Welcome to my mummy prop
Fist off it took me a few days to build this one, and after it was all
done I had to change it around a little to make it work right, the lid
was to heavy and the piston would not lift the mummy and lid fast enough.
well it would lift it but the lid would come down to fast a mash the mummy
in the head!. So what I had to do is make the lid out of foam and
some times left the lid off....If you use foam you wont have to use two
air pistons the head will bump it up...
But as for the mummy it worked great. You don't have to build it the way I did this is to give you some thoughts on how to build your own...
Well now with that said lets get building..........
I first got some skids from work and cut them up. I did this because I wanted to show how people with little money could build this cheap!!
Once the skids were cut I then started to build the box. (note: the skids are of oak and once done it will be heavy)
Once you have the box built you can start on the piston and mummy!!!
The piston is just and old pvc one that I made a while back, here you see the in side ram before I put it together. Once together you must build a cross brace to hold the piston in place. this is done by adding 2 2x4 in the middle of the box, like in the picture below...
Now that the piston is in you can now start to work on the body. the body is just pvc pipe and some fitting.
the head is just a fancy wig holder. I put 12 volt eyes in it from radio shack, and ran a long wire to them then I put the head on to the neck of the pvc frame. at this point I then started to build up the body with chicken wire.
After I was happy with it I started to apply cut strip's of burlap dipped in monster mud. I did a few strips at a time so not to over load it and have it fall off, but yet I didn't want it to dry all the way.
After the mud was dry I used a few washes on it and painted the mouth and around the eyes.. I then went to work on the box. I base coated it with a light sand color & the air brushed black and burnt umber.. Looks nice A
Here is a picture of the popup out of the box and other things you can use like a mask. this popup can be made to work in side or behind any thing.....
To make it work hook your air valve to the air supply. You can use a mat switch or a light switch to make it work. Or get a timer from haunt masters on the links page for 30.00.
If you need to have a reserve tank I found that you can use an old soda can like the ones the use at a bar for pop. they work great.