Monday, April 13, 2009

The World's Largest K'nex...well, Wheel anyway

After an entire afternoon of non stop work, the wheel is not only repaired, it is finished! The structure has reached its 13 foot final height and full 12 foot diameter all the way around. There is just a bit more tweaking to be done on the wheel's design before it is ready to be connected to the motor. Due to the recent wind-aided collapse, the tower has been fastened to the deck by 2 cable stays to prevent it from falling over. Eventually the base will be widened to further increase stability. The recent addition of the steel axle allows the wheel to turn freely and smoothly, so powering it should not be a problem. The motor should be hooked up by tomorrow or Wednesday, though it will still take some time to construct and attach the 32 gondolas, which by themselves contain a total of 2,400 pieces.

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