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    Wasnt sure where to put this. The motorized thread? Or cutouts thread? Hmmm....anywho!

    I have (somewhere in my packed-away-junk boxes) an ole Popular Mechanics magazine from the 50's. In it, there are about four or five patterns for some cutouts that utilize a motor to move layers. Has anyone seen or thought up anythign like this? I'm not talking about your simple waving-arm santa thing here. The one in the PM mag I remember the most, for example. It was a crashed sleigh, and several reindeer were shaking their heads. The 'cam' system they created, left the heads shaking at different intervals, speeds, and rates. It was rather clever, IMO.

    Just wondering if theres something like this already out there or designs drawn up?

    Joseph

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    Has anyone seen or thought up anythign like this? I'm not talking about your simple waving-arm santa thing here.

    Hate to admit it Art, but I built the arm-waving Santa in 53 powered by an oscillating fan moter-still have it-but needs rebuilding.

    The one in the PM mag I remember the most, for example. It was a crashed sleigh, and several reindeer were shaking their heads.

    Joseph

    I built this one in 68 and it still operational. I did the mechinical side in colorful wheels and arm- it is as interesting as the street side.

    Just wondering if theres something like this already out there or designs drawn up?

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    Several years ago I added to my wood cutout scene motors from Winfield at:

    http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/display.aspx?id=2598&catid=34

    You could also use their wood patterns if you wanted to or make your own.

    I also reused motors from your standard animated reindeer displays from home depot / lowes.

    dallasmike

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    I found the Popular Mechanics magizine Art Richie mentioned. Its the Dec 1965 issue. I found it on Google Books. Here is a link to the image I found of it.

    http://www.familychristmasonline.com/decorating/outdoor_decorations/popular_mechanics/dec_1965_p_133_small.jpg

    Hopefully I can eventually make this or somebody can modernize it.

    Thanks for the idea.

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    Howdy Everyone. I love this site. I am a newbie and getting ideas. My lighting display has grown each year but it is still static. I have a few wooden cut outs, etc. I am looking at putting some animation to it this year and was on here looking for idea. I love this rotating greeting card. I tried to down load the images and blow them up but I could not read them. I did a google search and behold.... here is the link: http://books.google.com/books?id=O9gDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA166&dq=christmas%20cards%20popular%20mechanics&pg=PA166#v=onepage&q&f=false

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    My apologies for abandoning this post!! Using the Google Books search, I was able to find the particular issue I was refering to. As JFTiger mentioned, it was the Dec 65 issue. http://books.google.com/books?id=beQDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA128&dq=popular+mechanics+christmas&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PsoCT56mI4aJtwfb_eHSBg&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=popular%20mechanics%20christmas&f=false

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    I've made two of the pieces mentioned in that issue, the first one I changed to go with the 2nd one and made it an elf instead of Santa

    IMG_0447.jpg

    2nd one is not a great picture, but you can clearly see Santa being pulled to the roof by a reindeer

    IMG_0454.jpg

    That one was a pain to get right, the original designs weren't great for the motor and pully setup, and you need a strong motor, no BBQ motors or deer head motors will work for that one

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    Wondering if you posted an video of the action on YouTube or Vimeo? Would love to see that!!!!

     

    Thanks for Sharing - great work!!!!

     

     

    Dan

     

     

    I've made two of the pieces mentioned in that issue, the first one I changed to go with the 2nd one and made it an elf instead of Santa
    IMG_0447.jpg
    2nd one is not a great picture, but you can clearly see Santa being pulled to the roof by a reindeer
    IMG_0454.jpg
    That one was a pain to get right, the original designs weren't great for the motor and pully setup, and you need a strong motor, no BBQ motors or deer head motors will work for that one
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