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Final April update

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 08:15 pm GMT -5

Been so busy with outside projects. While I wish I was working on my haunted house project directly, it feel good to be needed to do things not many people can.
Anyhow, here’s a video of me testing a prop I repaired for a commercial haunted house…

Back in the Swing of Things….

Sunday, April 15th, 2012 07:53 pm GMT -5

Sorry I have not been around.

I took on an additional project and then worked myself sick over it. At the writing of this post – I am just starting to feel normal.

So, here was the idea… Last year, I was approached by the leadership team of Apple Automotive and asked to build a prototype body of a male construction worker that would “sit” on top of a billboard.

** Click here to see that project **

Although the project turned out perfect, they felt him just sitting wouldn’t draw enough attention… Which left a sitting prototype sitting in my back yard all winter.

But I was approached again recently because apparently no one else would touch this project with a ten foot pole… Now they want the guy to be standing on the top edge of the billboard. This not only would get more attention, but would require a lot of additional engineering to make sure the project would be able to hold up to the enormous amount of force the wind will subject it to.

I contracted Mark Koppenhaver to build the frame, and then covered the frame with foam and cards the body from there. I’d share pictures… But as I mentioned, I felt so pressured to get this done, I was working till 10:30 at night in the dark trying to get this done.

I don’t believe it was the cold that made me sick… It was the stress I put myself through that wears me down. Long story short … I had 5 days with a fever of 101 and ended up not having a good nights sleep for a week… Which makes life feel like a bad acid trip.

Anyhow… That behind me… Here’s billboard guy V2.0….

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I am curious to see if they put this in place.

Well, that’s all for now. Some bragging…. Some bitchin…. Some exhaustion.

There’s more sinister shadows project info to come in the new few days…. But I try to stay away from my important stuff unless I’m feeling 100% into it.

Goodnight all….

Away to RandyLand!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 07:15 pm GMT -5

I dismantled “Stan” , my prototype CEI bot for Pete to take to Wildwood for me.

There, my robot will be come part of a collection owned by the curator of Randy-Land! How awesome is that?!?!?

Anyhow – these pictures are for Randy so he can see how the robot was taken apart. It only took four bolts for him to be able to be taken down into to very easy to move parts.

So, this post wont interest too many of you…. sorry!

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Mold Making Process….

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 06:00 am GMT -5

I’ve struggled with making master molds over the years. Finding the right size box, making a mess, wasting supplies and then when it’s all done, the material never holds up.

Well, since I am now at the part of the project when weekly mold making is possible, I decided to take some time and make my process work properly.

What you see here is the results… A combination of my invention, friends experience and Internet searches….

What this combines is a homemade vibrating table, a “box” made of separate panels that can adjust to any size object and the right mold material (ultra cast)

If anyone want to know more about how to lame your own version of this, just write! I’d be happy to share!

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The “box” setup I used  above is the small version of two I built. The boxes will be able to adjust to fit almost any item I need to pour a mold of. the will be able to be used over and over again and there is no waste or mess like I have had in previous arrangements I used.

Now I can just keep cranking out the masks and I will always have the ability to quickly make molds as needed.