Complete beginner- Remote control slow rotating device help

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Fairgroundfables, May 18, 2014.

  1. Fairgroundfables

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 18, 2014
    Good morning folks

    I have no experience, and thus, no knowledge of the terminology required to accurately discuss what I need help with, so please bare with me. Here goes...

    At present, I make illuminated sculptures. I would like to make elements of these sculptures, slowly rotate, using a remote control. Something to bare in mind is that, at times, I may be limited on space to hide the mechanical components.

    In layman's terms. please could someone advise the components I would require to buy, for me to be able to create this mechanical setup? Advise the best place for me to buy what I would require ( bare in mind I'm based in the Uk) and advise what instructions I require to wire up the mechanics?

    To get a feel for the sculptures I would like to subtly, remote control, you can check out my existing, non mechanical pieces at I particularly want to rotate the heads of my sculptures.

    Your help is very much appreciated. :)
    Last edited: May 18, 2014
  2. MaxHeadRoom


    Jul 18, 2013
    What weight of objects? Do you just want stop/start at a fixed rpm?
    By 'Heads of sculptures' I assume you can insert something into the body of the sculpture?
  3. inwo

    Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2013
    360 degrees or some random movement?

    What is slow?
  4. Bernard

    AAC Fanatic!

    Aug 7, 2008
    Try a continous rotation servo & low power transmitter / receiver.
  5. wayneh


    Sep 9, 2010
    The mechanism used to adjust an automotive side mirror comes to mind. An ordinary 12V DC motor geared down (screw gear, I think) to give a nice slow movement of the mirror. I think I'd put the motor in the lower section of the statue and use a shaft up the neck to turn the head. Then all you'd need is a radio-control type controller to control the 12V motor, like a hobby or toy.
  6. MaxHeadRoom


    Jul 18, 2013
    Still not enough info from the OP ;)