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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. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Technological Terror
    I want to make an automated razor pendulum like can be seen in this video and many movies. check out Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios..... Specifically at mark 1:09............. Question: What mechanisms can be used to make the pendulum swing? My thought would be a motor with an arm...
  5. Technological Terror
    I posted in another post but figured this would be more clear. I am making a giant 3 foot tall by 2 foot wide talking skull and need a super servo to control the mouth movement which weighs an estimated 1 to 2 lbs. I have read a lot about using a wiper motor in a servo configuration to achieve...
  6. Technological Terror
    This year we decided to go BIG with our semi-pro haunted trail, Shockwalk! We wanted the giant animatronic type creature without the giant price lol :) This is what we came up with: I am working on building a 13 foot tall demon animatronic. The skeletal structure is made entirely out of 3/4...
  7. Welcome Room
    Hi everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Mike and I have been building Halloween props for the past couple of years. My props were done with embedded microcontrollers and they have been a blast to do, although very time consuming and challenging. Last year I began a new...
  8. Technological Terror
    I hope everyone had a great Halloween! This was an off year for me as I had a major home remodel project that took me out of the shop for most of the year. :mad: However I am now ready to get started on next year. I've been playing with Vixen and have a Lynxmotion SSC32 servo controller on...
  9. Showroom
    This has been completed for several years and serving as a stand up skeleton. He has been running off a PLC and CD player in the past years. This year he gets a makeover to be Frankentein's Monster running off DMX. Also added servo control to the jaw this year, also running off of DMX. Vixen...
  10. Technological Terror
    Hi All, Looking for advice on choosing a sensor for a prop.... Background: I've had this hacked prop for a few years that's oddly popular in my haunt. Its a simple standing reaper with an oscillating fan motor mounted to the neck axis. Acting as a normal oscillating fan, as the head turns back...
  11. Technological Terror
    Hello all. I have an idea for a portion of a "ride" I'm building for next halloween that I'm unsure of how to do. I'm building a time machine ride in the backyard using the new VSA software that allows for video sync. I've had this idea for awhile now, but with the VSA software it'll now be...
  12. Technological Terror
    So I want to add movement to my arduino controlled skeleton head. I already have a servo mounted in the jaw to move the jaw and that works really well, but after seeing how much cooler everyone's skulls look when then can move around makes me want to add that functionality to mine. I just...
  13. Technological Terror
    I am pretty sure it won't since (i think) servos have to run through a stepper motor, correct? What I am trying to do is make a prop where her head will spin 180 degrees and then stop. I do not want to run this off of the computer though. I want to make this a stand alone prop. This is my idea...
  14. Technological Terror
    I remember seeing somewhere a howto on how to make you own high power servos. Does anybody have a link to this please?
  15. Technological Terror
    So, as some of you might know (from previous posts), I've been working on my "Mr. Bones and the Gourditos" for this year using an SSC32 board, VSA, and a newly purchased RAPU 5.0 (very cool!). One thing I found out (the hard way) is apparently I had the baud rate set in VSA to something...
  16. Showroom
    Here are some videos of my completed pumpkin group and 3-axis skull.
  17. Technological Terror
    im making a skull that is going to talk move up and down and pan left and right i was going to use vsa and hook up a parallax usb controller to my laptop and sue some standard servos for everything with a pan and tilt mech for the neck movements do you think this will work when i use one of...
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