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So, I decided at the last minute this year that I was going to take a crack at an animated Santa Claus. I started out with a slightly modified version of our Watchman prop and then I added the waving arm which is powered by one of our 6 RPM gear motor kits. I used a simple version of the arm movement from the Hitchhiking ghosts I built. People ask all the time about different parts we sell and what it can be used for. This was a perfect fit for that little gear motor and it handles it with no problems. I fabricated the bracket for the drive arm from 1/2" wide steel and there is a 1/4" steel rod running through the arm riding on a pair of brass bushings.

I bought the complete Santa Suit, gloves, glasses, and Santa Belly from buycostumes.com on sale. The boots are a pair of surplus army boots I had laying about which I added the fur rings from the costume's boot covers. We could not find a full Santa head so I ended up ordering a mask from China for now but it is late getting here. The hands are a pair of cheap Totally Ghoul zombie hands from Kmart covered by $4 Santa gloves!

I made a set of leg tubes out of carpet padding, now I just need to work on his belly and torso. I will post some more pictures soon.

I am hoping I can get the rest of the body wrapped up in the next 2 nights. We are going to put him in our front window next to our tree.


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Thanks Dave. I was outvoted on making him a zombie Santa. Who knows, maybe he'll reappear next Halloween? :rolleyes:
I'm chuckling at this! Does that guy in Ohio still have his zombie nativity scene up?

I got hopeful when I saw Santa because I covet the animated hitchhiking ghosts you made. Did the lucky buyer of those frames ever post video on here of the finished ghosts? I fully plan on animating my caretaker with your kit this year! I always mention Spider Hill Prop Works when people ask me how I made my static pvc props. :D
 

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Thanks HM. To do over again, for a Santa, I'd do a static frame with the waving arm. The turning/waving combo would look better for something like a funhouse clown I think. On that note, I do plan on making an arm waving kit available. I have already started ordering the parts. There are still a few hurdles in getting this into a kit form. I have been running our Santa a good bit and so far he is running like a champ!
An arm waving kit? WOO HOO!!! It's already in my plans to order the grave digger motion kit from you this year. Imma gonna have to give you my new credit card number and tell you to take all my money! :D
 
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