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    Today, 08:46 AM
    Try to guess this is from where?
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    Yesterday, 05:05 PM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Mechanical: Flying Crank Ghost advice? in Halloween Props
    Howdy, I actually bought that rig and ghost from another vendor. Yes, I hung my rig from the PVC. Your idea of combining the rig/frame is a good one. I am actually wanting to build an all PVC FCG rig for myself. Our PVC mounted wiper motor mount would be perfect for such an application. That is what I am planning on using. I used 1 inch PVC on mine and it was plenty strong enough.
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    Yesterday, 04:09 PM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Static: free standing figures in Halloween Props
    Hi Richbeast, If you are using 1 inch schedule 40 PVC for your legs, our mounting bases might work for you. You can mount them on a piece of 3/4" plywood and then just stand your figure up on the base. You can use the included self drilling screws to lock them in place and then when you are done, just pull them back off the bases. http://www.spiderhillpropworks.com/Universal-Mounting-Base_p_12.html Ryan
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    Yesterday, 02:14 AM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Mechanical: Flying Crank Ghost advice? in Halloween Props
    We have a really wide front window and I also made a PVC cage to house my ghost. It is very sturdy and also make attaching the black material much easier. I made mine more of a V shape as it did not need to be that deep. Worked perfectly.
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    08-28-2015, 01:49 PM
    A few new sketches
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    08-28-2015, 06:46 AM
    Hi Jason, I am glad that you like your kit! I am looking forward to seeing your progress. I got your email and sent you over a picture that might help. Here is a thread I posted a while back while finishing one of our zombies. I hope this will help give you some ideas as well. http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/139332-filling-out-pvc-body.html I am also working on a "how to" for just this sort of thing I will hopefully have done soon. Ryan
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  • osenator's Avatar
    08-27-2015, 10:18 AM
    I never ordered a box like this before. I am so going to use some items in my haunt!
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    08-26-2015, 11:20 PM
    I sketched this up in 4 minutes, I need to do more Halloween drawings!
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    08-24-2015, 11:11 AM
    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...
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    08-24-2015, 06:50 AM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Mechanical: CarnEvil - Wheel of Death in Halloween Props
    Kind of like this....
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    08-24-2015, 06:43 AM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Mechanical: CarnEvil - Wheel of Death in Halloween Props
    On your base or stand, I'd run 2 flange mount or pillow block bearings back to back several inches apart. Run the shaft for your wheel though the bearings and they will support all of the load from your wheel. Your motor should have an easy time at that point turning your wheel even if it is made from wood. :)
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    08-23-2015, 08:18 PM
    Simple battery strobe lights works very well.
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    08-23-2015, 06:08 PM
    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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    08-23-2015, 05:17 PM
    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,...
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    08-23-2015, 09:23 AM
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    08-23-2015, 09:16 AM
    I flood my Haunt a lot, as I want to make sure everyone sees it. Too many times, I see Haunts, pro also, use to little lighting, and was hard to see anything. If it want to show off an entire scene, or a specific prop, you need to control the lighting too. Color mixing is very important to me, as I just don't want a single color to be seen.
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    08-23-2015, 05:14 AM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Mechanical: Animated Watchman Prototype in Halloween Props
    Looks like you are off to a great start. Looking forward to seeing him finished. As far as the power pack/speed controller goes, you will need to protect it from the elements if you plan on leaving him outside for any period of time. I have seen people attach it to the body and just use something like a freezer bag, or you could use something like a small plastic storage container if you want to keep it accessible. Once you set the speed, you really should not need to access it anyways. :)...
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    08-17-2015, 07:11 PM
    osenator replied to a thread Your cemetery. in General Halloween
    What is Above our cemetery... an under
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    08-17-2015, 07:11 PM
    Just see my multiple Galleries.... We use a lot of different colors one.. We change the colors or patterns, or even kind of lights every year Here just a few exemples. In a tree
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    08-17-2015, 09:03 AM
    Diabolik replied to a thread Other: pvc joints breaking... in Halloween Props
    Are you using the bright white schedule 40 PVC, or the off white CPVC? We use a ton of PVC in our prop kits and had no reported issues. I do know the off white CPVC tends to be much more brittle and I have seen it crack. Where are they breaking?
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    08-14-2015, 02:17 AM
    We are in Gibsonia. :)
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    08-13-2015, 04:38 PM
    We do both, actually, we do also backyards too if the weather lets us. We take over 3 front yards too. we change our Haunt a lot every year, as we have an amazing huge collection... 2011 2012
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    08-12-2015, 04:31 PM
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    08-09-2015, 08:08 PM
    osenator replied to a thread Your cemetery. in General Halloween
    I think 2011 was the busiest Cemetary we did over the years, as we got tons of prop that year and put anything that fited it. Now, we put about 30% of our huge collection of props in the front yard. 2011
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    08-09-2015, 07:22 PM
    I think this is our new best and favorite prop, also our most expensive one too... He even was part of our Christmas décor
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    08-09-2015, 07:08 PM
    latest page of my horror comic
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    08-09-2015, 06:27 PM
    MOCKINGBIRD DRIVE HAUNT because we do actually live on that street.. and it's an Halloween Haunt... Fear it....
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