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    Menacing Molly Gear Replacement
    My Menacing Molly from Spirit Halloween needs a new 'neck' gear that swings her head forwards and back (before she leans backwards). I've tried to contact Spirit Halloween several times over the last few months but I never received a reply from their support. I don't want to replace the whole prop just for a plastic gear.. I looked on amazon at multipacks of plastic replacement gears but none of them look to accommodate a square shaft like this one has. Does anyone know where I might be able to find a replacement?

    ~16 mm diameter
    ~2.5 mm square shaft hole
    I think there is 18 teeth, it's hard to tell being some are chewed up

    Molly120190420_103729.jpg
    Molly220190420_103708.jpg

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    I hate plastic parts for gears. Hope you can find a replacement gear for her. I'm not familar with Menancing Molly (love the name though). Might be helpful for people to see what she looks like.

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    Yeah, you're not gonna get any help from Spirit on parts, they don't sell them and don't know where to get them. Those props all come from China so when they break, you're on your own. Don't mean to be a buzz kill but that's how it is. Anyway, good luck!

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    No idea if this will even be helpful but saw this Instructable on how to repair a broken gear. In this instance he had teeth missing as well. I have no idea what kind of gear that is to otherwise look for replacement parts. Looks very different from all the ones I see online.

    https://www.instructables.com/id/Broken-Gear-Repair/

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    Thinking that posting this thread on the Props forum might garner a few more responses.

    Do you know anyone with a 3-D printer and some programing skills? It looks like you could scan and then replicate the good half and flip with a simple CAD program.

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    https://www.amazon.com/Longruner-Pla...XSG8R76YEZ76M5

    I bet either this selection, or another selection that specifically has a "crown gear" which is the kind of gear you've got there, should give you at least one or two of them for poor Molly.

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    Ah a crown gear. Name seems appropriate. But what kind of shaft shape is that it sits on? Don't think it's a cylinder. Not even sure it's square. Likely some specialty part the manufacturer chose to make it difficult to repair or prevent other manufacturers from copying without putting some money into it.

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    It is a cylindrical shaft with a flat spot on it to give it purchase.

    The hole should resemble a capital D.

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    If you can't find the kind that has a hole with the flat spot on it, you can drill a small hole in that collar of plastic on top of the gear and put a small screw there on the flat of the shaft to affix it and let it work with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Spookie View Post
    Ah a crown gear. Name seems appropriate. But what kind of shaft shape is that it sits on? Don't think it's a cylinder. Not even sure it's square. Likely some specialty part the manufacturer chose to make it difficult to repair or prevent other manufacturers from copying without putting some money into it.
    It's hard to see in the picture, but the shaft is perfectly square.

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