I created this project for the Houston HauntCon 2008 as a make and take project. My sons and I had a ball there! I want to thank Leonard Pickel and his wonderful family for hosting this event and allowing me the opportunity to go Halloween Crazy in the middle of May! If you are interested - check out Haunted Attractions Magazine online...
Now! Mr. AMF!!!
Step 1: Parts List
1. The skeleton/frame
2. the Splivels (it is what I am calling them...SplatterFX + Swivel = Splivel)
The skeleton itself will take you maybe 10 minutes to measure, cut and glue - the Splivels will take longer. All of the parts can be found at the local hardware store, but you can do much better if you order nuts, bolts and washers online or from a store that specializes in nuts and bolts.
For this project, the Monster Frame will be articulated at the shoulders, elbows, neck, knees and hips. You can do more (hands and feet) or less. It is really up to you...
2 - 8' sticks of 3/4" PVC Pipe
2 - PVC Crosses
18 - PVC End Caps
9 - 1/4-20 x 1" Hex Bolts
18 - 1/4-20 x 1-3/4" Carriage Bolts
45 - 1/4-20 Hex Nuts
54 - 1/4-20 Star Washers (Outside Tooth)
2 - 5' x 1-3/8" Flat Plate (Garage Door Strap)
Tools (must have):
Drill with 1/4" Bit
Vise Grips or Wrenches
Safety Glasses (Metal Filings!)
Leather Gloves (Metal Filings!)
Not necessary but helpful/cool:
Bench Vise (this is VERY helpful when cutting the metal plate and drilling the PVC caps)
1 - 3/4" PVC Tee
Step 2: Make the Splivel Plates
When finished cutting use a grinder or file to take off the sharp edges.
Step 3: Drill
This is where the bolt end is going to go.
Step 4: PVC Cutting - Skeleton
Once you have everything cut, it is time to assemble!
Step 5: Assembly - Splivels
Each Splivel consists of:
2 - PVC end Caps (drilled)
2 - 1/4-20 x 1-3/4" Carriage bolts
1 - 1/4-20 x 1" Hex Bolts
5 - 1/4-20 Hex Nuts
6 - 1/4-20 Star Washers
2 - pre-cut Splivel plates (see step 2)
Repeat assembly for each Splivel - there is a total of 9 in this project. When assembling the End caps and Carriage bolts, make sure that you allow the bolt head to protrude as much as you can. This allows the joints to move freely with the plates. Make sure to tighten the nuts as much as you can and then drip PVC glue into the inside of the PVC cap (keep it off the sidewalls - you just want to make it so the nut can't back off).
Step 6: Assembly - Splivels (part 2)
Right now, you only need the hex bolt snug. When everything is assembled, you can lock these down (to keep the joint from moving) or you can keep them snug tight to allow reposing or "dangling" effect.
Step 7: Final Assembly
Once you are happy (I know I was!) - glue the parts together and tighten the hex bolts to stiffen the Monster Frame.
My last step was to attach a Bucky skull to the frame (I LOVE Bucky Skulls!). To create the attachment, I cut a PVC Tee and then I removed the Bucky skull top. The Tee gives you something to secure the skull to.
Also - Happily, Mr.AMF folds up very nicely for storage...
VIOLA! The SplatterFX - Articulated Monster Frame! Hope you like it! ENJOY!
Feel free to ask any questions!