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  1. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    The PDF's are actually hosted here on the site so I'm surprised the links are broken but let me see if I can fix these and repost in the next day or two.
  2. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    FYI: For those of you who would like to print this and review it offline, I uploaded the PDF's for this primer and they are located at the top of page 3 of this post. The PDF's are hosted here on HalloweenForum so the links should still work fine even after all these years lol...
  3. Auto Lifting Toe Pincher Coffin Lid

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    If it were me, I would use a pneumatic cylinder to raise and lower it.
  4. I want to build this pneumatic prop, need some direction.

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    I am doing a prop class at my house for the techs at a local haunt in the coming weeks, I think I'm going to build this prop, it looks like a great piece to learn on and easy for people to get around and observe. I will post some pics later on what we do.
  5. Animnatronics for Dummies?? What a great idea! Thanks Nox Arcana....

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    Animatronics Cover Page That looks awesome LOL
  6. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    Sure thing! I'm glad it has been helpful to many, and glad it is still being referred to by forum members even after 5 years lol!!!
  7. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    Thank you Mordessa! I'm not very active on here lately unless I get an email saying I have a post/response/etc... but if you have any questions just hit me up
  8. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    I used to take a bunch of exhausts from several props, run them all to a central location within about a 20-foot radius, zip-tie them all together, and wrap an old bath towl around them in a big ball, duct tape around the towel to keep it wound up, and toss it behind a wall somewhere. Works wonders
  9. Animnatronics for Dummies?? What a great idea! Thanks Nox Arcana....

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    Hey guys, I totally forgot about this... Looking back at the dates, our last entries were in late August of '09, when Fright Fest starts ramping up, and I remember having lots to do that year at Six Flags and other various haunts. The ball was clearly dropped and for that I apologize. After that...
  10. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    Feel free to PM me, or just post questions here so others who might have the same question, gets a dialogue going. Either way is fine.
  11. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    Wow I can't believe I posted this 2 and a half years ago. I am so glad people are still getting use out of this! Thanks for the good reviews guys :-) I appreciate it
  12. Mechanical: Arms rising on jumper mechansm?

    Halloween Props
    Hey ColenJacksdad, you did a great job! That is almost exactly like what I built up there in the first video! Excellent job! You can't see the mechanism in the one I made anymore because it has been foamed up with a torso and head attached now. Otherwise I would have taken more pics of it to post...
  13. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    Hey Mordessa, a standard electric air compressor will charge up your storage tank to whatever PSI you have it set for and then turn off. The PSI (per square inch) measurement basically indicates how much air you have compressed in your storage tank. The bigger the tank the better. An average air...
  14. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    Oh yeah I think the cylinder stroke was 5"-6", a typical nosemount Bimba cylinder. Note that I took a piece of flatbar, heated it, bent it completely around the cylinder, welded it into a rectangular loop, drilled a hole to mount the cylinder, and then mounted it in the rear since the cylinder...
  15. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    Video of lifter Hey FeelNecro, found the vid, just uploaded it to youtube and here you go... I threw this together in a few hours one night many years ago, used the springs as extra 'pop' factor to assist with weight since eventually there would be a body around this. I also used red and blue...
  16. Hey all!

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    Well, I am pretty much over being sick, another two weeks of meds (just pills) to take, but now I have to deal with divorce. Bottom line is my wife wanted someone else, and didn't want to tell me until I found out. She threw away 18 years for a fling of hers. So now I have that to deal with. At...
  17. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    Hey FeelNecro, let me grab a video I have floating around somewhere that illustrates just what you are asking. I will post it up here as soon as I find it. The prop lies down and sits up straight with arms extended when it comes up...
  18. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    Details Hey FeelNecro, You are not alone if you are experiencing that "lost" feeling sometimes when it comes to things like determining cylinder length, what PSI to use, how to attach the cylinder, how to orient, swivel, etc, on your props. This is a huge detractor for a lot of people, but...
  19. Beginner's Guide to Props and Pneumatics

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    The PDF's of this are in this thread a few pages back...top of page 3 I believe.
  20. Life get's in the way, part 2

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    Well, on Christmas Eve, I went into the hospital for an infection and was there for 5 days. Now I am home but have to spend the next 3 weeks on IV antibiotics. Talk about suck-factor of 10... anyhow I can't lift anything over 10 pounds, can't really do anything constructive just yet, still...
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