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    Mechanical: Skeleton crew this year

    Literally. Weather, work, and other things put restrictions on the set up this year, but I did manage to get something out. Pics of a new Pirate helmsman below. Animated with a deer motor. With...
  2. We have lots of activity here. But I do remember...

    We have lots of activity here. But I do remember about 20 years ago when neighborhood trick or treating was out and everyone took their kids to the mall to trick or treat. It was kind of weird, and...
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    Prop Showcase: Great suggestions on the name. Thanks! Now I...

    Great suggestions on the name. Thanks! Now I have to pick one (and build a stern to carve it on).
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    Prop Showcase: These are great names. Keep them coming. The...

    These are great names. Keep them coming. The darker the better. And thanks for the nice comments. Darius, I like your poem. Someone should put it to music as a sea shanty. Geo, it all breaks...
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    Prop Showcase: Pirate ship with no name

    We've put out our pirate ship in front of the house for the past several years, adding bits and pieces each Halloween. The other day someone asked me what the ship was called, and I had to admit ...
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    Mechanical: It was a bit of a rocky road getting these guys...

    It was a bit of a rocky road getting these guys up and running, but all worked out nice for Halloween night (I ended up with only one 3-axis, but a new controller board for next year will fix that). ...
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    that is a great tutorial. thank you!

    that is a great tutorial. thank you!
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    Static: Try this, hope it helps: ...

    Try this, hope it helps:

    http://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-step-step/104358-cannons.html
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    Static: Excellent work

    Excellent work
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    Mechanical: There is a lot of cleanup to do to get the jaw...

    There is a lot of cleanup to do to get the jaw servos in better sync with the audio, and only one of the characters have all three axis working (controller board issue, the mechanics in the skulls...
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    Mechanical: I, for one, am glad you brought this up. I (and...

    I, for one, am glad you brought this up. I (and yes, this is a strong word) hate that almost everything I want nowadays is only available on-line. I don't mind driving. I am tired of paying double...
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    Electronic/Software: I have a variety of servos, some 'off brand' but...

    I have a variety of servos, some 'off brand' but others that are not (they came with the GYS kit). Same problem no matter what type of servo. I got some help from the Parallax Propeller forum (along...
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    Electronic/Software: For anyone thinking of using the USB Parallax...

    For anyone thinking of using the USB Parallax (Propeller) servo controller board, you may run into problems using Cat5 and/or runs of any distance.

    Older boards may not have this issue but a...
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    Static: I got two of these from here:...

    I got two of these from here:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hanging-Skeleton-60/14955470

    and I think they're the same. Took about a week to ship. Couple of things to note...they are not quite 5...
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    Electronic/Software: thanks. Two good options (buckaneerdude's...

    thanks. Two good options (buckaneerdude's suggestion is out of stock! ug!).

    bfjou812, I think I saw on another post where you were planning to go the cat5 route for wiring. Have you tried it...
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    Electronic/Software: I have a solid 5 volt mega-amp power supply--an...

    I have a solid 5 volt mega-amp power supply--an ATX from an old computer. Problem is that I'm apparently loosing too much voltage along the cat 5 cable run, hence the need for a 6 volt supply. This...
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    Electronic/Software: I've been looking around and am unable to find a...

    I've been looking around and am unable to find a 6 volt power source with anything more than about 2 amps---not enough to power all the servos I'm using (10 total, all may be in use at the same time...
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    I just flip the fog machine on, and it cycles off...

    I just flip the fog machine on, and it cycles off and on as it heats up. The fog fires off whevever it wants to. A nice effect is that some residual fog stays in the cannon the whole time, so you...
  19. Thread: Cannons

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    Cannons

    Chef over at the Pirates group was asking about how to make cannons. My cannons are pretty low tech compared to many, but they do fire to sound and smoke. No pnuematics and they are not synced to a...
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    Electronic/Software: this forum kicks @SS. Thank you all!!

    this forum kicks @SS. Thank you all!!
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    Electronic/Software: Spinman, I went with the propeller board because...

    Spinman, I went with the propeller board because of the USB connection.

    Power may be my problem. I'm using an ATX supply harvested from a computer, with the connections on the controller board...
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    Electronic/Software: Thanks for the input! The controller is by...

    Thanks for the input!

    The controller is by Parallax:

    http://www.parallax.com/Store/Accessories/MotorServos/tabid/163/ProductID/595/List/0/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName
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    Electronic/Software: 3 axis skull servo/cat 5 wiring

    Help.

    I started wiring up four servos to a Propeller servo controller via Cat 5, reviewed everything I could find here and other places on the web, and am missing a step somewhere. I though I'd...
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    Mechanical: thanks all for the nice comments. lorddamax,...

    thanks all for the nice comments.

    lorddamax, the skull is a plain old 4th quality bucky. I did, however, have to use a Dremel to remove a lot of excess material to make it lighter. The...
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    Mechanical: Ave dipped me 'ands in muddy water

    One more lost soul to the draw of 3 axis. Here's a short video of my first test. Plan is to add three pirates this year....
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