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I also built one a few years back. When I did, I did not even know one could use a hacksaw to cut aluminum stock. I used the phantasmechanics instructions and this web site as well because it has very good pictures of all the steps and "dumbed" everything down. http://www.kickthefog.com/crank_ghost.htm

I display it on the window and used this frame: http://www.edyeb.com/fcgframe.htm

Good luck!

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Jerry, did you buy the 15 dollar motor or the specific crank ghost motor that runs about 50? Cool display by the way!

I used the $49 version (better control of output voltage to control the speed). I split the DC output to two different sets of wires which ran to the 2 ghosts.

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I tried going to the phantasmechanics site but I get "Server not found". I find a lot of final pictures on other sites and some show different ways to construct the frame, but none show and I don't quite get how the cables are strung. Any help here?

Richard

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Richard,

It does seem the site is either down or gone. What a shame too. Hopefully it's just a glitch.

The cables are attached to a center that rotates off center, like a cam lobe. Three cables/string/rope is attached from the center and one goes to the back for the body to lift up and down. The other two go off to each side for the arms to move.

Here is a link to another site that pretty much copies what Phantasmechancis did.

http://www.kickthefog.com/crank_ghost.htm

Hope this helps. Lots of pics and info here.

I tried going to the phantasmechanics site but I get "Server not found". I find a lot of final pictures on other sites and some show different ways to construct the frame, but none show and I don't quite get how the cables are strung. Any help here?

Richard

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Appreciate the help. Unfortunately, the FCG page two (the IMPORTANT one) is lacking most of the images so it is difficult to do this with just the written instructions. I've found a couple of similar sites, so I'll probably go to their (probably similar) designs Thanks for trying.

Richard

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If you're going to use a wiper motor, I suggest you use a 12V power supply to maintain the torque and also use a PWM controller like this one - http://store.qkits.com/moreinfo.cfm/MX033 to fine tune the speed. On my first try, I used a wiper motor and a 5V power supply because I had it. Even wired to the slowest speed, it was too fast. I then got the PWM and was able to get the speed down but the 5V power supply lacked the power to operate smoothly. It would be better with the 12V power supply but if you have to go out and buy everything, you may as well get a proper motor that is rated for continuous service and runs around 5RPM.

I ended up replacing the wiper motor in mine and am really happy with the action now.

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I made two of them last year. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would have been. I purchased two wiper moters and a single variable power supply from monster guts (www.monsterguts.com). (see youtube
). I had to increase the voltage to handle the weight of both with is why they are flying rathe fast. This year I will counter weight them to reduce the weight and allow them to be slowed down. I used two 6 foot ghosts purchased (cheap) and sprayed the garmets with Ritt Whitener/ Brightner which has a lot of phosperous in it that helped the black light reflection. Brackets were made like the instructions but with angle aluminum )from lowes.

This year I am using the mechanism to contol two goulds playing guitars as part of my animated halloween band.

love the display with the singing pumpkin!!!

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