Step three: Motor and linkage
See figure 1. Mount the motor in its tray. Yes, I did use a bike wrench as part of my linkage, but you can use some flat stock. The linkage is basically 2 pieces bolted together with one end fixed to the shaft. If you need to know more about motors and linkages, click here. Drill a hole about 3/4 of the length of the rear piece of the mechanism and bolt the linkage arm to it. You should have the motion you need to power the prop.
Step four: Getting your ghoul on
I used the remaining flat stock as the neck by bending it into shape and bolting it to the front bar of the mechanism, this makes the head move as well! I cut the dowl in half and duct taped it to the short pieces of the mechanism to act as the arms and keep the weight down. Throw an old shirt on him but be sure not to let it bind up the linkage. The hands are just work gloves filled with expanding foam and painted. They aren’t very realistic but they are lightweight.
Step five: Enjoy!
Obviously there are still a few details that need to be addressed: tweaking, weathering, placement. I think we will put him by the path crawling from a grave rigged to a motion sensor. I am extremely happy with the way the head turned out. The guys over at ghostride.com are selling “Buckey Lids”, latex casts of gruesome faces that stretch over your bucky or Skillcraft skull and can be trimmed and painted for maximum effect. Highly recommended for the serious haunter!