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  1. Wiper Motor Question

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    I think I have read every thread regarding wiper motors but haven't seen one addressing my problem. I'm building an Axworthy Ghost and have purchased a MG Wiper Motor. My question is this: what's the best way to attach the bicycle wheel, pulley, pie plates, (etc), or whatever you may be using...
  2. Mechanical: Leering Larry 2019 progress

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    Just a video showing the progress on my Leering Larry. Mechanical done. Now gotta make him look like a rotting pirate and position him in place with a lantern. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpRn2rHFUNc
  3. Mechanical: Floating Candle Prop

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    Here is a photo of my Floating Candle Prop that I design and built a few years ago. It is a pretty simple mechanical animation prop, but the results (with the right lighting and setting) can be pretty impressive. I give away all of my secrets in my how-to videos, if you would like to see it in...
  4. Mechanical: Making a gate hinge squeak

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    I recently came across a fence that I've adapted for in front of my graveyard. It's naturally weathered and looks perfect and covers the entire 40 foot front of the area. It has a small gate that I want to insert in the middle and use a wiper motor to open and close the gate, obviously with...
  5. Mechanical: Alien Bug Larva

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    Just finished up another prop for our district show. I posted pictures of the mechanical stuff before, here is the finished piece.
  6. Working Nightmare Before Christmas Countdown Clock

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    I've been wanting to make a working countdown clock from The Nightmare Before Christmas for a while now, but I'm stuck on one part of the design and could use some input from you guys. My goal is I want to make the countdown part of the clock (### Days to Halloween) actually functional, but I...
  7. Mechanical: Moving Snake Medusa Headpiece-HELP!

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    Hi All! I'm hoping the Halloween hive-mind can come together and help me brainstorm this! My dream costume is Medusa, but I only want to do it if I can get the snakes to move in the headpiece. Right now, I'm thinking about 6 snakes that will swivel or move just slightly. The snakes themselves...
  8. Mechanical: NEED HELP! Got this second hand, where does cord go?

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    Hi Got this zombie girl on a swing..... there is a cord with a cube on the end with a hole in it (attached to the base of her butt). Where does this plug into?? Looked everywhere!! grr frustrated. thanks for any help you give me!
  9. Mechanical: Cauldron Creep In The Making

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    So after seeing the deteriorating condition of some of my props after 5 years, I decided to scrap a few and make new ones. This stirring witch prop used a record player and pool noodles for arms and it worked alright until the record player died. https://youtu.be/CYviZUTAzNg?t=42s So its time...
  10. Mechanical: Axworthy questions

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    I am planning / buying the materials for an Axworthy ghost build. And having never built one before, I have questions of the wise ones among us. First off - does anyone know why it is called an "Axworthy" ghost? How long a line can you run (which bridges into the next question)? What...
  11. Mechanical: One of our eight scares! DO try this at home!

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    We're new here, but wanted to say hello and let everyone know about some of the mechanical scares we have built over the last 8 years for our walk-through haunted house. We'll be holding our 8th Annual this year, and still going strong. If you're interested, check out...
  12. Mechanical: How to Make Box that Seems to have Live Animal Jump Out when Opened

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    I've seen these in videos, like funniest home videos, and always wanted to make one. I'm not a mechanical genius but they can't be that hard, can they? I have a wooden box with a lid that opens with hinges. How would I rig up the stuffed animal to fly out when the box is opened? Thanks!
  13. Mechanical: Windshield Wiper Motor Prop Help!

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    EDIT: "Hmm maybe I should mention that I'm 18 and have no experience with motors, thus the reason I was asking for help. Any other suggestions? Maybe something that can utilize the the full rotation of the wiper motor?" I am about to acquire a windshield wiper motor and I had an idea in mind...
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