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  1. Showroom
    I finally built a parrot to add to the pirate portion of my haunt. Here's the build video as well as the completed prop video.
  2. Technological Terror
    Here's a video showing the method I use for running my 3 axis skulls - This board controls the nod, tilt and rotate of the skull. Controlling the jaw servo to get him to talk requires another board. I couldn't have done it without the work hpropman did on the random head code. It's what...
  3. Technological Terror
    I've got two of these laying around and don't know how I can use them. I'm pretty sure each setting is a timed sequence of ops sense there is no signal sent back to the unit (like the digital controller PDF I linked below). I can find out if needed. Base smoker controller: Wires: red/white...
  4. General Prop Discussion
    My Most Detailed Prop Build for 2013 FINISHED One of my goals for this year was coming up with a method to make my figures so that I could vary the poses from the standard straight style. Most of my stand up props are made with 2x4 legs and pvc upper bodies which work fine but it didn't offer...
  5. Photos and Videos
    We were blessed with great weather and a very enthusiastic crowd on Halloween. Between the 2 parties and Halloween night we had over 500 people. A bit down from last year but still a wonderful turnout.
  6. Technological Terror
    A video series has been started on Friday nights and I was asked to do a presentation on animating a holiday display. Most of the participants are from the Christmas lighting forums where they don't do many animatronics so I kept it pretty basic. The recording of the presentation doesn't show...
  7. Showroom
    I thought all my prop building was complete a couple of weeks ago but I ended up with a final prop build for my wife. It's powered by a wiper motor and controlled by Otaku's motor controller. Anything else we think of to build goes on the 2013 list now!
  8. Showroom
    After a long year of prop building, I've finally been able to complete my entire prop to do list for this year's haunt. These videos show short clips of the major new builds I took on this year. Here's the video for the early season builds - Thanks to all those here and those members of...
  9. Pneumatics
    The latest addition to the haunt for 2012 is my Skelerector built from the plans by Bourno. They can be found at http://www.teambac.com/web_hall/skelerector_how-to.html As soon as I get my skeletons out of storage, I'll finish it up.
  10. Gatherings and Events
    TUNE IN TONIGHT -Video How to on Animating Your Display Join us this Friday at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time as we continue our holiday display video how to presentations. The first 9 weeks covered lighting primarily used in Christmas displays but this will be the first presentation that focuses on...
  11. Pneumatics
    As we really get into build season, I thought it would be appropriate to start a thread with some useful links to tutorials, info and resources for getting started with pneumatics. This forum is a wealth of knowledge with plenty of ideas and people willing to help and we hope you take full...
  12. Showroom
    In addition to working on the electronics projects, I have spent some time building props this year. Here's a short video showing some of what I've got done for this year so far. There are more detailed videos of each of the builds on my YouTube channel at...
  13. Showroom
    This project was not on my to do list for this year but when I found this old broken up Grandfather Clock I knew what had to be done. It will be installed in the parlor of the haunt along with the piano player and singer. The door is controlled by a 1 1/16 inch bore, 4 inch throw cylinder and...
  14. Showroom
    This is the newest animated creature addition to my graveyard. I think he'll provide a few TOT's with a scare this year. I used a 3/4 bore, 16 inch throw cylinder and the prop was run with one of my Picaxe controllers.
  15. Technological Terror
    My biggest goal for this year is to get all of my 3 axis skulls up and running and to put together a controller system that allowed them to be stand alone props. I didn't want to be connected to a computer and didn't want to have to program them in VSA. Since none of my skulls movements need...
  16. Sponsor and Vendor Forum
    Fair or not, some folks find our programmable controllers more effort to learn than they want to spend -- we get that. Also, a lot of props work really well with a simple 3-stage controller. The problem with analog (555 RC circuit) type timers is they suffer for temperature drift and can be a...
  17. Technological Terror
    I'm using a 08 Picaxe built to Fritz's VLC design to control my Vampire Pop up. When the Picaxe is triggered, it activates a relay which causes the audio to begin, the solenoid to activate and it turns on a light. After the routine runs, I've set a retrigger delay of 30 seconds before the prop...
  18. Technological Terror
    I know a lot of us who use tech gadgets in our props are often challenged with finding a cost-effective solution for audio that maintains high-quality sound. Sometimes we resort to using older technology like Chipcorders or spend lots of cash on high-end mp3 units like the uMP3. This mp3 unit...
  19. Technological Terror
    Some of you may have read my thread on the use of prop controllers. This thread demonstrates how someone can apply some of what I discussed, into the build of an actual prop. My goal for this year, is to build a small Frankenstein scene...with an animated monster. The monster will contain few...
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