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Two new pirate props almost finished. I couldn't find a treasure chest that I wanted to spend a load of cash on, so made one out of foamboard. It took about a half of a 4 x 8 1/2 inch sheet. It's looking good so far. Plan is to prop up the lid and put in a false bottom with treasure inside.

The other is mechanical. It's a pirate skelly that will be sitting on the ground trying to pull a sword out of its ribcage. I got a (free!) deer motor, mounted it to an aluminum bar, and built the ribcage and arms out of coathanger wire and masking tape. I need to weather proof it somehow, but once dressed it should look pretty cool.
Here's a couple of pics, more pics of the work in process are in my album.

 

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They look good. Any chance of getting a video of the skelly in motion? Would like to see the movement of the deer motor and how the arms are working at pulling out the sword.
 

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Thanks!

Here's video (or at least an attempt to post a video) of the skeleton in action. Sorry for the tilted frame at the end--I thought I'd turned off the camera.

The motor is secured to the aluminum bar with a couple of hose clamps. It is a little rickety. I also noticed that after about an hour the screw that secures the sword to the armature slips, so I may need to make some modifications to it.

 
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