Halloween- 2004 


The Line Supports:
Ten 16" heavy duty shelf brackets
Nine 2" L brackets
Ten brass shelf pulleys
One 8" metal thingy
Lots of nuts and bolts

The Power Wheel:
Two 8" planter plates
Six long pop rivets and washers
One ceiling fan motor
One fan rheostat

Spider Line
Miscellanious ghosties

Lots of people have instructions for the Axworthy Flying Ghost. Our first one appears in the 2002 section of this site. We call them the Zippies. This one, though, is just too cracked (and too slow) to be a Zippy. They are on crack.

The Supports:

In order to get the Crackpuppy to fly into my carport, I needed to have the supports hang 18" from the celing, thus the 16" shelf brackets and 2" L brackets. The pulley is bolted onto the L bracket, the L bracket onto the long arm of the shelf bracket, then the shelf bracket gets screwed into the plywood ceiling of my carport. All of the nuts and bolts need to be cranked down really hard. Anything you can do to keep them from turning should be done. Nine of these supports. The tenth pulley is on a metal thingy. That's a technical term. It's probably called something like a metal joist brace or something like that. Flat metal bar with several holes in it. That got screwed directly into the carport wood flashing.

We also constructed a 2X4 column support to hold Pulley #1 several feet out from the front corner. If you're interested, e-mail me, and I'll try to write some uncomplicated instructions.

The Power Wheel:
I had the spare ceiling fan motor hanging around. We used it. These instructions are by no means complete. Building your power wheel yourself is not to be undertaken by the weak of heart. Again, if you want fuller instructions, e-mail me.

We took the two pot plates and sanded off the ridges on the bottom. We then cut a cardboard template to use to determine where the holes needed to be drilled to mate with the existing screws on the bottom of the fan motor. We drilled those holes. We then mated the two plates using pop rivets and washers. A center hole was drilled to allow us to screw the power wheel onto the fan motor.

Notice that our tow line goes directly on the power wheel. Apparently, this is not the "standard" set up, but we have used it on both of our flying props and find it works amazingly well!

We wired the ceiling fan rheostat into the circuit so we could slow the ghosties down to a walking pace . They will lead our guests through the castle wall maze we are constructing.

Here's a vid. It's small, about 1 meg.