|Project by sval229||posted 10-06-2016 03:56 AM||605 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
We’re in the process of making a zombie in a box for Halloween. Don’t mind his appearance as he still needs to be finish dressed out. The coffin is made from 1 X 10 pine and the gears are 1/2” baltic birch ply. Thanks to Mathias and his Woodworking for engineers website and his gear template generator.
I used a salvaged motor, gear train, & axle from an old power wheels car. It has plenty of torque but rotates about 60 rpm. I geared it down with 2 sets of 7 & 28 tooth gears to get the speed down where the zombie didn’t bounce like a yo-yo. I’m still finessing the lifting cam for optimum height along with the actual hinged pivot board the figure rests on.
The styrofoam head was purchased and then modified with a knife, glue gun, and paint and I drilled out the eyes and added LED lights wired through the head and hooked up to a switch that turns the eyes on when he starts to rise and off when he’s back down. I bought the book “Electronics for Dummies” and figured out how to do it without burning out the lights.