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2nd question on my Bellagio fountain design:

Suppose I have several power burst with bar end, and I want to allow the viewer to turn a knob or something and make them go up and down. How might I do that?

I suppose I could use a winch with string somehow, but I'd like to do something a little more hidden.

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    Can you provide a picture or sketch of what you are trying to do? What does "go up and down" mean exactly?
    – Aziraphale
    Jun 19 '20 at 18:44
  • The first 20 seconds of this youtube video gives a litle more detail on what I'm trying to do: youtube.com/watch?v=0tCuPp6nHKM Jun 20 '20 at 20:33
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I have an idea which was actually from JKbrickworks. Here is the MOC that uses it and here is another MOC of his that uses it.

Here it is step-by-step:

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First, we have a plain old technic brick.

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Now there's an axle stuck through it. That connector at the end of it is what I will use as the lever to turn. You can use whatever you want.

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These connectors on the other end of the axle are supposed to lift the parts up and down, up and down, up and down. Using bigger ones will push them higher, but make sure that their ends are rounded.

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And obviously, we need to add bushes. But we're still not done!

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Buncha brickwork...

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A 1x1 studded beam was added so that we can loosely hold a beam up above.

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A non-friction pin is added.

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A 1x5 beam was added, but I should actually use a 1x6 beam instead, which is fixed in the next images. What's the beam even doing here anyway? It's going to act as a guide for the axles that will sit above it.

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Same process is gonna go on again. Note that I used two 1x6 beams in half because they didn't seem to exist in full. And yes, the technic beam must be laying on the lifters like that. I had to update it.

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Almost done! But there's more...

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More brickwork...

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Now we have a technic plate with holes to stick axles through.

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And of course, we stick axles through, you don't have to use plates like I did. And make sure that they are loose enough and rest on the beams. This is also the time when you can turn the lever to see if the axles pop up and down, up and down, up and down. If they don't and get stuck, try turning the lever the other way.
At this point, we are almost, almost done.

The only thing left is to find a way to attach this minifigure shield to the axles. I don't have any solution for this unfortunately.

The final result should look something like this:

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Update:

We've thought of using bars to connect the fountain parts, but we've discovered a few downsides and problems with that.

The first problem is that the plate with holes in my build is placed in such a way that it's not exactly aligned with the beams below, increasing the chances of any bars being placed on top slipping off.

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The second problem is that the bars are noticeably thinner than the size of the holes in the plates, which leads to some pretty bumpy performance, as shown below. Your bar will tip around and possibly even slip out.

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The build can be improved to reduce the chances of such things happening by doing the following:

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First, let's remove that plate to make our additions.

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Now we will have some off-set studs in order to align the plate.

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And now we put the plate back, in a better position than before.

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Now it's not as likely that the bar can slip off the beams. Don't you notice the difference?

We can reduce the chances of that happening even more if necessary by adding more plates with holes to restrict the bar from slipping, like so:

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Alright. Now about the fountain spray problem.
The bar for that piece you're interested in is positioned in a rather odd way (if you're wondering why then just look at some of the thumbnails of 76108) like this.

But don't worry, I have a solution for this. Just stick the bar holder /w clip on top of the bar and attach the fountain spray part, and you'll be done! Easy!

The completed model should now look something like this.

Download link (click the button in the upper right corner)

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  • @Aziraphale It is a simple mechanism, you can see it in action and how it's done in the two hyperlinks in my answer. Jun 20 '20 at 14:24
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    The prairie dogs are brilliant! However, links may break after a while and the fastest way to enjoy an SE post is to look at images that are provided here. Users usually appreciate this little extra effort. Plus, so far we can only guess what the OP has in mind.
    – Aziraphale
    Jun 20 '20 at 14:40
  • @Aziraphale I've added some more details and images, originally my answer was too broad. I've discovered that the water spray part can't really be attached because of the odd way the bar is positioned for minifigs to hold it :( Jun 20 '20 at 16:32
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    @mindstormsboi Have you successfully built AND run this with real bricks? Just curious...
    – Uli
    Jun 20 '20 at 19:06
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    I don't think rubber connectors would work well here - they are quite soft and bendy. And could only work in one direction.
    – Alex
    Jun 20 '20 at 19:09
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I've created an initial prototype. I found the "axle with stud 1 x 5" pieces allow me to cross from an axle to a bar type piece such as a fountain.

prototype photo

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