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Prizes have been furnished by the following fine Haunt Suppliers. Be sure to give them a look and buy one of their fine products this Halloween:

Do you think you can build an animated prop using an electric motor and that costs less than $100? Step up to the plate and see if you can be the best of the best in this challenge.

Voting on this challenge will be gauged on ingenuity over style.

These are the rules for the 2010 Technological Terror Challenge. As time progresses, these rules may be amended to answer any questions or to alleviate any concerns that arise during the course of this contest.

Please read all of these rules carefully and post any questions or concerns you may have to this thread and it will be addressed.

Entries that don't meet the following criteria will not be considered as a valid entry for the contest. Even if you have the slightest concern that your entry may not meet these criteria, or if you have a question you need answered about a ruling, please contact Zombie-F via PM or in the discussion thread before construction of your project begins.

The following rules must be adhered to in order to ensure each entry is considered for judging. Please read these rules carefully and feel free to ask any questions about them in this thread.

Required Items
All entries must contain the following (at no addition to the cost of your project):
  1. (1) Electric Motor (non-servo, non-stepper) <75 RPM
  2. (1) Power Supply (AC, DC, Wall Wart, etc)
  3. A prop (home-made or store-bought)

If you use more than one of each of the above items (i.e. you use two motors) the cost of the second item must be included in your cost of project information.

Feel free to custom-build your own prop or to simply hack a store-bought static prop and turn it into an animated prop. Either way, your entry must be animated in some way.

  • All entries must be received by the end of the day (Eastern Daylight Time) on September 30th, 2010.
  • One entry per person/per household.
  • The site admin, moderators, prize sponsors, and their families are not eligible to win prizes in this challenge. They are still permitted to make an item, but entries from such users is simply for the purpose of "show and tell" only.
  • The winners of the previous prop challenge are not eligible to win prizes in the current challenge. They are still permitted to make an item, but entries from such users is simply for the purpose of "show and tell" only.
  • All entries must be newly built items. No previously built creations will be allowed.
  • All entrants MUST have at least 30 new posts on the forums between July 1st, 2010 and September 30th, 2010. That means new members as well as inactive members must be currently posting on the forums between those dates to be qualified to enter.
  • Banned members and members banned at any time during the course of this contest are not eligible to enter or win. Entries by such members will be removed from judging.
  • Entrants MUST post a new thread containing a video and supply list with a breakdown of the cost of all parts used (minus the cost of the 3 required items) to this forum. This thread will not appear to the public until it has been approved by the site admin. Do not repost your entry unless asked to do so by the site admin.
  • Entries must include a brief summary of how the prop was created and a list of supplies used. Detailed tutorials are welcome but not required.
  • The list of supplies must specify the cost of each item (minus the cost of the 3 required items) and the cost must total $100 USD or less (or "close enough" to within $5 over cost). If you live outside the US, you must convert your prop's value from your native currency to USD.
  • Supply prices must be reasonable - For instance, using an item you have free or cheap access to through work, friends, or other supply chains that others do not have access to isn't fair. Use your head and some common sense here. Fair market value will control the cost and use of high-ticket items in this contest. The site admin will have final say on this matter.
  • All commercially available items obtained from scrap will have a value associated with it. This value has been deemed to be 30% of it's original cost. For instance, if you obtain a 4 foot length of 2" x 4" lumber, it's value will be equal to it's off the shelf value (we'll say $1.50 for this example) multiplied by .3. Therefore, its value would be 1.5 * .3 = $0.45.
  • Expendable items such as glue, spray foam, or other such items can be pro-rated (i.e. if you only use half a can of something, only bill half of the cost of the can to the project).
  • Shipping costs to obtain materials shall not be included in your total cost to build. Feel free to obtain stuff from eBay or online vendors and only count the cost of the item towards the total.
  • On October 1st, 2010, a poll will be created and a 7 day period of voting will take place. The top vote-earner will receive the Grand Prize listed below. Two runners up will also receive prizes.
  • All participants in the contest are not permitted to vote for their own entry. You are required to vote for someone else's items as a courtesy.
  • All votes will have their ip addresses checked. If a user appears to be registering numerous accounts to spike their vote, they will be disqualified.

The following is to be considered a standard price for wood, metal and foam commonly obtained from scrap. If you bought the item new you are to use it's full cost in your price breakdown. These prices are for scrap items only. Please be honest when using these prices.

  • 1"x2" lumber: $0.03 per foot
  • 1"x4" lumber: $0.04 per foot
  • 2"x4" lumber: $0.08 per foot
  • Plywood: $0.20 per square foot
  • 1/8" thick x 1" aluminum angle: $0.90 per foot
  • 1/8" thick x 2" aluminum angle: $1.50 per foot
  • 1/8" thick x 1" aluminum flat stock: $0.81 per foot
  • 1/8" thick x 2" aluminum flat stock: $0.98 per foot
  • 1/4" thick x 1" aluminum flat stock: $0.90 per foot
  • 1/4" thick x 2" aluminum flat stock: $1.10 per foot
  • 3/4" square aluminum tubing: $1.10 per foot
  • 1" square aluminum tubing: $1.15 per foot
  • 1" thick insulation foam: $0.14 per square foot
  • 2" thick insulation foam: $0.29 per squrare foot

As of this moment, we are seeking out prize donations from our sponsors. Please be patient until this list is fully populated.

Grand Prize:

First Runner-Up:

Second Runner-Up:

Now, start your engines and let the madness begin!

Prize packages are subject to change over the course of the contest.
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