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MistyDawn
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« on: November 11, 2013, 09:52:09 am »

a robot?
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2013, 10:04:59 am »

what kind of robot? artistic impressionist robot? Prop R2-D2? pneumatic robotic arm? wind up toy robot that shuffles across the floor? Robot costume?
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MistyDawn
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2013, 10:37:55 am »

a wind up would be nice!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2013, 02:41:16 pm »

Your best bet would probably be to start with an existing toy and go from there.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2013, 02:45:15 pm »

this seems helpful. Thank you Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013, 02:47:05 pm »

I agree - have a look in your local pound/dollar store and see what they have. Often they'll have cheap, wind-up toys you can dismantle to get the mechanism, and then make a custom body for it. You may even find something you like that can be modified or added to to get the look you want.
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2013, 02:57:20 pm »

oh, I wish it were that simple. Unfortunately I live in such a podunk. Our dollar store has no such tinker toys. Not even our Walmart carries such items. Sad
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2013, 04:05:26 pm »

Look for party bag fillers on ebay - I buy tons of stuff that way, and the nice thing is, if you buy a lot of say, a dozen of something, you don't have to worry about busting the first one taking it apart  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2013, 04:45:32 pm »

You will find out, if you alter them, that the small wind-up dolls are carefully balanced. But if you can get your hands on what IGetPwnedOften is talking about, you can do a few try outs.
Good luck finding the needed material and feel free to post WIP pictures.
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2013, 06:30:23 pm »

I'm gonna look into that. Now say i wanted to make a remote operated one? How complicated would it be?
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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2013, 07:18:25 pm »

I would think you'd most likely be better off buying a toy robot and converting it - that would certainly be the route of least resistance.
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2013, 07:23:48 pm »

i figured as much. Now i have this old toy dog that walks. I'm thinking of skinning it and putting the guts into another body. Lol
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2013, 07:28:54 pm »

Or a robotics kit if you're intrested in actually building the robot. Of course this may require additional skills.
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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2013, 07:46:56 pm »

those tend to be really pricey. For now I'd be content with an altered ally. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2013, 08:46:37 pm »

for starting out making wind ups:
http://www.darkroomanddearly.com/2012/06/diy-wind-up-butterflies.html

for some intermediate experience with simple electronic robots I recommend:
http://www.makershed.com/MAKE_Volume_06_Robots_pdf_p/0596527179-e.htm

for more advanced and complex robotics and kits:
http://www.robotshop.com/en/

(and if you haven't already, take a look at the things to offer on the make websites store. (middle link above) The have kits and instructions for very complex bots. One is a set of instructions for a low functionality robot that responds to signals from an eeg headband... that's right you think it and it will move and blink lights and make sounds.
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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2013, 09:24:07 pm »

thank you rovingjack Smiley and everyone for being so helpful!
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« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2013, 11:11:57 pm »

Check out Goodwill and Salvation Army stores.  I have seen various toys there.  Also garage sales are a great place to get a toy that has been out grown, but is still perfectly good.
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« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2013, 11:20:23 pm »

One potential problem with modern toys is that often the outer shell and the working parts are quiet closely integrated so it may not be an easy task to transplant parts from one machine to another and you may be end up being able to make little more than cosmetic changes.

However there are dozens of books available which deal with making mechanical toys of all levels of complexity. Many of these designs have been around for centuries and can be made with very simple tools and materials  but nevertheless many of the basic principals used are highly relevant to robotics. Probably a bit more satisfying in the long run than gluing some gears on a cheap plastic toy.
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« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2013, 03:16:05 pm »

shoot. Thats a downer. Lol ok we have no goodwill or salvation army here. No bars, no malls, no clubs, no crafts store of any sort. We got a Walmart and piggly wiggly and a teenie weenie dollar store that has nothing. So, I am severely limited. Sad I'm forty miles away from the liquor store. (dry county)
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« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2013, 04:11:06 pm »

I just searched ebay for "robot" and found this. I dare say you could find something similar in Walmart - a paint job and some accessories and you're set  Grin

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« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2013, 06:36:28 pm »

Or just search amazon and ebay for windup robots!
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« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2013, 06:40:46 pm »

oh i wish we had those! We would be so lucky to get an elmo!
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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2013, 09:24:46 pm »

Ok..here's food for thought. Herr Doktor, our resident genius took one of these



Which is a anamatronic parrot. He removed all the fur/feathers and  painted the bare, plastic 'skeleton' underneath with brass coloured paint and added some fake rivets and voila!

Robot parrot


Now, I'm sure even in your 'podunk' little berg , at this time of year youll have shops selling  crap like this..


which is a singing/dancing Santa toy. Get something like this and strip off all the Santa trimmings and underneath you'll have a plastic armature that will be 'humanoid' in appearance but lends itself nicely to a bit of modification. Some brass paint, a few fake rivets, and you'll have yourself a nice little robot looking figure (admittedly it will probably sing 'Jingle Bells'  but you can disconnect the sound) that will move when activated.
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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2013, 11:21:49 pm »

wind up robots
http://www.orientaltrading.com/wind-up-robots-a2-12_3572-12-1.fltr?Ntt=windup

wind up trains
http://www.orientaltrading.com/wind-up-trains-a2-85_3377-12-1.fltr?Ntt=windup

But I think this one would do it:
wind-up workshop robots kit!
http://www.orientaltrading.com/creativity-for-kids-wind-up-workshop-robots-kit-a2-13646241-12-1.fltr?Ntt=windup

though these ones aint bad either:
http://www.orientaltrading.com/m-robot-duck-kit-a2-13646328-12-1.fltr?Ntt=robot]http://www.orientaltrading.com/m-robot-duck-kit-a2-13646328-12-1.fltr?Ntt=robot
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MistyDawn
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« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2013, 11:32:01 pm »

Oh! How clever! A parrot? Indeed! I must try this! Merci!
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