I contacted DJ Sures about this subject and he suggested that I post a thread here.
My name is Jamie Young and with the help of EZ-Robot and some pointers from helpful members here I was able to build a Baby Dragon a few years ago. This has been my first venture in to animatronics as I normally just build static props.
I have been invited to a sci-fi convention later this year in WInnipeg Manitoba, they love my life size props and really love the baby dragon. The convention is a 7 hour drive both ways and I would have to rent a u-haul van. The organizers really want me to attend so they have offered me $200 to help with gas.
Last year I was invited to a more locally run convention (only 2 hours away) I took the dragon there but was unable to show it working because of laptop issues. I have recently exchanged my old EZ-board for the newer bluetooth version so that I can control it through my tablet (which works great).
I have taken the dragon along with several props to local schools over the past 3 years to help teach animatronics and building skills, I am regularly asked back (the teachers have just as much fun as the kids do). I have left the dragon un-skinned as I like people to see the workings and show how simple and easy it can be to make great looking things.
I am doing everything I can to raise money to be able to travel to the convention to display my builds. I have contacted all the companies from whom I get my supplies in the hopes of getting some form of sponsorships worked out and like I mentioned I have even contacted Mr Sures about this as well, as I would obviously be telling anyone interested in how the dragon was built all about EZ-Robot, and would be willing to hand out pamphlets or business cards and he is looking in to some things for me. He also mentioned that I should post here because some of the members may be able to give me some advice or help out in some way.
Thank you all for your time.
Jamie Young. www.facebook.com/FoamtasticProps?ref=hl