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Ice Cream Wagon


snitzl

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Fun Town - Ice Cream Wagon.

Had this crazy idea about building a few animated wagon's that would run on DCC for Fun Town's market. The original thought's were to add movement to the 4mm scale humanoids that would occupy these stationary wagons, maybe a rotating head, guy serving ice cream, someone waving, rotating cog's / gears, steam cylinder's, and roof fan's. The animated wagon's would be similar in size to the market stall wagon's and form part of the same train.  With very little pre planning, I jumped straight in and made three very similar chassis with a common mechanism for the steam cylinder's and then later decided to concentrate on one wagon to see what animations were achievable in such a small space. This blog covers the construction of the first wagon and although I'm quite pleased with the end result, I'm a little disappointed that no animated humanoids were made in this first attempt, however, I do now have a few idea's to try out on the next wagon.

   

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Wonderfully imaginative with a most ingenious mechanism. 

 

Beautifully made too. 

 

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Another amazing model.  I'd love to see a video clip to understand better how it all works.  Perhaps some more explanation of the functioning of this as an ice-cream wagon would help my understanding. 

 

Mike

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20 minutes ago, MikeOxon said:

Another amazing model.  I'd love to see a video clip to understand better how it all works.  Perhaps some more explanation of the functioning of this as an ice-cream wagon would help my understanding. 

 

Mike

Hi Mike, I'm hoping to do a collection of short video's on  'Fun town' in the very near future, I've just got to persuade myself to spend some time and get familiar with the Vegas software. The wagon has four steam driven transverse cylinder's that generate motion for the refrigeration unit inside an internal rotating barrel ( situated behind the large central gear). In reality, I doubt that such a design would be feasible but the project was enjoyable. I'm determined to have an animated humanoid in the next project. 

 

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48 minutes ago, snitzl said:

The wagon has four steam driven transverse cylinder's that generate motion for the refrigeration unit inside an internal rotating barrel ( situated behind the large central gear). In reality, I doubt that such a design would be feasible but the project was enjoyable.

Many thanks, Snitzl.  That helps me a lot.  I look forward to seeing Funtown in action :)

 

Mike

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I love seeing a notification of a new entry in this blog. That is such an ingenious machine you have create. I too would love to see these creations in action.

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11 hours ago, 57xx said:

I love seeing a notification of a new entry in this blog. That is such an ingenious machine you have create. I too would love to see these creations in action.

I'll make it a top priority to get some video's sorted in the next couple of weeks, it makes sense to have video's when creating railway animations.

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Had this crazy idea

 

You, a crazy idea? Never! :)

 

It is superb.

 

However, I wish to understand how one chooses different varieties of ice cream. Or is that too modern a luxury for your period? 

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2 hours ago, Mikkel said:

However, I wish to understand how one chooses different varieties of ice cream. Or is that too modern a luxury for your period? 

HI Mikkel, That thought never even crossed my mind, guess I'll have to do another version of the Ice Cream Wagon, can't have the town's folk of 'Fun Town' eating only vanilla.

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You'll be busy then! 

 

Or alternatively a simple lever could change the internal flow via a multi-phased injector. You would need a Churchward suction calibrator but they can be had quite cheaply on ebay.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Mikkel said:

 You would need a Churchward suction calibrator but they can be had quite cheaply on ebay.

Hi Mikkel, As you mention, all those parts were really cheap on ebay, so I've got them ordered. 

Mind you, for anyone else interested, I had the last Churchward suction calibrator and there won't be anymore for at least five day's.

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