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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Sunday, October 14, 2018 8:16 PM

Real G...Thank you so much for the kind words! He was fun to do and the first total scratch build like this I've done. Again, Thank you!

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, October 12, 2018 12:01 PM

I just might Pawel .Gotta find him first !

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:11 AM

Holh moly, I also just saw this thread for the first time.  That is freaking OUTSTANDING!  I love the cockroach too!  Well done sir!

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:32 AM

Well, TB - then why don't you post some pictures of it? I sure would love to see it!

Have a nice day

Paweł

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:23 AM

Bow DownBow DownBow DownBow Down ! !

  Wow ! I never thought anyone would Scratch - Build Wall-E . I am Humbled by your skill Sir ! I remember that scene and that I laughed so hard I spilled my coffee all over myself . Aw H*&& it was worth it for the unspoken mood !

 One of the sleeper movies about which direction Mankind could be headed in if they don't wake up ! But in a gentle way . And fun too . I have done Wall-E in LEGO . The parts and pieces came from construction equipment sets .

 He's a whole lot smaller . T.B.     Couldn't find anything LEGO for the Cockroach though .

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Sunday, April 22, 2018 8:43 AM

Bish... Exactly! Lolol...Thank you so much for the kind words... 

TJ... Thank you too for the kind words! He was alot of fun to build, and watch come together...

Take care!

Doug

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, April 22, 2018 5:28 AM

Bish

Doug, that is brilliant. Superb build and a great finish. I love the scene as well, you can see him thinking 'what the hell is this for'

 

x2.  You are a geniusBow DownBow Down Beer

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, April 22, 2018 1:10 AM

Doug, that is brilliant. Superb build and a great finish. I love the scene as well, you can see him thinking 'what the hell is this for'

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Sunday, April 8, 2018 2:18 PM

Thanks Dman...as we all get older I have no idea how much longer I'll be able to do models... So, I'm trying to push my abilities a bit before it's too late! Thank you so much for the compliment and glad you njoyed!

Your friend in styrene...

Doug

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Sunday, April 8, 2018 1:45 PM

Hey Doug, I missed the building of this, but just went through the whole thread.  I know this was a "for fun" build, but holy cow!  Really inventive use of different types of materials.  The end product is magnificent!  I absolutely love the cockaroach on his head.

Kept shaking my head is disbelief at how you were able to pull this together.  I tip my hat sir.  Bow Down

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:06 AM

Good morning all! Well, Hes done! I have worked on his dio for a day or so and finally have him assembled. 

His little cooler is scratch built from plastic sheet .010 thick, and assorted other plastistruct shapes and pieces. The "junk" around him is just left over pieces of toys I dissassembled to get things to use to build him, "rusted" and glued down on the dio.

The base is just a large picture frame with sand and such white glued to it, I mix about 1/4 glue and the rest water in an atomizer and spray it until damp, then allow to  dry.

Should have seen the funny looks I got walking into the store asking for the smallest bra they had! lol...

Well, thats about it... It was a fun ,interesting and different build for me. I want to Thank, each and every one for the interest, comments and encouragement during the build. Take care one and all, and I hope that you not only enjoyed but got a laugh out of some of this! Thanks again...

Doug

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Posted by Rigidrider on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 6:11 PM

Evening everyone! Hope everyone had a good weekend... Able to get some more done today, 

OK, I got the hand pieces made...

 The material is both the .220 and .093 plastic, plus some 1/4 in plastistruct tubing The pieces were taper sanded (along with a tad bit of skin) on the belt sander, then glued to the tubing.The small pieces of tubing are going to be spacers, and the small clear bean shaped pieces are what connects the thumb to the fingers.

And this is roughly how they will look when mounted.

And lastly for now, the clevises are attached to the rod ends, and when dried they will be assy to the "fingers" . Of course all this will be finished in a rusty steel look. After this its just a matter of making his dio and putting his head and neck on. Give me a day or two, and I think He'll be all but done!

Thanks

Doug

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Friday, March 30, 2018 6:26 PM

Evening everyone! Got Wall-e's arms done and am awaiting the epoxy to set up! I can see the completion in sight now and am anxious myself...

Painted them early this morning,

I added the "warning flats to them. I wish I had thought to take a picture, but at the front where there is just a bit of yellow on the first rod, there is a small piece to level the flat plate to the cyl barrel... That so far has been the hardest little part to make. I tried shaping the piece and then drilling... No way, I made about 4 sets until I figured out , Drill FIRST, then cut out and shape...DUH. 

OK again, got a bit ahead of taking the pictures and had them finished and ready to install befor realizing it, but.. The "chrome " on the rods is chrome foil from LHS, the "wiper rings" around the rod caps are just o-rings, and they are painted , weathered and aged, and installed. 

And thats it for now! Wishing everyone a blessed Easter weekend! Thanks...

Doug

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Thursday, March 29, 2018 5:26 PM

Evening all! I got my track assys painted, weathered and epoxied on today, and started on his arms...

These are the clevis anchors that will mount the arms to the body.

And these cylinders will become the arms. The clevis and anchors are already attached here. Thats about it for now. I should have them finished by tomorrow along with the rear hatch cylinders... Take care...

Doug

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:59 AM

Thank you Greg! Very kind of you, and I'm glad your enjoying...

OK, Got my parts for the band saw and made repairs yesterday, and am coming along with the tracks now...

This is the initial design and arangement. The support piece is the .093 plastic, and other then some drive wheels I bought at the local Hobby Shop for 1/16 Tanl. the rest is again parts removed from old second hand toy store toys.

One asyembled, and one being assy.

I'll try to get painted and weathered today, so I can start on arms tomorrow...

Thanks,

Doug

 

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, March 25, 2018 4:03 PM

Doug, every progress pic I see makes my smile broader.

Great project, great progress, how clever.

-Greg

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Saturday, March 24, 2018 1:44 PM

Steve 5 , Pawel, Thank you both for the kind words! I pretty happy with the way hes going. I guess hes somewhere around the 50 - 60% done range.

Well... My saw parts didn't arrive yet, so yesterday, I started the rust and weathering on the body, I was up about 05:00 this morning with coffee near at hand, going at it again. I think I've got the bulk of the rusting/weathering done now...

And thats about where we're at for now... Have a good weekend! Thanks...

Doug 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, March 23, 2018 5:33 PM

Hello!

Like I already wrote - that's some nice scratchbuilding going on here! Good luck with your build and have a nice day!

Paweł

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Posted by steve5 on Thursday, March 22, 2018 11:25 PM

that is so cool doug

 

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Thursday, March 22, 2018 8:29 PM

Evening ... Well , just, ... damn. My band saw broke this afternoon, and I was about to start on the arms which are cylinders, and I need them very cleanly cut. Oh well, I ordered the parts required to make the repair, they should be here in a day or two, so..... I'm going to attempt to make a passable Hal, Wall-e's little cockroach buddy. 

I think everything showing here will do thge trick.

To start I use a popcicle stick, some old under wing tank parts from the spare box, and some tooth picks, glued together with one of those "ultra violet" glue devices. you just add a drop of epoxy, and hit it with the ultra violet light pen provided and it sets firm immeadiately. 

Got the little front legs on...

A little .010 folded plastic sheet for the wings and head, a dab of paint airbrushed on, some copper wire for feelers, and hes about finished.

And I think that'll do. Maybe tomorrow the tracks will be here per the shipping tracker, and I can start the track assys, or maybe get what I can done on the rusting and weathering... Any how, Thanks again for looking! Take care all!

Doug

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Posted by Rigidrider on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 5:11 PM

Afternoon all! Little more done today...

Starting on the front, The speaker louvers are from an old modem box, cut up, sanded, glued back together( to make it the right size) and a button added for record function. The Solar display is a shaped piece of .093 clear plastic, painted near as I could get to chartruce green, dried then flipped over, taped on the other side to show charge bars, then painted flat black. after drying The masking tape was removed and I used dry transfer (rub on) letters to word the panel. The little sun was a small dot of yellow paint, (airbrushed) then the "rays" were from a set of luftwaffe decals, They are the kill marks with the national insignias cut off.

Starting to trim him out now. His name was done with a 2in piece of masking tape, with the lettering laid out with striping tape, about 3/32 in wide, cut around with an exacto 11 blade then removed , then airbrushed. Ther circle was done the same way, spraying white first, then taping out the letter, spraying over with red and removing the tape. The rest is airbrushed to match the pictures close as I could.

And thats about it for now. Thanks for looking!

Doug

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:07 PM

Thank you Johnny... Never tried any thing this complex, but just slow and steady... Stay the course, lolol...

Doug

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  • From: Ipswich, Massachsetts
Posted by Johnny Reb on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:02 PM

Sir;

your build is fantastic! Thank you for sharing; I will be watching with great interest!

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 5:41 PM

Evening all! 

I managed to get some paint on him today. Krylon makes a near "School Bus Yellow" (at least thats what I call it) and I think it'll do the job.

I'm not terribly concerned about the coverage and such of the finish.. I mean after all, WallEs about 700 years old. There are several spots where I kinda figured that dampness and soforth would collect and cause heavily rusted areas, so I took some lacquer thinner and wrinkled the paint to make it look like raised rusty paint when I'm done.

OK, in this picture, I apologize but I kinda got ahead of the pictures and had the front hatch (door) made and installed before I realized I hadn't took a picture. The front door was made from the lid off an old Lasagna tray, being a nice thin, but reasonably sturdy material to work with. I cut to fit with enough over hang to be able to "fold) the edges all around to give it a bit more strength.In every picture of Wall-E the front door has a dent in it, I think mine is a tad low, but it will do. Well, I'll lety this set until morning and do some more if possible. Take care and thanks for the interest.

Doug

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Posted by Rigidrider on Monday, March 19, 2018 7:56 AM

Morning... More WIP from yesterday...

After a little more priming, The upper trim pieces are now in place. This is a vinal 11/16 corner trim, molded in white, trimmed and thinned down on the belt sander to match photos. 

In the arm clevis slots, it in some pictures shows what looks like a rubber (?) type of weather/debris guard, and in some it looks like a "hair" type. I couldnt find anything I liked, so I glued in place some .010 X .250 plastic stpip on the top and bottom, which leaves a slight gap in between, then trimmed all the way around with a 1/16 round plastic rod. This worked out pretty good. The clear disc near the back is a pivit point cap with super glue gel around it to simulate a weld. This where his upper and lower body sections pivot when they seperate to deposit a load.

A view of the back side. I still need to make 2 small cylinders to place 1 on either side of the hatch, but will hold off until I make the arms which are also cylinders, and doo all at the same time.

After all this sets up I think I'll try some paint to see how it looks. Thanks for looking..

Doug

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Saturday, March 17, 2018 9:06 AM

Morning all! A bit more progress from yesterday...

OK, after priming the basic body, (I find it helps to see everything in 1 color) to be able to judge where I'm at, I've decided to do some work to the back side. 

The upper door and handle are installed, using .093 plastic sheet. square tubing for the handle, and a piece of aluminum tubing for the hinge. There is also some ribbing to simulate the strengthening ribs of two different sizes of plastistruct rectangular strips.The inner compartment door is again .093 plastic with popcycle sticks evenly spaced for strengthining ribs. The bump guards are probably a rubber material in theory but I used 1-1/2 corner trim, wood shaped on the belt/disc sander.

These pieces will serve as his "legs" to attach and support the track assys. I know the actual pictures show a more mechanical looking piece, but I saw these and figured, they mount under him, and won't be that noticable, and are shaped very close to what I need to have any way. These pieces are the hind legs from a robot dog toy I found again at the second hand store. I filled the cavities with a mixture of plaster and sand to give them the added weight required for stability.

And this is how I intend to mount them when needed.

And the front is about ready to finish. Again, the corner guards shaped and installed, the stand offs in place where the speaker, and solar charge display will mount, and the recess where the hands fit when he tucks himself into a cube shape. Thats about it for now... Thanks for the interest and for looking...

Doug

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Posted by Rigidrider on Friday, March 16, 2018 9:50 AM

Keyda, Pawel,Don... Thank you all very much. Like I said earlier, its just time consuming pouring over the picturers and trying to figure out how to reproduce what you see. But thats the challange and fun in this build. I'll post more later today of tomorrow. Thanks again for the interest.

Doug

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, March 16, 2018 6:58 AM

Keyda81

That's awesome!  Wall-E is one of my favorite movies too.  Keep up the good work, it's really coming together!

 

Indeed!

I do some scratch building myself, but I wouldn't attempt something that complex!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, March 16, 2018 3:16 AM

Hello!

You're doing top notch job here! That's scratchbuilding at its finest! I also like your "worn metal" a lot!

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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