Put a head or some floating brains in it. Run some EL lighting wire to create a life support system. Or, put an arm bone, add some flesh to it and then attach Piranha fish and run air out where they are feeding.
It was nothing really fancy but several years ago, I made a sculpey brain for a party and put it in my old tank, along with a doll eye (would've used two, but I'd misplaced the other one). Added some highlighter dye to the water and put a blacklight in the fixture.
The brain had two screws in the "temples", to which copper wire was attached (there were also short bits in the end of the medulla oblongata). The wire attached to a thin wooden bar placed under the light fixture, suspending the brain midway in the tank. Air trapped in the doll eye and the natural rigidity of the tubing made the eye tend to float. A long air stone was placed in the bottom to provide "oxygen" (and the circulating water from that and the filter in back made the eye tend to bob around randomly a bit)
Nowadays I'd do something more elaborate, possibly using 3d printed parts (i.e. trim on the tank, mad scientist widgets, etc.) I still have the brain and eyes, but I'd have to get a new tank (or use one of those giant cheese puff containers like some people do)
Im interested in making a variety of motion options with a wiper blade motor. These could be used to animate individual props or multiple props. Below are some explorations. Does anyone have directions on how to make mechs to achieve different motions?
Ive seen a couple here but am looking...
Where should I start. What are good cylinders to use and what brands are good and cheap. Also what are good 5port solenoids that are cheap. And where should I buy fittings. Also I am thinking of running 5 cylinders total. I am making 3 props with the 5 cylinders. What size compressor should I...
So I had the stuff I was giving away in the garage (mistake #1) and had a couple of beers (mistake #2) and before I knew it the old dog had a new dog house. Pneumatic doors coming up after the paint dries.
I rely on so many of you to guide my prop builds, and this thread will be no different. This year two of my props had motors that failed, and I'm pretty sure it was our fault for asking them to do something they weren't meant to do. I'm hoping that with a bit of guidance, we can set them up...