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Yay!
I just finished 1st prop for Halloween 2009, my graveyard caretaker.

There are so many creative people on here, I'm kind of embarrassed
to admit that I didn't build it completely from scratch! LOL

Head, hands and lantern I bought from Ghostride and Somethin' Different...body is made from pvc, foam and bubble wrap. Clothes from Goodwill. Neck servo I had laying around.
Anyway, here he is, I'm pretty happy with the way he turned out and he cost me about 1/4 of the ready-to-buy version by doing it myself.

 

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no need to be embarrassed that guy is cool !!! do you know where u got that neck servo ? let me know, thanks
 

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Yay!
I just finished 1st prop for Halloween 2009, my graveyard caretaker.

Anyway, here he is, I'm pretty happy with the way he turned out and he cost me about 1/4 of the ready-to-buy version by doing it myself.

You did a great job davy2, and just think..... all the money you saved on the making of this prop can now go towards the start of a whole new family of graveyard ghouls. :D
 

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This guy is awesome! I love how the movements of his head along with the expresison on the face really give him that "darting, terrified looking around" quality. Very well done.
 

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Daddy, that's a good point...i'll see what I can do...I kinda have to disrobe him to get to it...didn't even occur to me as I was working on it, was so anxious to get it done ...it's basically a pvc pipe extending up thru another larger pipe...turning neck pipe attached to a turntable on bottom end, servo attached to bottom of turntable., head attached to other end of turning pipe..I'll take pics and draw it out...
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also which head or mask did you use?I need a caretaker for my cemetery this year.and might use the neck idea for my grim reaper too.
 

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head is from one of my favorite vendors Ghost Ride Productions, called "Caretaker with hair" on THIS page...no, don't work for them, just really like their stuff!...my caretaker is a cheaper version of theirs, which rotates at the waist, I believe, instead of the neck
 

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Wow, thanks Scourge, and everyone else, for your very kind comments! :D

Chicken, it's a servocity 4 servo controller

Rookie, no vsa for this prop, though I do use it for my skeleton...this uses the servocity 4-servo controller that records and plays back animation, though there is probably a cheaper alternative for a single servo somewhere...the lantern does light up, plugs into landscape lighting wire, it's a 12v light, and the cricket sounds come out of a speaker in the bottom
 

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Thanks again to all of you! You're all too kind! :eek:

FYI, I just posted a "Head-turn how-to" in the tutorial section...requested by someone in this thread..

My first how-to, so go easy! :p
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Haha, Thanks, face...don't be scared!

once you've tried motorized or servo stuff, you realize that it's (usually) really easy!
 

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Great Job Davy2....

Kinda reminds me of the snoopy old lady across the street....she'll stand in the yard and look up and down the cul-de-sac just like your caretaker
 
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