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Picture of Creating a Walking Centaur

This Halloween I felt I needed to step up my homemade costume game for my daughter. Every year I make my son and daughters costumes but it seemed the last few years my son's costumes always had the extra wow factor, leaving her in his shadow. So when I stumbled across a pin talking about how to create homemade Faun hoofs.....I ran with that idea and created a full fledge centaur that actually looked like it was walking!!

Step 1: The PVC Frame

We measured the body for the horse based on the size of my daughter...how tall her behind was from the floor paralleled with a length that would look proportionate. We used a heat gun to bend half inch PVC into the shape we wanted the spine, giving a nice bend from the withers and back up for the rump before curving down where the tail would be. Then we made the vertical base that attached by a 4 way at the top of the rump. This started creating the "hips" of the frame. The hips are made with four 90deg connectors, half inch PVC and two four way connectors (both four way connectors running through the main vertical support) making a rectangle in support. The bottom 90 deg sections on each side is where the first moving joint (shoulder) is attached. The moving joints are made by over sizing holes in the PVC for 10-24 x1 1/2 machine screws and nylock nuts. The "Hoof" is affixed by taking 5inx1/4in carriage bolts and drilling them into the tire of lawnmower wheels. Nylock nuts were used to keep the moving parts loose but not coming apart from movement. The axle running from wheel to wheel is half inch all thread, running through half inch PVC T'd off from base of vertical support. This axle housing can be shortened or lengthened to create the appropriate width for the walkers front feet. This video shows our first fit test with one moving leg attached. We altered the size and length of the moving PVC pieces till they match the proportionate size of the Centaur being created then copied it for the second leg.

reginespec4 months ago
Thank you for this amazing costume, we manage to duplicate it for Book Day.
centaur 1.jpg
kpolenske (author)  reginespec4 months ago
Nice job!
jayann5178 months ago
OMG It's Fantastic, I love it!!!!!
kpolenske (author)  jayann5178 months ago
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HansG308 months ago
What a lovely idea and execution!
kpolenske (author)  HansG308 months ago
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wandaw8 months ago
Nice work.
kpolenske (author)  wandaw8 months ago
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attosa8 months ago
L O V E
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kpolenske (author)  attosa8 months ago
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nirim8 months ago
Nice, really nice.

By the way, can't go 'We have a be nice policy' then that.
kpolenske (author)  nirim8 months ago
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JT Woodworks8 months ago
This is such a great costume idea!! I love how you tackled the project
kpolenske (author)  JT Woodworks8 months ago
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Brilliant!
kpolenske (author)  tinkercad-support8 months ago
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yasirç58 months ago
tnx
kpolenske (author)  yasirç58 months ago
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cobourgdave8 months ago
What a great project! Great design, you are a true "think outside the box'er." The extra touch of the back legs moving is excellent. Congratulations on a beautiful design well carried out.
kpolenske (author)  cobourgdave8 months ago
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ecsaul238 months ago
That is super cool! Going the extra mile is always worth it! Voted
kpolenske (author)  ecsaul238 months ago
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ZexetorM8 months ago
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!!!
kpolenske (author)  ZexetorM8 months ago
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wizgirl8 months ago
Awesome!!!
kpolenske (author)  wizgirl8 months ago
Thank you!!
Honus8 months ago
That is fantastic!
kpolenske (author)  Honus8 months ago
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Joppe Spaans8 months ago
Voted for you. This is really clever and so original. Really good job on this awesomeness!
kpolenske (author)  Joppe Spaans8 months ago
I appreciate your support!!!
tonivtol8 months ago
Magnífico. Gran idea
kpolenske (author)  tonivtol8 months ago
Thank you!!
belsey8 months ago
I had wanted to build something like this for years!!! But then my kids grew up before I ever got around to it. Congrats on getting it done in time!
kpolenske (author)  belsey8 months ago
I'm so glad I thought of it while she was still little!! Thanks!!
rayp15118 months ago
You win parent of the year! Great project.
kpolenske (author)  rayp15118 months ago
Thanks for the support!!
Jobar0078 months ago
Clever, simple solution to a complex idea. Well done!
kpolenske (author)  Jobar0078 months ago
Thanks so much!!
Matlek8 months ago
Awesome costume!
kpolenske (author)  Matlek8 months ago
Thanks!
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