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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 06:42 PM
    Thanks for all of the positive comments! I appreciate all of them. chubstuff - yes, you said a mouthful. Although I have come up with many original props over the years, most of the animated props I've built were originally conceived by another haunter. It wasn't until 2002 when I was first on the internet that I realized "Hey, I could actually build my own Halloween props". And if I built if myself, I know exactly how to repair it if it breaks. We all inspire each other and I've never...
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    Today, 05:09 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Pneumatic: how is this movement done? in Halloween Props
    Looks kind of like the swaying zombie prop mechanism. One of our own forum members, Diabolik, runs Spider Hill Props, and he sells a mechanism that might work for you. Or you can build your own. http://www.spiderhillpropworks.com/Animated-Swaying-Zombie-Complete-Kit_p_24.html
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 05:04 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Safety Coffin in Halloween Props
    I haven't seen them in a while, but if you could attach a vibrating motor to the "pole" holding the bell, when triggered it would shake the bell violently enough to ring like crazy. That would also free you from having to use string. You can make your own vibrating motor by attaching a half circle of wood/metal to the shaft of a fast motor. Probably at least 50 to 60 RPM. Even this one might do:...
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    Today, 04:55 PM
    Great looking prop! I need to totally re-do my cauldron creep. Looking at your video, I think you would get more arm movement/motion if your stirring stick was straight instead of being curved. But, maybe you designed it that way. As far as the spine, I wonder if you could make or extend the current spine, to the hip, with something flexible, like a piece of rubber or plastic of some sort. Then paint it to match the spine color. It would move with your motor and still give the illusion of a...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 04:37 PM
    Looking good! I had a good time making my cemetery columns. Good luck!
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    05-11-2019, 11:52 AM
    VIDEO: https://youtu.be/fTJSfBQC-WI This a project I actually completed for Halloween 2017, but have been lax in finding the time to take some decent pics and shoot a video of it in action. I always loved the Grave-Digging Skeleton, but always wondered if I could re-engineer it in a new way and with a different motor. I figured that since the arms of the skeleton are already attached to the handle of the shovel, why not figure out some way to actually make the arms move the shovel back...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    05-11-2019, 11:07 AM
    If you are wanting to float the candelabra like an FCG, it will work, just I would recommend using a very slow motor (3 or 4 RPM) for a subtle floating movement. And the crank for your motor will be very short, since the candelabra is not that wide. I would just experiment by mounting your motor and pulleys on the bottom of a flat board. Then try a short crank length and use that as a reference to judge what changes you need from there. In my mind, your idea would look pretty cool. Kind of...
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  • halloween71's Avatar
    05-05-2019, 05:29 AM
    wish it was still on.
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  • halloween71's Avatar
    05-05-2019, 05:25 AM
    There use to be one on fear net called route 666 with Danielle Harris.Several of our members were on that.But its not on anymore and you really cant find clips of it either.Davisgraveyard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Opb4eed97Q
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  • halloween71's Avatar
    05-05-2019, 05:17 AM
    mail order meds have become what companys want you to do.I dont see how any pharmacys stay in business. I got several halloween ite,s at cvs last year...cool and unique items.I hate to hear this.
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  • halloween71's Avatar
    04-29-2019, 12:25 PM
    Its the ending of most that leave me like wtf...But I still think they are awesome and totally out of the box as far as shows goes.And I do go back and rewatch to get more of a love/hate relationship with them.Not sure how i will like them if Evan isnt in them..he is a constient and I like that.
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    04-26-2019, 05:04 PM
    I've built many versions of an Animated Ouija board over the last ten years or so and they are not really that hard to build. Here's a link to a tutorial I made many years ago on how to build one. https://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-and-step-by-step/107554-animated-ouija-board-vent-motor-part-1-a.html I used to sell these boards on E-bay, so I'm guessing between all those I sold and the ones I made for friends I have probably built 50 to 60 of them. Still have a few...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    04-26-2019, 04:41 PM
    He's talking about these: https://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G21146 I used one for a prop once, but I manually triggered it off and on with a remote control. Not the easiest way to do it, I'm sure.
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  • notjustaphaze's Avatar
    04-26-2019, 01:43 PM
    notjustaphaze replied to a thread Lighting: candle help and ideas in Halloween Props
    Thanks. Sorry had to work. I counted and got 129 in the first batch. Any ideas??
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  • Blade-of-the-Moon's Avatar
    04-26-2019, 07:34 AM
    I'm going to try and get on it next week or so? I have to be ready by May 29th but this HUGE haunt build is eating all my free time. Hoping to limit my projects to just one or two new things for this event. I have an Indoraptor mask I want to try to make it look like it's attacking fom inside a crate via wiper motor too..sigh. I mentioned the solar lights and using them as the beacons on top of the fence? I lucked out and found Lowes had their Stained Glass spray paint on clearance...
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  • notjustaphaze's Avatar
    04-25-2019, 10:35 AM
    notjustaphaze started a thread Lighting: candle help and ideas in Halloween Props
    I recently had a conversation with a friend that works at a custom lighting company. Some of her lamps have plastic candles. She has been throwing away the extra ones. She just gave me my first batch of the leftover candles. They already have factory candle wax drips on them. They also come with a plastic sleeve to go on the inside to cover up any wiring. My only problem is that they are all only 4 inches tall and 1 inch wide so I will have to wire them. Give me some ideas how to use these. And...
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  • Blade-of-the-Moon's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 08:39 PM
    I'm sketching out ideas for our Dino Park in the Dark event which starts in June. I'm thinking to make fencing using 3 8' 2x4 per post. I'm planning to make an "I" beam by turning the middle one sideways, sandwhiching it between the other two and screwing them together. I'm going to stand them up hammering those green stakes Lowes sells in the ground and screwing them to each one, easy up/easy down. I'll paint them grey, drill holes and insert painted grey rope from the wire. Solar lights...
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    Happy Easter, erveryone!



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    Love your costume....very cool!
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    Great. It's not nearly as intimidating as it seems, and a very rewarding prop. You will get tons of comments on it. Good luck, and I'm here for you if I can help.
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    I thought that was the one you were referring to. It definately has good torque. I use one to run some spiders attached to it like a FCG. It says continuous duty, but I do not use it continuous for too long of a time, as it is part of an animation that has it cycle on and off intermitently. I would definately recommend it, and have not had any problems, but I probably only have maybe 10 hours of total use on it, so I would not be a good guage of long term dependability.
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    No problem. Refresh my memory on which motors. Do you have a link?
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    great looking GB!!!

    How are the twins??
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