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Tom Servo / Re: Hoverskirt Foam Bumper
« on: May 02, 2017, 08:06:57 AM »
If you bought pipe foam without the glue, just run a bead of hotglue around the bottom of the skirt and push the foam up quickly.  The glue will melt the foam on the inside and bond it securely.

Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Cambot - Season 7
« on: May 01, 2017, 12:53:56 PM »
Well done

Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Waverly
« on: May 01, 2017, 12:45:46 PM »
Thanks for the posts Puppet Garage.  This confirms the smaller sandcastle pieces, how the top of the jaw connects, and that the body and hands are still a mystery (and thought I would love to pump you for info on it, I figure you had to sign an NDA so I wont put you in an awkward situation). 

Turns out that Smits is one of my wife's friends, who had her fanart retweeted by the cast over the weeknd.  So to celebrate she came over last night with a shifter boot cover and larger sandcastle parts.  So I have a bootcover filled with expanding foam and waiting for paint, that will work for her larger scale Waverly.

I tried the downspout Ron, it wasnt large enough.  It is also usually rectangle, not square.  I am going to keep searching for the correct part, Ill find it eventually.  I still have hopes it is some sort of 6v flashlight casing (like Gypsy Eyes).  Hopefully itll take less time than the Air Purifier for the desk console.  Though after spending three weeks going through various toy and industrial websites, google thinks I am insane.

Smits and I are spitballed fleece and foam versions of Crow and Tom for conventions (ala Muppets) so Waverly may be on hold until that happens.

Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Waverly
« on: April 16, 2017, 12:38:49 PM »
After watching the Loves of Hercules (episode eight), I got the shoulders wrong.  The shoulders are still in two pieces:

Hands are smaller than Servos.

Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Cambot
« on: April 16, 2017, 12:06:17 PM »
Season 11 Cambot:

Getting a strong Mole Richardson 2k vibe from the build and color, but I doubt that they would use one of those.

Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Waverly
« on: April 16, 2017, 11:59:08 AM »
Fixed...Google Albums has its moments. 

Two of the parts came in the mail, and in one of the boxes was a close enough head for a prototype:

So a quick paint job and some dremel work:

The cutting up some foam for a mockup:

Asking a friend in the automotive industry, he believes the body is a shifter boot from a mid 70s ford truck.  But after building the styrofoam version, the hole will have to be closer to the front, than in the middle.  So I still looking for the body.  The arms are the balls from ball bungies cords and random pvc on bungie cord.  They PVC is too small and narrow, but I am convinced that is how they made the arm. 

Paint is Rustoleum Sennia Mist Metallic.  It is too red for the final, but it should be a good primer.  I imagine the actual color is a Testors, like the rest of the bots.

Photos Galore! / Season 11 viewing party
« on: April 13, 2017, 11:14:41 AM »
We had movie sign last week:

All bots were scratch built after 20 years of garage sailing - with Bob parts for Servos engine and hands, and crows shoulders. Gypsy is the wrong carseat and her stand broke, so the Gonk that holds spare power and ethernet cables had to fill in.  I have a second servo from a Bob kit that I take to shows.  Crow is now home bound after someone tried to steal him from my wife...or until I can find more of his paint and build a Bob one.  I do not suggest taking a Gypsy to a con without a wheeled cart of some sort.  She is heavy.

We had ten people show up and it was good fun with waffles with either normal or hot chicken.  Reptilicus was followed up with local favorite: Merlin's Shop of Mystic Wonders.

Other MST3K Related Bots / Waverly
« on: April 13, 2017, 10:47:28 AM »

If somehow you did not see any of the new show promos there is a new bot.  Shown a couple times at meet and greets, Waverly is another found object puppet that was promoted from Joels Basement bots:

As you can see the shoulders and arms have changed since the basement bot.

I have figured out the bulk of the parts:
Head - child watering can with the sprinkler removed and placed on top:

Shoulders - Sandcastle wall mold (close enough that I can add a part and re mold it):

Mouth - Sandcastle mold:

Arms - Infant slider toy pieces - I will fab out of wood
Rods for arms - Welding Rods (already use those on my rod and arm puppets)
Hands - Doll hands of some kind, I have someone looking into that for me.
His mouth operates on an actuator, just like the new Servo and Crow.

Body is the mystery piece.  My best guess is a square gear shifter:
But that does not account for the base with the "beltbuckle" like piece.  For a convention next month I may fabricate it out of styrofoam, but I want to find the right piece.  Any ideas?  I am ok in not having the correct sandcastle parts (there is not a database of them and they are seasonal low end pieces that apparently change every few years), but the body is kind of important.  The yellow in the basement bot makes me think it is a flashlight or a child toy but I cannot find anything that is that shape.

Any ideas?

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