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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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I looked one up on Amazon and it looks perfect for my needs, and is cheaper than most other motors I was looking at. I knew people here would know the best way to do this :D

Thank you!!
This would work and it's cheap. You'd have to attach a cord with a plug.
Bear with me here, like I said I've never played around with electronics. If I were to go this route, would any AC cord work as a power supply? I have tons of old cords laying around, could I just cut and splice one to the motor and then plug it into the wall? Or can you recommend something better to purchase?
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