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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorGrim View Post
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    Do you know how hardy wiper motors or vent motors are in prolonged outdoor conditions (especially in cold, rain/snow)

    In my case the the elves are in a covered area, but there is some chance of residual water.

    So far so good though.

    There is a video of the indoor testing here (Nov 19th entry);

    http://legacyofhorror.org/
    Both works great in wet conditions

    The wiper motor is used outside in your car yearly in all types of weather...yes I realize rain and snow doesn't hit them directly but dampness and moisture gets to the motor and road salt and water and they usually hold up for the life of your car.

    The vent motor...
    I ran one underwater for two hours and I had that same vent motor running a test model breathing grave prop every day since July in all types of weather. I turn it on every day and let it run at least 8 hours each day. A number of times when I went out of town for a college football game I forgot about it and left it running from Friday to Sunday .



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    great ideas flowing!!! Im going to be doing alot more animation say any of you guys use a relay switch or park switch to stop the routine so the motor is not always running? Or a small controller?

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    I'm not that electronically inclined to build my own, but I've used a picovolt for the wiper motor, which allows speed & direction control, programable routines.

    Simple motion detectors may work well enough as well.

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    Otaku had a home built programmable device to control on/off of a wiper motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctarpey View Post
    great ideas flowing!!! Im going to be doing alot more animation say any of you guys use a relay switch or park switch to stop the routine so the motor is not always running? Or a small controller?
    Yes the park switch on the wiper motor is very useful. I use it with my MIB and banging coffin so that when motion stops (no TOTs around) the motor stops with both lids in the closed position waiting the the next TOT to trip the motion detector.....

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    I made my butler "tip his head/hat" with a deer motor. here is a video:



    I also made a "peek a boo" with a wiper motor and a pirate whose arm moves up and down like they are scooping gold out of a treasure chest. I was toying with a Darth Maul, I made it so he would tilt his head up and down, like in the movie. Never used him, I have it built in my basement! You are pretty much limited by your imagination. Good Luck!
    Making the world a funnier place, one blucky at a time

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    Thanks guys!

    So far i want to build:

    -Haunted board that i dont know what its caled or how its spelled wigi but i know thats not the spelling haha
    -Tomstone peeper
    -Grave Grabber
    -Grave digger that turns his head left to right!

    Im going to begin with the tombstone peeper! I want to make two of these

    1 where a whole small skelton (walgreens minis) is stepping out from behind and another
    where a head is going up and around the typical peeper..

    But i am looking for more ideas mostly to bring the cemetery to life. Id like to make an animated coffin this year as well.
    Last year everyone loved my cemetery except for me. It was so still. This year i have the whole yard as a cemetery so i want to add some animation. Plus im doing a haunted house
    this year as well.

    I calll this phase: ANIMATION DOMINATION!!!!!!!

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    Ctarpey: I totally understand how you feel. In 2010 my graveyard was all static. It was nice but it just didn't have the effect I wanted. So I added movement in 2011. I built: A Butler, A drinking pirate, A pirate taking gold out of a chest, A zombie getting electrocuted (tim form the TV show Home Imporvement), bats that "fly" around a tombstone and a set of talking bust on a tombstone.

    Guess what was the biggest "hit" of the night? The talking tombstone bust! I found that audio will engage andother sense (I played music but many people really don't notice it). Just like motion adds another level, so will audio. So this year I want to have my butler "greet" people with a british accent. Something for you to consider.

    Also have you looked at the "How to" sites. I browse them for idea's from time to time. here are a few:

    http://www.hauntproject.com/

    ttp://www.halloweenmonsterlist.info/

    http://www.omarshauntedtrail.com/Props/props.htm

    Good Luck and keep me posted on your progress.
    Making the world a funnier place, one blucky at a time

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    Thanks alot beaconsamuri!
    Ahh New york holds some great people... AS WELL AS EVERYONE ELSE!!!
    I do want to do the talking busts I saw yours online and was amazed!! the wanted to do that same things i had in mind. The tombstone for them both to go on and they bicor back and forth! I would like to do another greeter for my home haunt this year as they enter the study! anyway i will probably start up a thrad for alll my work this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaconSamurai View Post
    I found that audio will engage andother sense (I played music but many people really don't notice it). Just like motion adds another level, so will audio. So this year I want to have my butler "greet" people with a british accent.
    You're right on target. Motion is good and audio is good but you need both together and synced up. Some thrashing props are good because they make their own sound. I added audio to my MIB but it made enough noise banging around that it startled everyone.

    Good luck with you new builds and keep us updated.
    Boo!

 

 
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