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Pair of motors


Before I even begin to build, I need to figure out how to power the sails for Watson Mill.  The mechanical setup will determine how much I alter the open back to disguise the power source.

I bought a pair of motors, though I will be using only one.  The price was right, and now I'll have an extra.  Each motor runs at 5-6RPM counter clockwise and is 1 5/8" in diameter.  It has two wires attached in the back and runs on 12V AC power, much safer to work with and the wires are small enough to feed through reasonably sized drilled holes.  Being AC instead of DC (no, don't ask me to explain the difference just accept that there is one), the motor will run on a separate line from the dollhouse 12V DC system.  I bought a transformer to power the motor alone.

The fact that this motor turns counterclockwise makes a difference in how the sails will be built.  Even though the wind won't power them, I want the sails to be built to correctly correspond to direction.

I'll need to build the sail structure first to make sure my motor can handle the work before starting the mill itself...a bit of reverse engineering.  :]  I don't want to do all the work just to find out I need a different motor in the end.  Let the engineering begin!  Full post here.


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