it.

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#5 jojoguy10

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:39 PM

View Posttimr, on 03 March 2012 - 11:38 PM, said:

Looks awesome, and very original!  maybe you could fit a few of Alissar's boats on it.

tim

HAHA!  Maybe :)
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#6 Alasdair Ryan

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:42 AM

I been on the Falkirk wheel my self,what a great attraction.
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#7 jojoguy10

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:44 AM

View PostAlasdair Ryan, on 04 March 2012 - 12:42 AM, said:

I been on the Falkirk wheel my self,what a great attraction.

Cool!  I, sadly, have never been on it (or even in Scotland for that matter Posted Image ) Posted Image

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#8 Alasdair Ryan

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:46 AM

View Posttimr, on 03 March 2012 - 11:38 PM, said:

Looks awesome, and very original! maybe you could fit a few of Alissar's boats on it.

tim

Who's boats? :laugh:
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#9 jojoguy10

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:51 AM

View PostAlasdair Ryan, on 04 March 2012 - 12:46 AM, said:

Who's boats? :laugh:

I Googled it (best friend!) and came up with this:
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Is this correct timr?
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#10 Alasdair Ryan

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:57 AM

I would love to have a go at building the wheel myself,i said to my dad i would,but i would use droid wheels.
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#11 jojoguy10

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:59 AM

View PostAlasdair Ryan, on 04 March 2012 - 12:57 AM, said:

I would love to have a go at building the wheel myself,i said to my dad i would,but i would use droid wheels.
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#12 Alasdair Ryan

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 01:03 AM

You only need 4 then have 2 turntables in the middle,there only 15 uk pound each on bricklink.:tongue:
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 01:07 AM

View PostAlasdair Ryan, on 04 March 2012 - 01:03 AM, said:

You only need 4 then have 2 turntables in the middle,there only 15 uk pound each on bricklink.:tongue:

Actually....you need ALL 3 (3 on each tower) to be the same size for the mechanism to work.  That way it's always a 1:1 ratio :-)
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 01:11 AM

You need to gear it down it turns to fast.
I see what you mean about the ratio,i wounder could you gear it behind or in-front of the droid wheel instead of it coming from the gearing of the droid wheel,this may mean that you only need two.

Will not work.

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#15 jojoguy10

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 01:19 AM

View PostAlasdair Ryan, on 04 March 2012 - 01:11 AM, said:

You need to gear it down it turns to fast.
I see what you mean about the ratio,i wounder could you gear it behind or in-front of the droid wheel instead of it coming from the gearing of the droid wheel,this may mean that you only need two.

Hmmmm...maybe, but I wanted to try to stick with the original mechanism.  But I see what you mean.

I also tried using the speed controller, and that worked....sort of.  Sometimes, it would only power ONE of the motors.  Too confusing.  That's why it's so fast.  Plus, I was using M-size motors :-)
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:20 AM

View PostAlasdair Ryan, on 04 March 2012 - 12:46 AM, said:

Who's boats? :laugh:

haha sorry i meant Alasdair's boat  :wink: .

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:44 AM

View Posttimr, on 04 March 2012 - 04:20 AM, said:

haha sorry i meant Alasdair's boat  :wink: .

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:33 AM

Wow, nice one!

Cannot see the photos here though, also g+ just shows blank white spaces

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:07 PM

Very nice. I've never heard of this before but it looks awesome. Lots of gears in there too. Well done. :thumbup:

#20 jojoguy10

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 01:07 PM

View PostOmikron, on 04 March 2012 - 07:33 AM, said:

Wow, nice one!

Cannot see the photos here though, also g+ just shows blank white spaces

Oh, sorry.  I don't know why.  Here's a link to my Picasa album:
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First post updated.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 03:15 PM

Nice!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:09 PM

View PostJavert, on 03 March 2012 - 11:27 PM, said:

you are doing a cracking job! can't wait to see it finished :D I live just around 40 minutes from the real thing!

I'm only half an hour away too; it's an amazing pice of engineering. Inspired idea jojoguy10!


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#23 Studio Draven

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:06 PM

This is awesome! I live right near the Falkirk Wheel, & I've been to see it a few times. It really is a fascinating piece of engineering.
The thing I find the most incredible about it is that the Wheel is so well designed, built & balanced that to rotate it takes roughly the same amount of electricity as it would to boil a kettle.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:35 PM

Nicely done! I truly had not heard of the machine before this.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 12:10 AM

View PostStudio Draven, on 04 March 2012 - 09:06 PM, said:

This is awesome! I live right near the Falkirk Wheel, & I've been to see it a few times. It really is a fascinating piece of engineering.
The thing I find the most incredible about it is that the Wheel is so well designed, built & balanced that to rotate it takes roughly the same amount of electricity as it would to boil a kettle.

Yes...it's an AWESOME work of machinery, mechanics, and engineering!  :-D
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