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Ron

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Crow's arms
« on: March 08, 2011, 04:24:54 PM »
If you're working on replicating Crow's arms (metal lamp arms means missing teeth, puppeteers!), you're going to need Plastruct...

http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/pls/pls90203.htm  <--- Square Tube ABS 1/4''



Some people use 3/8" to recreate the earlier look of Crow.

http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/pls/pls90205.htm  <--- Square Tube ABS 3/8''
« Last Edit: November 26, 2012, 11:16:50 PM by Ron »

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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2012, 02:25:03 PM »
Hey everybody.
First post here.

A couple questions...
I am looking at the Plastruct tubing and would like to know if there is a preference in wall thickness.

It appears that the choices are either 1.6mm...  or .6mm
Will the thin wall tubing be strong enough to support Crow's arms, or should I go with the thick wall?

And tubing size...
I see the choices are Later Crow = 1/4",  Earlier Crow =  3/8"

I was thinking about going right in the middle at 5/16".
Would this be acceptable, or would it look too odd?

Thanks.

Ron

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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2012, 05:13:34 PM »
Whatever you create, do your very best to keep weight to a minimum.  If it means thinner walls, then so be it.

In any case... buy some, do a sample arm, post some pictures!

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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2013, 08:48:19 AM »
Ron - are the products you linked long enough to make the sections of crow's arm?  I don't see a length given in the items' description.
Uh ... I'm gonna go clean his room, too.

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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2013, 05:11:57 PM »
Ouch... sorry for the delay on the response.

The Plastruct in those packages are 15.1", which is plenty long unless you're going for crazy long KTMA / early CC era arms.... in which case you might need to do a little joining to get the length you'll need.

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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2014, 12:45:42 PM »
I have a idea (dont know if its gonna work) you could use the arms of 2 luxo lamps and put foam tubing around some of it
note: remove springs
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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2014, 12:39:05 AM »
That's what they used for the first couple of seasons, but they switched with plastic tubes because of 1) less weight so it's easier on the puppeteer's arms to hold up and 2) so that the metal arms won't smack you in the face or jab your eye when you're controlling Crow.

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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2014, 12:08:57 PM »
OK and again just wondering
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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2014, 06:35:15 PM »
You'd also have to redo the "joints" of the arms if you were looking for show accuracy.

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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2015, 07:13:31 AM »
 I know that Office Depot has studio lamps that have the Trapezoidal Elbow joints that the Wallace lamp had. My older brother recently got a job there and I'll be giving him some money to buy one for me. ;D

In September I went to my neighborhood garage sales, I found a guy selling a lamp that had the same Joints that Crow had, and he gave it to me for free!  ;D
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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2015, 10:00:57 AM »
Nice!

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Re: Crow's arms
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2015, 07:32:09 PM »
OK, so it was office max that sold that lamp :( and my brother got one that was not Crow elbow. On the upside he called me and returned it, and apparently Amazon sells that same lamp that I found at the garage sale,    ;D

here's the link.

http://www.amazon.com/Alvin-G2540-B-Swing-Lamp-Black/dp/B001DNFLYS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423445188&sr=8-1&keywords=alvin+desk+lamp

FYI when I first built my Crow back in November of 2013, I thought all Swing arm Type lamps were extinct, How very wrong I was.
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