I love animatronics. I don’t know what it is, but I just love the idea of turning an inanimate object into something that looks and feels alive.
This past year, I’ve been considering getting my feet wet by building my first animatronic prop. A raven or crow that I could place on top of a Tombstone. Luckily, I came across this post from Halloween Forum by “Haunt1000”.
Haunt has built an animatronic raven and has provided some snap shots during it’s build to show it’s internal workings. There is also a video to show you the raven in action!
While Haunt1000 doesn’t include very much in the way of a detailed tutorial, he does provide some details about parts and where he got them. Also, he does say to ask him any questions that you may have and he will do his best to answer them.
If you are interested in another animatronic project, check out The Talking Raven. There is also a how-they-did-it section there also.