WR&N IV Animation: Chaser Light Sign

It would have been too easy to make a chaser light sign using LEDs and a flasher circuit. And it also would not have looked realistic, because the LEDs flash differently from light bulbs on a real chaser light sign. So I devised a mechanism that rotated a series of microbulbs past the fiber optics. This created a much more true-to-life lighting effect.

The mechanism was outrageously complex, with over sixty parts in a space of roughly an inch and a half. Plus, it had to be built on an angle to fit within an odd-shaped building.

A cross-section view:

The completed mechanism looks like this:

The video store now resides on Rick Spano's Sceniced and Undecided.


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