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I remember at least a couple of people here discussing their plans to build an animated skating pond. Has

anyone succesfully completed one? What method of moving the skaters did you end up using?

Thought this might be fun to build, and I can think of a few ways to animate it, but I can also imagine a lot of possible difficulties with those methods.

Any advice would be appreciated and might prevent my 'little skaters' from flying off into the night sky.

Gary

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I think I saw that on the tv show Invasion of the Christmas lights, this weekend. If you see who did it, then you can find them and ask how they did it. It was a pretty one. Mine is not animated so I can't help you with that.

Have you done a search on this website for "skate"? That might bring up the information you want.

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Guest Scot Meyers

Im currently working on mine it has been in design and prototype testing for many years but after issues with some of my plans I plan to proceed with a basic turntable design it will be much easier to maintain and easier to store.

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Scott, I'd be interested in your turntable design when you finish. I have had similar thoughts, but no planned follow through. I have several turntables I can put to some good use.

Im currently working on mine it has been in design and prototype testing for many years but after issues with some of my plans I plan to proceed with a basic turntable design it will be much easier to maintain and easier to store.

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I really like this!  I had a skating rink using a turntable and it was a big hit, but i think this is equal or better.  Why?  Because the carousel made the "pond" turn, which brings the characters around.  Therefore it looks like a merry-go-round.  Having a stationary "pond" with moving/spinning characters is more realistic i think.

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Gary,

 

At my other House I built a skating scene for my yard and it was a huge hit - what I did was I took 2 pieces of 1/2 plywood - cut half circles to make it a 6' circle - connected it underneth with angle iron.  I found the center and put a coupling in the center with a 1 1/2 female on it - then I bought a rotating christmas tree stand - I put the 1 1/2" pipe in it and connected it to the base.  It turned the base perfectly - then I took 1 x 2 pieces of wood and built a frame around the entire base - took chicken wire and stapled it to the frame then I took white burlap and wrapped the wire and stapled it to the frame.  This gave you the frozen pond look with a snow bank look.  Leave an opening in the back so you can get under the skating rink (you will need to get under there from time to time. Now I went to Winfield arts and bought the tall skaters pattern and cut them out of Coro Board. I mounted them on the plywood base - Coro board made them light enough for the skating area to turn.  Then I bought a snow machine and put it on a 12 foot mount above the skating rink and it snowed on the skaters while going around - this was a huge hit.  It is just anouther way of doing the skater scene. 

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