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    Animated HM Hitchhiking Ghosts Mechanisms
    I have been busy with Spider Hill stuff and finally got around to wrap up a project I took on for a customer. She asked me to make her 3 animated frames for a set of the Haunted Mansion hitchhiking ghosts. This is the first one. It will be the Hunchback (Traveler) when it is done. I am only supplying the frames/mechanicals. I will get some pictures of the finished props to share once they are completed by her.

    This one is pretty self explanatory. In some aspects it is a little overbuilt, but it should run a long time. There is a metal rod running down through the arm supported by 2 bronze bearings to protect the PVC from wear. I made the mechanism from some custom machined parts of my design and some hand made parts as well.

    I will be starting on the other 2 here shortly.




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    You are very talented my friend ! Great looking prop. Can't wait to see all of them. I really like looking at the mechanisms. I'm starting to dig seeing how all these different movements can be made with some linkages and a motor. Wish I had your skills.

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    Such nice, clean work, and smooth movement, too!

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    Thank you for the replies. I do enjoy building these, but sometimes finding the time to devote to them is tough.

    Mr. C, I do not know if my customer is a member of the forum, but she is sculpting all of the body parts for these props. I have seen some of what she has started and I'll be very interested to see what she ends up with. I am a total nuts and bolts guy, I wish a had an ounce of your sculpting talent to match. one day I'd like to take a crack at sculpting just to see how I'd do.

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    Ingenious mechanisms! I love how you get so many movements out of one motor.

    Very professional looking!
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    I'm not mechanical in the least (dumber than dumb) but I was thoroughly impressed by how smoothly it moved. Almost hypnotic.

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    Wow, that is amazing! Are you guys going to sell these at Spider Hill? I definitely will be in the market for some of those next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumpkin5 View Post
    Wow, that is amazing! Are you guys going to sell these at Spider Hill? I definitely will be in the market for some of those next year.
    Right now these are going to be just one-offs for our customer. No plans on a kit just yet. We will see how the other 2 ghosts go.

    Pennycash, thanks for the kind words. The mechanism in this guy is actually a modified version of our Watchman kit. I am a big fan of using the slotted arm setup for moving props. There is no chance of binding like using all linkage and the movement is nice and smooth. Using an all linkage setup can sometimes cause issues and a "fast return" will the prop will move faster as some points of the rotation.

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    I agree with Dave....I love multiple movements with one motor. Always gives me a headache trying to figure out. Great Job!

 

 
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