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Crow T. Robot / Painting Crow
« Last post by Alex22 on March 25, 2019, 09:58:17 PM »
Hey gang,

First time caller, long time listener:

Iíve got a Bukoski Crow kit Iíve been chipping away at for the last couple of years.

I left off last fall when the weather became too cold to paint. Now that itís starting to warm up again, I want to get back to work!

Anywho, throughout the process, Iíve tried to give him numerous thin coats of his gold base paint. However, on a few pieces (I think the shinier plastic) like the vases and one of the floraliers, the paint seems to bead up in small, but noticeable amounts.

Anyone have any experience with this? Any tips? This didnít happen with my Servo. If I keep painting, could it even out? I feel like the blemishes are too small to sand down.

Thanks in advance!

LLAP.

(Trying and failing to attach photos. Server says it wonít accept my jpegs.)
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Buy / Sell / Trade / Soap Dish(s) Two Resin Cast!
« Last post by minermark on March 22, 2019, 10:50:40 PM »
Two cast in the last two days, came out perfect, Mold has been on the shelf for a couple years.
Had Four last week and sold them on the Bay.

These two are posted on the Bay as of now.

Still have a bit of 305 Resin left, i may make a few more.
I try to do my best for the Crow builders sourcing parts. Happy Crow building!

Item ID: 132999616093
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Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Growler
« Last post by Oldeworldsmith on March 20, 2019, 10:03:01 AM »
  :D fastbilly1, you are a miracle worker! Nicely done!
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Photos Galore! / Crow Servo experimenting
« Last post by minermark on March 18, 2019, 10:51:06 PM »
New Servos came in, picked up a few new ones.
Heavy duty but a tad too much noise on this first run.
Charles T Crow is reminding us of Easter coming up......

https://youtu.be/aBopI5_Whl4   
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Crow T. Robot / Re: Netflix Crow's Arms & Shoulder Joints
« Last post by Oldeworldsmith on March 18, 2019, 11:18:48 AM »
Been reading and following your current Crow project, well done sir !
Read up on this HydroSpan material, very interesting and dam handy it seems.
I would be most interested in resin cast copys of this current Crow, please keep me in mind, id like to help you off-set some of your cost of your R&D.
Thank you very much! I'll certainly keep you in mind. Let's just keep our fingers crossed that I can successfully achieve a decent set of enlarged resin hands when all's said and done.

Speaking of which, here's the progress report:



The molds continue to grow measurably! It's been 19 days since they started their soak and they've been gaining in scale every day. You'll see in the photos, on the right-most side, is a set of the molds I made which weren't mixed as well as they should have been, thus I didn't attempt enlarging them. They've proven useful however as baselines to measure against the growing copies. Also useful have been the cast set of claw parts (left-most side) which allow me to see how much further the molds need to still expand before they're ready for silicone recasting. Based on the progress I'm observing, I'm going to estimate it'll probably still be around another two to three weeks before they're finished. 

:'( Deeeep waiting! Deeeeeeeeeeeeep waiting!

In news unrelated to Crow's arms but still relevant to Netflix Crow in general, I've been fortunate to discover for the first time what I'm going to call the "SledgeRiprock Method" or "Bob Method" of Crow building. Having built my Crow years ago, long before Bob started making and selling his Bot kits, I'd actually never seen or sought out to learn how he managed construction of the inner PVC pipe controls. I just implemented my own method based on the knowledge the bot building community had at the time.

Thankfully, someone shared with me the instructions Bob includes with his Crow kits and it's been a Rosetta Stone (Crow-setta Stone?) for figuring out the rest Netflix Crow. As we've known, they've gone to Bob for parts just like the rest of us and have clearly been assembling their on-screen bots using his construction guidelines too- Which I have to admit now that I've seen them for the first time, are really super simple and effective! I'm sure everyone is reading that and saying, "Duh, yeah. We know."
Hey, cut an old-timer some slack!

The one thing I've been taking my time on is making sure I compare measurements of the PVC sections given in the Crow kit instructions to photo references from the show. Now, I fully believe that every Crow, even those made for the show, are all slightly different. But I did find some sight discrepancies in the lengths of piping that make up the neck and the stalk on which the soap dish is perched to what the recommended length is in those instructions. That's NOT a criticism, mind you! Just an observation based on photo-matching. We've already confirmed Russ made a number of alterations to Bob's initial designs, even though all evidence points to the fact he's still using the same basic method in the PVC pipe controls. But in order to match the best average of what I'm seeing for Netflix Crow in screengrabs and press photos, both lengths of PVC pipe that make up the upper portion of those controls need to be slightly shorter by around a 1/4" to a 1/2".

Again, I don't believe the Crow in the following press photo to be the "one-and-only" standard for his construction. But I've chosen it as my own personal standard to match and you can see what that's given me:



I can only recommend you to look closely at the photos and do what feels & looks best to you! I can take the neck measurements that I wound up settling on and post them if anyone's interested. In the meantime, I'll continue to focus on the arms.
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Crow T. Robot / Re: Netflix Crow's Arms & Shoulder Joints
« Last post by Dr.cgad on March 18, 2019, 10:53:35 AM »
Nice
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Other MST3K Related Bots / Re: Growler
« Last post by fastbilly1 on March 17, 2019, 10:09:13 PM »
Me again:
Growlers nose is from a knock off beyblade ripcord - Alibaba image:


This page has an image you can zoom around on to double check:
https://www.toyoos.com/product/bay-blade-fight/

Like most none branded mass produced Chinese products they are sold under a dozen names and often at a stupid mark up (dont ever buy from a dropshipper just get your own Aliexpress account).
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Crow T. Robot / Re: Netflix Crow's Arms & Shoulder Joints
« Last post by minermark on March 14, 2019, 11:12:34 PM »
Been reading and following your current Crow project, well done sir !
Read up on this HydroSpan material, very interesting and dam handy it seems.
I would be most interested in resin cast copys of this current Crow, please keep me in mind, id like to help you off-set some of your cost of your R&D.
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Buy / Sell / Trade / Cast Soap Dish(s) For Sale
« Last post by minermark on March 09, 2019, 05:52:04 PM »
Found 4 in my cabinet fresh out of the mold couple years back.
There is NO BACK PLATE with this part, I use Black Felt, covers well and gives me access.
I know alot of you build Crow as the Puppet he is, and Vacuformed may work just fine for you.
I use Smooth-On series 300 casting resin, finished part sands like ABS plastic and is Very LIGHT Weight!
Primer/paint ready.
This IS an EXACT copy of the Schwarz Bros Soap Dish, ONLY the inside edges were smoothed out.
I do not make these for a living, when i make them for myself, i continue the run till the Resin is gone. 
Color is Black and this weighs in @70Grams. (Real Soap Dish Weighs More!)

These 4 are gone as of 3/15/19
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Crow T. Robot / Re: Netflix Crow's Arms & Shoulder Joints
« Last post by Oldeworldsmith on March 08, 2019, 11:23:20 AM »
It's been 10 days soaking the Hydrospan castings in water and... They're still not quite there yet. It's become quite clear to me that the denser and thicker the casting is, the longer it will have to soak before growing to it's full capacity. Likewise, thinner and less-dense parts will achieve their full scale in less time. As you can see in the following photos, the individually cast claw parts have fully grown to the full size of the Netflix Crow hands. Regrettably they remain unsuitable to re-cast due to their overly soft & rubbery nature which renders them unable to hold their proper shapes in the process. The castings of the molds are holding their shapes properly as anticipated but you can see when I take them out of the water, they're still puckered in spots that have yet to fully absorb the water.



Comparing them to the full-grown claw castings also shows me how much more they have to grow to catch up.



I suppose I also have to consider the possibility that something may have gone wrong when I cast the molds. Maybe I screwed up the math required to figure out the ratio of A to B mix in the Hydrospan. But for now, I'm going wait several more days and see if the water absorption continues to enlarge them properly. It's hard waiting but that just gives me more time to focus on building the rest Netflix Crow so there'll actually be something to go with his hands...

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