LEGO Test Car

Sorting my LEGO bricks has been long and not too much fun. But building my favorite old kits has been awesome!

This LEGO kit 8865 The Technic Test Car was one of my largest and most complex kits. I was 14 years old, and I can still remember putting this one together. The head lights pop up, the seats recline and adjust, the transmission is functional and the 4 piston motor is detailed to let your imagination cruise down the street in a very awesome ride.

Year Released: 1988
Advertised Number of Pieces: 892
AnonymousLegoFiend did a great job describing the function and the motor to transmission in action.

 

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Step Stool redo

IMG_0402I saved this little guy from the trash… my old wooden bench was broken (for the third time) and I didn’t trust sitting on it anymore.  I took it all apart, cleaned, steel wooled all the rust and painted.

img_0405.jpgUsing a silicon grease spray I cleaned off all the rubber steps, redid the seat cushion out of an old sweater and put it all back together.

IMG_0407Took about an hour.

Once it was all done, I think it will be a good addition to my work bench out in the garage when I work on my motorcycle and the cars. the really cool thing, the seat top pops up and it has two steps to reach items off my shelves.

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All the metal that was chrome was painted and I left the Brown paint as it seemed to be in good condition.IMG_0410IMG_0414

LEGO RoomBot

Styled after the $300 roomba robot vacuum, I built a LEGO RCX robot sweeper. I wanted to start working again with my LEGO technic sets and of course my many LEGO RCX kits. This was a good starting point and using ROBO Lab software I was able to program  the little robot quickly.

A few items that are not LEGO: The paper scoop that collects the dirt, dust and hair. The swiffer pad that i cut to allow the spinning wheels to act like a street sweeper in the front…these little guys push the debris into the scoop front…  the two switches on the left or right provide the bumper a way of resetting the course of the room sweeper.

To see the video: https://www.facebook.com/wdavisonjr/videos/10154940815985502/?l=1841782850449687756

You can go tot his link even if you don’t have faceybooky!

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I think I need a few more tweeks to the code to really make it work perfect but for the most part a two hour build and a few trial runs and he does quite well on the wood floors.

Thank you Cards

So, of course i have waited too long to send out my holiday thank you cards and I had hoped to make something so great like my mom did for my thank you card. She got one of my match book cover wooden robots and she sent me a handmade thank you note made with stamps that looked like the robot I made her…. super nice and super creative!  So I sat down yesterday and started working on a few Sailor Jerry (spiced rum) label, thank you card.  They turned out pretty cool so I made a baker’s dozen! I found some smaller envelopes in my paper hoarding stash and … wow! No I have some cool thank you cards or notecards to send to all my family and friends!

So here ya go… a few photos of my custom cards! Enjoy, and if you want a set please let me know and I will make a few to send to you!

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With a silver foil line below the tattoo sticker image, it really adds a bit of class.img_0413

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The warm sun felt nice on my back as the photos that I took were in the late afternoon…. and my camera battery was dieing so i couldn’t use a flash… glad I didn’t! Thank you Sun… it is nice to know you have my back!img_0415img_0416

The one on the far right is one of my favorites, it has it all… the Ship, the sea, and the pretty lady!img_0417

This tattoo  is a logo on one of my favorite t-shirts… img_0419

You can’t see it very well… but the label maker cam in handy printing out a “wdavisonjr.wordpress.com 2017” sticker that I attached to each one of the cards.

These are not really great for thank you cards, but for a quick note to family or friends, and for those who love vintage tattoo art, this is one card that will be a huge hit for me to send out!

 

LARGE LEGO MINIFIGURE

Sorting my collection of LEGO bricks is going well and i decided to take a break and build something fun. i will not keep this build on display for a very long time because i want to work on building my town and space collection, but since I have never owned this kit nor have I ever build one before this weekend, I went ahead and built my first, custom LEGO minifigure in large scale.

Almost 20 inches tall, his arms move, hands moe, head swivels and makes for a very adorable piece. The scale is hard to really determine… but 1:48 is a popular scale among Lego enthusiasts since it is approximately the scale of the minifig : (the little guys) (1.5 inches: 6 feet). At this scale, 1/4 inch represents 1 foot, so at approximately 20 inches, the 80 foot monster would be roughly  13 times larger than the minifigure at his feet.

Approximately 2000 bricks and the addition of the wrench, black boots and a cuff at the bottom of the pants, I wanted to make it after something i would be wearing as i might make a final photo into a cool business card or a fake poster for my fake motorcycle repair shop!  I could see this guy sitting on the counter of the shop’s main table. With a friendly “Hi C” to say hello.

A vote on-line has determine that a Hat will top his head instead of brown and gray hair… a final picture will be be posted when a hat in complete.

Of course LEGO kit  number 3723 can be found for under 200.00 USD, it is I think fun to add a little of custom features and build your own outta the pieces you have in your own collection! Happy building!

Matchbook Robots

This year for Christmas gifts for my mom and my sister I got an idea from one of my Make Magazine articles about an artist (Miami-based sculptor and illustrator Mike Rivamonte) who takes matchbooks and covers a wooden robot frame to assemble an interesting display item.

I knew I wanted mine to have a semi theme for each person i was making it for, so I downloaded many images from the internet to get just the right matchbooks.

Here is my assembly process and finished designs.

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These are the sheets to print out
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These are the sheets to print out and then I just cut each matchbook out.

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We know Reno!
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Of course I love my home state, Nevada! (Make sure you say it right!)

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No longer in the Nugget in Sparks, Nv. Sad day.

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Twin Peaks (can’t wait for the news season in 2017!)
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Twin Peaks (can’t wait for the news season in 2017!)
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Twin Peaks (can’t wait for the news season in 2017!)
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“if you can draw!”

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Circus circus

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Everyone should Bowl!

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And I bought Poplar for the wood body. Used my old band saw from Ace!

and a drill press to drill all of the peg holes used to attach the head and arms.

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I cut each piece and lightly sanded.

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The pegs are soaked in stain.

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Each one stood about 14 inches tall and both have arms and a head that is movable. if you look carefully at the edges of r the wood block i used a file to rough and cut the matchbook covers to give is a worn look. i left some areas of the wood uncovered and I like the more rustic look.

A quick spray with a poly clear coat to protect and seal, they were wrapped and shipped… just in time for the holidays. These robots where a very fun project and took a total of about 6 hours to complete. You can find these for sale from the original artist here: http://www.rivamonterobots.com/for-sale/

and the location of the make article: http://makezine.com/2016/09/12/these-matchbook-robot-sculptures-put-a-nostalgic-twist-on-sci-fi/

Have fun, be safe and until the next project… make it happen!