Birthday Gifts, Part 1.5: The First of the Robots

January 9, 2009

Quick update, since I might be AWOL for a few days. 

I finished the rest of Professor Layton, though there was a minor issue of scale between the size of his head (enormous) and the rest of the body (microscopic), which had to be fixed with some haphazard strips of paper from the base of the neck to the torso – so he looks like a bobble-head toy now.

I still have to design the remote control thingamajig he’ll be holding in his hand, so I’m not posting pictures of him till he’s complete (and less bobbly). I’ve packed him away in a case, and I hope he survives the train journey I need to take in a while. 

I started work on the Robots instead, who’ll be a trio of mechanotronic paper figures leading a motley parade – the very paragons of birthday cheer with conical hats and Iker Casillas masks (Yes.). 

   

I found these lovely papercraft robots at this strange site. (Don’t worry about all the Japanese – just dutifully click on links till you get to a PDF.) 

The first one, this one over here:
 

…turned out quite okay, though a small accident in the construction of the right arm is making it structurally dubious, and hard to attach to the main torso… 

 

That's him. The dubious arm is missing, away for repair.

The dubious arm is missing, away for repair.

…as is the head, which for some reason, refuses to stick. 

 

That's him crestfallen at his headless existence.

That's him crestfallen at his headless existence.

But progress is happening, and most of the details (Shh) have pretty much been finalized, except perhaps the most critical one, which I plan to worry about only later.

Next: The Birthday Banner, the seemingly forgotten Porsche, and the disembodied head of Iker Casillas!

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