Animatronic designs for sale question:
This is more of a poll question. I have hundreds of animatronic, static prop, and scene designs in CAD. I was pondering offering up for sale some of my animatronic designs for the DIY'ers. Everything from small single cylinder mechanisms, up to and including multifunction rotating motion base elevator rides. Is this something that haunters on a budget would be interested in? My designs include detailed blue prints including all purchased parts with sources and part numbers, and all manufactured items with detailed dimensions and manufacturing instructions.
Not bashing your idea...just isn't for me.
You want a survey...so I'll play along. You got my attention from heading but for me it just doesn't make sense to spend a lot on plans. I have a lot of guys who want to build props for the haunt. I hear them every Sept. saying "Next year I could build this or that". I have not seen one GOOD plan in 12 years from my guys. I have seen two simple props that were so bad I REFUSED to even let the public see them. I have a shop, a welder, drill press, torches, and more; but truthfully I feel I am losing money if I tried to make my props. My time is better spent on the farm, doing custom work for other farms, or vacationing. Maybe I am too negative ....but i hate working on equipment. I am updating a combine corn head and sprayer now in the shop.
I AM SURE this will be perfect for others who have time not allocated to an outside job. So again I am not bashing the idea. I would like to give my guys who help me haunt and set up some more hours. But a few hundred dollars for plans....and to chase parts....keep them on task...just isn't my way. I rather pay for finished product. A collection of a dozen plans for $50....I would still hesitate. Yes I dropped a lot of $$$ this year on props at Transworld...and have my shopping list already started for 2014-2015. And I could save myself some $ in the accounting column for prop expenditures doing it in house. But when I have Posion Props, Scarefactory, Distortions, and Gore Galore it loses all appeal to me to make my own.
Selling a book of plans. That I am afraid would not go over very well...maybe even back fire. We haunters know each other. Austind who already chimed in happens to be a guy I am holding onto a box of stuff for from Transworld. Didn't want to take his box of scents he got from "Granny" on the plane back home. You might sell a few books....and the plans would get shared all over. I could easily see you selling a few plans that get shared with haunt "B ,C & D"and end up killing a prop sale you would have had with haunt D.