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Guides => Gypsy => Topic started by: Snarkticon on May 30, 2017, 04:03:05 PM

Title: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: Snarkticon on May 30, 2017, 04:03:05 PM
Several years ago I bought two Century Infant Loveseats. I wound up selling one to a friend (Here's his build (http://www.botbuilders.info/index.php?topic=165.0)) and left the other one on a shelf to collect dust along with all the random Tom and Crow parts I had.
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112517-2c9338e6.jpg)

A couple weeks ago I finally decided to get off my duff and start building some bots. Since Gypsy is the furthest along, I'll post her build thread first.
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112519-5465ba9d-me.jpg)

First, I hacked up the seat.
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112520-0eb4241a-me.jpg)

I zip-tied the halves together. Mostly because the zip-ties were closer to me than my roll of tape. Also, she looks like a catfish.
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112521-b5269adc-me.jpg)

I then drilled the holes for the jaw hinge. Did I mention I hate paddle bits?
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112521-a069f4d9-me.jpg)

After that I drilled three holes through the seat and into the Eveready lantern. I then used some lock-nut fasteners to keep them together.
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112521-4d3795bb-me.jpg)
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112522-7a1ee466-me.jpg)

It took me longer than it should have to realize that a closet flange is a toilet attachment. Nevertheless, I found one and bolted it on.
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112523-f3d480fd-me.jpg)
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112523-dab09aeb-me.jpg)

So here she is in her current state:
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112522-e60eaa26-me.jpg)
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112522-ab0bcbcd-me.jpg)


I'm getting a vac-formed control knob from Mitchell soon, and a spring. After that I'll begin working on the skeleton/control rig.

What do you think, sirs?
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: fastbilly1 on May 30, 2017, 04:27:08 PM
It is so rare to see a true Century Loveseat.  Incredible work. 
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: DentonUSA on May 30, 2017, 06:58:23 PM
Keep us updated as you paint it!
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: Ron on May 30, 2017, 08:09:19 PM
Thanks for crossposting this!
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: Snarkticon on May 30, 2017, 10:53:52 PM
Thanks, guys. :) I got a little bit of work done tonight - nothing too fancy.

I broke out the trusty Bondo to fill in some of the rivet holes:
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112524-39f9abfb-me.jpg)

(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112524-1aacf405-me.jpg)

Then sanded them down:
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112525-348ccaf8-me.jpg)

And here's the first coat of primer:
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112525-273f2b36-me.jpg)


I'm planning to get some more work done throughout the week.
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: Danzilla93 on May 31, 2017, 08:46:58 AM
Wow, amazing work!  I really appreciate the pictures!  They really make me want to get off MY duff and get cracking on my Gypsy.  I've had cold feet since acquiring the seat four years ago; I would never forgive myself if I somehow screwed up that seat.  I just need to bite the bullet and do it, and I know everything will be fine.

Simply put: it takes guts to tackle Gypsy.  You, sir, appear to have guts in spades!  Good on ya.  ;) She looks wonderful.
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: Snarkticon on June 09, 2017, 12:46:11 PM
You're not kidding about that, Dan! The hardest part of building Gypsy is finding a Love Seat. The second hardest part is working up the courage to cut it up!

Last week I laid down a purple base coat. I used Rustoleum Gloss Grape for this since I already had it on hand.
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112527-24c10e8f-me.jpg)

(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112526-584b5c9b-me.jpg)

(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112526-8f5005a6-me.jpg)

(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112526-e5889e7c-me.jpg)


Last night I sprayed the Purple Metal Flake. It's a bit darker than I was expecting, but I think it turned out nice.
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112524-6562d579-me.jpg)

I painted the Eveready cowl white for the Season 1 look. If I decide I don't like it later, I'll just take it off.
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112519-2604c753-me.jpg)

(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112527-c437d660-me.jpg)

Here you can see the beginnings of her PVC skeleton/control rig and a vacuformed control knob I got from Mitchell
(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/_data/i/upload/2017/07/29/20170729112527-a2e4d07f-me.jpg)
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: Danzilla93 on June 19, 2017, 02:45:23 PM
Unbelievably cool!  She's looking awesome!  It's wonderful seeing another Gypsy come into the world.

Keep us updated with more pictures as she nears completion!
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: Snarkticon on June 19, 2017, 03:06:52 PM
Thanks, Dan!

My bot building is currently on hold as I've begun the process of reorganizing my garage workspace. This will take a while. xD
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: Snarkticon on July 20, 2017, 05:20:31 PM
Unfortunately photobucket has decided to discontinue it's years-long tradition of free third party image hosting.

I've setup my own website that will showcase all of my props and costumes projects, and I will hopefully be able to link from the photos there to replace all the broken links in this thread.

(http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/upload/2017/07/20/20170720152001-e2c07370.jpg)
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: DentonUSA on July 20, 2017, 08:17:50 PM
Thanks Snarkticon. I thought my computer was broken. They want you to spend 400 DOLLARS to view the pictures.
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: Dr.cgad on October 24, 2017, 09:04:41 AM
do you happen to still have those photos.
Title: Re: Open mine, Mike! Open mine!
Post by: Snarkticon on October 24, 2017, 09:28:25 AM
Hello, Sirs!  Yes, I do still have these pictures, but I unfortunately haven't had any time to go through my posts and replace the links. In the meantime you can view the unsorted pictures here: Doctor Snarkticon's Vacation Photos (http://www.doctorsnarkticon.com/images/index.php?/category/5).

UPDATE: Image links in the thread have been updated!