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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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This would work and it's cheap. You'd have to attach a cord with a plug.
What J-man recommends would be perfect for your needs and it's under four bucks. Deer motors are too expensive at kindys and this motor is basically same thing that is inside the deer motor.
Here is my wheel using a 5-6 rpm 110vac motor. You can see it moves okay if that is all you want it to do. (it was made out of an old lazy susan I got at Goodwill).
If you order the mirror ball motor (which is essentially the same thing) it will turn at only 1-2 rpm. That is really slow. I want mine to move faster and to vary. I think that i will get a DC motor that is faster and then hook it up to an arduino and an H-bridge so that I can program how fast or slow I want it to turn. That way I can make it look like a ghost is spinning it and then it slows down and stops. then it can start up again randomly.

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