Looking for suggestions on a mechanism to rotate a head

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by moffeaton, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Let's say you have a large scale Martian War Machine, and you want to make that cobra neck gracefully swing from side to side, and you really don't want to spend the extra time to make the parts you've designed (using a disco ball motor and a cam/sliding track) just yet, because you remember seeing Xmas ornaments that had the "slow sweeping head movement" already figured out and ready for cannibalization. So you run to Google and you find... nothing. Where are all the outdoor animatronic wire reindeers when you need them?

    Anyone know of an off the shelf solution, whether mechanical or using stepper motor(s)? I'd like to save some time, but it's looking like I'll be scratch building the mechanism if I can't find something online.

    Help me rpf-kenobi, you're my current hope.

    Thanks, Jason
     
  2. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think your SOL :p
     
  3. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  4. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    My SOL ...what?

    Ohhh, you mean YOU'RE SOL.

    Sorry, it took me a second to translate your barbaric tongue.

    Buuuurn.
     
  5. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>(moffeaton @ Jul 14 2006, 03:41 PM) [snapback]1280919[/snapback]</div>
    You were so much nicer when you signed my Guestbook on page 4....oh wait that wasnt me.

    YOU KNOW IT....
     
  6. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Lol - thanks Juno, Google wasn't giving me anything good.

    99¢ for a reindeer - so far so good.

    Jade, you're(sic) dark heart is as dark as ever :D
     
  7. Watson

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    <div class='quotetop'>(moffeaton @ Jul 14 2006, 03:46 PM) [snapback]1280926[/snapback]</div>
    Thanks I am named after the Dog. And does anyone still write like that? I mean to say who writes like that? You should be banned for having too much wit. Off to the Rumpus Room tell the AP for me okay.
     
  8. dkwd

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  9. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks. Yeah, that's pretty much what I had thought would work with the superdisco™ motor. Most Halloween hits I was getting were of the pneumatic figure variety.

    Cannibalizing an oscillating fan - genius..

    Jade - your dog is named Greg?
     
  10. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>(moffeaton @ Jul 14 2006, 03:57 PM) [snapback]1280936[/snapback]</div>
    Yeah and she doesn't mind for crap. :angel

    And can we please stop de-railing this thread, show some respect.
     
  11. clownluv15

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    dunno if youve tried this yet,but go to hauntershangout.com there is some animatronic stuff there,just click props and you should find it.
     
  12. seven

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  13. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome - I got a motion-sensor triggered fake security camera for $5. You guys ROCK.
     

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