Last May I removed this DC motor and corresponding belt rotation systems from an old VCR. I have the photos from that day somewhere… I’ll post when I find them.
I finally got around to putting them to use. The system is mounted on masonite and other materials found on the junk shelf. I had to figure out how to mount the rotating parts in a way that caused the least friction. There was a VCR play system (where the tape ribbon gets extracted and put through the video head system) on the junk shelf that had various sized capstans and shafts– one of which fit the small black wheel perfectly. Turns out the VCR play system was the EXACT one I left on the junk shelf 4 months ago! I took off the relevant parts, adapted them to the masonite system and prest-oh change-oh the system was complete. Then I watched it revolve around and around while imagining what sort of naughty or nice things I could use it for. The first idea that stuck was a zoetrope (which is apparently “a very first year thing to do”). Well, who cares? Not me. I like doing projects where I make things I don’t know how to make.