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Here is a sneak preview of a new prop Spooky1 and I have been working on which I have dubbed a tombstone flapper. The basic mechanism is the same as that used for a peeper, but rigged to move wings.

The mechanism in action - click on photo or link:

Flapping Mechanism 2 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

A close up of the connection at the motor:

Flapping Mechanism Close Up by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

This will be paired with our new Lugosi tombstone, and a creature is in the works - stay tuned:)
 

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That sounds so cool! I'm impressed with your innovation! I just wish I could see it, lol.
Are the videos not working for you? They won't show as images in the post, but clicking on the title will take you to the Photobucket location where they should play.
 

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Great start!
 

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Piqued my interest as well, interested to see it come together...the simplicity of the mechanism is very nice and the movement looks very smooth!
 

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For some reason, when i saw the word flapper I imagined somehting dressed in 30's clothing with a feather boa and bobbed haircut!

yeah, this is proof that my brain is officially exhausted!
 

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For some reason, when i saw the word flapper I imagined somehting dressed in 30's clothing with a feather boa and bobbed haircut!

yeah, this is proof that my brain is officially exhausted!
Me too! Nice work guys! !!!
 

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Thanks, everyone! This is a prop I've been wanting to do for a while and, as TM noted above, the marionette mechanism provides the versatility needed. I was pretty sure we could get it to work once we figured out how to attach the lines to the motor in a way that would keep them from winding up as the shaft turned.

I also got inspiration for the wing design from the following video. If anyone is looking to make working dragon wings for a costume, this might be the place to start for ideas. It also has some funny moments:).

 

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Thanks, everyone! This is a prop I've been wanting to do for a while and, as TM noted above, the marionette mechanism provides the versatility needed. I was pretty sure we could get it to work once we figured out how to attach the lines to the motor in a way that would keep them from winding up as the shaft turned.

I also got inspiration for the wing design from the following video. If anyone is looking to make working dragon wings for a costume, this might be the place to start for ideas. It also has some funny moments:).

YouTube - How to Make Moving Dragon Wings
Very cool looking prop! Plus, the people that made that video you linked to have lots of great ideas!
 

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Now I just need to make one to scale and I will have AIR SUPERIORITY....Looks cool I like it:)
 

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An airborne Creepster - now THERE'S a scary thought:)

Here are some close-up shots of the connections. The string we used is, I think, synthetic and was meant to be temporary for the purposes of testing the mechanism. We'll either keep it or use spider wire to string the parts.

Top of the wing:

016 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

Base of wings. The crosspiece of PVC is firmly attached with screws to the top of the wooden backing.

015 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

The connection to the motor. The large eye bolt is an important part of this piece. It guides the string far enough out so that it doesn't get caught on the motor, shaft, or bar holding the washer during operation.

005 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

Extreme close up.

008 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
 

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I can't claim the use of the swivels as an original idea. I think I saw the use of swivels on a post somewhere for an FCG, so I used it here and on our FCG. It prevents the line from being cut by the sharp edges of the metal disk.
 

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That looks great Roxy & Spooky! I love the simple mechanism. It should go forever without a problem. The swivel is key to keeping it working smoothly. Thanks for showing it. Here's Johnny uses swivels in his Wallbreaker Ghost.
 
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