Steamed Dynamo Men + Video

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In this chapter of the Dynamo Men saga, the guys are operating a simple crank mechanism.
The basic design for the crank came from 507 Mechanical Movements—a great website—and you’ll find it here …

Because the crank was used in steam locomotives, I’m guessing that the guys are generating steam in the boiler that turns a turbine that sends power to the bulb. But what do I know?

I do know, however, that the guys are dressed for the job with Carhartt work clothes, yellow safety vests, boots, and Devo-inspired hardhats. HAPPY NOW, OSHA !!!

As always, go here to watch the Dynamo Men at work …

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#1 posted 12-27-2016 05:06 AM

Another great one!!!
I always have to back though your other builds when you add a new one. Out standing projects!

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 05:28 AM

This is another great job John.
Really cool.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 12-27-2016 11:31 AM

Another cool idea, great job man

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 12-27-2016 11:47 AM

Very good job!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#5 posted 12-27-2016 11:56 AM

Great job and interesting mechanism….music with video is fun

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#6 posted 12-27-2016 12:54 PM

Very cool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 12-27-2016 01:07 PM

Another cool animatronic John ! The way these 2 guys are working makes me think of an old hand cranked train dolly. Maybe the next one ?

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#8 posted 12-27-2016 02:14 PM

Realy, guys are doing wonderful job. Merry Christmas buddy.

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#9 posted 12-27-2016 02:22 PM

Your guys look to be powering up for a big job John. Energetic and approved safety standards. Nice job.
Now send some of that power this way to ease the holiday electric bill.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 12-27-2016 02:29 PM

I love this John, great creativity with the colors. I received my kit last week and look fwd to starting on it soon. This gives me some great ideas on dressing it up some. With me being in Aircraft Maintenance on Jumbo Jets for the last 32yr thus far, the safety clothes made me laugh. Our industry along with most others have gotten a little carried away with everyone wearing orange and yellow safety shirts, bump caps, safety harness above 4 feet, ect ect. Safety is very important I think we all get that, but more and more the work fore is becoming desensitized and scared to do things 50 feet in the air. Look fwd to showing you my pic of my build. Enjoy!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 12-27-2016 04:12 PM

Joe: It’s ironic that you posted a picture of a hand-cranked railroad dolly. My buddy, David Wakefield, designed and made one for his first book on animated toys. Like the majority of my Dynamo Men lamps, it has two action figures. For Christmas this year, he presented me with the original push/pull toy from the 1986 book to remind me where the whole thing started. I’ll take a picture of it over the next few days and send it to you.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#12 posted 12-27-2016 04:18 PM

Ken: Great story !!! I’m glad to hear that you got your kit. Making it you own with modifications is the only way to go.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#13 posted 12-27-2016 04:30 PM

Dave: The “approved safety standards” turned out to be the hardest part of the build. Coming up some kind of hardhat had me stumped until I found a bag of thin wooden disks at a local art store. Each of the hats has nine—that’s right, NINE !!!—layers and three coats of silver metallic paint. But I think it was worth the agony. :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#14 posted 12-27-2016 06:50 PM

Hello John

Another great one

I love it
How many hours did they work per day ???

Thanks for sharing

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#15 posted 12-27-2016 06:57 PM

Diggerjacks—Too many, I guess. They’re demanding overtime pay. :-(

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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