Introducing the Mechanical Thrashing Torso! It was created back in my art student days as part of a haunted house attraction. It is a good example of what can be accomplished with limited experience, tools, and materials. The Thrashing Torso consists primarily of a segmented spinal column driven by a cable pull from a single electric motor. After 25 years it is still functional, though it has seen some maintenance and upgrades in that time.
Tools and Equipment Used:
Electric hand drill
Extruded aluminum square tubing
Aluminum flat stock
Misc. fastener hardware (nuts, washers, screws, pop rivets)
Misc. wire and connectors
.125” steel cable
Salvaged chunks of electrical cord (rib cage)
Misc. brackets and “things”
This materials list is left pretty vague because a lot of scavenged materials went into this project and it was a long time ago.