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Monday, March 27, 2006

Bender Door and C3PO pistons




Another 5 minute weekend. I swear they go faster and faster.

The main goal was to come up with a plan to make a door in the front of Bender. My wife had a good idea to try and form a curved door frame using the leftover acrylic rod from my B9 collar. Cut pieces of acrylic rod, heat in the toaster over until pliable and then press up against the form of Bender's body so you have nice curved ribs. After glueing with acrylic glue (the hard part) I'll cover it with a lightweight piece of styrene skin and add an extra piece of 1/4" acrylic on one side to attach a hinge.

The forming of the ribs was very easy. If you do this, make sure you don't heat the rods up too much ... you don't want to start a fire. And using a lightweight pair of gloves is also recommended. If you don't do it right the first time, you can re-heat the rods. It's fun working with acrylic.

I also cleaned up the pistons of C3PO and mounted them. However one arm fell from my pvc mannequin onto the floor but luckily no damage was done. I'm going to run shock cord through the mannequin in case that ever happens again (especially on a hard floor).

2 comments:

Sandy said...

Dear sir

Your C3PO pistons are excellent. I do not have the equipment at home to create them myself. Do you know where I can buy them for my life C3PO? Thank you.

Regards
Sandy

Jim Quinlan said...

I have no way of contacting you Sandy as your profile is private.