Mech/Exoskeleton Build (Full-Size )

Discussion in 'Non-Halo Costumes and Props' started by GMer56, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Processing footage now. Here's a screengrab:

    test.png
     
    mblackwell1002 likes this.
  2. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Aha! A video!

     
    SI3RRA 117 and mblackwell1002 like this.
  3. mblackwell1002

    mblackwell1002 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    985
    IS THAT THE KERBAL SPACE PROGRAM MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND? LOL!
     
    Lieutenant Jaku likes this.
  4. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    I like Kerbal Space Program.
     
  5. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    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:

    back.png

    And built it. 18" ruler for scale.

    IMG_20180115_183135.jpg

    Quick render of how it will look with the arms.

    mockup.png
     
  6. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Worked on the pilot suit a bit. No digital templates, just winged it.

    Sketched out a template:
    IMG_20180121_100526.jpg

    Checking out the orientation of the moobs

    IMG_20180121_101754.jpg

    Houston, we have moobs!

    IMG_20180121_114745.jpg

    What to do about the back?

    IMG_20180121_114753.jpg

    This I guess:

    undersuit 02.png

    Front is looking nifty too:

    undersuit 01.png

    Probably gonna make a small vid next weekend wearing the Arm module and the pilot suit.

    Added some greebles to the back armor:

    IMG_20180121_172441.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2018
  7. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Spent some time faffing about with the arms before it got too dark:

     
  8. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    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.

    DSC00291.JPG DSC00293.JPG

    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 :D

    Also whipped up a quick covering. Tempted to add in a few more curves now I'm getting the hang of freeforming stuff.

    DSC00295.JPG DSC00296.JPG DSC00297.JPG
     
    Dirtdives and mblackwell1002 like this.
  9. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Some faffing around with promo material:

     
  10. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Got a shipment of goodies -checking the compatibility of separate bowden cable elements (cables & casing are separate Amazon products)

    IMG_20180207_203417.jpg

    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*
     
    mblackwell1002 likes this.
  11. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    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

    IMG_20180210_152902.jpg IMG_20180210_152926.jpg

    changes:
    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.
     
    mblackwell1002 likes this.
  12. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Fiddled around and got a quick n easy chest design. Also allows me to practice riveting curves :)

    toros.png
     
    Lieutenant Jaku likes this.
  13. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    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.

    IMG_20180225_081301.jpg

    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!)

    20180225_170602.jpg
    (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.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2018
  14. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Got the flu and broke the fever in 24 hours. Almost have all the right hand printed:
    1519775710613.jpg
    Just waiting for my shipment of machine screws to arrive.

    [update: just arrived]
    Also worked on a bit of shin design.
    feets.png
    The large areas of black trim on the feet will be EVA foam for safety.
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2018
    Lieutenant Jaku likes this.
  15. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives Keeper of Con Lists Community Staff

    Trophy Points:
    1,285
    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.....
     
  16. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    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 * who takes an idea and makes it cheaper and better, eg Apple turned the PDA into a smartphone.

    RIGS here we come!
     
    Lieutenant Jaku likes this.
  17. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Crawled around the stuff in the garage for a few hours and behold! A foot! Of wood!
    20180303_165336.jpg

    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).

    20180303_165350.jpg

    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.

    20180303_165413.jpg
     
    Dirtdives likes this.
  18. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    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.

    20180308_122939.jpg

    Plan to install 'em after I fiddle with my engine friend.
     
    Lieutenant Jaku likes this.
  19. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Need a new mounting system. Had to take half the hand apart to put it on :/

    IMG_20180314_170455.jpg

    Putting on some bungees to lighten the load.
    IMG_20180314_170509.jpg

    All covered up:

    IMG_20180314_211614.jpg

    I did a derp. I remembered I got some free MDF a while back.

    IMG_20180314_211406.jpg

    A nice, lighter foot!

    IMG_20180314_211442.jpg

    Working on a mold for the foot tread. The tread itself:

    IMG_20180317_211936.jpg

    The sides ( to keep the rubber in!)

    IMG_20180317_161442.jpg

    Letting the spray-on-rubber fully dry before lubing it in Crisco and pouring roof patch rubber ovet it.

    IMG_20180314_171809.jpg
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2018
    Dirtdives likes this.
  20. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Got the roof goo:

    IMG_20180318_115339.jpg

    Separating agent ( too lazy to scoop&spread Crisco)

    IMG_20180318_115318.jpg

    And the assembled mold:

    IMG_20180318_114046.jpg

    Fill 'er up

    IMG_20180318_115158.jpg

    Spread it with a trowel. Very thick...

    IMG_20180318_115209.jpg

    I better be careful not to confuse it with my brownies!

    IMG_20180318_115449.jpg

    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.
     
    Dirtdives and SI3RRA 117 like this.
  21. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Faffing around with stilts:
     
    mblackwell1002 and Dirtdives like this.
  22. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Started making a new stasis dock, with a seat!
    IMG_20180410_184437.jpg

    Over head boom arm!

    IMG_20180410_184432.jpg

    Resting the torso on it.
    IMG_20180410_184416.jpg

    Since the feet broke into little bits.
    IMG_20180410_082253.jpg

    I simplified them.

    IMG_20180410_150925.jpg
    IMG_20180410_082137.jpg
    IMG_20180410_082210.jpg
    And reinforced the shins.

    IMG_20180410_082216.jpg
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2018
    Dirtdives likes this.
  23. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Suiting up for the first time. Gonna need to make some adjustments...
     
  24. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Started some metal work.

    IMG_20180505_115549.jpg
    IMG_20180505_115610.jpg
    IMG_20180506_073522.jpg
    IMG_20180506_073547.jpg

    Got 2 pairs of boxing gloves for $7

    IMG_20180506_073555.jpg
    IMG_20180506_190417.jpg

    Figured out how to get the forearm to play nice with the glove.
    IMG_20180506_190854.jpg
    IMG_20180506_190905.jpg
     
    Dirtdives and Lieutenant Jaku like this.
  25. GMer56

    GMer56 Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    815
    Lemme just shoulder this in here...

    20180519_110838.jpg
    20180519_110902.jpg

    20180519_124050.jpg
    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.
    20180519_124156.jpg

    Went to the local junk store (same place I got the globes) and picked up sparring helmet and a skull.

    20180519_124759.jpg

    20180519_124736.jpg

    Nice.
     
    Dirtdives and Lieutenant Jaku like this.

Share This Page