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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    I hadn't ever heard of that contest. I agree that your picture should have won a prize. I love props that have some humor in them. Sorry you didn't win, but great try, johnny!
    11 replies | 266 view(s)
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:21 AM
    Yep.... Ditto.....completely agree!!!!!!! But you know how much I love your stuff! :)
    11 replies | 266 view(s)
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:39 AM
    Wow Ryan I just LOVE it!!! I can envision a lot f different possibilities for this kit. I have used my zombie kit for different creatures for the last two years and it has performed flawlessly. I can't wait for this kits release. Nice work! :D
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  • Diabolik's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 07:33 PM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Mechanical: Animated Watchman Prototype in Halloween Props
    Thanks Bob! Ok, so I couldn't wait until tomorrow to try my fix. I bolted him back together with the bracing installed and problem solved. There is now zero side loading on my bearings so this thing should run a long, long time with no worries. I basically created a brace to support the spine from leaning forward. It attaches to the spine using a Slip-T fitting. I was able to assemble this with all off the shelf parts I have here and there are only 2 additional holes that need machined into...
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  • Diabolik's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 05:21 PM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Mechanical: Animated Watchman Prototype in Halloween Props
    Thanks for the comments guys. I am a little concerned with the side loading on my bearings the weight of the upper body is creating. I think I have come up with an easy solution and should have a chance to test it out in the next day or so. I might be obsessing over this, but I want to make sure the mechanism will last for the long haul. ;)
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 11:39 AM
    Thanks for the offer, Mike! Well, I don't really even know what I would use them for. Just like a lot of stuff in my garage I've bought from surplus vendors and haven't used yet. Let me know when you make your Spring trip. I'm just outside Charlotte, too. Or, if you get your charity haunt going next year, I'd drive up to see that. You're getting a really good deal on those lights. Electronic goldmine carries some, but they want $35.00 for theirs. They use a different kind of LED display,...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 11:28 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Mechanical: Animated Watchman Prototype in Halloween Props
    He looks great! Nice slow movement and I love the head.
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  • xxScorpion64xx's Avatar
    12-15-2014, 05:43 PM
    Nice, vintage can be creepy without even trying
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    12-15-2014, 11:32 AM
    Great score, Mike! If you get any more, send me a few! I would think if the label on the lights says "120 volt AC", they should work no matter which wire you hook up to. Each light must already have a converter built in to it. If the label said DC, I would agree you might have to swap wires. Yea,like namrog said--some of the elements are probably burned out, just like most of the lights I see still in service. Have fun with them! (Oh, I like your green car!)
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  • Diabolik's Avatar
    12-15-2014, 10:45 AM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Mechanical: Animated Watchman Prototype in Halloween Props
    One thing I forgot to add was that the head and hands for this prop came from Ghost Ride Productions, www.ghostride.com They are by far my favorite vendor of body parts for these types of props. We have them made with the PVC embedded so attaching them to our props is very easy. :D
    14 replies | 491 view(s)
  • Diabolik's Avatar
    12-15-2014, 08:27 AM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Mechanical: Animated Watchman Prototype in Halloween Props
    Trial and error. I did take some actual measurements off of a person. This one was a bit easier since I started with the CAD file from our swaying zombie. This particular plate is 15 inches wide by 9 inches deep if that helps. Works well with pants that have a 36-38 inch waist. Basically you want the pants to be cinched a bit just above the plate. This essentially allows the plate to hold them up. ;)
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  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 04:22 PM
    All's good here. (Well as good as can be under the circumstances.) I just have so much crap to do it just seems like I never have any free time. Oh well at least I'm breathing! Lol how goes it with you?
  • slash's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 04:08 PM
    slash replied to a thread Other: 1930's WPA Clown Puppet in Halloween Props
    cool the feet look rather odd I like it.
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  • slash's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 04:07 PM
    slash replied to a thread Mechanical: Animated Watchman Prototype in Halloween Props
    wow love it the movement is perfect for a creepy watchman in a cemetery I hope you do come out with this kit id buy one.
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  • slash's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 04:05 PM
    I just checked out some of your work on facebook with the link you provided in your signature creepy stuff indeed I like it lol. I say ignore the people that call you evil just do what you like best and carry on. You fit great in this forum its Halloween 365 days a year :)
    15 replies | 432 view(s)
  • Diabolik's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 03:09 PM
    Diabolik started a thread Mechanical: Animated Watchman Prototype in Halloween Props
    This is something I have been messing around with for the last month or so. I finally had a proper waist plate machined so I could build a completed unit. It is powered by a wiper motor and a 12 volt 5 amp power supply running through a PWM to slow things down. I am still doing a bit of testing and experimenting with it. I am hoping we will be able to release it as a kit in the near future. :)
    14 replies | 491 view(s)
  • slash's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 02:37 PM
    looks awesome is that a silicone mask?
    8 replies | 302 view(s)
  • Diabolik's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 06:35 AM
    I saw these on Tiger Direct this morning. It looks like they may operate almost the same way. There are some videos on YouTube from this company, but I am not sure if it is the exact ones? For the price of 3, it might be worth looking into. Even comes with a remote. :eek: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=9186494&sku=VAG-102590879&SRCCODE=WEM4379BY&utm_source=EML&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=WEM4379&cm_lm=astreamk1@zoominternet.net
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  • xxScorpion64xx's Avatar
    12-13-2014, 01:27 PM
    Dang, I'm such a slacker...
    12 replies | 528 view(s)
  • xxScorpion64xx's Avatar
    12-13-2014, 05:09 AM
    I'm jealous. ..nice job putting it together
    8 replies | 302 view(s)
  • xxScorpion64xx's Avatar
    12-13-2014, 05:05 AM
    Congrats, that turned out great
    12 replies | 528 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    12-12-2014, 05:08 PM
    Pretty funny! Thanks for the pic.
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    12-11-2014, 04:50 PM
    Thanks so much, Hilda and Paint It Black!
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  • xxScorpion64xx's Avatar
    12-11-2014, 03:45 PM
    Don't forget Lon Chaney
    27 replies | 615 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    12-10-2014, 05:20 PM
    Maybe this motor would work? http://www.ebay.com/itm/TYC-50-ROBUST-AC-SYNCHRONOUS-MOTOR-110V-AC-2-5-3RPM-CW-CCW-Torque-8kg-4W-50-60HZ-/161462428084?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2597e921b4 Or even just a reindeer motor?
    44 replies | 1426 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    12-10-2014, 05:16 PM
    I understand where you're coming from, Mike. You could just tell them you don't know where it came from. It's not yours. :) LOL, Gym. Pretty good trick.
    15 replies | 422 view(s)
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    12-10-2014, 12:58 PM
    Ok... Wait.... I just saw your reap to Red Hallows. Holy balls man, you guys are just amazing!!! The talent of you and your wife was exceeded only by your generosity!!! Great job on that. :D :D :D Is your wife a member? I would love to leave a way to message for her too.
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    12-10-2014, 12:24 PM
    I totally understand the tech thing. The only way I was initially able to navigate pics and albums was with the help of my kids. Now that they are no longer here I have to wait for them to come home whenever I have new challenges or questions. ;)
  • xxScorpion64xx's Avatar
    12-10-2014, 10:39 AM
    Thanks Unorthodox, you are also right on the money, I wasn't trying to go full blown Xmas, my wife wanted to string lights on it but my vision was it was just a lil bear climbing a pine cone tree and was maybe stuck at the top of tree
    9 replies | 269 view(s)
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    I hope you had a good Halloween man I have another prop problem its not with Donna this time but the life size gemmy Michael Myers prop the Rob Zombie version. This thread explains the exact same problem I have:

    Every time Myers raises his knife it makes the clicking/tapping sound buckles the person who first made that thread posted a video on post number #7 its the same as mines do you have any clue what the problem can be based on that video or if you have the prop can you please help me out? I am really bummed about my gemmy props they look great but damn the electronics arent really good.
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    Started my cut list today... prob should have thought to mark my pieces before I got half way through I didnt think it would be too bad but six kits leave me with a pile of pieces. Oh well>>>
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    hope your having a good labor day weekend
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    thanks buddy.
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    Just wanted to say thanks for letting me "borrow" your design.
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    hi Diabolik. hey was going thru the boris hacks and saw your post for the spider boris scare. Do you still have the video. Would love to see it. looks awesome. thank you
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    Happy Easter, erveryone!

    (How I see my girls on Easter morning.)
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    my son got a hold of two of my spider joints for his physics class. i had an idea to use them to animate a prop. they have done some modifications to them to animate them. i don't know exactly what they have done, but they have hooked them up to a wiper motor (my idea) and they have been running it non-stop for over a week now. according to my son, so far there is no damage to the joint. they are supposed to give me their results Apr 7. i hope they took pictures! i'll let you know if and when i know. you know how kids are... HM
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