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    2009 Penguins

    Hello Everyone!

    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:

    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!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPmv7188AZE

    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!

    Enjoy!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfJZe1_4-rc
    Last edited by theedwin; 11-08-2009 at 04:07 PM.

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    Just watched the vids and I think you have done a grand job....


    I like...

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    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.

    Really E

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    Quote Originally Posted by theedwin View Post
    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.

    Really E
    Well all I can say is keep it up......you never know where it might lead..

    Again good job....

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbell2 View Post
    Just watched the vids and I think you have done a grand job....


    I like...
    I will post the finished product on Dec. 24th. That will be your Christmas Present!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theedwin View Post
    I will post the finished product on Dec. 24th. That will be your Christmas Present!
    awww thankyou theedwin.. you've made me blush..

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    Yes, but can you hook up the penguin and snowmen to Metallica?
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    Okay seriously, that is so awesome! You did a fab job on everything.

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    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...

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    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:


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