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MST3K Related Props / Satellite of Love: Preschool Edition!
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:16:31 PM »
First, a little background is necessary...

I work as both a children's art teacher and a preschool teacher, and every day while doing the latter we have a 2 hour nap time, during which there's often very little to do other than watch kids toss and turn and listen to relaxing nap time music.  So, a few months ago, as I sat listening to piano covers  of Disney songs, I decided that I needed an art project to work on.  But what?

I surveyed my surroundings, and made a mental list of materials I saw: construction paper, scissors/glue/tape, buttons in various shapes (like circles, squares, and hexagons), cardboard tubes, and a collage basket filled with stickers, buttons, and various bits of plastic junk.

What would I build?  Obviously, the Satellite of Love!  What else?!

So began my SOL Challenge, wherein I would use only materials I found at my various work locations to construct the best Satellite I could!  And so, with no blueprints, no concrete measurements, and armed only with the faith and hope that I could pull this off, I began.

My first step was taking a Hexagonal button (about an inch and a third across) and tracing dozens and dozens of hexagons on construction paper.  After a few flimsy prototypes (constructed over several weeks), I switched to sturdier flash card paper.  I freehanded a pentagon that would fit between the hexagons, and traced a bunch of those as well.  Then it was time to tape them all together (from the inside), and create the connecting geodesic spheres.  This took a while.  I got some weird looks from my kids, but when I told them I was building a spaceship, their eyes lit up. :)

After constructing the domes, I soon abandoned my idea to use cardboard tubes as the larger tunnels, and instead cut 18 long strips of thin cardboard to form the hexagonal shapes.  The two tunnels (12 strips) weren't long enough, so the last 6 got cut in half to form two tunnel extensions that were then added to the longer tunnels.  The two big tunnels were then covered with white paper to hide the taped seams. 

For the middle bit, I rolled a wrapping paper tube super tight, then taped it into shape and put it between the two tunnels.  Then, the whole paper and cardboard mess was hot glued together into the shape of our favorite theater containing Satellite!

Then came the fun part... finding little bits of crap and gluing all over the surface!  It's something I've always wanted to do since seeing Star Wars when I was but a wee lad, and becoming a MSTie really solidified the notion that it was something anyone could do themselves.  I love the show for that, so I took great pleasure in plastering tons of fun little things to the hull of my SOL, almost all of which came from my preschool!

These included foam letters and other shapes, a bunch of those little wooden craft shapes, K-Nects (remember those?), plastic straws, cardboard, a house from Monopoly, several lids from those apple sauce squeeze packets, buttons, string, a Command Hook, a ping pong ball, and other little plastic pieces!  I'm particularly proud of the satellite dish, which was made from one of those aforementioned apple sauce lids, a bit of foam, and a toy traffic cone.  (The only pieces I cheated on are a few bits of model kit plastic from my old Seaview kit.  I allowed it because "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" is "part of the MST3K family", as it were!)

I then hit the end result with several coats of (again, keeping it in the family) Testers Flat Dark Gun Metal Gray.

Considering the final product is largely paper, cardboard, tape, and hot glue, I'm VERY pleased with the results!  It took around four months of off and on work to finish it (and I might still give it another coat of paint), but I think it turned out pretty awesome!

(On a side note, about 12 hours after finishing this on a Saturday night, I drive to get groceries on Sunday morning and, as if it was meant to be, stumbled across a dicast red VW microbus in a model car display. I'll let you guess what my next prop build will be...  ;) )

Good observations!

I noticed the stringless string hole too.  I don't think I've ever stared into Crow's mouth so long... not that I do that kind of thing often, but...

Anyway, if you guys haven't seen all four videos, they are a hoot!  Here they are for convenience:

(I got the warm fuzzies when Tom name dropped Testers Red Metal Flake in the last one.  That line was for us, I think!  ;) )

Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Waverly
« on: May 11, 2017, 07:24:14 PM »
I think I MAY have solved the MSTory of Waverly's shoulders.  I'm currently holding a piece that's closer than anything I've seen yet.  I'll post again soon with more info and pictures.

MST3K Related Props / Re: Desk Console Replica
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:41:46 PM »
I just nabbed one of the air purifiers off eBay for a mere $25 shipped.  Yet another build soon to be scratched off my list!

I'm gonna get some weird looks from my roommate when I slap the finished prop on our living room coffee table...  ;)

Thanks Ron!  ;D

I need to take some better, more recent pictures of him.  Hopefully they turn out clearer and less... sideways.

Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Waverly
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:25:06 PM »
No problem, man!  ;)

Count me in on the excitement for this build!  As a Kickstarter backer, I (and many of you fine folk!) followed along with the design process for Waverly for over a year, seeing how one of Joel's Basement Bots went through cardboard prototyping, 3D scanning, printing, painting, and even naming!  I feel very personally invested in the little guy.  I even got to meet him in person, at the Chicago screening!  He and my Tom Servo had a little "in character" conversation in the line outside the theater!  It was awesome.  ;D

I'd be lying if I said this thread hasn't inspired me to do a little investigating into building my own Waverly.  The chances are slim (and there are tons of people on this site FAR better at part identification than I am), but if I happen to make some kind of breakthrough discovery regarding that mysterious body and belt buckle, you guys will be the first to know!

Good luck on your build!  SHARE PICTURES!!!!

EDIT: Here's a really grainy photo of Grant, Waverly, and my suited Servo conversing at the Chicago premier:

Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Cambot - Season 7
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:12:41 AM »

I second a tutorial!  I built one four years ago that used none of the original parts, and red tape to cover the seams between the bowls.  It looked cool, but wasn't very accurate.  But THIS... THIS Cambot is super cool!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Bob makes copies of his bowl to sell someday.  ;D

Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Waverly
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:25:04 AM »
Oops, forgot the link to the topic I was talking about:

The bottom three pictures are vintage.  Everything else above it is more recently made!  ;)

Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Waverly
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:21:23 AM »
Yes I know, what I was wondering is if that "Joel's Basement" gallery are some of those very same pieces.

The bottom few are.  The photo looks pretty old, and those bots appear a bit less polished than the ones Joel has created more recently (which are the majority of the ones seen in this topic).  I wonder if he has any more photos from the 1980's of his original "Props" bots?  I'd love to see 'em!

Other MST3K Related Bots / My First Bot Project: Carl the Nanite!
« on: May 07, 2017, 01:57:40 PM »
Hello there, won't you?  :)

I'm a LONG time lurker and a first time poster!  This amazing forum has been such a wonderful fountain of information for me over the last half decade, as I've begun to apply my art experience to my long time love of character creation, kit bashing, and, of course, anything and everything MST3K!  Over the years I've managed to accumulate a small but awesome collection of MST3K bot/prop reproductions, all but one of which I've built/am building myself!  The only one I didn't do myself was Crow... I have the great sledge_riprock to thank for him! ;)

In trying to find the perfect project to be my first post here, it became pretty obvious that it needed to be my first ever completed bot building project, way back from early 2014...

As far back as 2012, I began accumulating various bot parts whenever/wherever I could.  My big goal was to build my own lovable, huggable Gypsy, but, of course, that's easier said than done.  By mid 2013, I had accumulated all of her parts, but got cold feet about slicing into my long sought and finally acquired Century Loveseat.  While I worked up the cajones to attempt Gypsy, I decided I needed to tackle an easier, less complicated bot build, and after consulting this very site, decided to build my own Nanite!

The parts list was pretty simple: a VHS tape (of which I had many blanks), a cassette case (again, tons of those), film canister lids (just enough of those!), gutter clips (which I ordered off eBay... but man, the shipping...), and assorted odds and ends for the head and back.  I snagged some of those wooden square craft shapes from Michael's, which I used for the eye squares and the variously sized plates on the backs.

During the Sci-fi Era, the Nanites were operated by rods under a tabletop, and their heads were pulled back/up via string.  I didn't attach a string to mine, but I did want him to be able to look up like his brethren did in the show.  In the great tradition of "simple is better", I simply bent a piece of thin cardboard in half, and superglued it to the head and tape.  Bam, instant hinge!

This is where I hit my big roadblock, though.  I really wanted my Nanite to have an opening mouth, but I couldn't, for the life of me, find any duffle bag clips that matched the ones used on the show.  I was darn close to giving up and just gluing an immobile clip onto his face, when, like a bolt from the blue, inspiration struck.

After wondering around my house looking for SOMETHING, ANYTHING that could work for a mouth, I found one of those blue dental floss containers with the flipping lid.  Without further ado, I ripped the lid off and sliced it in half.  I hope mom didn't mind...

Anyway, my next challenge was finding a way to get the two halves to open and close while also getting them attached to the head.  The problem was the lower jaw, which, in order to open, couldn't be glued to the head or upper jaw.  My solution was to cut an old gift card in half and then tape it back together, creating a hinge.  I then glued the top of the card to the head, letting the lower half dangle off with the hinge aligned to the lower edge of the head.  Then the upper and lower jaws were glued on, and boom!  Opening and closing jaw!  I was very proud of myself!  ;D

I then hit the whole thing with a couple of coats of blue metallic paint, and then added some cuircut-esque details to the back and color to the eyes and mouth with a silver paint pen.

Looking back at the end result three years later, I'm still pretty happy with the result!  I'd love to make him a friend sometime, but I've got a few other MST3K projects to finish first...

For those interested, here are some shots of Carl the Nanite in various stages of development!  (And, in case you are wondering, I got the name from Robot Holocaust.  Tom's suggestion of the name "Carl" for the Plant Guy cracks me up every time!)

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