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What's going on! / Year 6.... the 6th best year this forum has ever had!
« on: January 12, 2016, 12:00:07 PM »
Thank you for sticking it out!

What's going on! / Year 5 - The year we made contact.
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:18:35 AM »
I've gone ahead and renewed the domain and hosting for another 3 years.  We'll see how things go... as it stands, we're pretty low traffic... but again, this is a pretty niche hobby.

Tom Servo / Fuel for the Servo hand source fire?
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:16:13 AM »

Kewpie doll hands sure seem to meet the criteria for Servo hands (since the vent puppet experts don't seem to have ever seen one with his hands).


Gypsy / GM Infant Love Seat.... Loops?
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:19:42 AM »
A good question was brought up the other day:

"What's the deal with some of the Love Seats having 'loops,' and some not?"

I had always just chalked it up to the loops being part of an earlier version of the seat, but didn't really have any evidence to support the claim.  After dredging for an hour to two, I had an answer...  According to sales materials dated to 1973 that I sourced from, early GM branded appear to include the loops... while the "more common" (HA!) later seats appear to have abandoned the design in favor of "slits for the seatbelt to pass through.  I have yet to find a picture specifically of a Century seat, but I could only assume that the design and later changes were mirrored since Century made the seats for GM.

Here's the text from the advertisement:

"Announcing GM’s new Love Seats for those you want to protect.

General Motors has developed two new seats especially for the small fry. We call them Love
Seats, and they’re designed to be used in conjunction with your car’s seat belts.
For children who weigh less than 40 pounds, and who are less than 40 inches tall, there’s the Child Love
Seat. It’s made to protect the child while giving him freedom of movement for his arms and legs.
There’s the Infant Love Seat for babies under 20 pounds. It has adjustable shoulder straps that gently
support the infant within the protective contours. The inclined surface provides added support for the head
and the back. And the “facing-the-rear” position gives an added measure of protection.
GM Love Seats are easy to use. They’re made of lightweight, high-impact polypropylene padded with
urethane foam. They’re portable and can be conveniently stored in the trunk. But most important, they’re
the result of years of testing by General Motors safety engineers. If there are children you want to protect,
you can buy a Love Seat through your local Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Cadillac or GMC Truck
dealer; or just fill out the coupon below.

Besides getting a GM Love Seat, you’ll be getting peace of mind.

Infant Love Seat: $13.10
For use in most 1968 through 1973 passenger vehicles and light trucks in the United States.

GM Child Love Seat: $29.95
Child seats recommended for use in 1968 through 1973 passenger cars built in USA and equipped with
rear seats. (Except vehicles with truck chassis.)"

What's going on! / Can you believe it's been 4 years?
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:09:04 AM »
Because it has. ;)

Thanks to everyone for their continued support!

MST3K Related Props / Joel's Basement Bots
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:31:07 AM »
Wasn't sure if I should stick this in, but here looks as good as any. ;)

Recently, Joel posted a couple of "basement bots" on Twitter so I thought I'd archive it here:

Because I can't just look at them without trying to pick them apart, I sourced the legs on the first one... 

Hasbro's Iron Man 2 Rocket Boost Iron Man... so at least that one can't be from before 2010.

Other MST3K Related Bots / My KTMA Bots - A Love Story
« on: October 13, 2013, 06:28:23 PM »
After years of dragging my feet, I finally decided that it was finally time to get my KTMA bots built.  But how could I make this as complicated and stressful as possible?  How about waiting until 24 hours before the farewell performance of Cinematic Titanic and likely one of my last chances to talk to the father of the MST3K bots face to face?

We've all heard the story about how Joel built the bots overnight before the first filming, and about how the paint was still wet when the cameras rolled...  but was it really possible for a modern bot builder to build screen accurate (or at least as close to screen accurate as possible) in say... 12 hours?

Thus was born "The KTMA Challenge."

Gentlemen (and ladies), let's light this candle.

I present to you the product of countless hours of searching eBay, contacting dozens of experts on European traffic cones, and wondering where all my free time went.

A Makerbot replicated KTMA Servo hoverskirt.  Sure, it's not perfect, but until the original part can be found, cast, and made publicly available, this is about as good (and ugly) as it gets.

A confession:  Since Joel had the luxury of just buying a cone, and cutting the top off, I call the prep time of my replica a wash in the overall project built time... but for the record, the blue "segments" took an hour and 5 minutes to print, and the red "segments" took an hour and fifteen minutes to print.   Eight blue + sixteen red = lots of time baby sitting the 3D printer.

Sanded and Bondo'd!

All the parts in one place.  I used screenshots from the old  BBI Scrapbook tape, and some screenshots donated by Synamax to try and get the angles right on the pauldrons... it came out OK.

Painting went OK... except that after this shot, my hands were too dirty to pick the camera up again for a while.

Twelve and a half hours, a half dozen trips to the local Lowes, Hobby Lobby, and Academy Sports later....

Yes, those are 40mm ping pong balls.... I had ran out of 38mm... guess I need to get in the time machine and order some.

Fast forward twenty four hours and we're at the CT show!

...and look who I bumped into - Bob Bukoski of! 

Joel said "Oh, wow!" and pulled out his camera to take a few shots.  He was pretty impressed to see some KTMA era bots... and ask me a few questions about construction, and about the 3D printed hoverskirt.


Trace was also wowed to see a KTMA era Crow... and he and Mary Jo were kind enough to pose for this picture (after Trace signed the bot)

What's going on! / Whither year 3?
« on: January 15, 2013, 03:15:41 PM »
Renewed the site for a 3rd year... thanks to all the members for adding their own take on bot building!

What's going on! / Moved the site to Linux hosting...
« on: December 03, 2012, 02:51:58 PM »
The Linux based hosting seems way faster... not that the site is a hot bed of activity.

Crow T. Robot / Lime Gold Metal Flake... we hardly knew ye....
« on: October 31, 2012, 01:26:41 PM »
I'm sure that this has been well communicated by now, but as a reminder,
Testors has retired the name "Lime Gold Metal Flake" in favor of "Gold
Metal Flake."  The stock numbers are the same, just the name has changed...

Gypsy / Gypsy Control Knobs
« on: March 01, 2012, 05:01:29 PM »
Gypsy's control knob changed twice (as far as I know) over the course of the series.

Comedy Central Era:

SciFi Era:

Tom Servo / What's Servo hiding under that hoverskirt?
« on: February 03, 2012, 09:27:55 PM »
Dixie cups, I guess...  8)

What's going on! / January 12th, 2012 - One year?
« on: January 12, 2012, 09:13:52 AM »
I can't believe that it's been a year since I set up the site.  Thank you to everyone who's contributed!

Adding the Stop Forum Spam board mod has certainly cut down on the number of spambots trying to claw their way in. :)

Bot Building - General Discussion / Hadn't seen this till today...
« on: December 19, 2011, 04:02:13 PM »
A nice high resolution picture of Trace, Kevin, and Jim.

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