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Hello.

Here is my submission for the Prop Challenge. This is my first submission so please be kind. If I missed anything, please let me know.

When I first read about this prop challenge, I went outside into my garage and looked at some of the extra odds and ends that were laying about. I had a left over piece or should I say only surviving piece of foam board left from my old mausoleum that had been destroyed by strong winds earlier in the year. I then though it was just big enough to make a tombstone and the little gears in my head started to move.

I had a lot of fun making this tombstone and I hope everyone enjoys it just as much as I do.

Materials:
Most of my materials I priced from Lowes, Allelectronics.com, Surpluscenter.com and triaxialskulllabs.com.

$29.95 -5 foam skulls
$0.28 - 1" piece white foam - 2 sf
$2.86 - 1X3 wood - 71 1/2"
$4.40 - 2X3 wood - 55"
$0.96 - 1X4 wood - 24"
$3.64 - tube strong stik glue
$0.99 - 9 small washers
$2.99 - small motor
$3.25 - 12v 200 MA adapter
$0.36 - 8 plastic washers
$0.76 - 1" corner brace
$0.60 - 2 long hot glue sticks
$0.12 - 50lb fishing line - 93"
$0.16 - Large fender washer
$0.46 - m6 1" bolt - 2
$4.99 - joint compound 3lb tub
$2.50 - 100mm 20 awg connector wires x 5
$14 - 10 LED fader kit
$5.08 - Door Bell Wire
$0.20 - Red and Black 18ga wire
$2.50 - Heat Shrink Tubing - 40"
$0.17 - 1/4" gray pvc 5"
$0.06 - 4" zip ties - 2
$0.61 - small eyelets -10
$0.12 - 1/2" wide aluminum bar - 1 1/2"
$2.90 - screws - 44
$2.20 - 5 fishing barrel swivel w/ interlock snap
$0.48 - 5.2mm lauan plywood 3 1/2" x 21"
$0.05 - white card stock 1 sheet
$0.14 - 1 nylon lock nut
$0.06 - 3 ft joint tape
$3.00 - Oops paint gray
$1.00 - dark green craft paint
Total $91.84

The jaws move using the concept of the FCG and the LEDs were designed to fade on and off.

Here is a video of the movement and the eyes (pardon the mess).
 

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Very nice!

Most of what you added to the cost falls under the free item categories, but you're so far under budget it matters not.
 

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I am not going to be kind since there is no need. That is damn innovative. The method you used for the jaw movement is very impressive.I love the eyes.
 

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I agree with Niblique - an original take on an established mechanism - well done!
 
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