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Mechanical tail

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by catman, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. catman

    catman Active Member

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    I have a guy that wants his cougar tail to twitch. I have a friend that builds a lot of R/C planes and he mocked up a motorized device, but the action is in and out with the cable. Has anyone had any experience with tail twitching robotic devices?
     
  2. Allie

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    Well, it's not twitching, but I always wanted to make a dog's tail wag. I quickly realized I need to learn enough taxidermy to make the dog itself look good, first, so I haven't gotten around to the mechanical part yet. But it was fun thinking about it. I was going to use a window wiper motor. You can get them cheap from a junkyard. The rear wiper motors are usually smaller and you can run them from a 12v battery that would be easy to hide inside the mount. I imagine you could tweak it so it is jumpy, maybe by removing some of the gear teeth or even bending a couple slightly.
     

  3. Jerry Huffaker

    Jerry Huffaker Well-Known Member

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    Here you go
    http://geekologie.com/2016/06/meow-battery-powered-twitching-cat-tail.php
     
  4. vic h

    vic h Active Member

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    Oh geeze Jerry why did you show that thing??!! Now Kathy will have to create a whole new category for the World Show! Boy is she gonna be ticked!
    AT YOU! Nice knowing ya.........
     
  5. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    LOL Jerry.

    Phil, just gotta ask however; how does this guy think he's going to prevent that tanned skin from cracking and breaking? I see putting windshield wipers on a cat's ass isn't that far fetched at all.
     
  6. ljones

    ljones 1994 wasco award winner

    I guess you could cut off the real tail off and use a faux fur tail like the one shown.. Now getting the color and texture to look real would be the challenge
     
  7. catman

    catman Active Member

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    I have it figure out. I have this MIT guy that engineered the motorized portion. His motor pulls a cable with a remote, but the jointing of the segments of the last 10 inches of the tail with silicone encased segments was what I wanted to avoid. A lot of extra work, a lot of extra expense.
     
  8. Allie

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    Please post photos or video when you're finished.
     
  9. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Jerry, just the fact that you posted that link has me concerned. Is there something we should know about?
     
  10. John L

    John L Active Member

    Well if you buy the twitching cats tail device and soft tan and break the tail stuffed with poly might just work. Never know.
     
  11. DL

    DL Well-Known Member

    Just give him a pair of these. Us older guys dreamed of these as kids.

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  12. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    I think if the tail skin were soft-tanned, and if it weren't attached to the form so that it could slide some rather than crease, then it might be able to flex quite a few times without cracking.
    Being mounted over a soft polyfil filling might accomplish the same thing.

    Pictures when it's done, please! :)