Building the Torso
|The Raw Torso
I purchased this fiberglass torso from
It's right out of the mold, so it needs to be sanded, filled and drilled.
This is one part of the robot I absolutely did not want to make myself!
Some progress on the torso, with most of the openings
rough cut with a RotoZip and trimmed down with a Dremel tool and a sanding
drum. I test fitted the chest lights and arms, just to see what it looked
like. :-) The arm holes were cut to 6" instead of the 7" on the plans for
better support of the mounting flange for the arms. For hole placement on
the chest section, I scanned the relevant sections on a flatbed scanner, then
printed them onto removable Laserjet label media. After that, it's just a
matter of lining them up, and cutting within the outlines of the holes.
||Stacking up the Parts
Sooner or later, you get an overpowering urge to see what
he's going to look like, so you stack up as many parts as you can. The
rectangular slot for the chest buttons has been cut, and the buttons and
bezel temporarily fit.
||Mounting the Large Chest Lights
|Lenses from the Front
||From the Inside||
I put together a frame to mount Dewey's large chest lenses
to the inside of the torso. It's a piece of 3/4" x 1/2" right angle aluminum
stock, with two 1" rubber-lined clamps to hold the lenses. Two T3-1/4 lamp
holders from Radio Shack have their mounting tabs straightened, and are bolted
to the aluminum bracket. The lamps are held in the center of the lens
assembly, far enough back so you can put a colored gel behind the white
plastic lens. I like this solution because it doesn't require you to glue
anything to the inside of the torso: the rubber-lined clamps hold the lenses
securely against the surface.
|Last updated on
Monday, July 28, 2014