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Animatronic Props

Monster In A Box

I’ve built a prototype Monster-in-a-Box that I’m pretty happy with – based on Mark Butler’s Super Easy Monster in a Box,  I just added a few enhancements – a real trunk (thrift shop $10), the drill opens the lid instead of lifting the box, a light inside to illuminate a half corpse prop (lid lifts about 3 inches – just enough to see “something” inside!).  Originally I used a hardware store flasher disc (39 cents) to intermittently interrupt power to both the drill and the light so the box lid bangs erraticlly instead of at a steady pace but since it takes some time to “warm up”, I pulled it out in favor of a short duration timer instead.   Here’s the scoop: …. (More)

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Grave Jumper and Popup Device

The Grave Jumper is the first animatronic that I ever built but this project will explain how to build the new version.  Its a different design that is cheaper and more stream line then the original that I built back in 1998 which was retired for the 2008 season.  The Grave Jumper would be place behind a prop like a tombstone and then pop up behind it when activated.  As always read the entire project first before purchasing any parts.

Construction list:

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Crate PopUp

The pop-up crate project involves a pneumatic cylinder (bicycle pump or professional cylinder) to operate a head to pop-up from inside a crate.  This is the easy project to work on for all of those beginners out there. See a video of this project in action.

Construction:

    1. The crate for this project can be made out of wood and screws or you can use a ready made crate as well. The size of the crate is 1 X 1 X 2 feet this gives you a rectangle box that is two feet tall. I use 1 X 3 inch wood to construct this crate. 

    2. Metal strapping to attach bicycle pump to bottom of crate.

    3. Bicycle pump or a one way cylinder.  The bicycle pump should have around a 15 inch stroke. Stroke is the length of the rod that comes out of the bicycle pump or cylinder.

    4. Pipe fittings for this project will be needed for the bicycle pump and the output to your air compressor. Six barb fittings and one T- barb will be used all the same sizes.  The sizes will depend on what size tubing you will use, in this case we are using 1/4 inch size tubing so you need barbs that fit 1/4 size inch tubing.

    5. You will need a valve or use a flow control valve to adjust the speed of the cylinder. The valve should have the same size fittings as all of your pipe fittings to make it easier.

    6. Some ¼ dia. pipe.  You can use the same white color pipe as they use for refrigerator ice makers.

    7. A two way normally closed solenoid valve that can handle 30psi.  My links page has a few companies where to buy solenoid valves from.

    8. A mask or a head of some kind to attach to the top of the cylinder.  The head needs to be able to fit inside the crate.

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Flying Crank Ghost

This version is built useing a rotisserie motor.  I got the info off of Monsterlist. I got the rotisserie at Lowes on sale for $20. With a few modifications I have a great FCG that I cant wait to use Halloween 08. I will place it in our front window.

Step 1

Open up the rotisserie so you can get ready to secure the shaft to be fixed to the motor. The shaft just slides into the motor and goes in and out freely. I drilled a hole throught the male and female part and placed a cotter pin to secure the shaft. I places some locktight on it just to make it a stronger bond. Put it all back together and step one is done…….

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