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I'm staring what will probably be the last build for Halloween this year a Zombie Breakout Cage. It will be based off the Planet Doom Haunt's build.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYneZhZzrsM&t=231s

I'll start with a 6 by 6 fence panel form homedepot.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/YARDGARD...ble-Single-Walk-Fence-Gate-3283AD72/203432025

Instead of Pneumatics I'm going to use a wiper motor from fright props with a 12V power supply on the high side. I think it will have enough speed and torque to move the panel.

I'll probably just make one zombie because I only have a just under 5 foot opening to use it in. The zombie will be your basic PVC build with a Zombie mask on it. The costume will some cheap stuff from goodwill that I make all dirty.

https://www.amazon.com/Mask-Head-Zo...rd_wg=4jOdn&psc=1&refRID=YW3X4FWN7AKS4REGEHHQ

The hands will be these linked below with wire in the fingers to make it grip the fence.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WW334Q3/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The controller will be the good old Motion Detector hack. The cheap ones from Walmart come with 2 light sockets built in so I can use one to power the motor and the speakers and the other for a colored light. Walmart has a $15 MP3 player that I plan on using along with some powered PC speakers.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/MS34-110...Ship-from-USA-Brand-Cooper-Lighting/468688930

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Eclipse-Fit-Clip-4GB-MP3-Player-Silver-Yellow/40171027

Please let me know if I missed anything.
 

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The hands came in the mail today!!! Man you gotta love amazon prime.
I also found a bag of 80 fake nails at the dollar store. I just need to grab some thick floral wire for the fingers.
I just placed a order with fright props so Ill have my motor soon.
The mask is on its way also so I may take apart the scarecrow I make to make the zombie.
lastly my local Home depot has the fence panel I wanted in stock. The only down side is that I have to build it my self.
 

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Sounds a lot like my current build, except I'm a real cheapskate. While looking at fencing, I found some four-foot wide wire panels nearby. They have bigger rectangular holes and I think they are for concrete foundations, but for $7 I can live with it. I'm going to frame it with PVC.
 

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Sounds a lot like my current build, except I'm a real cheapskate. While looking at fencing, I found some four-foot wide wire panels nearby. They have bigger rectangular holes and I think they are for concrete foundations, but for $7 I can live with it. I'm going to frame it with PVC.
I really wish I could fine a fence cheaper but I want it to be metal so it looks real.

Looks great. Love the hands, they look really real. Looking forward to see how your wiper rocking mechanism works.
Oh yes I'll definitely post pictures and videos. It should be a very basis setup with only one other linkage than the wiper motor arm.
These are my new go too hands for props! Cheap and shipped fast by amazon. Just push a wire down the fingers and they are easily poseable.
 

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I got the mask yesterday! Way sooner than I expected so I built my zombie.

Sorry for the messy room but I've got it setup to scare my girlfriend when she gets home. LOL that's how I test most of my props.

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The neck flap on the mast is a bit shorter than expected and shows the wig head in the back but I'll be fine under haunt light.

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I still need to paint the hands a bit to match the mask but they look fine for now. I used 18 Gauge wire to pose the fingers but I may need to double them up so that It holds a grip on the fence.

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I'll do another update when my motor gets in.
 

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Sounds a lot like my current build, except I'm a real cheapskate. While looking at fencing, I found some four-foot wide wire panels nearby. They have bigger rectangular holes and I think they are for concrete foundations, but for $7 I can live with it. I'm going to frame it with PVC.
Is this what your talking about?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/42-in-x-84-in-Sheared-Welded-Steel-Wire-Remesh-Sheet-004061/206340461

I understand what your saying now! LOL sorry Im stealing your idea.
 

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So here is my plan for the zombie fence.

I plan on using 2 Steel Wire Remesh Sheets for the fence using zip ties to attach them together.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/42-in-x-8...4061/206340461

Then using 1 inch PVC to frame it all out.

Two 90 fittings at the top

http://www.homedepot.com/p/DURA-1-in-Schedule-40-PVC-90-Degree-Elbow-C406-010/100346841

Two 3 way fittings at the bottom so I can add "feet" for support.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Formufit...-Elbow-in-White-4-Pack-F0013WE-WH-4/205749287

I will then use Sand and sand bags to weight it down.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/SAKRETE-60-lb-Multi-Purpose-Sand-40100307/100350266

http://www.homedepot.com/p/An-Wil-Polypropylene-Sand-Bag-SAND-BAG/202522998

Im probably going to build some kind of stand out of 2x4s for the motor to mount on. I'll make that part up as I go.

The fence will mount in one of two places.

Here in the opening in front of the door

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or here at a 45 so I can make the fence bigger and fit two zombies in it.

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Those are the only places I can put a single fence panel that will look believable.
 

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You might be able to hide the motor underneath some chicken wire and then put creepy cloth with vines in it and leaves. Make it look like overgrown weeds and vines growing up the fence. They sell them on amazon for chain link fences as privacy screens.

The wiper motor should work well with a linear motion. Looks like you have a good plan, should look good.
 

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Heading out to home depot with my shopping list. All in all it'll run me about $50 for the fence. It's still more that I wanted to spend but about 1/2 the price of a real one and will be easier to take apart for storage.

The fence section will be 6ft tall by 7ft wide so I can place it closer to the rest of the haunt. If you look at the first picture you will see he would have been hidden way too far back. If I'm putting this much work into it I want it to be seen!

Now that it's longer then my first set of plans Im going to add a support pipe down the center by adding a T fitting at the top and bottom with another section of PVC connection them. I dont want it flexing too much with all the moment.

I'll post pics when its all done.
 

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I really wish I could fine a fence cheaper but I want it to be metal so it looks real.
Check your local craigslist. I just found some chainlink fencing (and pipes) in my area for free. They guy wants it hauled off. The listing says they are rusted out but hey, I actually want that in a Halloween prop! :D

Makes me want to try this.
 

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Check your local craigslist. I just found some chainlink fencing (and pipes) in my area for free. They guy wants it hauled off. The listing says they are rusted out but hey, I actually want that in a Halloween prop! :D

Makes me want to try this.
I did. I found some fence for cheap but I drive a mazda 5. It's alright because the fence I'm building now will be easier to store.
 

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Remember how I said that I didnt want too much flex? Yeah I messed that one up by getting schedule 20 PVC by accident. I think it will be ok where I have it because it can rest on the wall. Without the wall behind it the wight of the zombie will pull it down.

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It way too hot outside to work on mounting the motor. Ill mess with it some more when the sun goes down.
 

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That's the same fence panel I got. I'm just going to make one shake. Yours might be wobbly because it's so big. PVC is a little flimsy once it starts getting long. Maybe break it up into two sections and have only one move?
 

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Yeah it has way way too much flex I've gotta reinforce it some how. I'm thinking that a 2x2 frame may be better. The flex in the fence is taking away from the movement of the zombie.

Yeah it's kinda big but I made it to fit the opening I have.
 

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The 2x2s are working much better so far! Once my locktight dries will give it a full test run with the zombie attached.

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The motor is attached to a post I made from 2x4s. Sadly I live in military housing and can not drill into the outside wall of the house.

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Its weighted down with sandbags to keep it from tipping over. They should be easy to hide with some creepy cloth.

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The motor is attached to the 2x2 with a single linkage and a drywall screw.

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I really dont like how viable the motor and post is but really my only option at the moment.
 

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I really don't like how viable the motor and post is but really my only option at the moment.
You could hide the motor by making it look like a small overgrown tree using that pool noodle corpsing effect.
You could also turn it into a small telephone pole with an electrical box on it, in the box hide the motor.
You could also add to your effect by making the fence electrified, have the zombies fingers and head light up and spark, add some electrical noise... etc...
 
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