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Bob Benson
post Mar 17 2007, 03:09 PM
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QUOTE(dbeckstrom @ Mar 17 2007, 06:46 PM) *
Bob,

Thought you might get a kick out of seeing the rotation system in action. I shot a short low-res video using a helmet cam that I was holding in my hand.

Click on the attachment link below:



Great little video.

I have decided to wait to build my deck and walls until I receive my dome. I want the measurements as close as I can get them. It's going to take me a long time, and I'm really in no hurry. I emailed Dan/ED Dome guy and he told me it would be a while until the next shipment to my planet. Plus I am tight for money right now, so I am just gawking at all the ideas and trying to put it together in my head.

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Bob Benson
post Mar 17 2007, 03:13 PM
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QUOTE(SteveDurham @ Mar 17 2007, 08:56 PM) *
Bob:
You won't be sorry about #2. I can also see the 8x8 building being a good place to start. In the future, if you've a mind to, it would not take much to cut a hole in a wall to put an addition, similisr to a bay type window, with shelves in it.
Please keep us posted.
Thanks, Steve



You bet Steve, I have considered that too.

Thanks.
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Bob Benson
post Mar 17 2007, 03:29 PM
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QUOTE(Ron Walker @ Mar 17 2007, 09:00 PM) *
I knew two Bob Benson's in my time. One worked at the University of Chicago in the late 60's and the other worked for a company in North Phoenix that crashed cars into walls to see if crash dummies would survive. I doubt your either but...It's a small world....



Ron,

I'm neither.

I must confess, my real name is not Bob Benson.

I would have thought someone would have caught it by now. LOL!

Bob Benson was the kid in "The day the earth stood still". His Mom was Helen Benson. HA!

Actor Billy Gray played the part of Bobby Benson in The day the earth stood still. Billy Gray also played Bud Anderson in "Father knows best". I've met Billy on several occasions. Nice guy BTW. "The day the earth stood still" was one of my favorites when I was a kid. Great ol movie. Anyway, I decided to use it. I hope Billy doesn't mind.

My real name is Dan, and I live on the west coast. I signed up as North-Star but something happened and I had to re-register so........


I hope no one minds this thread going off track slightly....Sometimes I have a tendency to babble on.
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post Mar 17 2007, 03:39 PM
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QUOTE(Bob Benson @ Mar 17 2007, 02:29 PM) *
Ron,

I'm neither.

I must confess, my real name is not Bob Benson.

I would have thought someone would have caught it by now. LOL!

Bob Benson was the kid in "The day the earth stood still". His Mom was Helen Benson. HA!

Actor Billy Gray played the part of Bobby Benson in The day the earth stood still. Billy Gray also played Bud Anderson in "Father knows best". I've met Billy on several occasions. Nice guy BTW. "The day the earth stood still" was one of my favorites when I was a kid. Great ol movie. Anyway, I decided to use it. I hope Billy doesn't mind.

My real name is Dan, and I live on the west coast. I signed up as North-Star but something happened and I had to re-register so........


I hope no one minds this thread going off track slightly....Sometimes I have a tendency to babble on.

"Klaatu barada nikto"

Good to meet you Dan!
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Bob Benson
post Mar 17 2007, 03:45 PM
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QUOTE(Strgzr @ Mar 17 2007, 09:39 PM) *
"Klaatu barada nikto"

Good to meet you Dan!



Our choice is simple. Join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.

Good to meet you too Andy.
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Bob Benson
post Mar 17 2007, 04:07 PM
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QUOTE(Strgzr @ Mar 17 2007, 09:39 PM) *
"Klaatu barada nikto"

Good to meet you Dan!



BTW Andy, for those that really enjoyed that great old classic, 20th Century Fox has announced it is remaking the science fiction classic The Day The Earth Stood Still. It's scheduled to be released sometime in the summer of next year, 2008.

I just hope Hollywood doesn't screw up this classic, like they did more recently with "War of the Worlds".
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post Mar 17 2007, 04:09 PM
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Although WotW was done completely different than the book, I did enjoy it. The effects were great! smile.gif

But I would LOVE to see DtESS remade! That would be great!
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post Mar 17 2007, 04:16 PM
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QUOTE(Bob Benson @ Mar 17 2007, 03:07 PM) *
BTW Andy, for those that really enjoyed that great old classic, 20th Century Fox has announced it is remaking the science fiction classic The Day The Earth Stood Still. It's scheduled to be released sometime in the summer of next year, 2008.

I just hope Hollywood doesn't screw up this classic, like they did more recently with "War of the Worlds".

Thats GREAT! smile.gif
Think they will have a part for Billy Gray in it?
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post Mar 17 2007, 04:42 PM
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QUOTE(Strgzr @ Mar 17 2007, 10:16 PM) *
Thats GREAT! smile.gif
Think they will have a part for Billy Gray in it?



Actually, I understand that has been suggested, but I doubt it will happen.
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post Mar 17 2007, 04:44 PM
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QUOTE(Strgzr @ Mar 17 2007, 10:16 PM) *
Thats GREAT! smile.gif
Think they will have a part for Billy Gray in it?



BTW Andy, that's a way cool observatory you built.
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post Mar 17 2007, 04:50 PM
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QUOTE(NeoDinian @ Mar 17 2007, 10:09 PM) *
Although WotW was done completely different than the book, I did enjoy it. The effects were great! smile.gif

But I would LOVE to see DtESS remade! That would be great!



WOtW was OK, I just felt let down. My son like it. And agree, I too am looking forward to DTESS.
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post Mar 17 2007, 04:57 PM
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QUOTE(Bob Benson @ Mar 17 2007, 03:44 PM) *
BTW Andy, that's a way cool observatory you built.

Thank You!! But it is in need of a little repair.
Talk about a thread Hijack! biggrin.gif
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post Mar 17 2007, 07:57 PM
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QUOTE(dbeckstrom @ Mar 17 2007, 05:54 PM) *
Bob,

There are two sets of wheels.

One set of wheels lay on their side so that the wheel is horizontal. These wheels press against the inside of the dome skirt. What they do is keep the dome from shifting side to side.

The other set of wheels are vertical. They sit inside of the wheel track. They support the weight of the dome and are actually what the dome sits upon that allows it to rotate.

I am attaching a photo I made to help illustrate.



Right now, I think I am looking at the RTK-2000 Rotation Kit 2 (Wheels to Frame Work) and the MR-1000 Mounting Ring for Dome.

I want to make sure I order or ask for that U-shaped ring that the wheels ride inside of. Reading through the threads some have commented that in addition to giving the wheels a track or guide to run in, it also stiffens up the dome. I am still not sure if this U-shaped track or guide is an option, or comes with the dome.

I did note that one or two posters commented that they thought it came with the dome.

I was a little confused between the mounting ring and the U-shaped wheel guide or track. I think I understand now that the mounting ring takes the place of making your own circular plywood rings.


Thank you for posting the photo of those wheels.
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post Mar 17 2007, 09:27 PM
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This is Rotation Kit #2.

http://www.explora-dome.com/Docs/12-2006_E...Dome_Wheels.PDF

This is Rotation Kit #1, the wood assembly is not included.

http://www.explora-dome.com/Docs/12-2006_E...e_Dome_Ring.PDF

I could not find an image of the MR100, a transition mounting ring made of the same material as the dome, that holds the wheels regardless of which wheel kit you buy. It replaces the wood structure shown in Rotation Kit #1 that you would have to supply.

Steve
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post Mar 17 2007, 10:13 PM
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So do you use both one and two? I see no wheels in rot.kit #2.
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post Mar 17 2007, 10:25 PM
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QUOTE(SteveDurham @ Mar 18 2007, 03:27 AM) *
This is Rotation Kit #2.

http://www.explora-dome.com/Docs/12-2006_E...Dome_Wheels.PDF

This is Rotation Kit #1, the wood assembly is not included.

http://www.explora-dome.com/Docs/12-2006_E...e_Dome_Ring.PDF

I could not find an image of the MR100, a transition mounting ring made of the same material as the dome, that holds the wheels regardless of which wheel kit you buy. It replaces the wood structure shown in Rotation Kit #1 that you would have to supply.

Steve



Thanks Steve.

Odd...I remember going to the ED site recently and seeing a photo of the transition mounting ring. I just went and looked and couldn't find it on their site. Unless I missed it??
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post Mar 17 2007, 10:43 PM
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here ya go

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post Mar 18 2007, 12:38 AM
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QUOTE(SometimesKen @ Mar 18 2007, 04:43 AM) *
here ya go




Thats it.

So for me, looks like I am going to want the Explora-Dome Wheel Channel Assembly and the transition mounting ring. I guess it would probable be best to get the wheels too. I'll have to think about that.

Thanks Ken.
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post Mar 18 2007, 11:53 AM
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I kind of like seeing how folks re-make movies. It's fun to watch them back to back. Two of my favorite sets are:

The Thing From Another World ~ The Thing

and

It!, The Terror From Beyond Space ~ Alien
Reason for edit: Wrong information
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post Mar 18 2007, 02:47 PM
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I didn't think that last post of mine posted. I was dumped to the pink screen of death.

Lets try posting the "U" channel picture again.Attached File  Edge_rotate_rings_500.JPG ( 21.72k ) Number of downloads: 2


(Dave and New sure work in mysterious ways.)

The above picture is the "U" channel which is mounted on the dome facing down to accept the dome support wheels. It came with wheel kit #2. The dome retaining ring is an "L" shaped ring in four pieces that is used to keep the dome from coming off the observitory.

When I bought mine (October 06) the retaining "L" ring in four pieces come with the dome. The "U" guide ring, also in four pieces, was part of wheel kit #2.

The large support ring, one piece, is pictured here.

Attached File  one_ring_to_rule_them_all.JPG ( 84.18k ) Number of downloads: 3


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