I've got a three year old who just came home from a ski vacation where he was enamored with the gondolas (like below).
I want to make one with Duplos for him. I'm most of the way there, but have a few specific issues. He has a 21 month old brother, so I can't use regular legos (or I think this would be easier).
I have the cab from this set:
I plan to attach it to the bottom of a regular wheel base (like the wheel base from the same set), which creates the gondola - all good so far. However, I haven't figured out how to recreate the track/wires/etc. without some permanent modifications.
I have a pretty large supply of Duplos to work with (including the large powered train set), and I live in an area with a large Lego Store and a Legoland, so I probably have access to anything that is produced and sold in the US, and I don't mind buying odd sets - I just haven't found something that seems like it would work. I have plenty of duplos to build a little mountain with, and the little guy has sufficient imagination that he won't require a specific color scheme or a skier minifig (which I also haven't found).
I have considered using track, but I don't think I quite have the space for that (as it would take up a lot more) - and would rather do something that appears more like string/wires, as he's very aware of how that works and is very bright and detail oriented.
Specifically size-wise, I plan to build a mountain around 10-20 dots square, and about 8-12 bricks high (this depends in part on how many bricks I decide to use, and on how high it needs to be to make the gondolas work). I would put the gondola 'base' a bit away from the mountain, and the gondola end point near the top of the mountain. Sort of like how Playmobil did theirs:
except with a nice large Duplo mountain and a less complex base (I probably would just do a 8x4 platform or whatever size was necessary to manage the setup.)
In particular, I'm looking for suggestions for how to manage the hanging aspect. Since it's on a wheel base, I can put that wheel base on top of strings or wires or something else, but I don't know how to do that within the Duplo setup; I can make large knots or something through small openings in various piece combinations, and use regular string, but I'm not sure I could do that in such a way that the wheels would stay on (These are regular wheel base wheels, so they don't have anything that would help them stay on the wire/string).