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Hot Air Balloons
Posted by reval on Sunday, September 08, 2019 6:28 PM

I want to animate two hot air balloons on my layout and need to know what kind of slow rpm motor would work.  I have in mind to attach the balloons to a circle of line and have the motor move them around the circle.

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Posted by davidmurray on Monday, September 09, 2019 9:56 AM

Would hot air balloons travel in a circle without rising and falling to take advantage of winds af different directions at different altitudes?

This would look near.

Dave

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Posted by RR_Mel on Monday, September 09, 2019 10:39 AM

I’m not sure I get the way you want to manipulate them, could you do up a sketch for what you have in mind.
 
I have automated all kinds of things on my layout but never anything airborne.
 
This guy is my latest.
 
 
 
It gets tough to hide the movement drive systems.  The guy with the hammer is driven with a micro servo and a .015” piano wire.
 
When you get into low RPM micro motor motors the gear boxes get pretty big.  The g3.7 servo is fairly small, they can be modified to operate 360° like a regular motor.  I use a slightly larger SG90 servo as a motor to turn the water wheel for my Mabry Mill at about 5 to 8 RPM.
 
 
 
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Posted by joe323 on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 6:43 AM

There is a European layout in Helen Georgia where they have or at least had hot air balloons It was called Charlamenes Kingdom.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:12 PM

joe323
There is a European layout in Helen Georgia

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Charlamagnes Kingdom, and the associated hobby shop, is gone. I never was able to see it. I made my trip to Helen about a month after is closed the doors.

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-Kevin

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Posted by joe323 on Thursday, September 12, 2019 5:08 PM

SeeYou190

 

 
joe323
There is a European layout in Helen Georgia

 

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Charlamagnes Kingdom, and the associated hobby shop, is gone. I never was able to see it. I made my trip to Helen about a month after is closed the doors.

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-Kevin

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sorry to hear

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Posted by Alantrains on Friday, September 13, 2019 7:22 AM

I have seen a layout here in Australia that used a small version of the system they use for cameras above football games. It is processor controlled and uses 4 motors mounted up high, that each have a fishing line attached to the balloon. The one I saw was controlled with a joystick and there were 4 possible landing spots. As you moved the joystick some motors pulled and some released the line so the balloon could go up and down as well as along in any direction at any height. I'm not sure if you want to go to that level of complexity, but it would be interesting to play with.

It was a Faller system 131003.

see here https://www.faller.de/gb/en/Products/Product-archive/Track-HO/The-city-the-village/Accessories-decorations/EUROPE-hot-air-balloon-sid6458.html

I have a movie of it working.

Alan Jones in Sunny Queensland (Oz)

 

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