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    Leering Skeleton / New Mechanism Test
    Hi All,

    I just wanted to share a project I am working on this weekend. This is going to be an animated leering skeleton holding a lantern. I am making this one as a Christmas present for my brother since he is just starting out decorating. Nothing fancy about him. He is a Walgreens skeleton I got on clearance after Halloween. He will be holding an LED lantern. His "Box" will be covered with rough cut fence pickets. I am hoping to trim it out to look like an old shipping crate when it is done.

    The mechanism is the second part of this project. This is a new setup based on our Watchman prop. We already have a smaller prop turner, but I get a lot of questions about how much weight the reindeer motor can handle. This one is powered by a wiper motor and should be up to just about any task (within reason). This prop will be our tester and I expect we'll have the new mechanism on the site here shortly.

    I'll update this thread as soon as I get a bit more done on him.
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    Very Nice Ryan! This will be another home run for you! I'd be in for one. Will be following!
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    Leering Skeleton / New Mechanism Test
    Thanks jdubbya, I am hoping to have several new pieces for next season. This one is pretty much ready to go. Will probably start building more of them here soon.

    Let's try this again with the pictures. I got everything mounted in place more or less. I just have to secure the lower half of the skellie. It runs really well. Should have this one wrapped up pretty quickly. Short video here too
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    Very nice. Like the smooth movement; not too fast or slow. Looking forward to this!
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    Looks great....motor looks pretty serious.....lucky bro!

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    Ryan, that looks great!
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    Hey great job! Gotta love those wiper motors!

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    A leering skeleton was at the top of my list for next year.

    I'm really liking you new mechanism, nice and small and neat design. Something that could be used for a variety of props as well.

    Thanks!
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    I want Christmas presents just like this!!:smile:

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    Leering Skeleton / New Mechanism Test
    Hi All,

    I hope everyone is having a great Christmas. Since I had to take this guy over to my family's house tonight so he'd be there tomorrow (he is a gift for my brother) I wanted to take some pictures and video of him. This is him pretty much finished. I didn't have the back of the crate on thus all the red light projecting around him.

    I know the leering skeleton is a pretty popular prop. This the is the first one I have built and came out of it with a few tips for anyone looking to build one. First off, the mechanism works great. It is perfect for this prop and has more than enough grunt to move it. Hopefully, we'll have it available soon. The mechanics were easy. I did find out however that the Walgreens skeleton left a lot to be desired for strength. The lantern he is holding is a smaller oil lantern I bought at Walmart. We gutted out what we could but still came to find out that after sitting all night the skeleton started to lean a good bit. The spine is 3 pieces. It was bending where the bottom and middle section meet. That is also where the PVC stopped. I ended up installing a metal tube into the upper portions of the spine and ran it down inside my PVC. I fastened it in place with screws. That solved his lean. The second problem was the rib cage. The weight of the lantern was causing the whole thing to shift a bit. My solution was to fabricate and aluminum support that runs from the shoulder bolt down to the spine. I fastened it to the metal tube in the spine with a screw. Then I painted it to make the whole thing less visible.

    I'll be doing a YouTube video for this prop and releasing a bit more info for anyone looking to build something similar.

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