Sorry I don't spend much time on here, but I have a few ideas that I would like to share with you.....
In the last year I have learned alot of things about electronics and animatronics. I find those stuffed animals that are battery operated and "sing and dance", all the time at thrift stores. Normally I can purchase them for $1-2 each. I don't like all of them, but I do sometimes like the "song and dance" that they do. Mostly the dance. I get Dogs, Bears, etc etc.
Well I decided to take these "Already Animated Things", strip them down to the inner mechanical mechanism, and then take apart a Penguin (or snowman) and insert the mechanical portion of the "Already Animated Thing" (AAT) into said Penguin or Snowman. I can now make a former Dog or Bear, a Penguin.
Here is an example:
Well, you know I won't stop there!
I took out the "electronics" of the AAT, and just wired the motors up to a transformer. I will call it a "Wall Wart". (You know, those big clunky things that you plug in) SO I can get an old toy to work continuously without batteries.
Here is an example of that: http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/q...h_VID00245.jpg
Well now, let's think about this. If I can get an AAT (already animated thing) skinned down to the mechanics of it, place a penguin on it, then get the little motor that runs it to run off a transformer.... Why couldn't I get that little guy to run off a Gemy Light Show! (A Gemy Light Show is basically a light show in a box. Plug your Christmas lights in and enjoy the show!) HA HA
Not me! I want it to do something else! I want it to run my little AAT's (my penguins and such)
Here is an example of that!
Now, I can't just have 1 little penguin dance all by himself! I must have some Snowmen!
Same thing. All former toys, all run off of transformers plugged into the Gemmy Light Show!
Just watched the vids and I think you have done a grand job....:)
Well Thank you Tinkerbell.
I only posted here to let you all know what I am up to lately.
It is alot of work, but I do enjoy having a Christmas hobby that I know others will enjoy.
Well all I can say is keep it up......you never know where it might lead..:)
Originally Posted by theedwin
Again good job....:) :)
I love all the work you put in to your displays. I've never been to Vegas, but when I go I'm going to make a point of finding your movie theatre.
I don't know if you're in to Halloween or not, but I saw a similar idea where someone made a talking grave stone. They had a singing Christmas tree and stripped it down.
I will post the finished product on Dec. 24th. That will be your Christmas Present!
Originally Posted by tinkerbell2
awww thankyou theedwin..:) you've made me blush..
Originally Posted by theedwin
Yes, but can you hook up the penguin and snowmen to Metallica?
Okay seriously, that is so awesome! You did a fab job on everything. :)
Actually, YES, you could hook it up to Metallica... Or any other music. LOL
I am working on some Dougies that I bought last year after Christmas. (A new version that came out last year I believe.) I am making them into a Choir, but will probably just get them to be a quartet. I still have to do some tinkering with them...
Well, here are the Dougies that I am working on. I need to work on the sound a bit (louder) but I also have to work on the jaw/eye movement as well.
Here is a video of what I have accomplished so far: