Alright! I’ll be sure to work on it more now that I know someone is interested!
Sometimes I wiggle my butt because I think I have a tail and I’m wagging it :|
So I spent a fervent night brainstorming how the mechanisms would work…I decided to focus on the grapple mechanism first, because that one is probably going to be the most work. With help from tumblr, I was able to flesh out some blueprints of sorts.
Home Depot proved to be fairly unhelpful, but between there and Joann’s I was able to get a lot of the things I need. I decided to get the nuts & bolts later, when I know how many I’ll need and what sizes, and I just totally forgot the nylon string (that connects to the grapple). The trigger, switch, reel and battery proved to be evasive, but I finally found a couple of paintball triggers I could use on ebay:
One for each handle, baby! And here’s a picture of the bicycle brakes and wires I hope to win:
Anyway, I came home from the store with all of this crap:
So here I have some springs, PVC pipe, those things that hold the pipe in place (at the bottom, they ended up being the wrong size), pistons (the wooden thingies) and a stopper (at the top right). So…How’s that PVC pipe-spring-piston launcher thing supposed to go again? Oh yeah, something like this:
BANG. Nailed it. The piston even has a hole at the tip for the nylon string to go through (that attaches to the grapple):
So that’s awesome. Now I need my stopper. Unfortunately, It’s got this piece of ass attached to it. So… Go go gadget handy-dandy tool bag!
We buds. Okay commence trimming of the piece of ass.
Bitchin’. WELP that’s enough work for the day. Next I need to work on the grapple so I know where to plant the stopper. I’ll probably work on the handles, too.
Alright, so when I decided that I was going to make my own working MMG from Shingeki no Kyojin, I started doing a looooot of research. Luckily, I found an amazing post that had all these images on it. I saved them immediately.
Research was done on the configuration of the external parts. I’ve got a LOT of brainstorming to do on the mechanisms, now.
Does anyone want me to post my progress/tutorial shots?
First, I must clarify, my roommate and I have three squirrel friends that live all in the same nest outside our patio door. We’ve been feeding them peanuts on and off since we moved here. There’s Chunky, the reliable one who almost never buries his food and eats it on the spot, almost falling over while doing so; Scooter, the skiddish one who fears me beyond all reason; and the third one we forgot the name of, who’s also kind of tubby, but is refined and calculated.
Much like the time I taught a one-legged seagull I named Balthazar to eat out of my hand, I proceeded to hold peanuts out to these squirrels. The third squirrel was much too dapper to take food from my meager hands. Scooter was having a brain aneurysm about two inches away from me and ended up running away before he could get any closer. Chunky, on the other hand, like the little tubby-wubby he is, marched right up, nibbled on my finger a bit to see if that was edible too, decided not to eat it, then took the peanut.
I do crap like this on a pretty regular basis, but, just sayin’…I’m like a squirrel goddess here. Who else get’s squirrels to eat out of their palms like this? No one. Well, not anyone I know, anyway.
Also, I found this wig. It would be perfect for Envy from Fullmetal Alchemist.