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  • 10,000 Visitors Rate the Bellagio Las Vegas Year of the Dog Display

    <h1><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/poodel-bellagio.jpg"></p></h1><h1><span style="font-size: 18px;">10,000 Visitors Rate the Bellagio's Year of the Dog Display on TripAdvisor&nbsp;</span></h1><p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Way back in 2003, Animal Makers created it's first animal zodiak display for the Bellagio Las Vegas. &nbsp;It was the Chinese New Year of the Sheep. &nbsp;An oversized Golden Ram with gorgeous, long fleece was created and displayed atop a tall mountain right in the middle of the Conservatory.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px;">This year, Animal Makers once again helped the Bellagio celebrate the Year of the Dog. &nbsp;Creating 18 individual dog display items were created. &nbsp;The largest was an 18' tall Siberian Husky with an animatronic, wagging tail. &nbsp;The reviews are beginning to come in, and things look great. &nbsp;Here are a few screen grabs from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a> filed by visitors in early February, 2018.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Almost 10,000 visitors (in just one month of the display opening) took the time to rate the display, and it seems to have done very well. &nbsp;Over 6,000 photographs were posted as well.</span></p><p>_____________________________________</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/tripadvisor-bellagio-dogs.png"></p><p>LINK:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p><p>Enjoy a 2018 Year of the Dog walk through available on YouTube;</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p>LINK:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p>

  • MASKS for Live-Action Animal Characters

    <h2><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">When creating live-action animal characters for theater, film, TV, or Internet Content; the most important part is the face!</span></h2><hr> <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Once the face design is laid out, one must consider internal structure and performer comfort.</span></p><h3><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Finished Masks:</span></h3><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Bear Costume Dark Brown Head and Neck Costume</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Bear Brown Costume Head</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Rabbit Mask</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Realistic Wolf or Dog Mask Build to Order</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Realistic Lion Mask</span></a></p><h3><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Ready to Finish Masks:</span></h3><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Billy the Gorilla Rubber Latex Masks</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Gorilla Mask Full Head</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Whole Head Realistic Cat Mask</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Whole Head Realistic Wolf Mask</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Whole Head Realistic Lion Mask</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Whole Head Realistic Fox Mask</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Realistic Bear Flexible Mask -unfinished</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Gorilla Mask Full Head</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Gorilla Female Adult Face Mask Unfinished</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Gorilla Face Mask for Gorilla Suit Foam</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Realistic Goat Mask</span></a></p><h3><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Parts and Accessories to Mask Making:</span></h3><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="">Large Doggy Cam Rig</a> (For adding doggy noses to talent)</span></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Whole Head Fox Mask -Second</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Lion Mask Fur Pattern</span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Realistic Wolf Dog Mask Pattern</span></a></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">To help other artists, these thin-walled, super lightweight masks are now available and in stock.</span></p>

  • Awesome Horse Display Project Details

    <p>This life-sized horse display was created for The Bellagio Las Vegas in celebration of Year of the Horse (2014). All of the 5 elements are depicted.&nbsp;</p><p>The various horse positions were established with full steel frameworks, then high density foam construction over the frameworks, then a sealer coating.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/cny-horse-wip-8.jpg"></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/cny-horse-wip-21.jpg"></p><p>Original design by Master Yao.</p>

  • Tiger/Lion Art Package

    <h2><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">High Quality Realistic Tiger and Lion Art Production Sets</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Of interest to: Museums, Themed Entertainment Professionals, TV / Movie Props and Special FX</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Animal Makers is retiring this amazing&nbsp;<a href="">mold set</a> to the next generation of props and display personnel and companies. &nbsp;All of these mold sets are from original sculptures.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">This&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Tiger Art Group</a> includes full scale tiger head, teeth, and paw mold sets and actual movie props as well.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Here's an awesome&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lion Art Production Set</a>.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">The molds themselves are a part of history, and help to illustrate the process of mold making and mold running. &nbsp;We will assist with packaging and shipments as required.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><strong>Financing Available</strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><a href="">Contact us</a> to find out more.</span></span></p><h5><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">REFERENCE LINK:</span></span></h5><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>

  • Economical Mini Bear Costume!

    <p>This&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Brown Bear Costume</a> piece covers the performer's head and neck. &nbsp;There are individual&nbsp;<a href="">bear paws</a> also available, as well as&nbsp;<a href="">matching fur</a>. &nbsp;There is a helmet inside, that straps onto the actor's chin. &nbsp;The mouth can be opened manually and posed. &nbsp;A 3 day shoot with this costume is under $500! &nbsp;Easy to ship too!</p><p>Actors' sizes for this item range from 5'5" - 6'4".</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/brown-bear-3.jpg"></p><p>This bear can be presented all shaggy and unkept, or brushed out and clean! &nbsp;All artificial acrylic fur is the covering.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/brown-bear-2.jpg"></p>

  • Three Largest Animatronic Animal Figures We Ever Designed and Built

    <h1>In order from smaller to larger:</h1><h3>(3) 35' Animatronic Whale</h3><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p>Rehearsals with a full scale, animated whale in video above. &nbsp;Jack creates the whale body in hard foam first.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/img-4734.jpg"></p><p>The tail was sculpted in clay, and then a mold was made of that huge sculpture.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/img-4519.jpg"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/whale-9252b-5461-31227.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"></p><hr> <h3>(2) 38' Animatronic Ancient Chinese Dragons</h3><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/dragons-4994-01778-23236.jpg"></p><p>The classic red dragon. &nbsp;This one represents fire and is quite animated. &nbsp;The heads lift up and down, the tails wag, and the entire figure moves forward and back on a track. &nbsp;Eyes glow in various LED colors, which are programmed as well. &nbsp;Figure set up to become part of the Bellagio's DMX control system.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/dragons-4994-1440-28880.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"></p><p>Looking under the hood, we find a lightweight, welded, aluminum frame with threaded head shell mounts. &nbsp;Plumbing for the smoke machine hose was incorporated at the front, just behind the nostrils.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/dragons-4994-39668.jpg"></p><p>The face was sculpted and compared to ancient Chinese drawings.</p><hr> <h3>(1) 40' Animatronic Pink Bunny</h3><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/dsc03073-1082.jpg"></p><p>Here's the biggest animated figure we've ever built! &nbsp;The figure is 40' tall and animated. &nbsp;This was built as a traveling attraction that was to be erected at various Wal-Mart and other box store locations. &nbsp;It all started with a model.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/size-1112.jpg"></p><p>Then we designed the visitor interface. &nbsp;This is the basic control housing, with a graphic sized and placed. &nbsp;Controlling buttons were placed at each of the moving areas. &nbsp;These areas included the neck, each of the arms, and a rotating battery in it's backpack.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/img-3580-75.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"></p><p>Here's a shot of the shoulder mechanism. &nbsp;There is a control box mounted in the middle.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/dsc02694-313.jpg"></p>

  • Making Monkeys and Apes!

    <h1><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">MAKING MONKEYS &amp; APES!</span></h1><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Monkeys and apes are two of our favorite creatures to create. &nbsp;They are so expressive and interesting. &nbsp;In the past 35 years, we've made just about every monkey there is. &nbsp;Here are a few examples along with types of construction techniques.</span></p><h3><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">ANIMATED MONKEY PROPS</span></h3><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">This is an animated Langur Monkey that swings and animated all day long inside a convenience store in Canoga Park, CA. &nbsp;Here's a face close up:</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-langur-1.jpg" style="width: 559px;"></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Here is the frame build:</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><br></span></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-anim-frame-1.jpg"></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-langur-2.jpg"></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">The upper "hand" actually covers up the connection with the steel tubing running horizontally. &nbsp;This is a pneumatic figure with head, face, arm, and leg movements. &nbsp;There are no electronics inside, just those thin air lines. &nbsp;The air lines were disguised inside the long tail. &nbsp;This animated rig hangs from one arm, and was installed in 2008 and is operating still today.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-langur-3.jpg"></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><br></span></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-anim-frame-3.jpg"></p><hr><h3>POSING MONKEY PROPS</h3><p>Here we see whimsical "Golden Monkeys" designed and built for The Bellagio Las Vegas, &nbsp;These monkeys have bendable, aluminum armature inside to hold a pose. &nbsp;In these photos, we see these monkeys hanging in the bamboo, at the venue.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-golden-2.jpg" style="width: 564px;"></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/monkey-golden-3.jpg"></p><p>Weight is a big issue when building these figures. &nbsp;By keeping them light, they could hold just about any pose at all.</p><hr><p>CHIMPANZEE COSTUMES</p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Of course, the first step is to do some research:</span></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/jim-live-chimp-3.jpg" style="width: 554px;"></p><p>Here is Jim playing with a live chimp.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/chimp-wip-5.jpg" style="width: 552px;"></p><p>Then we pulled out the hand molds and started making feet, hands and heads with a latex skin and power-net backing.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/chimp-wip-1.jpg" style="width: 551px;"></p><p>Here's the adult chimpanzee face. &nbsp;Animal Makers offers three sizes. &nbsp;This is the male adult. &nbsp;There is also the female adult and the youth versions to choose from.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/chimp-wip-10.jpg" style="width: 549px;"></p><p>Painted highlights and lowlights are added to the skin areas. &nbsp;Hair is applied by punching method around the outside of the face and blended with the fake fur that comes up to around 2" away. &nbsp;The rubber parts created in the art department are blended with the fake fur pattern. &nbsp;The chest area shown below will get 2" of punched hair as well.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/chimp-wip-6.jpg" style="width: 549px;"></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/chimp-wip-7.jpg" style="width: 548px;"></p><p>Here we see final assembly and color being added.</p>

  • DIY Store Department

    <p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/diy-4-2017-b.png"></p><p>One of the most interesting sections of the Animal Makers store is the Do It Yourself section (<a href="" target="_blank">DIY</a>)! &nbsp;Choose from all sorts of exclusive items related to the building and performing of animal puppets, props and costumes.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Animatronic&nbsp;parts</a> are now available.&nbsp;These custom machined parts have been pulled out of older puppets and rigs. &nbsp;Multiple sizes Cable and housing are two of the highlights.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Flex Forms</a>: are not taxidermy style forms at all. &nbsp;these are the kinds of forms you need when building for live events and film work. &nbsp;Many animals are available as latex skinned, urethane foam inside editions. &nbsp;These are easy to manipulate into the form you need for your project.</p><p><a href="">Flocking</a> for faces, legs, and paws is also available. &nbsp;We find it best to use three different lengths of flocking. &nbsp;The longest are like .032". &nbsp;That is the first coat. &nbsp;Second coat is shorter (.25"). &nbsp;The last filler coat of flocking is almost like sawdust (.015"). &nbsp;Most of the colors we offer are natural.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Furs</a> from all over the world are stocked in our inventory. &nbsp;These are created from monofilament Acrylic with a non-stretch backing. &nbsp;We also stock some National Fiber Tech which includes a stretch backing.</p><p><a href="">Molds</a> specially created for Hollywood's top studios are also available for either rental or sale. &nbsp;Why take the time to sculpt and cast a cat or dog, when you can rent a set of tooling that is ready to go?</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Patterns</a> are available for creating many animals we offer here.</p><p>And of course, one of our customer's favorites is Close-Outs! &nbsp;</p>

  • Expressing Yourself As An Animal

    <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 24px;">"Show me the Tuna"</span></span></span></span></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; - Salem Saberhagen, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">As long as there have been groups of people, there have been stories told. &nbsp;Those stories have been told and retold over thousands of years. &nbsp;Always a character in these stories, is an animal or several. &nbsp;Sometimes as background characters, sometimes as prey, and sometimes with mythical properties.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">As a young person, I was drawn to the entertainment business. &nbsp;Loved "Lassie" and "Rin Tin Tin" so much, that I watched every movie and TV show which featured them. &nbsp;"Flipper" was filmed close to my home in Florida, and represented the coolest pet a kid could ever dream of!</span></span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Years later, as I pulled up an apple box to perform Salem Saberhagen on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, it was clear that this is what I enjoyed the most. &nbsp;Performing, as a puppeteer, as a cat!</span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">What a great character! &nbsp;Here are a few scenes that were&nbsp;<a href=";sub=1819136_638077" target="_blank">Buzzfeed's Favorites</a>.</span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/enhanced-buzz-23288-1350077062-13.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;"></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Performing on the Sabrina TV set was quite an experience. &nbsp;Production of a series is quite different work (and workers) than distribution. &nbsp;Distribution is more corporate. &nbsp;On the set, I worked with Executive Producer, &nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Nell Scovell</a>, Series Director,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Gary Halvorson</a>, Series Writer and Salem's voice,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Nick Bakay</a>, and fellow puppeteers, Mauri Bernstein,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Jim Greenall</a>, and Thom Fountain to create this memorable cat character.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Salem performed well for "The Wonderful World of Disney" in several "Sabrina" made for TV movies, as well as lasting 7 full seasons on ABC.</span></span></p>

  • Lion Mask Pitches In To Promote Collections!

    <p>Check out what Jimmy Lion is using one of Animal Maker's custom masks.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/jimmy-lion-header.png"></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/jimmy-lion-lake.png"></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/jimmy-lion-hawaii.png"><a href="">Lion</a></p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/jimmy-lion-footer.png"></p>

  • Dog Props Help Nissan Build A Classic Ad for Dog Lovers

    <p>Remember when ads were funny? &nbsp;Animal Makers built the dog prop, there was a live (trained) dog on set, and another FX builder made the chair. &nbsp;Any of my friends remember who built this remote controlled, practical, driving chair?</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><h2>DOG PROPS NOW AVAILABLE:</h2><p><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;">Realistic Dog Prop 4</a></p><p><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;"></a><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;">Realistic Small Dog Movie Prop</a></p><p><a href="">Dog Rottweiler Action Movie Prop</a></p><p><a href="">Rottweiler Attack Prop Rig</a></p><h2>DOG PAWS:</h2><p><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;">Animated Large Dog Paw Movie Prop Long Hair Cream Colored</a></p><p><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;"></a><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;">Animated Dog Paw Movie Prop Short Hair Cream Colored</a></p><p><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;"></a><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;">Dog Paw Movie Prop Short Hair Cream Colored</a></p><p><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;"></a><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;">Pomeranian Dog</a></p><p><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;"></a></p>

  • Grüd and Brutus "Walk the Prank" for Disney

    <p>Brutus and Grüd "Walk the Prank" for Disney</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p>This kind of prank is very believeable, when you are the "mark". &nbsp;It's all about the set up! &nbsp;The interesting twist in this show, is the use of TWO gorillas! &nbsp;The substitute teacher gets really freaked when she sees the second one!</p><p>There was one day of prep, and one day of shoot involved in creating these scenes. &nbsp;As of March 28, 2017, there have been just about 2 million views! &nbsp;Check out the "thumbs up" too!</p><p>RENTALS:</p><p><a href="">Hollywood Film Quality Gorilla Costume - Grüd</a></p><p><a href="">Realistic Gorilla Costume - Brutus</a></p>

  • Black Cat Comically Beats Up Anna Faris!

    <h2>Scary Movie 2 Cat Props and Puppets</h2><p>Did you see this movie? &nbsp;Have a film you are working on that features cat "jokes"? &nbsp;Check out these rigs that were originally built for director, Keenan Ivory Wayans.</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p>In this scene, we see a number of our cat rigs at work:</p><p><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;">Flexible Black Cat Puppet</a></p><p><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;"></a><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;">Animatronic Black Cat Puppet</a></p>

  • Grüd The Gorilla Promotes "King Kong, Skull Island" on Jimmy Kimmel

    <p>Grüd Promotes "King Kong"</p><p>Great to see Tom Hiddleston wearing our Grüd gorilla Costume! &nbsp;Tom actually fit the costume very well. &nbsp;We enjoyed working with Jimmy Kimmel's wardrobe department to make this promo go so smoothly!</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>

  • Animated Display Project Design and Build Overview

    <h1>Realistic Animated Display Project</h1><h2> Overview</h2><p>In just six weeks time, these 18 chicken figures were designed and fabricated. &nbsp;The tallest figure is this 10' tall animatronic rooster. &nbsp;It features 8 digital movements powered by compressed air. &nbsp;The entire display involves 20 chicken figures in varying scales. &nbsp;Two of the figures are hatchlings in their shells and are animated using powerful digital titanium gear servo motors.</p><p>Animal Makers also designed and created an animatronic rooster figure for the Bellagio Las Vegas twelve years ago. &nbsp;That figure was powered by UAV super servos and is completely electric.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-rooster-3.jpg"></p><p>Here we see the 2017 animatronic ten foot tall rooster character performing above the floor of the Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-rooster-1.jpg"></p><p>This picture shows the grouping of 18 individual chicken display characters creating an amusing display for Chinese New Year 2017!</p><h2>Program Controls and Audio</h2><p>Here's the "brain box" that keeps this show going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/gilderfluke-install-3.jpg"></p><p>Housed inside a water proof, snap down control box is the Gilderfluke control and audio equipment.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/gilderfluke-install-2.jpg"></p><p>This is a typical animation set up using&nbsp;<a href="">Gilderfluke</a> equipment. &nbsp;A minibrick 8 controlling the individual animation valves, plus an SD-25, which is a cue-able digital repeater. &nbsp;Great equipment combination to breathe life into this amazing hotel display!</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-mech-wip-5.jpg"></p><p>Brushing up on the equipment updates for the <a href="">Mini-Brick 8</a> control and <a href=";cPath=1_3&amp;products_id=317">SD-25</a> digital audio playback system on the <a href="">Gilderfluke YouTube channel</a>. The controls are mounted on a shelf above the 24 vdc power supply. Had to beef up the power supply to deliver the amperage to that powerful SD-25 amplifier! That little blue box fills the huge Conservatory space with the rooster's signature "crowing"!</p><h2>Figure Finishing</h2><p>Thanks to our readers for asking for more information on the soft sculpting and figure finishing work on this project! &nbsp;Here's some more info:</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-feathers-1.jpg"></p><p>Chicken and Pheasant feathers imported from Chinese farms are picked through, sorted, and custom dyed. &nbsp;Thanks to&nbsp;<a href="">Moonlight Feathers</a> in Ventura, California!</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-hen-wip-1.jpg"></p><p>The Animal Makers crew trimming and gluing down feathers in carefully laid out flows. &nbsp;The feathers were made to seem larger by trimming them higher on the shaft, leaving the normal points of flight feathers out. &nbsp;The black feathers and fake "pin" feathers stuck in the tail were there as design elements to add realism to the oversized hen figure.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-feather-wip-2.jpg"></p><p>Here is a shot of the design process on feather layout.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-feather-dye-1.jpg"></p><p>Here are the small dye bins used to add "fire" to the tips of some of the feathers. &nbsp;In picture above, look for the feathers that go from yellow to red. &nbsp;The tips were dyed in these little bins. &nbsp;That was as firey as a feather can get, without actually burning!</p><h2>Mechanical Animatronics</h2><p>The main figure is a ten foot tall rooster and this is powered by SMC and Bimba pneumatic actuators.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-mech-wip-7.jpg">The "high tech" design method we've used for 15 years. Project the figure onto a paper sketch, then align the mechanical design. The steel loops are hand rolled, tacked, sized, re-tacked, positioned, and then final welded. The aluminum framework meets up with the steel framework at the figure's CG (center of gravity).</p><p>One of the project requirements we had to design in, is the ability to easily lift the entire figure into the air and place into position 15' above the ground.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-mech-wip-1.jpg"></p><p>This is company principal, Jim Boulden, working on the rooster's neck off of scaffolds. &nbsp;The pneumatic air lines can be seen rising up into the head area. &nbsp;Also, there are gas shocks installed at the base of the neck to smooth the movements, and give the rooster's head and neck support when in transit.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-mech-wip-2.jpg"></p><p>Here's a work in progress shot of the rooster's head mechanism. &nbsp;Nice clean welds on the aluminum tubing. &nbsp;The top of the figure is aluminum, the base is heavy steel tubing.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-mech-wip-3.jpg"></p><p>Project machinist and certified welder discussing the build in the mechanical department at Animal Makers.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-mech-wip-6.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"></p><p>Here's the steel base with built in forklift tines designed by Dennis Murphy. &nbsp;The base alone weighs over 100 pounds! Below the base are handled, threaded base lifts for leveling, plus heavy duty casters for moving it around.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-mech-wip-8.jpg"></p><p>Base struts get machined for the casters, leveling screw bases, and threaded screw mounting holes.</p><p>Art Department</p><p>The final look is based on the look of the face and those legs and feet. &nbsp;If those aren't right on, the whold project suffers. &nbsp;Here's a look at the work from the art department team.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-art-wip-1.jpg"></p><p>This is the mid range rooster face. &nbsp;This figure stands approximately 5' tall. &nbsp;The face is actually two separate sculpts and mold sets. &nbsp;The face is layed up in a silicone jacket mold with 6 pound fiberglas cloth and polyester resin. &nbsp;The comb and wattles (reddish areas) are created with a latex skin over a 4 pound urethane foam backing. &nbsp;The eye hole will be cut out and a gorgeous, hand painted and fired, crystal eye will be placed. &nbsp;The eyes were painted and fired by Antonio at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Tohickon</a>.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-art-wip-2.jpg"></p><p>The comb/wattles panels create the mask to set this gorgeous eye. &nbsp;This material also allows hair punching of individual fibers. &nbsp;The final paint job really adds realism to this face.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-art-wip-4.jpg"></p><p>Every feather was sprayed with a light seal coating infused with mica. &nbsp;Dyed feathers lose their oil, and makes the coloring look flat. &nbsp;By adding mica, the sheen returns, without affecting the hue or the value of the color. &nbsp;The intensity seems to punch up as well.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-art-wip-5.jpg"></p><p>The chicks are urethane foam bodies done with a thin coat of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">TC-284</a> from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">BJB Enterprises</a>. &nbsp;The chick figures were &nbsp;original sculptures done here, then molded using&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">TC-1604</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">TC-1570</a> epoxy surface coat and laminating resin with 6 pound fiberglass cloth.</p><p><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/bellagio-art-wip-6.jpg"></p><p>Jack Zhang is shown working on the original sculpture. &nbsp;In the background can be seen the first color fur dying tests. &nbsp;The gentle yellow of a real chick was a difficult color to match!</p><h2>The Final Display</h2><p>After just six weeks of preparation, the Fire Rooster display gets installed! &nbsp;Here are a few videos visitor-created videos showing the final display taken by visitors. &nbsp;If you have a virtual reality set up, check out the last of these three we picked from the 10,000 videos posted in February 2017 alone.</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p>Here's a 360 degree, virtual reality version:</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>