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hi guys i havent been on that much lately, i know. anyhow, i need some help. im planning to build a whimhurst generator for my school science fair. i need some help though. i have yet to find a good guide explaining the brushes and charge equalisers, and where to put them. any help appreciated. thanks t-k

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Kiteman (author)2008-09-08

You occasionally get them for sale on ebay, the photos there are pretty clear. Just watch for variable spellings when you search - whimshurst, wimshurst, wimhurst etc.

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tech-king (author)Kiteman2008-09-09

i found some good pictures explaining the charge equalisers and the pickups. do you think i should make an ible?

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KentsOkay (author)tech-king2008-09-09

Dude.... Remember, Kiteman's Law...

*goes crazy*

HAH TAKE THAT KITEMAN! I QUOTED THEE BEFORE THOUST QUOTED THINE! HAHA!! VICTORY!!! WHEEE!!!!

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tech-king (author)KentsOkay2008-09-09

no, i meant more: ible or slideshow?

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KentsOkay (author)tech-king2008-09-09

*returns to sanity* Ehm.. both?

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Kiteman (author)KentsOkay2008-09-09

I'd go for an ible with a video of it running and sparking. Get it done in the next six months, though - I have it quite high on my "to do" list. I even have a couple of discs cut.

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tech-king (author)Kiteman2008-09-10

i have about 2 months till my science fair. im gonna start working on it next week.

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Kiteman (author)tech-king2008-09-10

Cool, I'll look forward to it - I was going to write my own ible, but I might just follow yours instead.

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westfw (author)2008-09-09

you know, I don't think I've ever seen clear plans for a whimshurst generator.
There's lots of info, including a yahoo group, on Van de Graffs, and there's the Caveman's Radial Dirod (I bought a kit!), and A.D. Moore's classic is back in print...

I really want to make something like the radial dirod, scaled down to use clear CDs as the disk and fit in a cakebox (a whimshurst on that scale would be cool too!), but an instructable on putting together one of Moore's dirods would be pretty useful; his instructions are a bit skimpy (I never did get the one I made in 9th grade to work...)

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