Ha ha - I have taken some the much needed advice on board and ... voila!
The Ferris Wheel stands and does not fall over.
I have made alterations from yesterday though.
A. I have added a sheet of foam board to the base which has worked very well.
B. I have also changed the way the pods attach themselves. I went away from the clothes pegs and have used wire bits taken from paper clips instead. Now each pod is removable and so will be easier to paint.
The wheel goes through 360 degrees and can do so with a model or two on board. Each pod rotates fully. All very functional.
What it won't do is stay stable when a single model is located away from the centre line i.e. at the bottom of the rig.
So the big plan here is to introduce some kind of gear cog with a ratchet mechanism.
I have created a star shape with eight setting so the pods can be stopped in different positions. I then cut out a ratchet piece to fit into the gaps in the cog.
I used a long bamboo skewer which I plan to have 'in tension'. This should prevent the wheel from moving beyond its chosen position.
I think that the weak point in all of this will be the glue fixing everything to the central cylindrical timber piece. If this holds - then all should work - if not a rethink will be on the cards. That glue is currently setting so keep those fingers crossed!!