"Mr. Hamilton" is part of a display at the former Lancaster County Historical
Museum. When you entered the museum, Mr. Hamilton welcomed you and told
you a brief narrative on the history of Lancaster City. He was a 12
motion, pneumatic. life size figure including moving eyes, mouth, neck
and arms, etc. Digital control synchronizes audio, motion and lighting
effects making Mr. Hamilton appear to be real.
Recently we repaired and
rebuilt the interior structure, mechanics and electronics of Prevo the
Dinosaur. First we had to remove the skin from the stainless steel
The purpose of removing the skin was to
expose the framing in order to install some new mechanical features as
well as rebuild some of the framing members that were in need of repair.
The operator of this costume works in a
very confined area.
we installed fans, a video screen that was connected to a camera in the
nose, hand devices that operate the mouth, moving eyes and neck/head.
We also installed a robust sound
system with a recorded dinosaur roar with a speaker mounted in the jaw.
The sound was activated by a push button at the hand controls. All the
electronics were powered by a rechargeable battery system.
The photo on the right (above) shows
inside the head where the structure of the mouth and eye mechanisms
The woman operator was fitted with an aluminum backpacking frame that
was attached to the frame of the dinosaur. Shoulder straps were
installed to help with weight distribution. Once all of these mechanical
features we completed and test fitted, we replaced the skin and did a
test run and Prevo the Dinosaur was ready to meet the people!
ACI DESIGN in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
We were commissioned to animate five
life-sized turkey buzzards and five bobcats as an advertisement for a
film company in Los Angeles.
The process involved cutting the
fiberglass body to install a neck pivot driven by an accessible
motorized mechanism inside the body.
The fiberglass bodies were then sent back
to ACI Designs for finishing which involved a painted rubber, silicone
animal was separately mounted on a fiberglass rock atop a bus stop
shelter on Santa Monica Blvd. in California.