To aid in the construction of the wide range of
required mechanisms, Mike has created templates
that he uses in the many different props. This allows
him to easily instruct anyone who is brought in to
assist him on how to properly construct each
mechanism (Figure 7).
No job is too big for these master builders! They
relish in the challenge of creating new props whether
large or small (Figure 8 and Figure 9).
In order to boost the success of my visit, they
invited their knowledgeable pneumatic vendor, Mike
Etling, to stop by as well. Mike represents Fiero Fluid
Power, Inc., which distributes Bimba products (see
Resources). I have had the opportunity to use some
of their line, and have been impressed with their
reliability and quality.
While not the cheapest option available, they are
worth the small added expense. They offer many
features not found on less expensive products. When
building our mechanisms, it is desirable to utilize quality
products in order to minimize maintenance down the
A couple of things I especially appreciate is the
ability to purchase solenoids that work at low wattages.
This allows me to operate them reliably when using my
Another feature is the self-cleaning done by the
solenoids. They remove the impurities found in
pneumatic systems instead of allowing them to be
flushed down the line, contaminating and ultimately
clogging the solenoid.
Molding and Casting
Although I am comfortable discussing the fine
points of creating the mechanisms, I marvel at the
artistry required to sculpt and mold the bodies and
masks that are created here.
Mondo’s domain is downstairs where he and his
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Distortions — http://bit.ly/Distsculpt
Making Monsters — http://bit.ly/DistMM
Distortions Tutorials on You Tube —
Fiero Fluid Power, Inc. — http://bit.ly/FieroFl
Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show —
Figure 9. They can build anything — from little green aliens to
big green monsters.