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Riding Santa
« on: November 15, 2018, 07:36:32 AM »
Many years ago, probably over 10, I put together a kit from the Belgian company Velleman. It was an animated Santa Claus gadget which proved very popular with Mrs Bealman.

It broke down somehow, and in an attempt to fix it, Bealman made it worse by lifting tracks off the PCB. Out it went.

Anyway, this year, Mrs Bealman said it was one favourite decorations, and could I get another one.

It proved surprisingly difficult. Eventually found one in of all places, a company in Hounslow!

It was delivered by Royal Mail and arrived in a couple of weeks.

Anyway, to the point:

Electronic wise, it is a very interesting kit. All components apart from the LEDs are mounted on the copper side of the board.


« Last Edit: November 15, 2018, 07:48:47 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2018, 10:00:40 AM »
Wot us non-electrickery people want to know is - what does the animated Santa look like!  ??? :)
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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2018, 10:22:59 AM »
Wot us non-electrickery people want to know is - what does the animated Santa look like!  ??? :)

Im guessing hes got a red coat with white fur trim and he has a large white beard. ;)
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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2018, 11:24:52 AM »
Wot us non-electrickery people want to know is - what does the animated Santa look like!  ??? :)
Something like this perhaps?
https://www.jameco.com/z/MK116-Velleman-Riding-Santa-Sleigh-And-Reindeer-LED-Kit_211764.html
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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2018, 01:10:09 PM »
Wot us non-electrickery people want to know is - what does the animated Santa look like!  ??? :)

Im guessing hes got a red coat with white fur trim and he has a large white beard. ;)

I thought that was Graham Norton, and I can't even say what I was thinking when I saw the thread title :o :no:

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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2018, 11:39:50 PM »

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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2018, 01:37:55 AM »
That's the one!
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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2018, 01:59:38 AM »
I have 2 of them, one goes in my car, and one in the wife's... I also have one of their Christmas tree ones as well, which since I built them, also goes in my car...

Great fun to build, and stand the test of time.

Mind you, my car gets a lot of Christmas Decorations, as we use it to pull Santa's Sleigh as well...



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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2018, 02:02:25 AM »
Cool!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2018, 02:03:06 AM »


15 LEDs down, 111 to go!
« Last Edit: November 16, 2018, 02:05:21 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2018, 02:16:51 AM »
111 to go!
Argh, it was 68 just now when I last looked ! You found some more :) ?

Arduino-ho-ho-ho  ;)  :no:

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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2018, 02:43:49 AM »
Ho-ho-ho,
guess who has a "Riding Santa" screensaver :) made from the youtube version of the vid I posted earlier ;)
saves soldering a load of LEDs or messing with an arduino,
just put it on a Window tablet and park it under the tree
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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2018, 03:29:35 AM »
No Arduinos involved!
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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2018, 03:30:40 AM »
Just 4 standard two-transistor flip-flops switching groups of LEDs on & off.

The real trick is the clever PCB design.

However, you're correct - you still have 126 LEDs to solder in!
« Last Edit: November 16, 2018, 03:36:33 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Riding Santa
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2018, 03:40:53 AM »
Yes, I saw your earlier post (since vanished !) about no digitals, so I put the arduino-ho-ho-ho in just for fun :)

But it did lead (lateral thinking) to a google and surf for youtube-to-screensaver softwares

and reminded me of a youtube downloader that I used to use many years ago https://www.youtubedownloaderhd.com/ which achieves the same result by a loop display on a screen in a video player like VLC.



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