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Volume 1 Animatronic Hands.
animatronic creation would be complete without moving, crawling
hands? I dont know about you, but adding this little bit if
creepyness to your animatronics really bumps up the realism.
know it's not real, after all it's halloween. but it's that
extra step, that extra bit is motion that really gets noticed!
you add animatronic hands to your Halloween Props, You will
be stepping into the big time. Now, obviously there are several
designs for building an animatronic hand. I am detailing you
a fairly simple one here. The concept is sound enough that
you can extrapolate it if you wish to build similar, jointed
mechanics, like tails, tentacles whatever you wish.
for now, let's stick to making the animatronic hand. I have
sectioned off a 3/4 dowel to serve as the finger joints. Each
joint is cut and beveled before connecting them together
Remember, the THUMB on HUMANS is OPPOSABLE, It's not jointed
at the same angle as the other fingers so I show you how to
account for that.
wooden structure is complete, sized correctly and the finger
joint strung with monofilament line. I contemplated using fine
wire and brazing the ends but it's really too complicated to
explain correctly, so I demo'ed monofilament line instead. In
this instance, I have ONE micro-servo controlling all the fingers
on this hand. Once you start using multiple servos, you start
to immediately run into space problems you will have to mount
them remotely and run the cabling from the remote mount, up
the arm and into the fingers, It get's complicated quickly so
if you choose that route, plan accordingly.
make a wooden ridge at the wrist, this gives the finger servo
arm some room and allows for second servo to twist the wrist.
Let's check out the movement before we paint the latex glove.
THe fingers work pretty good. and the wrist works as well. Dont
worry, once painted, you wont be able to see through the latex
glove at all and it really helps make an awesome animatronic
hand because it stretches .
Before we go on.. I m going to show you a few tips on adding
veins and other details to your new hands. Veins... Details
like these add that little extra that will set your prop apart
from the crowd. Simply use some latex caluking compound to make
these features then paint them and your'e ready to add these
hands to your main prop.
Hands take a while to make, but I've always said, "anything
worth doing is worth OVER doing.."
Plus you get to use those cool micro-servos... perfect for this
situation. Anyway, since this video deals only with electrical
animatronics,I also touch base with you on Advanced animatronics-
HALLOWEEN PNEUMATICS, which is convered in my video 'Halloween
Animatronics VOLUME 2 where we take everything we learn in this
video and apply it to pneumatic systems for fast moving powerful
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alone you will find a complete guide to making your own Halloween
Animatronics. Since building animatronics requires you to be familiar
with several technical areas, we are proud to introduce a NEW series
specifically focused on Halloween Animatronics.
This 3 part technical series of DVD video's, downloadable videos
and downloadable PDF documentations will allow you to begin with
absoluetly no electronic knowledge and progress, step by
step to creating your OWN working Halloween animatronics! And we're
not talking about the cheap junk you find at the superstores, You
will be creating Hollywood style animatronics... The type that will,
without question, blow away your entire neighborhood!
3 Awesome DVD volumes
Volume 1 - beginning to intermediate knowledge levels
Volume 2 - Advanced animatronics (pneumatics/design and control)
Volume 3 - Halloween Scare Concepts and Designs
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We have brought all these resources together
for the expressed purpose of teaching you step-by-step, not only
the mechanics of Halloween Animatronics, but the actual design and
construction of the electronic control circuits that make it all
2008, Dave Corr