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Animatronics for newbies - looking for a good source

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For years I've only dealt with static props and really haven't had the time to dedicate to figuring out how to make things move. Now that I have the time, I'd really like to look into animatronics to see how they work. That said, I was wondering if anyone knew of a resource online (or books) that explains things in simple terms. I don't know anything about electronics but want to start somewhere. I'm sure there are tons of things to read online but wanted to ask here first since some of you might have sites that helped you out.

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· Prop Master
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What about simple fan motors? little motors like that can be repurposed into simple moving props, or you could alway's take a simple motor and alter it to make the prop move in different ways, maybe even a simple motion detector that people walk by and trigger. thats all i use is motors, if your trying to do actual animatronics through computer cue's and programming try youtube.

· Registered
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Pneumatics are definitely over my head so it will take me a while to get to that daring and adventures stage! lol! I agree TNF, small fan motors is probably the place to start. I'm the type of person that likes to know how things work so that I can no only understand it but also manipulate it.

Thanks for the link, Abunai. I actually visit that site now and then.

· Registered
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My first project was pneumatic... not exactly sure why at this point.
I also started by trying to scratch build simple controllers. They work well but were a bit of a pain and took a lot of time.

Then I got http://www.frightideas.com/picoboos/picoboo-ac.html for christmas last year and found that although they do cost a bit, proper controllers make for a nice overall effect.

I used to go to http://www.halloweenmonsterlist.info and google but now I find most of what I want to build here.
Every year the display gets a bit bigger and more complicated

For some reason this video inspired me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1lvQfMgGoA
Almost nothing for "electronics" made it sound simple, then with the understanding that if it moves you can turn it into a prop I started making stuff

Good luck
Happy Halloween
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