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July 8, 2009

Categories: Droid

Slow but steady progress continues. This week I'm getting the foot shells structurally complete. These are the A&A plastic feet, since I decided to not use the steel JAG feet. I have yet to do anything about battery-boxes for the feet, or the hoses. Still need ankle wedges+cylinders, half-moons, etc.



April 25, 2009

Categories: Droid



April 16, 2009

Categories: News

Pixel and Herb are now famous.



April 16, 2009

Categories: News

Back-filled a lot of the vacations and trips on the vacations page. After the last overhaul of the photo gallery system, this page was somewhat obsoleted, and I forgot to keep updating it! :)

I should automate it one of these days.



April 3, 2009

Categories: Fun

I have full-auto envy. :)

... But I don't have $30,000+.



March 19, 2009

Categories: Fun

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March 7, 2009

Categories: Droid

The skins are off for painting. I'll be this way for a while, since I can now start installing detail pieces that need to sit inside or behind the skins.



February 28, 2009

Categories: Droid

R2T0 and I went to Shevacon! Here's a few of pictures. More can be seen in the photo gallery.



February 26, 2009

Categories: Droid

I have the skins temporarily attached, but without the panels glued back together and not painted. I also have the booster covers and horseshoes assembled, but they too need a lot of finishing and painting.

I've also re-worked the electronics a bit. I started having a problem with the droid going haywire if it had been sitting out in the car and then started up while still quite cold.



February 20, 2009

Categories: News

New consolidated Blog page for all of my on-going projects and news. I've tried to back-fill it a bit with the Droid and Halloween updates from the last few years.



February 17, 2009

Categories: Droid

R2's first steps!! I brought my camera along for droid-building night, and started recording within moments of getting him on the floor on his own wheels.



February 16, 2009

Categories: Droid

Making an R2 and have your own CFsound III? Download my CF3 sound files, and just unzip it into an empty CF card, and it's ready to go with a 12-channel remote.



February 13, 2009

Categories: Droid



February 3, 2009

Categories: Droid



January 31, 2009

Categories: Droid

Temporary PSI lens in place. Also connected the front HP, though they only light up during boot-up. I still need to rig up some longer cables to connect the rear PSI and HP. Also re-mounted some of the internal electronics boards, and rigged up an external power switch for the head so I don't have to reach in and mess with the battery. :)



January 30, 2009

Categories: Droid

Started installing the electronics. Still need to figure out the PSI lens thing, and hook up the other two HPs (though they only light up during the boot-up for some reason).



January 29, 2009

Categories: Droid

This week's progress... I took December off from working on the droid at all, but have resumed in January. I've finally made some progress on additional leg assembly, and have made enormous progress on the head. The shots below all have tape holding various parts while glue dries.



November 20, 2008

Categories: News

New section for my ancient attempt at composing music. Ed's Music.



November 7, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2009

I managed to leave my display up for a few days to either side of Halloween this year (2008), and miss the rain at both ends. But it has me thinking for the future, since I've never weather-proofed my projects. The tree is weather-resistant, except that I'm lighting up the face with a piece of poster board. The gravestones are probably fine in the rain, as are my first two skeletons (ignoring rust issues in the steel parts).

The pieces I'm more concerned about are the new skeleton (water soluble glue), the scarecrow (the pumpkin is very thin paper mache and it has acrylic paints on the skull, though the body is weatherproof), and the electrical stuff of course (not one lamp is technically an "outdoor" lamp).

Time to start thinking about water resistance in future props, I think. 2009 should be the start of this.

BTW, added the "evolution of a haunt" page to show the changes over the years.



November 4, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2009

Display is down, as of last night. That was the longest run yet, at 5 days and 5 nights. So far, I've been letting the weather reports dictate the schedule. In the future, I want to weatherproof more of the props if I can.



November 4, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2008

Display is down, as of last night. That was the longest run yet, at 5 days and 5 nights. So far, I've been letting the weather reports dictate the schedule. In the future, I want to weatherproof more of the props if I can.

The 2009 progress has started.



October 30, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2008

Main 2008 page is up.



October 29, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2008

Display is up! More pictures soon.

Setup time: 3 hours.



October 25, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2008

Different lighting.



October 22, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2008

I have a skeleton! The head and jaw actually flop around, so it can be somewhat posed in "dead" poses. I still want to paint the teeth, but I can do that any time.



October 21, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2008

Painting both props. They're almost done. The skeleton still needs his eyes, and the tree needs the flourescent backing to go inside the face. Unless that looks stupid, in which case he may get a black backing.



October 17, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2008

Last photo of the tree before painting, and the last photo of the skeleton before webbing.

Stupid branch sagged on me again. *sigh*



October 9, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2008

Progress on corpsing and the dead tree is being made!



October 8, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2008

I totally want to make a set of hands like this someday: http://softlyspokenmagicspells.com/halloween/death.html

I've been thinking about the idea of a more complex skeleton costume with actual spaces between and behind the bones, and an articulated hand. I've seen this link before, but I just looked at it again. Of course, once again, I'm thinking of this late in the season and can't possibly do it this year.



October 5, 2008

Categories: Halloween, Halloween2008

Corpsing test using liquid nails, and also started on the dead evil tree (starting with the roots).


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