Whirligig - Country Railroading

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 07-19-2014 09:05 PM 2584 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

This is my entry for the 2014 Whirligig Wars. A man tries to push a cow off the track, but he only manages to push its hind end up. Meanwhile an engine waits for the track to be cleared. This was a bit of a problem in these parts over a hundred years ago. The propeller is painted like railroad semaphore blades.

This was a fun build, but as usual it took longer than I thought. The inspiration of how to simulate track without actually making track came to me as I went along. I got it to turn with a fan, but really I need to put a larger prop on it.

The second and third photos show the main action of the scene.

Photo #6 shows the detailed drawing I started with.

The video below shows the movement of the whirligig.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 07-19-2014 09:13 PM

Pretty cool! I like the track idea.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#2 posted 07-19-2014 10:17 PM

Very nice work Dave, great whirligig. Good luck in the contest.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 07-20-2014 01:51 AM

I love whirligigs. This is one of the better ones I have see. I’ve made a few years ago. Great fun.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 07-20-2014 11:56 AM

Fun Whirligig, Dave! I love the ones that tell a story like this one. Well done! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 01:32 PM

This looks like a fun project. It’s a nice pattern and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 07-20-2014 02:15 PM

Well, the cow certainly looks happy!

Neat whirligig!

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#7 posted 07-20-2014 07:51 PM

Thanks everyone!

JoeinGa, The cow’s smile was an attempt at comedy on my part.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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