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The skeleton armatures he used in "Jason and the Argonauts" still function after all these decades.

 

Has anyone read his books? I don't think they are "how to."

 

I'm at the plain bent-wire-in-a-cork stage so articulated joints and jaws seem difficult.

 

How would you keep screws from coming loose during use?

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Lots of different ways you can handle that type of a joint. T-nuts which rotate freely, captive nuts, simple retaining ring that isn't really threaded on...lots of options.

 

If you have an actual hardware store nearby, go take a look to see what they have (not a Home Depot or Lowes - hardware). If not, browse this website for some ideas http://www.mcmaster.com/

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Well, I'm not sure if I'm adding much to this but here's sort of a close up look at a replica of the King Kong armature

 

http://www.sideshowtoy.com/cgi-bin/categor...?item=7181#jpgs

 

Though not Harryhausen, it is by another stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien. It's pretty much all based on the same principal. Yes, it is a replica but it's fine tuned down to the tiniest detail to match the original (which, oddly enough, was rescued from a dumpster after filming the 1933 classic).

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Well, I'm not sure if I'm adding much to this but here's sort of a close up look at a replica of the King Kong armature

 

http://www.sideshowtoy.com/cgi-bin/categor...?item=7181#jpgs

 

Though not Harryhausen, it is by another stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien. It's pretty much all based on the same principal. Yes, it is a replica but it's fine tuned down to the tiniest detail to match the original (which, oddly enough, was rescued from a dumpster after filming the 1933 classic).

 

Wow, that's pretty cool.

Doesn't seem all too complex.

It's everything that goes on top of the armeture that eludes me, well the art of it at least.

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Lazy people can allways buy them premade (fairly pricey though):

 

http://www.armaverse.com/

 

And here's a book on the subject:

http://www.amazon.com/Stop-Motion-Armature...l/dp/0786412445

 

List of good links and some free trial stuff for making your own animations:

http://www.stopmotionpro.com/links.htm

 

Loads of great links:

http://www.stopmotionanimation.com/links/

 

Good luck. All I've used myself is a simple program called animation wizard which is included with paintshop pro.

 

Oh and a good old fashioned camera to but that was back in my schooldays. Had to wait four weeks to see the result. It's much easier playing around with animations these days. My eleven year old daughter has whipped up a few.Only clay, no armatures though - but that's a great start.

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