Managed to pull apart one of the VHS players as a test. Mounted it on the wall, and had it playing out successfully. Getting to pull the tape out of the machine and into a long series of winds outside of the VHS box is going to require a bit of coordination, but not completely impossible. It’s funny how film-spool-like VHS can be, especially when you pull it out of the cassette box and let it fall onto the floor!

The idea right now is to get the stripped back VHS machine to play the tape out into the spirograph configuration beside it. Nice idea. Now for the execution.