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Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Beeper
« on: April 22, 2015, 06:35:10 PM »
Again great job on Beeper.

Also I think you're on the right track with the hoverskirt being made out of two separate items. I recently was carefully reviewing all the KTMA episodes and there are two instances where you can see a definite gap between the traffic cone and the flared bottom piece on the hoverskirt. I don't have any good screen shots at the moment but if you check out the second host segment in K09 Phase IV and the 3rd host segment in K18 Su-Muru you can check it out yourselves.

I remember getting my first engine block from Ed and think he lead to the guy that was making the hands. That was back in about '92. I still have that original set of hands. They have a fair amount of pot-marking already in them so I don't know if they were originally that way or if I got a copy of a copy of the hands.

I start looking for parts back in 1991 and finally built some bots in 92. Ed and Gary and some other folks were already doing it for a while, but we were all still trying to figure out the origin of the parts and tracking them down wasn't easy. I actually put classified ads in several antique and collectors trade magazine looking for MLB barrels and Schwarz soap dishes, (this was before the internet, you young whippersnappers!). It took about 6 months and I finally got those parts and some extras then I built my bots.

I'm still incredibly annoyed that the hands for Servo can't be found. I might look through some old files to see if I can find out who I got mine from originally. Maybe he's still around?

Gypsy / Re: Century Infant Seat is the new rarest item?
« on: February 14, 2015, 11:29:14 AM »
When the weather gets nicer and the garage sales begin you need to search the sales at old crappy run-down houses or barns. A place that looks like they may have had a use for the seat back in the 70s. No one after 1980 was ever going to use or own one of these seats, so skip sales in nice neighborhoods or newer houses. Old farm houses are good places.

Same with thrift or antique stores. If you see a crummy little roadside place stop and check them out. I think newer more reputable places have to turn in or destroy unsafe or out of date car seats.

Its a shame but back in the 90s when I was hunting for parts I saw these seats everywhere. Every single secondhand store that I went to had one of those seats. At one time I had about a dozen of them and finally stopped buying them because I had no place to store them.

I am seriously looking into making some cast replicas. When I free up some more time I'm going to do a few tests on different techniques and see what works best. I will let you all know when I come up with something.

Tom Servo / Re: Boo Bowl Photos and Measurements
« on: February 14, 2015, 11:16:48 AM »
I did indeed get one of them on ebay. The other I got from trading with a bot builder in TX. He bought TWO at the same time from a seller on eBay. He said that seller was from Minnesota and I believe the ebay seller I purchased my bowl from was also located in MN.

I think that the Boo Bowl rarity comes from the fact that they may have only been sold in Minnesota. Like I said in the previous post the lettering and art work is all hand painted and in all the photos I've ever seen of other bowls none of them exactly match any other bowls.

If you know someone in MN they could search garage sales and thrift stores and maybe get lucky and find one, or more.

Crow T. Robot / Re: My most recent arms...
« on: January 15, 2015, 08:30:08 AM »
To make the arms fold up correct with the foam in place the front three arm rods should be of equal length and and the back most rod 3/4" longer.  I use 3 - 9 1/2" and one 10 1/4" with 7 1/4" foam pieces on my Crow arms. No particular reason for this size. It just works for the height of my Crows on their bases. You can make them any size you want as long the rear one is 3/4" longer.

The original Wallace lamp rods are 13 1/2". Most off the shelf lamps are 14 1/2" or longer.

MST3K Related Props / Re: KTMA Sattelite of Love
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:35:48 PM »
FYI: the big rectangle piece in the center is the bottom of a Gnip Gnop game. There was a fairly good photo of this on with Joel in the background to give you a sense of scale.

Photos Galore! / Re: Wired Article Photos
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:31:38 PM »
Thanks for the correction. I need to come around here more often  ;D

Tom Servo / Re: Boo Bowl Photos and Measurements
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:19:43 PM »
More photos of the Boo Bowl. The last photo has a Decor salad bowl. The Boo Bowl is about 1/4 higher than the Decor but the diameters of the top and bottom are almost the same.

Tom Servo / Boo Bowl Photos and Measurements
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:17:07 PM »
I've been meaning to post some of my Boo Bowl photos for a while now so here they are.

It seems to me that these bowls are hand crafted which might explain their rarity. The letters on each are hand painted as is the bat on the one bowl. The cat was spray painted with a stencil. Both have the same stickers on the bottoms but no manufacturer names. I asked one of the sellers where he originally purchased his and he said from someone in Minnesota.

My guess is that Minnesota resident bought plain white bowl and painted them with holiday themes and sold them in a craft store or flea market. They were probably only sold locally which would explain their rarity in other places.

On another note:
A while back someone told me that a member of this forum knew which doll Servos hands came from, but he wasn't sharing the info (not very MSTie like). I was wondering if any one had any more info on that front? I've been doing my own searches for years and have seen a lot of close matches, but haven't found the real doll with Servo's hands.

Photos Galore! / Re: Wired Article Photos
« on: June 03, 2014, 12:08:33 PM »
I hate to bust everyone's bubble, but those aren't screen-used original bots from the show. Those are two of six bots I built for Joel last year. I used many original parts on them (MLB, shoulders, net) and the rest of the parts are from my own castings. :)

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