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    Talking Vent motor/ wiper motor props

    Hey guys,
    Im sure im not the only one that wants to see the potential and creative props that can be made with wiper motors or vent motors and with the sale just going on i ordered 4 and am looking to see some great props. Feel free to post some project pics of your motorized props or even send links to videos or tutorials!
    I myself would like to build a ground breaker as well as a tombstone peeper and a moving tombstone that sways left to right! If someone can also tell me the cheapest way to power these things with a picture or link.. that would be great!
    Thanks and lets get sharing!

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    Try this link:

    http://hauntproject.com/

    Lots of ideas there.
    "Waiter, there's a hair in my soylent green!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctarpey View Post
    http://www.goldmine-elec-products.co...?number=G15685 would something like the power supply in the link power the motors?
    Absolutely not, your link takes you to a 5 Ft. Black Line Cord which just plugs into an AC outlet.

    You need a 12VDC power supply for these vent motors. You can use the same type of PS as you would for a wiper motor.
    Boo!

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    Jack is correct about the AC adapter.

    I don't think you strictly need a 12V adapter though. The lower the volts, the slower the RPM. Need to be careful with the Amps, as I think the vent motor should be no more than 200 mA, while a wiper motor can handle unto 5Amp.

    Generally I use the 'wall wart' for vent motors (anywhere from 5 to 12 VDC, <= 200mA).

    The Wiper Motors can use 'wall wart', but the Amps are low and you don't get as much torque. Old laptop AC adapters work well, so do PC power supplies.

    Check out Scary Terry's page on wiper motors, it explained it all to me. http://www.scary-terry.com/wipmtr/wipmtr.htm

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    I love the vent motors. I've made quite a few different props using that motor.

    A Moving Eyeballs mechanism:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...rent=001-1.mp4

    A Skeleton behind a Tombstone that turns his head left/right:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...t=SUNP0016.mp4

    A Tombstone Peeper:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...t=SUNP0014.mp4

    A small Witch stirring a Cauldron:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...t=SUNP0012.mp4

    A Haunted Ouija Board:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...rent=004-4.mp4

    A Crawling Skeleton:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...rrent=0023.mp4

    I even made a few Christmas props using the vent motor.
    A Snowman that tosses a Snowball:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...rent=004-1.mp4

    A Teeter-Totter:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...t=SUNP0006.mp4

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    For powering the Vent Motor, I recommend a 500 millliamp AC/DC Adapter like this one:

    http://www.goldmine-elec-products.co...p?number=G9596

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    Nice props Dave.

    With xmas around the corner, the seasonal props are cool.

    I made a see-saw elf thing as well. I used a wiper motor though.

    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/

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    Just got my first two gear motors and I'm psyched to put them to use. I had been using deer motors (which definitely work well), but they just don't have enough power on some ofthe props I'm building.

    Thanks for the great ideas!! I'll be sure to post pix as I progress.

 

 
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