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Has anyone worked with Harvey Skull over Bucky for animatronics?

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Next year I would like to try and do the talking Skull animatronics that I have seen on this site. It looks like most are suggesting the Bucky skull for it, but I really like the Harvey skull since it is more life life. It has a removable skull and hinged jaw like the bucky...but the teeth are way better and you can get it with an aged look. Anyone have any experience working with this skull for this type of project?

Link below as a reference to it...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aged-Harvey...n-Skull-NEW-/200921038098?hash=item2ec7d3bd12
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Scary Papa: A "blow-mold" skull is simply a hollow thin plastic skull... cheaper to make but not as detailed as your Buckys, Harveys, or Lindbergs, so they're sold in the seasonal Halloween sections at pharmacies, Walmarts, etc. (They're called "blow-mold" because they're made by inflating a hot plastic balloon in a mold.) Some of them have (cheaply) hinged jaws which are convenient when making the skull talk. I've noticed most seem to be smaller than life-size, which can be an issue shoving all the mechanicals in if you're trying to do a traditional 3-axis.

As has been said before, the Bucky skulls are durable but HEAVY, so I used a Lindberg for my 3-axis. Really like the look of the Harvey (especially the teeth!) but a little brown gel wood stain on your Lindberg goes a long way.

Lightweight plastic skulls are easier for servos to push around, and heavier skulls usually look better. The Lindbergs are highly recommended because they hit the sweet spot. For what it's worth, making a 3-axis for me was a pretty rewarding experience that taught me a lot, and worked better than I feared it might.

Quick, unconfirmed Google comparison:
Bucky: 3lbs, ~$15US
Lindberg: 1.8lbs, ~$16US
Harvey: 2lbs, ~$40US
Blowmold: <1lb, <$5US
 

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NeverHart,
Just curious, where'd you find a Lindberg for $16?
Google Shopping / Amazon... $16 plus $7 shipping. I think thats what I paid for mine back in the day.

http://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=...npMgCFdK_gAodnd8CSg&ei=270OVpbeONL_ggSdv4vQBA

And ScaryPapa: the (easy!) instructions for installing a servo in the Bucky Talking Skull are here, although you'll have to find a way of controlling it... $40 is a steal!
http://www.scary-terry.com/buckyservo/buckyservo.htm
 
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