Posted by Rich on September 03, 2007 at 19:35:14:
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In Reply to: Re: Centaur suit posted by Thundra on June 05, 2005 at 20:12:59:
I have also attempted to make a centaur suit that worked like a real horses legs. The closest I ever got was by making a wheel attached to the center of the PVC frame, around the belly, with pushrods attaching from the wheel to the wearers legs, and a separate set of pushrods from the wheel to the rear legs. The motion of the wearers legs would partially spin the wheel, which would in turn pull the back legs.
It actually worked out, if you can picture this, so that the opposite leg was pulled forward, and the other leg was pushed backwards, but since forward motion was taking place, the leg appeared to stay still until it too was pulled. I have pictures of the two different frames I have tried in the past at. They are labeled "Year1:" and "Year2:". That might give you a better idea of what I am talking about.
I still lacked a look of realism, and a slip-proof method of attaching the frame to my body. The PVC configuration was much stronger and lighter believe it or not, even after the wooden wheel, although this years frame will see many weight reductions to ease attachment to the body and to account for the weight of the materials used to cover it.
Any input would be greatly appreciated, and I hope I may have helped you to get some more ideas for a future or current centaur costume for any of you.
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