So i need to build this cherry picker. There will need to be two different models. One of the wheels and "chassis" (or whatever you would call the part housing the engine and mechanics) and another that is just the basket suspended by the arm. What materials should I use? I'm thinking just foam for the bottom part because it doesn't need to support any weight, but the crane arm will need to hold itself up as well as the puppet. It also needs to move to various positions for animation.
Also, how should I paint to avoid a textured look in the foam? Should I even use the foam? Thanks fellow stop-motioners! I'm uber stoked to be finally animationg with puppets instead of legos!!
Re: Set Construction
For something that in the real world is made of steel, I wouldn't use foam. Apart from the porous surface, it flexes, but you don't need that. Moving parts would be hard materials that pivot at certain places. Mostly wood or MDF is probably what I'd use for the main chassis, but maybe some plastic if I found objects that made good shapes. Some plastic coathangers have interesting beam sections. I'd look for existing toy wheels in the right size if possible.
Would this have a scissor lift section to lift the basket, or would it be on a crane arm? I need to google some cherry pickers images, but my connection has just become very slow...