Mech/Exoskeleton Build (Full-Size )

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

  1. Lieutenant Jaku

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    are you planning to incorporate this into your design or is it just for fun and random stuff
     
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  2. GMer56

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    I forgot to mention that it's gonna be the head :p
     
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  3. GMer56

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    Got a pair of feets:

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    I'm actually able to mount them without the stasis dock. Got 40gb of raw video footage (approx 3 hours) of the build process from metal sheet to the pre-trim stage. Plan to process it into some sort of build video. Then shoot some footage of me suiting up and running around in the legs, then arms.
     
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    Between helping my folks & granny I haven't had much free time. But since I got today off I'm fixing up a 2-stroke weedwacker I found on the side of the road (dirty carbeurator, fuel tank/broken fuel lines, broken primer bulb-now waiting for the fuel tank to dry after rinsing it out) to test my super secret powerarmor module. More on that later.

    I'm also trying out orange on the shin. SO ORANGE O_O

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  5. GMer56

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    Finally figured out how to livestream. From my tablet. At 720p. During peak hours.
    Do I actually sound like that?



    Smacked myself in the eye taking off an elbowpad during an (unaired) test of the legs. They hold up -the legs, not the eye. Might stream a test run if I can find something to mount my tablet to.
     
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    Managed to wriggle it out the garage door for a few hours of testing. Video to follow.

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    Video:

     
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  7. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives Keeper of Con Lists Community Staff

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    Dude.....every time I see your thread, something new!!! I love the mechanics you put in to the arms. Brilliant work. Your last vid it looks like the legs were rubbing together when you walked around. Problem?
     
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  8. GMer56

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    The arms were a pain. I was going to try some PVC magical leverwork like skeletronics but got too impatient and cheated with bowden cables. Delicious, delicious bowden cables. They're encased in some nifty looking blue conduit I found in the bushes behind the house. Must have a few hundred feet of the stuff, makes me wonder what my grandfather was doing with it.

    The legs do rub a bit. I like how they flare out but the main problem is they flop about because the only structural support is on the front. Technically they're supposed to be flush with the sides. If I keep 'em from wiggling there would probably be very little rubbing. Of course I also forgot to put on the belt strap, so the entire thing was flopping around on my back.

    There is a lot of flopping at the moment.

    Adding the weight of the torso onto the shins means I need more bungees to give proper resistance for the ankles. Gonna change the bungee hookes out for some bungee cord (off a spool!) instead. I'm also working on a lighter shin subframe, because the current ones weight about 20-30lbs!

    The thread view count is almost OVER 9000!
     
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  9. Dirtdives

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    Please...strap up those floppers.......and never question grandfathers.....just go with it.........You also might want to consider this: You leg's width isn't that of your mecha's. Meaning to make the legs walk smoothly you would need to walk bowlegged as if you were straddling a horse. If you relocate the platforms where you stand on inward, within the mecha's legs, you could not only prevent the reverse pigeon toe look (both feet pointing outward rather than forward) and the rubbing of the inner leg sections (don't want to start a fire....good thing this isn't made out of denim), you will keep better balance and prevent developing a severe case of charlie-horse in your legs.
     
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  10. GMer56

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    Everyone knows the head is the important bit. A fun little fellow with a less macabre look and -dare i say- patriotic?

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  11. Lieutenant Jaku

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    I thought you were using the skull thing, did you decide against it?
     
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  12. GMer56

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    I'm considering a variety of ideas. Eventually I'll be building a second suit for the fight, but I am tempted to be lazy in the design and just use my Yggradsil model
     
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  13. Lieutenant Jaku

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    GMer56 you should, a functioning Yggradsil suit would be cool!
     
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  14. GMer56

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    At my Folk's place for the weekend watching the cat I discovered something somewhat unfortunate.

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    when getting a new roll of aluminum flashing apparently it looks like they're diluting the aluminum with a copper backing so now I have to worry about which side faces out. still it won't stop me from making the back piece

    And here is the little guy:
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    Gotta watch him because he's old and smart and sometimes jumps to the wrong conclusions. About 10 years ago I was the one who bottle fed him so we're buddies.
     
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    Some progress

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    Two halves
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    Managed to get all the important rivets on so it xan survive the trip. Not doing much more cause it's nearly 100 degrees!
     
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  16. GMer56

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    Modeling the chest

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    Made a better chest and modeled the current face for the lels:

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  18. GMer56

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    Holy cow... I like it!

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  19. Lieutenant Jaku

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    holy cow... boy
    the hat is a nice touch, it would be interesting if you gave it a full gunslinger outfit to match.
    looking great.
     
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  20. GMer56

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    Well I can always steal...er, be inspired by sixshooter:

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    Working on a system to help with weight (aka thighs)

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    Added some larger wheels to the stasis dock so ita easier to move around the driveway.

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    Not so much an update on the mech as with one of my tools.
    Following a tutorial, I can now make my own davinci spool cards so I am no longer bound to the davinci brand of filament ( which is 4x the usual cost)
    The device is arduino based:

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    Ordered a raspberry pi screen & power pak so I can make a camera system to see out-i already have a camera and raspberry pi.

    Oh, and added some tension cord to the leg joints. Gonna do a test this afternoon.

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  23. Dirtdives

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    Dude......so flippen awesome!!!! He remind me of the old Rock-em Sock-em Robots game!!!!! But w/ a cowboy hat.......
     
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  24. GMer56

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    That is the general idea, but full size. I might issue a challenge to megabots...

    Things are lookin better properly mounted.


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    Was planning on giving 'er a good run today, but the Stasis Dock fell over so I had to spend my time rebuilding it. Overhead Arm was bent and replaced the PVC supports with good ol' lumber

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    Entire seat base was wobbling like a paralellogram so I had to add some screws (previously it was bolted together for easy disassembly).

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    Some of the paint flaked on the shin and the metal got a little bent, but you have to look hard to notice.
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    The entire thing had fallen flat on its face and the only thing that broke was the pinky for the 3d printed hand. Pretty durable!

    A bit of a close-up of the thigh bits. I'm quite proud of how I managed to get the the different PVC sizes to work together.

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    And of course another shot. Hey, that's me!

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