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So I kind of finished our gravekeeper Monday. We call him Old Man Herbert. He's just missing his shovel right now, but other than that he's complete.

I used a partial "bride of articulation" form for the poseable arms and shoulders. The mask was tracked down for me by Nancy at Halloween Asylum (Thanks so much, once again!), the hands are from Ghostride. They came in a nice flesh tone that in no way matched the mask so I painted them with gray and peach spray paint and airbrushed detail in black (hard to see in this lighting). His clothing is from garage sales and Salvation Army, and my old leftovers. The lamp has a flicker flame bulb in it.

Heeeeeeeeere's Herbert!
 

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Thanks everyone! I'll get some nice still pics of him tonight with more detail. The motor I used is this good old cheapo gear motor from Surplus Center. I bought a bunch of them a while back and used one for my new upstairs crank ghost and now one for Herbert. They are only about 4 RPM, dead quiet and very smooth-moving.
 

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I bought a bunch of those motors a while ago too! Great to know! How did you rig the mechanism/crank for it? How did you attach it to the shaft of the motor? That's the only thing I don't like about these motors- difficult to attach to.
 

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Ok, so here are some more, better lit, pics.




I'll see if I can get some pics of the mechanism tonight or this weekend. Its just a simple linkage like what you would use for a leer prop. But I stuck the bottom of a metal rod into a mounted bearing and ran it up through a PVC pipe piece to keep the rod close to the body and then I stuck his head (mask with chopped down foam wighead inside) on top of that.

To answer another question, to attach the linkages to the motor shaft, I used a 6mm machine screw, which just barely doesn't fit, so with some pressure and rotation you can sort of thread the inside of the plastic shaft with it. I also put JB Weld all on the inner part of the motor shaft, just to give it a little extra holding power once I put the screw in.
 
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