Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Inside the Animated Creepy Coffin

Many of you have seen the Animated Creepy Coffin I made for Halloween 2006. I never got around to doing a proper how-to for that coffin.

However, I've had several questions about the mechanism used in the prop so I dug up several old images of the internal mechanics.

The bottom of the front of the coffin lid is attached with a couple of hinges.

A wiper motor with a crank arm powers the coffin lid at the top.

A clevis pin and a couple of brackets attach the crank arm to the top of the coffin lid.


The Frog Queen said...

Very nice! Great prop, thanks for the look inside!


CB said...

Love the prop, thanks for sharing.

mom_2byz said...

We are going to do this project this Halloween. We were wondering how the mechanics worked so thanks for posting. We did the witch (or a version thereof) last year.

ScareFX said...

Thank you all for the comments.

@mom_2byz - It will be a fun project. Let me know if you have questions.

mom_2byz said...

We built the coffin (not every husband will build a coffin for his wife! HA HA) Now we're waiting on the wiper motor and we'll let you know how it goes.

I've got a question about lighting the graveyard. What do you use to light your various props? Any tips?

ScareFX said...

@mom_2byz That is one NICE husband! Let us know how your project goes.

I like to use Malibu low voltage plastic flood lights. The 4-watt bulbs are available in colors. They seem to cast just enough light that everyone can see the props without ruining the atmosphere. Below is a link to a picture of several.
Malibu Lighting