Item Number: WSP
This is a 1/250th scale model, so if you stacked about 250 of them on top
of each other, they'd be about as tall as the real thing! It is powered by
a solar panel located on it's base. When the sun shines "the windmill
turns at 18 rpm", according to the manufacturer. We've found it can turn
anywhere from slow, slow, slow to REALLY FAST, depending on how much sun
it is getting. It does need to have pretty direct sun to work. The closer
to 90 degrees the sunlight is to the solar panel, the faster it goes.
I have a solar windmill at home on my south-facing window sill, and when
the sun gets
up above a certain point, it starts going. Nice! This is a fun little item
to play with at work when you should be doing more important things.
Unfortunately all of my windows at my work face north, so I can't really
get one going there.
It seems a little ironic that solar power is used to turn this windmill's
rotor, and the way the blades are made, no amount of wind would ever turn
them. That said, it is still a nifty piece to demonstrate solar power to
kids and introduce how photovoltaic materials convert solar radiation into
direct current electricity. In assembling it (the assembly is simple and
quick, perhaps 5 minutes at most if you take your time) it's clear how the
parts relate -- the wires go from the solar panel up to the DC motor which
turns the rotor. Affect of the angle of the sun to a solar panel becomes
obvious when moving it about. When you block the sun with your hand the
rotor comes to a stop, and if you block it only partially the rotor slows
The Solar Windmill is 10.25" from table to top of nacelle, the rotor is
8.5" in diameter, and the overall height is 14". The nacelle can rotate.
The solar panel is 2.5" x 2.25". The Solar Windmill ships to
you disassembled so
it is less costly to ship. Assembly is simple and quick, perhaps 5 minutes
at most if you take your time, and requires not no special skills or any
tools. An illustrated instruction sheet and an illustrated historical and
contemporary windmill information sheet are included with every Solar
Only $34.95 USD
Water Pump Windmill
Item Number: WPWM
These iconic windmills used to be seen all across America. They were used
to pump water out of the ground, making it possible to have fresh water
for cattle, irrigation, or for draining low-lying areas of land.
Though many are still in operation, they are getting fewer and farther
between. A few dedicated enthusiasts have bought a put them together - you
can still find (or make) parts for some models.
Charlie grew up on farms in the Midwest and decided to make a model of
this vanishing piece of American farm history. It measures 15 inches tall.
The base is 5 inches square. from the front of the rotor to the back of
the tail is almost 7 inches.
The rotor and rotor ball bearing are made from recycled parts, re-machined
for this purpose. Rotor spins nicely. The base and platform are painted white, while the tower, tail and rotor
are left natural metal. Each windmill is signed and numbered on the
This is sure to please any windmill collector, technology enthusiast,
farmers young and old, and about anyone who likes a sharp handmade model.
We ship anywhere in the world with a sturdy box and good packing material
to protect your model.
Only $29.95 USD
16 Inch Windmill
Item Number: W16
This 16.5 inch tall windmill's rotor turns in the wind or the breeze from
a fan.The nacelle (generator housing) turns 360 a full degrees. Painted
realisicly, green base and gloss white tower, nacelle and rotor. The rotor
is 11.5 inches in diameter. (A kit of this same windmill is
available and listed below.) Click here for
this windmill turning in wind. Makes a fun
toy or conversation piece that demonstrates how a wind turbine work.
Only $19.95 USD
Child's Colorful Toy Windmill
Item Number: WCHC
The Child's Colorful Windmill is 9 inches tall. The rotor is 5.25 inches
diameter. Small children can play with it and learn some of the basics of
the windmill. Bright yellow rotor spins nicely and the red nacelle rotates
degrees. The hand turned base is painted green to represent grass. The
tower is a beautiful rich blue. One
person when viewing all of the windmill line said, "I just like the cute
little fat windmill!" This design is courtesy of my wife who pointed out
that babies and toddlers love bright colors. I give these to daycares in
our area so little ones can learn about the new clean ways we are
making power. Windmills will be an important part of their world!
Only $19.95 USD
Item number: WKIT16R
Have fun learning about windmills while building this working model!
fun activity for ages 7 to adult. Windmill kit takes approximately 30
minutes to assemble. When it is finished, paint and decorate. Now it is
ready for some wind, either outside or from a fan indoors. Fact filled
instruction sheet gives much interesting historical and contemporary
info on the windmill. Click here for video of
how to assemble the rotor for the windmill. (Kit is also available
assembled and painted
realisticly as item W16, above.)
Only $19.95 USD
Item Number: WG
A flying toy that you launch with a two-hand twist. Soars to amazing
heights! This great folk toy demonstrates the principle of the windmill's
rotor or the airplane's propeller. Place the stick between you hands. Push
one hand toward you and the other away and the whirlygig's rotor lifts is
high into the air. Fun toy for kids 8 to adult.
Only $1.95 USD
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765-563-3504 during business hours 9-5 EST. Our mailing address is:
Prairie Wind Toy Co., P.O. Box 428, Brookston, IN 47923-0428. Questions?
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Prairie Wind Toy Company
P.O. Box 428 Brookston, IN 47923