Discussion in 'Non-Halo Costumes and Props' started by GMer56, Dec 13, 2016.
Processing footage now. Here's a screengrab:
Aha! A video!
IS THAT THE KERBAL SPACE PROGRAM MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND? LOL!
I like Kerbal Space Program.
Sub-Zero temps means my garage isn't much warmer so I've moved some of my operations indoors. Designed some back armor type stuff:
And built it. 18" ruler for scale.
Quick render of how it will look with the arms.
Worked on the pilot suit a bit. No digital templates, just winged it.
Sketched out a template:
Checking out the orientation of the moobs
Houston, we have moobs!
What to do about the back?
This I guess:
Front is looking nifty too:
Probably gonna make a small vid next weekend wearing the Arm module and the pilot suit.
Added some greebles to the back armor:
Spent some time faffing about with the arms before it got too dark:
Can't find a compression spring that fits the bike suspension and has the weight rating I need. So I decided to make in into an expansion/compression stabilizing system. AKA many bungee cords.
I can balance on one foot now rather easily. No proof though: temp dropped and I don't wanna go out in my cold garage. Bad enough I gotta wrestle with my snowblower to keep it from shaking apart
Also whipped up a quick covering. Tempted to add in a few more curves now I'm getting the hang of freeforming stuff.
Some faffing around with promo material:
Got a shipment of goodies -checking the compatibility of separate bowden cable elements (cables & casing are separate Amazon products)
The cables fit and got some more filament.
Probably not going to be progress for a while: my 23 year old snowblower had less oil than I thought (old oil sticking to the dipstick) and I busted a connector rod -the bit that transfers the explosive power to the drivetrain. This weekend I'm going to be taking the engine apart to put in a new one if the shipment isn't delayed due to snow. If its delayed then I guess there will be progress to pass the time.
This is relevant because I actually have 2 snowblowers, both of which have a broken rod (I suck at checking small engine oil!). If I have a working one I can use the second one for... other things *hint hint*
Turns out the connecting rod cracked the camshaft housing, so I'll be JB welding (and riveting an aluminum patch on) that when I get a new headgasket Monday. Now I got engine parts scattered around the garage.
So here's Mech progress! An overhaul of the hand!
Top: old knuckle module
Bottom: new knuckle Module
Third knuckle overhaul- 12mm longer with cable anchor
Palm: perpendicular mounting brackets for sturdier construction
Connectors: 1/2" bolts intstead of 1-1/2" bolts
Currently printing the new third knuckles for the other fingers.
Fiddled around and got a quick n easy chest design. Also allows me to practice riveting curves
Not much work done: mandatory overtime taking away my Saturdays and my Sundays spent w/ family.
Did manage a revision to the palm so it's more stable.
Also waiting on a shipment of 10-24 x1/2 machine screws to finish the knuckles. Previously it was 1" machine screws and they kept hitting each other and falling out.
Update: got impatient so I went to the hardware store and paid for some more machine screws ($0.02 per screw more! GASP!)
(CD for scale)
Also got some wood to work on the foot. Let's just say some research has yielded some interesting results in that department.
Got the flu and broke the fever in 24 hours. Almost have all the right hand printed:
Just waiting for my shipment of machine screws to arrive.
[update: just arrived]
Also worked on a bit of shin design.
The large areas of black trim on the feet will be EVA foam for safety.
GMer56 This build is crazy cool......How the hell are you going to move around in this thing? Its HUGE!!!! Add it to the wish list please.....
I got a hanging scale from my brother and officially weighed it.
The backpack weights 10kg/22lbs, and each shin weights approx 5 kg/11lbs. It is about half the weight of the skeletronics system (est 45kg), and fairly easy to move around if I remember to glue everything *pop*!
I'm trying out an idea for the feet that could prove to be revolutionary towards stilts and future mechs. If so, I'm tempted to start a "Kickstarter" and brand it as a piece of sporting equipment.
This would be hilarious because I could sell one of these things for 3% of the skelectronics price and still make a tidy profit! I'd be that sneaky bugger who takes an idea and makes it cheaper and better, eg Apple turned the PDA into a smartphone.
RIGS here we come!
Crawled around the stuff in the garage for a few hours and behold! A foot! Of wood!
Weighs 8kg/14lbs. Slightly heavier than the previous version but more robust. I need to add the bungees to this foot (which is the left one, incidentally).
I'm thinking that to make a sole/tread I'll make a wooden mold and cast a set using roof patching rubber. Gotta do some tests on mold release agents for it. I'm thinking Crisco so long as the ants don't walk off with it.
Here is my engine friend who has been occupying most of my time (waiting to get a piston ring compressor), but has given me a terrifying idea on how to make a single engine, non-hydraulic mech. Shelf that for the future I guess.
Car is in the shop (installing new cat converter and inspection) and van isn't fond of cold weather so I stayed home today. Made the mounting brackets so the hands can attach to 3/4" PVC via 1/4" machine bolts.
Plan to install 'em after I fiddle with my engine friend.
Need a new mounting system. Had to take half the hand apart to put it on :/
Putting on some bungees to lighten the load.
All covered up:
I did a derp. I remembered I got some free MDF a while back.
A nice, lighter foot!
Working on a mold for the foot tread. The tread itself:
The sides ( to keep the rubber in!)
Letting the spray-on-rubber fully dry before lubing it in Crisco and pouring roof patch rubber ovet it.
Got the roof goo:
Separating agent ( too lazy to scoop&spread Crisco)
And the assembled mold:
Fill 'er up
Spread it with a trowel. Very thick...
I better be careful not to confuse it with my brownies!
While spreading it the goo seemed willing to separate from the mold (very sticky stuff). However as a precaution the mold was sprayed with a rubberized coat over a layer of duct tape. Worse case I peel off the tape.
Faffing around with stilts:
Started making a new stasis dock, with a seat!
Over head boom arm!
Resting the torso on it.
Since the feet broke into little bits.
I simplified them.
And reinforced the shins.
Suiting up for the first time. Gonna need to make some adjustments...
Started some metal work.
Got 2 pairs of boxing gloves for $7
Figured out how to get the forearm to play nice with the glove.
Lemme just shoulder this in here...
The fun noodles add some protection when the shoulder cylinders flop around. Also covers some sharp edges. Gonna get some flex tape to cover the various sharp edges before I wander around in public with it.
Went to the local junk store (same place I got the globes) and picked up sparring helmet and a skull.
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