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fastbilly1

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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:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KHLQ5FA/

Shoulders - Sandcastle wall mold (close enough that I can add a part and re mold it):
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ICXMIC/

Mouth - Sandcastle mold:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GIUNNY0/

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:
https://www.amazon.com/1999-2011-Kenworth-Replacement-Rubber-Shifter/dp/B008GNOF1I/
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?
« Last Edit: April 16, 2017, 11:40:16 AM by fastbilly1 »

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Re: Waverly
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 01:35:14 AM »
Your pictures appear to be missing.

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Re: Waverly
« Reply #2 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.

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Re: Waverly
« Reply #3 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.

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Re: Waverly
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 10:57:44 AM »
Google Pics broke on that last one. :/  But I'm liking the progress so far!

I've only gotten up to ep five so far (too much going on), but I am excited about this build. Waverly is the cutest thing.

I'm sure there's a shift boot that will work.  Still holding onto the possibility that it's vac-formed around an original boot cos those would be way too flexible to hold their shape during operation, plus the paint might stick too well on that rubber.

Wish I could figure out his belt buckle.  Haven't had an epiphany yet, sadly.
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