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Skunk tail rod 
8th-Jun-2009 06:40 pm
I asked a few months ago about how to go about buidling a tail rod for a standup skunk tail. After pondering about it, I decided to go ahead with the delrin rod route in getting this done. But I still have a couple questions about it.

First, how long of a piece of delrin rod will I need to buy? I'm looking at possibly having a 3' long by 2' wide skunk tail. I'm also planning on having an opening in the base of the tail from the inside of the suit to be able to slide it in if I want to use it while wearing the suit (so I could go with the tail up or down), could that effect at how big of a piece of tail rod I would need?

Second, how would I attatch it to a weight belt? I'm planning on getting a used weight belt at a local sports shop that resells used equipment and use that to strap it around my waist. What would be the best way to attatch this to the weight belt? If a weight belt wouldn't work in this, what would work?

Thanks for the help!
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8th-Jun-2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Diadexxus built a harness for her skunk. She might be your best bet to talk to.

I'd imagine it would fit over your shoulders/back, belt around your waist, and continue past your spine to a S shape.

My skunk tail comfortably fits on a belt, has a nice curve, and is semi-S shaped (curves out from the belt, and towards the bottom curves back in).
8th-Jun-2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
She replied about the same time you did. :)
8th-Jun-2009 11:26 pm (UTC) - How I created my Up / Down Skunk Tail
here is how I made mine with delrin Rod:

http://dia.critter.net/godiva/construction/body-tail/bodytail.html

Now, making it go up or down is VERY tricky! I believe I was the first one to make a skunk tail that could actually BE rotated while waring it. :) It took two engineers and myself to figure it out! :)

Buuuuut, Since you asked nicely, I will tell you how we did it, hehe :) A lot of this stuff was "recycled" from a friends garage. heh.. just stuff "hanging around" except for the delrin and bolts I think!

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http://dia.critter.net/godiva/construction/body-tail/tail-hardware.jpg This is the hardware used on my rotating skunk tail:

* 8 feet of 3/8ths inch Delrin Rod. (You heat it up it with a heat-gun until its shiny, then bend and HOLD IT until its cooled. This takes QUITe a while. DO NOT TRY TO COOL IT FASTER with water or whatever because it will CRYSTALLIZE the Delrin and become useless! Please be careful as delrin rod stays hot for a very long time and can burn you bad. Use heat mittens when doing this.

* Pipe isolation (foam)

* A Weight Belt

* A few nuts and bolts

* Something that rotates, such as a "lazy susan" bearing. This is hidden behind the block of wood.

* A Block of Wood to attach the tail to (the two dots are where the delrin rod gets glued into) This is bolted to the bearing.

* A U-Bolt (This is what you pull to "unlock" the tail to rotate it"

* Some STRONG springs to keep that U-Bolt tight.

* Some acrylic plastic with drilled holes to "lock" and "unlock" the U-Bolt

Unfortunatley I don't remember what all the Engineers did to CREATE this monster of a tail, but it works! I should take more pictures of the hardware, but the fur is sewn onto it.. Hmm.

http://dia.critter.net/godiva/construction/body-tail/body-tail-up.jpg Tail up!

http://dia.critter.net/godiva/construction/body-tail/body-tail-down.jpg Tail Down

One thing I would do differently next time is add a MUCH more "S" shape to the Delrin Rod. It's a monster of a tail but it is pretty neat being able to give a whole new look to her when I want. She also has a "floppy" tail when I dont want to wear all that hardware under the suit!

I hope that helps a bit.
-J

Edited at 2009-06-08 11:32 pm (UTC)
8th-Jun-2009 11:47 pm (UTC) - Re: How I created my Up / Down Skunk Tail
I wasn't planning on it being a rotating tail though, but this does give me some ideas on how to do it.

I was going to have the tail itself attached to the bodysuit with a slot inside at the base of the tail where I could slide the rod in. That way if I wanted to leave the tail down, I didn't have to worry about wearing the weight belt/rod and I just put the suit on. But if I want the tail up, I can slide it in before suiting up. That's why I was planning on fixing it to a weight belt.

Thanks for the help!
9th-Jun-2009 12:19 am (UTC) - Re: How I created my Up / Down Skunk Tail
Goodluck!!

-J
10th-Jun-2009 02:48 am (UTC)
I used a Delrin rod to make the standing skunk tail I have. I used the entire uncut (I forget how long, maybe 8 feet) and made a loop of it in the right shape. I attached the rod to a stiff plastic plate with a foam backing for comfort. You need a thick belt attaching to the plate at least above your stomach so you can get enough leverage to make it comfortable to wear. I used zip ties to attach the delrin to the platic plate but that hasn't worked perfectly. I need to come up with a better way.
10th-Jun-2009 08:19 am (UTC)
I'm currently thinking that there might be a way to drill some holes in a leather weight belt and possibly get the ends of the delrin rod bent towards each other so they can hang on. I could put a foam block over that so that I'm not having the rod drill me in my back as I wear it.
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