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Unread 02-24-2003, 04:06 PM   #1
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"Working" Mechanical Fantasy wings

I made a prototype of some dragon style wings last year for halloween that are very different than I have seen before. These actually have a bone system and moving parts and can spread out, and "flap." When closed, they hang behind your back and have almost a 7'wing span when opened. They are based on a pulley/lever system. For mine, I had a vampire costume, and the medallion around my neck was the pulley, you just pull it down and these huge wings spread out. It looks VERY cool.
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A friend and I are wanting to start a small business making these in several styles (angel, dragon, bat, robotic, etc) and would like to know if there is ANY interest in something like this. All the costume wings I have ever seen in stores are static angel style and dont do anything. These would come in many different styles and colors, and will spread and close like REAL WINGS!!
I will post some pictures of the prototype in my gallery for reference, Remember, this is only a prototype, the final versions will be even better! I am only wanting to find out if there is an interest in a product like this.
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Unread 02-24-2003, 04:40 PM   #2
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Well you see like the category you would be placed in is costume and prop design. I think what everyone would as you to do is the Clover wings. I think its a good idea to start a business like that. You'd get allot of costumers from the furry department. Don't just focus on anime. Advertise, people love cheap but not too cheap stuff but good quality. I expect great things from you people. ^_^
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Unread 02-24-2003, 05:01 PM   #3
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Depending on the final price, a lot of people could be interested in these.

I know when Garry made his Yue wing's there was a lot of interest as they were movable by pulley. My large pics are down on tripod, but small pics at http://conpics.tripod.com/awa01pg5.html Based on general reaction to those, movable wings are good as long as not too big.

There were 2 guys at DragonCon with movable wings - the guy with the black wings were a good size but the guy with white cloth unfolding wings was just too big. As long as the wings you are planning on doing are collapsable as you stated - definitely think should test the waters.
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Unread 02-24-2003, 05:16 PM   #4
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the pics of prototype are upin my gallery, The wings would be custom ordered to specific styles and sizes so you could get whatever size you wanted, etc.
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Unread 02-25-2003, 07:33 PM   #5
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I think the whole concept is just a great idea. (It would save a lot of hassle trying to fit through narrow hallways and such ^_-) I can't tell from the photos what the wings are made out of tho....wire covered by fabric? It seems to work well for the dragon/vampire style, but I would just wonder if cybery-tubing or feathery wings would be able to close up so nicely, needing the additional outside dimensions.
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Unread 02-25-2003, 07:37 PM   #6
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I'd be willing to buy some
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Unread 02-25-2003, 07:39 PM   #7
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seems like an interesting buissness, If I had the cash or needed em for a costume I might buy em cause they sound very cool.
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Unread 02-26-2003, 03:45 AM   #8
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The prototype was actually wooden frame and hinges. The final version will be hollow plastic bone-like pipes, making it light but very sturdy. The feathers, and other types of material will work quite well, I've already tested some other methods out.
The levers work very similar to how an umbrella works. If you look at a cross section of an umbrella (only 1 spoke on each side of the center pole) you pretty much have the method. Just push up on the grip on the center pole and the umbrella opens. Its the same here except the chain around my neck pulled the grip up the center pole, opening the wings.
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Unread 02-26-2003, 07:52 AM   #9
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thats a super idea. I've tryed to create wings for years and recently sent away my Pegasus sculpture to an art show and won the gold key for Scholastics. So, basically I have experience with the structure of bird/feathered wings.
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Unread 02-26-2003, 02:10 PM   #10
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GOD I'd love to have a couple pairs!

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Unread 02-27-2003, 01:47 AM   #11
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Would you also be interested in selling "how to" plans?
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Unread 02-27-2003, 12:54 PM   #12
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>>Would you also be interested in selling "how to" plans?

OH HELL YEAH! I'd love to buy the plans, and then say "Yo, I actually made these after someone told me how. XD"

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Unread 02-27-2003, 12:57 PM   #13
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I doubt I could afford such a complex thing, but if I could, I'd love a pair.
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Unread 02-27-2003, 07:48 PM   #14
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How to plans are a great idea because then people wouldn't feel guilty about using em in competitions or sumthin! more initative to buy em!
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Unread 02-28-2003, 02:38 PM   #15
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I'll think about that. What do you say a reasonable price would be for a construction manual with detailed step by step pics and diagrams/list of parts and where to find them?
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