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Tom Servo / need globe for tom servo
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:18:06 AM »
I had a house fire and was able to scavenge my Tom Servo afterwards but, unfortunately the head broke.  Thankfuly it wasn't glued in, i just had the clear plastic globe seated in the top with the top cap on.  The rest of Tom is fine and I still have the top cap to it but i'm having a hard time finding another snack dispenser.  Can anyone point me to a source or recommend a good alternative that the original caps will fit onto?

Tom Servo / Re: A few questions!
« on: August 29, 2015, 01:07:32 PM »
I used small screws to mount the lazy susan to the barrel.

Ron is correct.  The pipe just goes through holes in the barrel and the skirt and rotates freely so you can move the head.  On mine, there is nothing attaching the head to the top of the barrel.  This way i can just pull it out with the pipe attached for repairs.

For me, the hardest part of the whole project was painting the top part of the beak.  I sprayed it all silver then masked the beak and sprayed the top part red and it would bleed onto the beak.  So i'd mask the top part and respray the beak and the silver would bleed onto the red paint.  Rinsed and repeated for the longest time.  If you look closely on mine, you can see that the portion right above the beak is smoother and shinier than the rest of the neck from all the sanding and repainting.  In another post, Ron mentioned that he paints the beaks by hand.  I wish i had thought of that!

Tom Servo / Re: My Servo!
« on: May 14, 2012, 08:42:40 AM »
LOL!  Thanks.


Tom Servo / My Servo!
« on: May 12, 2012, 11:13:26 AM »
Here's my Tom Servo finally done!  This is my first time building...anything really.  I couldn't have done it without the help of many people including Bob (, Ron, my wife and many others.  There are definitely some flaws but i'm still happy with the final product.


Tom Servo / Re: Need help on the "T" connector
« on: May 07, 2012, 01:51:55 PM »
I never noticed that before!  Well that makes me feel a lot better. 

BTW, i'm so glad i took your advice about stripping and repainting.  I stripped everything down, i'm repainting with the Colonial Red base and it's a huge difference.


Tom Servo / Need help on the "T" connector
« on: May 07, 2012, 06:23:06 AM »
I need help on centering the T connector in Tom's head.  I see why it has to be centered as when i did a dry fit on the head and turned it, the head moved slightly from side to side as it turned.  Does anyone have any tips on how to make sure the connector is exactly centered when you glue it in?  Is there some sort of template or guide that you use?


Tom Servo / Re: Need some input on my paint job
« on: May 02, 2012, 05:23:25 PM »
I got the colonial red but i need some clarification.  Do you suggest using the colonial red AS primer or using primer, then colonial red, then Ruby Red?

BTW, i did some searching on the net and found Simple Green is great for taking paint off of resins without ruining them.  A couple hours soaking and the paint is coming right off!

Tom Servo / Re: Need some input on my paint job
« on: May 01, 2012, 02:31:02 PM »
Really?  And the stripper won't damage the cast-resin stuff? 

I guess you're right.  As much as i wanted to get this project done this weekend, i'll be happier in the long run taking the extra effort.  I've got the sponges and the elbow grease.  Not sure what stripper you're referring to, though as it looks like Walmart has a million different kinds.  Can you give me a name?

Tom Servo / Re: Need some input on my paint job
« on: May 01, 2012, 11:52:18 AM »
I thought about stripping the paint but i can't see being able to get into all those nooks and crannies in the barrel and engine with sandpaper and i would be too afraid of using any solution for fear of damaging the plastic.

I'm really surprised that BBI used black primer and was still able to get Servo to look that bright onscreen. 

Tom Servo / Need some input on my paint job
« on: May 01, 2012, 07:25:05 AM »
This is a photo of my painted barrel taken with my iphone (sorry it's sideways).  Unfortunately, the color doesn't look the same in the pic as in real life.  The actual color is a more deeper red and it looks too dark.  The engine block and head look the same.  I used 2-3 coats of gray primer and 2-3 coats of the ruby red.  I hear somewhere that the red gets darker the more coats you put on.  I'm toying with the idea of covering everything with colonial red and finishing off with more Ruby Red to get a more accurate color. 

Are there any dangers or drawbacks to using this many coats of paint?  It would be close to 8-10 coats by the time i was done and i've never used that many coats of paint on one thing before.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.

BTW, does anybody know what color BBI used as a primer?

Tom Servo / Re: Questions on trains and paint
« on: April 30, 2012, 05:07:57 PM »
That's an option, but i'd like to try spraying if i can.  In case i go that way, what paint do you use?

Tom Servo / Re: Questions on trains and paint
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:43:17 AM »
Follow up questions - i messed up that pain-in-the-butt upper lip portion more than once because i didn't mask it well enough and, when i DID mask it well, some of the paint came off with the tape so i had to retouch AGAIN.  I still have to paint the silver on the engine and don't want to mess that up, so:
    1.  What kind of masking tape do you use?
    3.  How long do you let the red paint dry on the engine before masking and painting the silver?

Tom Servo / Re: Questions on trains and paint
« on: April 30, 2012, 04:57:52 AM »
Thanks.  I've been thinking about using hot glue or epoxy to embed bolt inside the train so nothing would show on the outside, but i may try your method. 

Tom Servo / Questions on trains and paint
« on: April 28, 2012, 05:00:55 PM »
A few random questions:

How do people usually put the trains on the hoverskirt?  I have the vacu-formed ones so there isn't a lot of space to glue.  Besides, if i can, i'd like to find some way to screw or clamp so i can always reposition them if i have to.

How many cans of the Testors ruby red does it usually take to do a Tom Servo?  I ordered 2 cans but it looks like i might need another one.

Do people usually sand the primer coat before painting? My gut says i shouldn't for three reasons, only one of which is laziness :)  The other two are:
   1.  There are so many little spaces in the barrel and engine block that i don't think i could get sandpaper into, so in the interest of having a uniform appearance it might be good not to sand anything.
  2.  In the interest of being more "real" Tom Servo is supposed to be a robot made from spare parts - not a shiny new model car.   Also, i'm betting the guys at BBI didn't bother to sand.


Tom Servo / Re: Question on train placement
« on: April 25, 2012, 11:15:58 AM »
LOL!  I believe that when i see the flaws on the tom Servos on the show.  I was watching an episode last night and noticed they hadn't even bothered to trim the edge on one of Tom's shoulders.

Regarding getting the trains straight, how do i make sure the marks on the bottom match up with the marks on top?  i can place them equally on top and bottom but if they don't line up, the trains will still go on crooked, right?   Or am i missing something in your explanation. 

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