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Post# 4024   11/14/2006 at 22:00 (4,332 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        

Here is the first image of a robot I am building - literally from the ground up. Compact feet (thank you, Byron O'Dowd), Air-Way 88 lower legs. The thighs will be another pair of compacts. Then, then - stay tuned.
Note, this Robot will be very tall and "posable" the ankles rotate and hinge (casters) and then can be locked into the selected pose. We will see if my design holds as height adds weight.

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Post# 4052 , Reply# 1   11/15/2006 at 19:47 (4,331 days old) by dial-a-nap (Omaha - the home of the TV Dinner)        

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Very cool - I can't wait to see it!

Hope you are well and enjoying our beautiful Autumn!


Post# 4056 , Reply# 2   11/15/2006 at 22:01 (4,331 days old) by luxg ()        

Mark I am really looking forward to seeing it when you are done. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Post# 4103 , Reply# 3   11/16/2006 at 20:45 (4,330 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
Not the Air-Way!!

NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Darn, but at least it is put to good use!

Post# 4257 , Reply# 4   11/19/2006 at 16:58 (4,327 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        
Progress Report

It is hard to see the work, but ankle joints (and anchoring in feet) complete and lower legs on. Am working on knee joints.

Post# 4259 , Reply# 5   11/19/2006 at 19:46 (4,327 days old) by charles~richard ()        

I did not know there were two different two-tone turquoise (boy, try to say that a dozen times in a row real fast, haha!) AirWay 88s. I know there's an 88 Mark II but the one I have is turquoise and white.

Post# 4297 , Reply# 6   11/20/2006 at 20:55 (4,326 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
While we are on the subject of Air-Way 88's...

What was different about the 88 and the 88 Mark II? I see the inside is a tad different (from the photos above), but I don't see the point (unless it is marketing) of 2 practically identical vacuums. I think the Kirby Classic and the Kirby Classic Omega falls under the same category as limited design changes!! Same color (about...). Brown will be brown, as torquoise will be turquoise. Haha...oh well...

Post# 4397 , Reply# 7   11/22/2006 at 16:41 (4,324 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        
Progress Report #3

This guy is going to be tall. 52" to the top of his thighs. I am working on a pelvis. Will keep you advised.

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Post# 4403 , Reply# 8   11/22/2006 at 17:32 (4,324 days old) by dial-a-nap (Omaha - the home of the TV Dinner)        

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Wow -this is going to be scary! Have you worked out the body and head yet? Can't wait to see more. What did you use for the ankle and knee "joints"?


Post# 4419 , Reply# 9   11/22/2006 at 19:42 (4,324 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        
Head and body?

Actually, the head is where I started (maybe won't I.D. it until we get there) - so I have that. I also have the arm bones & joints - will need some flller. The torso, however, is still undecided/undiscovered but it is amazing, in my experience, how that stuff just happens while I am working. Frankly, I am noodling on using a more modern, plastic, upright (not the power head, but the bag case, etc). Ideas?
Regarding your ankle/knee joint query:
1. Ankles are one swivel caster and one fixed caster joined where the wheel is no longer.
2. Knees are two fixed casters joined in the same way. I ground a little off the bushing that was in the wheel and then overlapped the casters. The theory is that the bolt tightening on those parts, with bushing in between will permit enought friction to prevent collapse while, the same time,allow posability. That is the theory, we will see if it will hold as the height increases and, therefore, the leverage increases. Stay tuned.

Post# 4420 , Reply# 10   11/22/2006 at 19:44 (4,324 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        
P.S. Knee Caps

BTW, I removed the swivel thingie from the 88 covers at the dinner table tonight - am going to see if they can be knee caps.

Post# 4509 , Reply# 11   11/23/2006 at 14:02 (4,324 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        
Pelvis Added - Need Green Torso

I have added a pelvis which is an inverted toaster/oven. As indicated in the link to thread below, I am interested in acquiring a green torso. Thoughts?

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Post# 4608 , Reply# 12   11/25/2006 at 11:19 (4,322 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        
Klaatu Barada Nikto

Okay, so this is a nasty time in this project. I am tired and irritable (we both are - smile). I am designing as I go, trial and error. The arms will be "fleshed out." - that's my gove, not his that he is waiving with; there is structural work to be done and a lot of "dress" feature to do. The robot is now 90 inches tall - he might get a little shorter depending on what I do at the waist - might cut those silver things from dryers down and add a donut/swivel at the pelvis. He might get a little taller if I add something to his head. I am thinkng about that aluminum frame that stabilizes the vac motor armatures and maybe a plume. I gotta quit for awhile, though.

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Post# 4636 , Reply# 13   11/25/2006 at 20:58 (4,321 days old) by dial-a-nap (Omaha - the home of the TV Dinner)        

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So creative - I would never have thought of some of these things - what a great use for the cast-offs and unwanted "junk."

You'll have to come over and poke around the shed and used parts bins for a while!

Post# 5938 , Reply# 14   12/17/2006 at 12:45 (4,300 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        
December 17 Status Report

I have been busy and a little gumption trapped on this robot, but some progress is being made. My muse hasn't provided me with what I need to "flesh out" the arms. More to come.

Post# 5969 , Reply# 15   12/17/2006 at 20:36 (4,299 days old) by charles~richard ()        
An idea...

Since the balance of this machine is a "Vision in Turquoise," why not make the head turquoise as well. You have a variety of choices -- there was a turqoise Royal canister, then the Kington - see attached photo - then there's the one that uses water like a Rainbow -- the WaterMatic or some-such?? And wasn't there a turquoise Silver King?

Post# 5971 , Reply# 16   12/17/2006 at 20:41 (4,299 days old) by charles~richard ()        
More turquoise ideas...


Post# 5972 , Reply# 17   12/17/2006 at 20:41 (4,299 days old) by charles~richard ()        
More turquoise ideas...

OF COURSE, the Roll Easy!

Post# 5973 , Reply# 18   12/17/2006 at 20:42 (4,299 days old) by charles~richard ()        
More turquoise ideas...

The RCA Whirlpool - that would make a FABULOUS head!!

Post# 5974 , Reply# 19   12/17/2006 at 20:43 (4,299 days old) by charles~richard ()        
More turquoise ideas...

Note the Turquoise G.E. swivel-top

Post# 5975 , Reply# 20   12/17/2006 at 20:49 (4,299 days old) by charles~richard ()        
I meant KINGSTON of course (above)

for the arms ... how about the plastic power nozzle wand sheaths from the late Electrolux 1205 & L?

For hands ... turquoise Electrolux 1205/L rug washers?! Who said a robot has to have fingers and opposable thumbs?!!

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