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Author Topic: WIP-The Dino War Machine  (Read 2643 times)
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« on: November 06, 2009, 03:41:38 am »


The machine is born like all war machines are. A need to defend the population against invading barbarians.
Gears were cast and soldered together. Metal was melted and forged and filed.

Many discussions were had to achieve the center of balance. Templates were made, discarded and made again.

The legs were made out of 1mm sheet brass. Soldered ( brazed with silver solder--the jewellery industry says brazing is soldering, don't ask me why, I only work here. Smiley) The evil claws were filed separately and soldered together.

Bottom panel, also out of sheet brass with reinforced sides.

Top panel, ditto. I am working with brass, only making the chassis. The Gatling guns and plasma cannons will be constructed later and added.

The head. I bolted the whole thing together temporally to get the proportions right. The body is still going to get port holes and ribs and guns, so it will fill out. Right now the head looks to big.

The head also swivels. About 40 hours so far. After the body comes the the tail and arms. It stands about 200mm ( 8 inches) high.
There will come a time when my hands will have finished crafting this war machine. I shall then release it to serve utter destruction on our enemies---comming to a computer near you.
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2009, 03:47:34 am »

This is awesome. Cheesy

The head is a little large, and it still needs arms, but then again you said it wasn't finished yet.
I await its completion eagerly, because dinosaurs kick ass!
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2009, 08:17:01 am »

The head does look a little bit large, but I think that's mainly due to the open/empty space around the throat. I can already see how it will look better once the upper body is a bit more complete.

It's a nice piece, and it's fascinating to watch it grow. Cool
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2009, 07:44:30 pm »

I think that an army of these, each at least a story or two high would be a marvelous way of achieving global domination... I mean what a wonderful piece or art.  In all seriousness this is a very awesome piece.  I am always impressed by what people can accomplish with seemingly scrap metal and gears.
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2009, 10:32:05 pm »

Very good indeed. And you cast your own gears? Excellent.
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2009, 02:30:25 pm »

Whoah. Dr. Steel needs a few of these robots in his army.... Very nice!
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2009, 10:17:33 pm »


Further progress. I made the neck shorter and added the Gatling guns.They move in any direction.

Lotsa stuff has still got to be finished off and added, obviously. What I am now doing is to get the basic sizes and parameters set.

There is a spike still to be added under the guns, similar to the spikes under the throat.
But for now, the next big design thing is the articulated tail.

The guns were made this way.
Brass rod, bought from Ace, is rolled flat in a rolling mill and then a 'washer' is made and soldered and then filled in the shape. The bottom is copper and brass rods that are soldered together.

Then the front and back plates are soldered and filed to shape.

This is how the two arms are joined. It allows the guns to swivel, and the grub screws in the collars stop everything from falling apart.

The guns screw into the bracket thingamabob.. I still got to carve it in a more steampunk feel and the bolt thing must be custom made..
Okay, and I finally figured out how to do the spoiler thingi. I'll do that in my next post next week.
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2009, 11:03:24 pm »

Thats amazing. I don't have anywhere near the tools, or talent to do anything like that. I'm in awe
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2009, 08:24:53 pm »


The Dino War Machine has had a lot more work added to it.

The head has had extensive work done on it.
And two secondary Gatling guns have been added.

These Gatling guns are able to fire multiple war ordinances.
From nerve gas bullets to expanding flettchet rounds, each is capable of firing up to 600 rounds per second.
This tends to reduce the enemy to a fine mist.
And in that form they become less dangerous.

The side and rear firing abilities have been enhanced by modification to the phosphor bronze projector at the tip of the tail.

The outer tips are based on the Trioxinol Five theory, which dictates that all plans for war change when war commences.
Thus each tip is able to pierce the fog of war, and in the heat of battle, collectively they are able to guide the Dino War Machine to wreak the maximum of damage with the minimum of energy expended.

The head has been fitted with a mamba venom gun on each side.
These are able to fire a stream of armour piercing venom at hardened enemy targets.
This venom can be changed from, as the name suggests, mamba venom to hydrofluoric acid during firing operations.
The obsidian eyes are still being constructed.
They will be optical receptors that work from the infra red to the gigahertz wavelengths.

A rear view showing the gas emitter tubing.
This is able to emit a cloud of toxic gas over the enemy.
It must be understood the the Geneva Convention does not apply to this machine.
The object of this machine is to kill the enemy, finish and klaar.

This shows the battle ground adjustments that can be carried out by this machine.
In this picture it is fine tuning the plasma receptor.

With a giant sigh of relief, the remaining enemy watch the machine walk away, searching for new foe to vanquish.
This is then the basic machine.
The spine on the back still has to be manufactured and added.
For that I will cast more gears and various odds and ends in brass.
Also there are many more copper tubes, gears and whatnot's to be added.
However, I am not going to post on this project again until it is completely finished.
The machine part, that is.
The reason is that it is painful to post on increments.
Like if you building a house and you post on adding the bathroom tap washers....right.
The project is at around 120 hours and I expect it to take another 40 or so hours more.
That is the first phase.
Then I am going to make a frosted glass and brass egg in which this machine will reside.
In 2010. That is going to be fun.
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2009, 08:46:13 pm »

wow! I wish I had the imagination and skills to do something as fantastic as this!
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2009, 09:08:18 pm »

Simply a fantastic testimony to human ingenuity!  The word 'marvelous' simply falls short!
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2009, 06:21:23 am »

That, sir, is a work of art.

(Also, bonus points for correct use of "wreak." Smiley )
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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2009, 12:12:42 pm »

I am at a loss of words. That is simple one of the most amazing things i have seen.

Bravo!
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2009, 04:14:25 pm »

Ridiculously cool. You even came up with functions for every tiny element of design!
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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2009, 02:04:06 am »


I had to cast some more gears for my Dino project.
Here the metal and gears flask being burnt out in my oven.
On the left is the casting crucible with the brass in it.

You are witnessing the birth of the Dino War machine gears.

The cast "tree' of gears. From here on they will be cut off and then filed, sanded and installed into the dino war machine, to fight the forces of evil and darkness for the good of mankind.
Trust me on this one.
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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2009, 05:38:13 pm »

Finished
375 individual handmade parts.
182 hours construction time
Weight, just shy of 1 kilogram.(2.2 lbs)
Height 200mm (eight inches)
Length 300mm (12 inches)
Materials Brass, Copper, Silver, Gold
All the components pre-assembled.
Under belly cooling system.
Details of head.
Details of the spines.
Top view.
More pictures and info on my blog.
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« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2009, 05:54:09 pm »

Bravo !
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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2009, 12:33:30 am »

Gorgeous!  I love all the little descriptions for what each design element is supposed to do, too!
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« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2011, 12:21:08 am »

Very impressive and inspiring stuff indeed.
I was googling some jewelry related themes in last night and stumbled into your interesting blog and when I saw that great looking T-rex robot in that blog,  I kinda guessed that also Brass Goggles forum must have some topic from it.  Smiley

If I get proper vacuum casting machine in the future, I also try to make similar gears for steampunk style miniature robot, because normal clock gears are usually not thick enough for structures like that..
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« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2011, 06:18:02 am »

Beautiful workmanship
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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2011, 01:02:23 am »

  Truly elegant craftsmanship! And in a medium I have limited knowledge of!
  Bravo!
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