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It started with a 110V bing motor…
« on: September 06, 2021, 02:37:58 pm »
A while ago a Bing 110V motor nr 12/21O came up for sale in Germany.

not only was the motor on it's original unit, the previous owner builded a motor shop around it.
And It was really nice done, so I bought it.

When  it arrived I builded a nice shelf for displaying it.
The shelf is designed that way that I can take the unit off  when ever I want to run it.
Normally there is a glass window it to keep out the dust, but I took it away to avoid the reflexion.

So when it arrive and I ran it on 110v I found it too fast running .
The man I bought it from also included a 220V regulator where he marked it when it would reach the 110V limit for the motor.
But I found it a bit dangerous, a turn too high and the motor would be burned.

At the same time I saw two Bing high voltige lamp train regulators summing up for sale, a single and a double one.
I always  liked this regulators they have the flair of coming out of an old Frankenstein movie.
So I came up with the idea, If you can run a 110V train with them, you also could run this motor with them.
And a High voltage train set sits also still on my wanted list, so no los there.

Both regulator came with their original lamps.
But before I even bought of plugging them in I open them op too look at the wiring.
And my suspicion turn out to be true, all the cables turned brittle after 100 years.

So I ordered some heat resistant wire and rewired everything so it's "safe" to use again.
Of course these things where never safe if you compare them with modern safety features.

When it finely was rewired and tested it I found out that the regulator also worked as a 220V to 110V transformer.
So I came up wit the Idea of plugging the modern regulator in the mains and turn it down to about 180V input to the regulator.
This I dit to spare the original lamps on the regulator and giving the motor the right amount to run on a nice passe.

So I made a video about it and in the video you will see the white regulator that I got with it, sticking in a industrial transformer.
Well this transformer has two outputs 110V and 220v.
I had it plugged into the 220V.
So you might ask your self why not pug it direct into the mains?
Well this is to the bloody differences in the European plugs.
The British have their own plug, the  Italians, the germans and of course must the Belgians also have their own plug, why easy if you can make it difficult.
A Belgian wall plug looks like this:

This is the German adaptors plug:

Almost fitting if it was not for that bloody earth pin
This is how a Belgian connection looks:

How frustrating is that :-\
Anyway, now I need to get a similar regulator, that fits a Belgian wall plug and the problem is solved.

lets go to the fun Part and ride Frankensteins motor, enjoy:

"Das lied schläft in der Maschine"
(the song sleeps in the machine) lyrics Einsturzende Neubauten song "Nnnaaamm"

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Re: It started with a 110V bing motor…
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2021, 06:38:24 pm »
What a fantastic workshop Danny ,very nicely designed with a great industrial look and theme.
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Re: It started with a 110V bing motor…
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2021, 09:13:37 pm »
Very nice Danny. I especially like the view from the windows.


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Re: It started with a 110V bing motor…
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2021, 12:41:34 pm »
Danny, I enjoyed your post very much.
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Re: It started with a 110V bing motor…
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2021, 04:43:55 pm »
Awesome work Danny!

What a find; and it definitely ended up in the right hands.  :D


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Re: It started with a 110V bing motor…
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2021, 07:12:41 am »
Danny, this motor is a great find as are the other acquired parts.

I also really like the shop display box and the view through the windows. Thank you, Brent, for pointing that out.

Very well done!



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Re: It started with a 110V bing motor…
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2021, 07:28:26 am »
What a great display! I saw one of those train transformers on ebay awhile back and didn,t know what it was. Thanks for showing one in use. Scary, but way cool!


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