Windmills from my mind

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  1. TrainClown

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    I live in Saskatchewan, the Land Of The Living Sky, as they say. Always wondered about the direction and strenght of the wind. So I made my first windmill for fun out of scraps lying around. I like the folk art look of the paint job. It use to be on top of a bird house at the top of a pole, but the bird house fell apart when it fell over in an extra strong wind. This one is 4 years old now.

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    Then I got back into the modeling thing and desided I needed a windmill for my prairie scene I was considering.

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  3. TrainClown

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    So last summer I made 2 more windmill just for the fun of it.

    3ed one was sort of plane looking. I found the top of a coffee can works well for the tail.

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  4. TrainClown

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    Then I wanted to impress my wife, so I made this one for her.

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  5. TrainClown

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    Early this spring, something snapped! I saw the perfect place to put a windmill, so I made this one, out of scrap again. The balde is quite large, and it has a real bearing to boot. :thumb:

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    So now my wife thinks I'm compleatly nuts! After that big windmill on the house, I wanted to make one for on top of the garage. My wife put her foot down and said there was no way she would let me put it on that roof. But, I started to build one out of scraps lying around again. Took me over 6 weeks in my spare time, the odd second here and there, but I got it up and running. The wife shook her head :rolleyes: She said I could put it on the front lawn (bless her heart :) ) and so I did.

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    well thats a new idea...looks awesome TC!
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    Yea, I know what yer thinkin'. It aint very prototipical, but hey, it was made compleatly from left over scraps. The bearing for this one are made from old lawn mower wheels I scrounged up someplace. Here is a close up of the thing just for your amusement.

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    I don't know what it is that made me make these things. They were just fun to make, and continue to be fun to see what the wind is doing.

    I guess that's entertainment here on the prairies. :D

    TrainClown :wave:

    One last one of the group of the little guys. It's interesting to see how the wind reacts as it blows around the buildings. And....yes....that is my neighbours house I snuck one up on. ;)

    I need to build more. :eek: :rolleyes:

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    Thanks Siderod :)

    TrainClown
  11. siderod

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    I am really NOT the guy to talk to about prototypicaliaty or protonessism or even proto-kindsortalookslikeitmighthappenwhencowsfly-ness...so they look awesome to me!

    EDIT: Yur welcome!
  12. Ray Marinaccio

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    Pretty cool. :thumb:

    Are you going to put a generator on one?
  13. N Gauger

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    Neat TC!! You should post some kind of plans so we can build them for our layouts :) :)
  14. Jon Grant

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    Nice stuff TC.


    I also built a windmill for our club layout.

    [​IMG]


    Jon
  15. siderod

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    Nice club layout!

    Gotta love Thomas the Tank Engine, eh?
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    Now you've done it jon! Now I gotta have me one of those too ;)

    Ray: I'm Scotch, you know. Part of the fun is, it's FREE! :) If I could figgure out how to biild one with a gennerator on it without it costing me $$, I would do it. But I am considdering making use of the mechanicle power to move something. :rolleyes:

    Mikey: Okay, I'll find the plans I used and post 'em. :thumb:

    TrainClown :wave:
  17. Fred_M

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    I love it TC. If they ever get to squeeking you ain't gonna get any sleep though. Fred
  18. Doc Holliday

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    One of the first kits I built when starting out was a wind mill from an etched brass kit (can't remember the maker). I think it came out amazingly well for my lack of experience. Supposedly an advanced kitbasher actually attached a tiny motor and chain assembly to get it to turn on his layout. I myself plan on a simpler approach by using a small aquarium pump and some clear tubing to blow air at it to make it turn.
    Doc
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    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Here is one I made in N gauge to supply water to the stockyardon my M.A.T. layout
    TC, do any of yours pump real water or generate electricity? Looks like you could provide enough power to run your home.

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  20. Fred_M

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    That's cool too Robin, esp when we remember how small it is. Fred