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Thorrocks

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    Im 20, work for disney right now... and I have a 80,000 light, and 64 channel display.
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    Disney, Christmas!
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    Pastry Chef
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    80.000 lights!

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  1. Howdy everyone! I'm just entering the world of servo motion control, using a 6 channel Maestro Micro from Pololu. I've currently got two servos hooked into my board with a push button on channel 0.. I need help writing script for the push button activation. The project is a recreation of the spell book from Hocus Pocus, on the front cover it has a human eye thats "alive"...hence the servo control... I managed to write the script for my servo movement, but cant manage the script for the push button. I'd like the user to push the button and it runs the eye movement, then turns off...till its pushed again. This is my current eye movement script. # SpellBook begin 1000 7960 6000 0 0 0 frame_1..5 # Frame 0 500 6492 frame_2 # Frame 1 700 5553 frame_1 # Frame 2 500 6434 frame_2 # Frame 3 800 6610 5044 frame_1_2 # Frame 4 1900 6453 frame_2 # Frame 5 700 7119 frame_1 # Frame 6 2200 6121 5925 frame_1_2 # Frame 7 500 5435 frame_2 # Frame 8 1000 7745 6179 frame_1_2 # Frame 9 500 4985 6571 frame_1_2 # Frame 10 1200 5827 5709 frame_1_2 # Frame 11 1000 4887 5435 frame_1_2 # Frame 12 1600 7745 6258 frame_1_2 # Frame 13 1600 5944 5905 frame_1_2 # Frame 14 1600 7021 5944 frame_1_2 # Frame 15 1600 6669 frame_2 # Frame 16 1600 5944 4829 frame_1_2 # Frame 17 1600 5338 5709 frame_1_2 # Frame 18 1600 6003 6023 frame_1_2 # Frame 19 1600 5475 6101 frame_1_2 # Frame 20 repeat sub frame_1..5 5 servo 4 servo 3 servo 2 servo 1 servo delay return sub frame_2 2 servo delay return sub frame_1 1 servo delay return sub frame_1_2 2 servo 1 servo delay return
  2. Howdy everyone! I'm just entering the world of servo motion control, using a 6 channel Maestro Micro from Pololu. I've currently got two servos hooked into my board with a push button on channel 0.. I need help writing script for the push button activation. The project is a recreation of the spell book from Hocus Pocus, on the front cover it has a human eye thats "alive"...hence the servo control... I managed to write the script for my servo movement, but cant manage the script for the push button. I'd like the user to push the button and it runs the eye movement, then turns off...till its pushed again. This is my current eye movement script. 700 7119 frame_1 # Frame 6 2200 6121 5925 frame_1_2 # Frame 7 500 5435 frame_2 # Frame 8 1000 7745 6179 frame_1_2 # Frame 9 500 4985 6571 frame_1_2 # Frame 10 1200 5827 5709 frame_1_2 # Frame 11 1000 4887 5435 frame_1_2 # Frame 12 1600 7745 6258 frame_1_2 # Frame 13 1600 5944 5905 frame_1_2 # Frame 14 1600 7021 5944 frame_1_2 # Frame 15 1600 6669 frame_2 # Frame 16 1600 5944 4829 frame_1_2 # Frame 17 1600 5338 5709 frame_1_2 # Frame 18 1600 6003 6023 frame_1_2 # Frame 19 1600 5475 6101 frame_1_2 # Frame 20 repeat sub frame_1..5 5 servo 4 servo 3 servo 2 servo 1 servo delay return sub frame_2 2 servo delay return sub frame_1 1 servo delay return sub frame_1_2 2 servo 1 servo delay return
  3. I'll have to look into that, did you use it in a mold?
  4. Hey guys, for the past few years now I've done many plywood displays. My most recent was The Polar Express and that project was a more three dimensional setup, but having my plywood cutouts of the conductor and little boy in front of the train it really showed some flatness. So I'm starting to get my feet wet in Foam carving and fiber glassing, creating my own 3D sculptors. If anyone has worked with these materials before and could offer some tips that would be fantastic! Thanks a lot guys and I'll be sure to keep you all posted on my progress!
  5. Hey guys, for the past few years now I've done many plywood displays. My most recent was The Polar Express and that project was a more three dimensional setup, but having my plywood cutouts of the conductor and little boy in front of the train it really showed some flatness. So I'm starting to get my feet wet in Foam carving and fiber glassing, creating my own 3D sculptors. If anyone has worked with these materials before and could offer some tips that would be fantastic! Thanks a lot guys and I'll be sure to keep you all posted on my progress!
  6. Yes, I've got an outdoor speaker mounted right under the boiler area that loops a 5 min audio spiel that I spliced together from the movie! If anyone wants that audio I'll gladly send it to you!! Also for this year, the engine will move...I've cut the black opening of the tunnel out and put the engine on a track...It'll move in and out on a timer
  7. Oh no, luckily for us....all we got was a little rain and some 70 mph winds.....When I build something...I make sure its solid....I even do "wind tests" with 2 leaf blowers haha...To try and simulate ...But as far as next year goes....Thats a good question....Better start thinking now!
  8. Thanks Scot, it really is my pride and joy for this season!!! However.....this hurricane has me very uneasy about it right now....It is still in the yard....But its tied down very very well...I dont believe its going anywhere
  9. Hey there fellow Rhode Islanders! Today I spent the afternoon at the Make a Wish office in East Providence speaking with Ashley...This year I'll be raising money for them and while we were talking in the office she mentioned how a few of you will be collecting as well. During our meeting I came up with the idea that maybe....We could all come together and raise money as a group to grant a wish, I'm sure some of you know that granting a wish requires about $8,000. While I know I can raise about $5,000 easily...I'd hate to come up short...So folks what do we think here? Perhaps if we promote one another and become a small group..it could really help raise even more money for a child in need...and allow more visitors to enjoy our displays!
  10. My garage is a working one, not to mention we have about 6 people living in the house so our driveway is always full....However 2 years ago my father invested in a 24 hour surveillance system for me...along with the fact that we're in one of the safest towns in the state..Im not worried to much about vandals
  11. Thats really really WEIRD.....Where in the world is that Home Depot?!!!!!!! Well today i got to install the display in its location for the season!!!.... Any suggestions?
  12. I really have no idea where I'll be storing this beast...But Im sure I'll find a home for it!
  13. You know its funny because that was something that was always missing from my display....Things to look at...Just static displays...No flash, zing or pop...Just something to say...hey look at that!...As far as Storage....thats a REALLY funny question.......ha.
  14. Well a few years back I built a Polar Express...just the engine, that was about 6 feet in length and about 5ft in height...Well I wanted to do something on a much larger scale...and In order to do something along the lines of that...There was no way I could build the entire Engine...So a tunnel was the answer to my problem!
  15. Here on my facebook page for my display...is a video of the train with its Steam and Sound effects!...I made a 5Min loop of engine sounds along with Tom Hanks saying All Aboard, and This is the Polar Express! .... https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=434492096612992&set=vb.247841811944689&type=2&theater Find us on facebook! The Crazy Christmas House
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