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Bot Building - General Discussion / Re: Bot Part Rarity Guide
« on: September 28, 2013, 02:41:15 PM »
Updated "Italian Fanny Pinchers" entry with manufacture information.

Bot Building - General Discussion / Re: Bot Part Rarity Guide
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:35:55 PM »
What would you rate a Century car seat for Gypsy?  I'm thinking they're a 9 or 10 at this point in the game.

I would say a 9.  Six degrees of separation and time are factors in finding one, especially since when I got mine it was from someone on the yahoo group.

However, I predict they maybe popping up more on eBay as completed Gypsys, as people get rid of their collections.

Bot Building - General Discussion / Bot Part Rarity Guide
« on: September 15, 2013, 07:41:22 PM »
1 being the easiest to find and 10 being impossible.  This is for original parts and not castings.


4 - Cooper XL7

Once hard to find, they're fairly easy to find on eBay, however price scalping and broken tabs are common.

6 - Soapdish

Difficult, but will eventually pop up on ebay.

7 - "e" Pin (Pale Color variant)

So many variants, so many pins, difficult to find anywhere, even on the Bay of E.  Crown pins are easier to find but are now becoming more scarce.

1 - Tuppercraft Floralier

Very easy to find on eBay, shipping prices do hurt a bit though sometimes.

10 - Wallace Lamp

Unbelieveably rare, one two or three bot builders I know have one.  Made by Wallace Leisure Products out of Philadelphia, I've only seen two products made by them on eBay after all my years of searching: a chair and a knock off Luxo lamp.

9 - Italian Fanny Pinchers (Novelty Hands Grabbers)

These were fairly common, they've become very difficult to find.  Made by Loftus International out of Salt Lake City, Utah.


2 - Carousel Snack Dispenser

Some variants exist but the good ol' Gumball head is pretty common and is the only piece on this list that's still manufactured.  Distribution is now handled by Garvey Nuts & Candy, where you can order your own case.  Variants include various ripoff sports dispensers, early and later gumball models (early models have no ridges on the outside), and of course, the "haircut model" made by the original designers of the gumball machine, Termotex out of Denmark.

8 - Money Lover Barrel

Very hard to find, the MLB barely pops up on eBay; usually around every four months or so.  Prepare to pay big bucks and don't get disappointed by the lumpiness...they're all like that.

6 - Eveready Floating Lantern

Getting more scarce but are still fairly easy to find.  However, the removable cover that's used for Servo is more difficult to find and are often missing from the flashlight on eBay.

4 - C'More Bunz

Depending where you look, they're fairly easy to find.

10 - Doll/Ventriloquist Hands

You wanna spend all night looking up creepy baby dolls on eBay to find Servo's hands?  Be my guest!  Fortunately, the hand castings that BBI used for the show were leaked and are common in the Bot Building community.

10 - "Trick or Treat" Boo Bowl

One variant is known to exist, that says "Happy Easter" instead of "Trick or Treat".  No manufacturer data is known to exist.  BBI later used "Decor" bowls that had the same dimensions in later seasons.

2 - Tyco Turbo Train

Was difficult to find in the early days, eBay has made them much more common.  However, they are still victim to price scalping as well.

11 - Engine Block

Only one real engine block has been found.  The rest are scratchbuilds, or castings from the "prodigal" engine piece that one bot builder found and Gary made a mold of.  Remember, 2 feet long, purple/pink race car, yellow engine...if you can find it, you'll solve one of the biggest mysteries of the universe.

MST3K Related Props / Re: Scifi Era Doors
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:39:55 AM »
Found the Toilet Door.

Buy / Sell / Trade / Re: bots parts for sale
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:36:55 AM »
PM sent

Crow T. Robot / Re: Lime Gold Metal Flake... we hardly knew ye....
« on: November 26, 2012, 11:42:29 PM »

Tom Servo / Re: My Servo!
« on: April 30, 2012, 02:11:23 AM »
Thanks!  The finish is just gloss clear coat, which is very important for protecting that expensive testor's paint.  It's a must if you're going to any conventions too!

Tom Servo / Re: Need help fixing a scratch
« on: April 30, 2012, 02:10:03 AM »
Yeah, 5-minute plumber epoxy would work just great.  I would think Bondo glazing putty (the red stuff) would work well too.

Tom Servo / Re: Question on train placement
« on: April 30, 2012, 02:09:07 AM »
I eyeball it.  I just have the bowl and trains with me and I just look directly down the top of the bowl and position till it looks good!

Tom Servo / Re: Questions on trains and paint
« on: April 30, 2012, 02:08:04 AM »
Both of the Servo's I made have trains that are held by nuts and bolts.  I drill a hole in the middle of the train and through the bowl and I grab a bolt and shove it through the train, into the bowl, and then place nut to hold everything together.  Then I paint the expose screw on the top of the train, or I grab electrical tape and tape over the screw head.

2-3 cans are usually what I go through.

I sand Servo's head before any paint or primer because of the smoothness of his plastic.  The same goes for Crow's tupperware.  I usually do gray primer, red base coat and then Ruby Red.  After the ruby red dries, I go in with Clear coat to protect the paint and to get a nice shine out of it.

Tom Servo / Re: Building another Tom!
« on: April 18, 2012, 08:29:59 PM »
Yeah, Bob's XL7 mask is amazing!! :D

Tom Servo / Building another Tom!
« on: April 18, 2012, 02:17:03 AM »
Hey guys!  I'm doing another Tom Servo Build.  This one is a bit of a speed run since both Servo and Crow HAVE to be done by the end of April.  Servo is almost completely assembled, so Crow is going to be calling it close.

Anyways, here's $400 worth of bot parts...too sexy, hahaha:

And here's my personal bot and the commissioned bot:

More info in future posts!

I need a Bow part, so if you're willing to part with that outside of the lot, I would really appreciate it.  I would definitely sell the Cooper on ebay, as they usually go for a lot.  The seat is uber rare but it's your choice to sell it on ebay or sell it to someone on here.

I'm really sorry to hear about your son and I hope he gets well very soon.

Tom Servo / Re: "Hair Cut" Dispenser
« on: February 15, 2012, 02:01:08 AM »
Randy gave me a casting of his newest bot part, which is Tom's Fez head, so if you wanna fez head without getting the whole dispenser, now you can!

Bot Building - General Discussion / Re: Control rod plans
« on: February 15, 2012, 01:59:14 AM »
Hi rashielx!

There's a couple of different ways of doing it, but they all end at the same result, more or less.  My favorite way of doing the backbone PVC is Gary Glover's way, since it looks accurate and it's fairly easy to build.

What doesn't happen in the video is the 1/2" PVC coupling that goes inside of Crow's bowling pin.  Then place either a 2.5 inch or a 3.5 inch 1/2" pvc pipe, for the eye stalk.  The different lengths correlate to the Trace-era and the Bill-era Crows, respectively.  Ron will probably chime in and give you the exact dimensions as I forget all the time. XD

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