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Bairefoot
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Does anyone here know how to make a Jumbo Card Fountain? I can pick up the device behind some cards. Thanks in advance.

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I would assume a motor that has a roller (much like a roller found in a printer to grap the paper).
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I have never done it but I have heard people have used toy cars with remote controls to make card foutians. I would think you could make it work with the right car, soft rubber tires and enough speed and power. Good luck.
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Marcello Contento is selling one now. I would think it would be worth in the investment instead of all the fooling around trying to get things correct.

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I saw lecture where a guy used a fly fishing reel as jumbo card fountain. Accordian folded the cards into the fishing line and actually it was pretty cool. Wish I could remember who it was.
I have the regular size from Contendo. Wish I had purchased the remote control with it.
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Card fountains always seem too over priced to me. It seems like it "should" be easy to build one...right?

good luck...
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Well let's see... First you need a motor, normally you can get one the right size at a hobby shop. Next you will need to make a base and stand, most are made from metal so you will need to have the ability to bend the metal. If you want it to be remote controlled you will need to know how to design the remote circuit or buy a remote already made and than be able to hook it up. You will also need to make a timing circuit if you don't want it to come on instantly. So know it would not be to hard to build one like that.

Barry Mitchell has made some card type fountains using a remote controlled car, but from what I have seen they do not shoot the cards that far. In fact one of the routines I saw him do with this type of device just kind weak .

Have fun
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Quote:
On 2007-10-03 06:20, wa-na-be wrote:
... most are made from metal ....


...but not all!

http://homepages.manx.net/johnfcain/Magicstuff/Fountain2.jpg
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Magic John,
Did you build that fountain? It looks great. Does it use a timer or remote? I really want to make my own. I've got the whole thing figured out except how to make a timer. Any suggestions?

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Here is a website that may be of help to making your own timing circuit.http://home.cogeco.ca/~rpaisley4/LM555.html#30

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Chris,
I'm getting a 404 Not Found message when I cut and paste the link. I tried it with and without the "#30" at the end. It maybe my computer though because I get the same 404 message when I got to Myspace! Can anyone else get to the page?

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Works for me!
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Try doing a search for "timer circuit" in google. There are plenty of web sites that offer schematics and ideas for creating a 555 timer.
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Another option is to hack a countdown timer. I did this once with an old digital watch with the alarm output hooked up to an optocoupler. The nice thing was that I could set whatever delay I wanted, from 1 second to hours. Only problem I had was finding a watch that could be set to count down mode that also didn't beep when it was started, since this would trip my magic stuff prematurely.

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Wizardofsorts

it uses one of these timers....

http://www.vellemanusa.com/us/enu/product/view/?id=350494

(works fine from a 9v battery although it says it needs 12v!)

...but the circuit has been altered quite a bit! The unit as sold turns off after a predetermined time, but obviously most applications I use them for require that the timer turns on after a delay....

The modifications aren't that difficult, and just involve changing a transistor from NPN to PNP (or the other way round!) - I might write up the "mods" at a later date (if I get time) as this seems to be a subject that crops up quite frequently.
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I've seen those drawings for the 555 timer and it may has well been a map to the fountain of youth. I didn't understand a single thing on it. So, I guess I need electronics for dummies. Any recommendations of books to start with?

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I love the talent and timing in working a timer circuit for these type of effects but is it really worth the effort if a RC circuit is so easy to get a hold of nowadays?
I'd go for the cheap car option.

George

P.S. There are some advantages to a timer circuit such as 'open-handed' activation but I'm still not sure of they surpass the advantages of a r/C ciruit.
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Thanks so much for your help fellows.

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On 2007-10-05 19:52, wizardofsorts wrote:
So, I guess I need electronics for dummies. Any recommendations of books to start with?

Edd


I've always been a fan of Forrest Mims:

http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Started-El......p;sr=8-1

You used to be able to buy this and other cool books by Mims at Radio Shack back in the days when they were more useful to the DIYer.

I particularly like Mims' books because they show a lot of example circuits that you can really use, either as-is or with little modification. Many Electronics books go too deep into theory and don't cover enough of the real application stuff, IMO.

There are other books that I've found useful, like the ART OF ELECTRONICS (Horowitz and Hill), but Mims' books really got me going.

Ross
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Thanks Ross.

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