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Project by johnhutchinson posted 01-15-2015 04:12 PM 1543 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Because I’m developing projects for seasonal publications, I need to be working at least six months ahead of the calendar. I’ve covered Spring and Summer, so Halloween in the Fall was next on the list.

I’ve been wanting to do an animated monster—but not something too scary for the kids—so a cartoon Frankenstein seemed appropriate. But then what music to go with him? When I went through the Kikkerland list of stock musical movements, If I Only Had A Brain jumped off the page. YES !!!

My general concept is a face that changes from unhappy/clueless to happy/bright-idea. This gave to the opportunity to explore the mechanics of a Geneva stop. Rob Ives gives a good explanation of how one works at … http://www.robives.com/mechanisms/geneva#.VLfjio10zmI
And since I now had some kind of movie theme going, I decided to make the crank my interpretation of a film reel.

Another interesting thing was exploring the use of beads in 2:1 right-angle gearing for the musical movement crank. I thought it might work, and it did—like a champ !!!

No video yet, but I’ll be sure to post it when we get around to making one. I’m thinking a laboratory setting with beakers, dry ice, and me turning the crank with surgical gloves. Making the videos is getting to be as much fun as designing and making the projects.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"





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bake

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#1 posted 01-15-2015 05:30 PM

That is really neat. I cant wait to see the video.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#2 posted 01-15-2015 05:40 PM

Cool creation! I agree a video would be awesome.

Ha, and thanks for the explanation of why you’re so early. I read the title and thought, “oops, guess he was a little late for last Halloween.”

-- Ask an expert or be the expert - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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#3 posted 01-15-2015 06:22 PM

Cool! Have to admit it took a little longer to figure this one out. Look forward to the video.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 01-15-2015 06:26 PM

Cute! uh, I mean, Scary! Too bad they didn’t have Monster Mash.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 01-15-2015 07:19 PM

You are the man John! Another wonderful animated toy. At first I wondered how you had gotten a photo of me in my shop and then I realized that it has slightly more wooden than I have. I think the boys will like this one better than the ballet dancers. Of course they might prefer ballet dancers after they grow up, but in the meantime this toy looks just right for them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-15-2015 07:46 PM



Have to admit it took a little longer to figure this one out.

- HillbillyShooter

I could have gone with the obvious Wizard Of Oz, Scarecrow connection, but I’m trying to stay away from literal interpretations. Maybe I went too far this time. Nah. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#7 posted 01-15-2015 07:52 PM

Candy: ”Let It Be” just showed up on my doorstep from Kikkerland. I have a plan for that one, but I’m wondering what you would do.

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#8 posted 01-15-2015 08:02 PM

John, you are just a big kid having fun!!!!
Thanks for sharing the fun!
Roman

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

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#9 posted 01-15-2015 08:57 PM

Now, this kind of project is right up my alley!

Sophisticated, yet goofy.

Superb work!

-- Ed

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#10 posted 01-15-2015 09:58 PM

John, that looks very cool. I’m looking forward to seeing your video.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 01-16-2015 12:39 AM

Well, That’s just plain cute!

Nice thinking on the bead drive!

For me – “Let it Be” brings up an animated bee (or 10)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 01-16-2015 01:00 AM

I love it!!

For your video, you’ll also need a Jacob’s Ladder, complete with the buzzing sound effect, and chains rattling, and some demonical laughing (something like Vincent Price in Thriller.)

-- Dean

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#13 posted 01-16-2015 01:05 AM

For me – “Let it Be” brings up an animated bee (or 10)

- sras

Now you’re talkin’. That’s the spirit. I like it !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#14 posted 01-16-2015 01:11 AM


For your video, you ll also need a Jacob s Ladder, complete with the buzzing sound effect, and chains rattling, and some demonical laughing (something like Vincent Price in Thriller.)

- Mean_Dean

I’ve been looking for a director. YOU’RE HIRED !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#15 posted 01-16-2015 01:41 AM

You couldn’t afford me!!!

Actually though, you could probably borrow a Jacob’s Ladder from your local high school science lab. It’ll make the buzzing sound once it’s activated. Next, you could borrow a CD of Halloween sounds from your local library to get the chains rattling sound effects, and which probably would have the demonic laughing also.

I was just thinking that the Vincent Price laughing on Thriller is probably copyrighted, and assuming you don’t want to pay royalties, you’ll probably have to skip him….....

All-in-all, a little legwork on your part, and at little or no cost, and you’ll have a magnificent video.

Now, about my fee…..........!

-- Dean

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