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Newbie to animation, help with motors

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So I'm venturing into animated props this year, which I've never done. I have basically zero experience with motors or electronics of any kind. I'm going with a creepy carnival theme, and I thought I would start with something simple...a big carnival wheel game that spins slowly in my front window. I was hoping I would just be able to google a low RPM motor that I could just plug in and attach a wheel to, but it seems there's more to it than that :p

The wheel itself will be lightweight, made of foam, probably about 3 feet in diameter. Can someone with more experience with this point me in the right direction on what I should be looking for here? I'm not opposed to attaching various pieces together (motor, power supply, etc), although something ready to plug and go would be great :D

Thanks guys
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There are also versions of these motors with full metal gear sets in them. they are slightly more expensive (like $10) But feel a bit more robust. The weak spot on the common ones with plastic gears is where the metal output shaft leaves the motor. It is pressed into a plastic gear and you just have to be careful you don't put too much pressure on it when it is not running because you can twist the shaft right out of the gear. Ask me how I know...... :confused:
Diabolik - where do you find the motors with all metal gears? Normally that isn't shown in the description...

This is the same style that I have. :)
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