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question for those that have one, how sturdy is the MM project when complete? I usually store all of our props at a location well away from our haunt, so a reaper would need to move a few miles at least. Would a 7 foot reaper hold up to moving in the back of a pickup truck? Laying flat on a stack of blankets, etc of course.

Have built most of our props to disassemble for easier storage and moving, but a big reaper wouldn't be able to be disassembled so easy.

thanks for the answers.
 

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Holding up would truly depend on the "skeleton" and the thickness of the MM. The stronger the framework, the better it would hold up during transportation.
A caution to that, the stronger the framework, thicker the MM, the heavier the reaper.
A 7' reaper is going to be heavy.
After a couple of years of moving mine around, the MM began to crumble eventually reverting most of the skin back to burlap.
Unless you find a hard shell to apply to the MM (which has also been addressed in many blogs) it will likely deteriorate somewhat the more, farther it's moved.
All in all, if you're real careful moving it, it should last years at least. Even when the MM begins to soften, they're still worth the effort.
Good Luck!
 

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I'm not sure if the Davis's are here or the other Haunt forum, but they would be the peolpe to talk to. See if you can look up Davis Graveyard.
 

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I posted about my MM Reaper in this thread in the Tutorials section. It's about 7' tall, but if you have a look at the album I linked to there, you'll see I built mine to split in half for transport (though it made the shape somewhat awkward, it was necessary since I knew it would eventually have to be moved).

After almost a full year standing outside in the weather, we moved it in a pickup. It suffered some damage in the process because the MM was rather brittle and starting to come off, which might also be a side effect of the weedblock fabric I used in place of burlap. The album has a picture of its state afterward. It survived well enough that I put it out without much effort at repair (in the dark it's hard to tell). I'll repair/rebuild it when I have more time.
 

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question for those that have one, how sturdy is the MM project when complete? I usually store all of our props at a location well away from our haunt, so a reaper would need to move a few miles at least. Would a 7 foot reaper hold up to moving in the back of a pickup truck? Laying flat on a stack of blankets, etc of course.

Have built most of our props to disassemble for easier storage and moving, but a big reaper wouldn't be able to be disassembled so easy.

thanks for the answers.
I move mine with a dolley from the front yard to back of my shed. He's only a year old though. I also have two coats of drylok on him.
 

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thanks all for the replies. the damage was my biggest reason for not making one of these before. i have no way to store something that size where we set up our haunt. i think i'm going to try stiltbeast's rubber coated graveyard statue. this would probably handle moving better, and if not is easier to remake. plus, it's already rubber so it should hold up well if i have to store this outside till next year.
 

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I only move mine in and out of the garage so I can't speak for moving it any real distance. I don't know that it would hold up that well lying down though as I know mine is pretty heavy and I would think it would start to crack being transported lying down. depending on how you build it, might be alright if you are able to really cushion it and keep it from moving around.
 
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