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Hey PC family! I've been out of the PlanetChristmas loop for awhile.  I occasionally monitor a few Christmas related sites and FB pages, but my job and family life has kept me too busy to stay connected with anyone.  Those that have been a part of PC for many years like myself, know that I'm known for my ferris wheel and skating rink.  I'm not saying mine are the best, there are many people here that have great ferris wheels and skating rinks.  I've posted pictures, videos, and how-to's over the years.  Yet I still get emails and my inbox is full of messages from people asking for help with one or the other.  I am more than happy to help, but like I said, I've been out of touch and don't get on PC too often.  I've transitioned into a RGB display for myself, and I've been trying to learn as much as I can in that world.  But what I've learned in this process is that I, and many others, still miss the magic that a mechanical display can offer!  My mechanical elements have all been sold off or torn down due to age and damage.  However, I plan to bring back my ferris wheel.  New, improved, and I intend to capture images along the way! Not for recognition. Not for any other reason than to hopefully have 1 more and possibly last necessary avenue for those interested in building a pvc ferris wheel.  This will be easier for me than to try and respond to each and every request.  It will also be cleaner having step by step pictures along the way.  So be on the lookout in the next few months as I start the build.  Probably early spring!

As for the question of why a pvc ferris wheel....it just better fits my need. I started out with a wooden ferris wheel.  It was beautiful.  It also was heavy and difficult to store.  There are people here that have metal ferris wheels, or gemmy, or whatever else.  There is nothing wrong with those. Please don't assume I'm putting those down. Maybe one of those fit's your need/desire. My case for a PVC ferris wheel is this:  PVC is cheap.  It's lightweight and can be broken down or carried as a whole pretty easily.  It is pretty weather resistant for 5 weeks out of the year, especially if you paint it (white even) to protect it. PVC is very easy to work with and requires no special tools. For me, a ferris wheel should be an octagon and that shape is very easy to achieve.  A ferris wheel, whatever style you choose, gives a wow factor like nothing else in a display can achieve (in my experience and opinion of course). I hope you are as excited about it as I am.  If you don't see anything from me, assume that I'm busy with life but please know that the build and the how-to is coming, and by all means don't hesitate to drop me a line with a friendly reminder.  Knowing that people are interested will encourage me to do it even more than I already am!

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Love these pics. Hope to do something similar one day (5-10 year plan? haha). Looking forward to following!

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Looks good, thought about doing one for a while. Maybe if I can get the plans of yours I can start on one.

                       Thank you

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Definitely interested, since I will try to use my rotator motor.  Was wondering if we will be able to modify the size of the ferris wheel (smaller)?

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You can make any size wheel you want.  I've made them as small as 5' and as tall as 15' (built for the Hyatts before they went on the Great Christmas Light Fight, can be seen as Hyatt extreme Christmas). A ferris wheel provides one of the biggest wow factors for your spectators, and the bigger the wheel...the bigger the pop. But there is nothing wrong with a smaller wheel. 

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Lol, yes we made the seats too! Not many people recognize the attention that was given to make them look like stockings. Glad you liked (and noticed)!

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