Junkyard Robots

How to make a robot using found materials & special character effects techniques

Description

Follow along with Special Effects Character Creator & Master Model Maker, Jesse Gee, as he constructs a cohesive retro robotic art-piece out of random castoffs and found materials.

During this 5 hour special character effects model-making master class, Jesse not only entertains but shares a wealth of Hollywood robot making techniques including resin casting, metallic painting secrets, basic electrical wiring and character creation troubleshooting.

WEBCOURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Robot Maker's Workshop
  • Duplicating robot parts with casting resin
  • A simple guide to electrical assembly
  • Metallic Painting Techniques

 

Approximate Runtime is: 04:59:03

This DVD is a 2-Disc Set

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Inspiration In Everyday Life - 00:00:27
  3. The Workshop - 00:03:55
  4. Tools - 00:08:56
  5. Getting Started - 00:15:59
  6. Mold Options - 00:20:20
  7. Casting a Resin Foot - 00:22:30
  8. Arm Assembly--Part One - 00:26:41
  9. Fitting the Shoulder to the Arm - 00:33:19
  10. Casting Resin - 00:35:05
  11. Determining a Color Scheme - 00:38:08
  12. Arm Placement - 00:39:59
  13. Drilling the Arm Hole - 00:48:09
  14. Attaching a Hand - 00:55:28
  15. Painting the Body - 01:05:14
  16. Adding Detail with Acrylic Paints - 01:11:25
  17. Recap & Overview--Day 1 - 01:23:26
  18. Locking Off the Shoulder - 01:25:05
  19. Metallic Painting - 01:29:49
  20. Painting Rust Colors - 01:35:34
  21. Chrome & a Layer of Graphite - 01:41:46
  22. Rust and Spatter - 01:55:05
  23. Chrome Edging - 02:02:48
  24. Painting the Hand - 02:09:42
  25. Attaching the Other Arm - 02:14:33
  26. Attaching the Feet - 02:19:14
  27. Recap & Overview--Day 2 - 02:38:56
  28. Installing Lights in the Body - 02:48:56
  29. Rocket Light Assembly - 02:59:33
  30. Installing the Dimmer - 03:22:33
  31. Mounting the Rockets - 03:33:34
  32. The Power Cord - 03:40:39
  33. Recap & Overview--Day 3 - 03:48:22
  34. Fixing the Shoulder & Constructing An Arm Piston - 03:51:51
  35. Internal Wiring - 04:13:09
  36. Painting Light Bulbs - 04:27:29
  37. Installing the Dimmer Knob - 04:35:08
  38. Painting the Knob - 04:39:50
  39. Painting the Legs and Feet - 04:48:10
  40. Chrome Edging - 04:52:44
  41. Rust & Oil Colors - 04:54:24
  42. Wrap Up - 04:57:27

Materials

This lesson is about using assorted found objects to build a robot.  All the tools and supplies used are listed, however, the various collection of parts used to build the robot are not. 

As you will see in the lesson, you will have to get creative and source your own interesting robot parts at hardware stores, salvage yards, from old electronics, etc.  Happy Hunting!

 

CLICK on the links below to find the materials you need for this lesson. 

 

Some items might be harder to find, but a little internet scouring usually finds you everything you'll need.

 

Burman Industries

McMaster Carr

 

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

  • Air Compressor with moisture trap and pressure adjustment
  • Excellent Lighting
  • Grex Micro Air Control Valve – in line pressure adjustor such as this, as a luxury
  • Latex Gloves
  • Respirator

 

AIRBRUSHES

  • Iwata Eclipse – HP-CS

 

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

  • Clear Coat Enamel

 

EPOXYS/GLUES

  • Propoxy 20 – Epoxy Putty
  • Superglue

 

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

  • Chip Brushes
  • Fine Line Paintbrush
  • Small Paintbrush

 

PAINTS

  • Alclad Lacquer – Chrome
  • Brown Spray Paint
  • FW Acrylic Ink – Antelope Brown
  • FW Acrylic Ink – Black
  • FW Acrylic Ink – Scarlet
  • FW Acrylic Ink – White
  • FW Acrylic Ink – Yellow Ocher
  • Model Master Silver Enamel Paint
  • Raw Umber Oil Paint
  • Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Chrome Spray Paint

 

PRIMERS/ADHESION PROMOTORS

  • Black Primer Spray Paint
  • Zip Kicker

 

RESINS

  • QuickCast Urethane Resin
  • Smooth-Cast Resin - Onyx

 

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

  • 99% Alcohol
  • Naptha

 

TOOLS

  • BITS AND INDEXES
    • Screw Holder
    • Step Drill Bit
    • Various Drill Bits
  • CRIMPING, PLIERS AND GRIPPING TOOLS
    • Adjustable Pliers
    • Needle Nose Jewelry Pliers
    • Needle Nose Pliers
    • Pliers
    • Tweezers
    • Vise
  • CUTTING TOOLS
    • Band Saw
    • Chop Saw
    • Scissors
    • Wire Cutters
    • Wire Strippers
    • X-Acto Knife
  • MEASURING TOOLS
    • Ruler
  • POWER TOOLS
    • Belt Sander
    • Cordless Drill
    • Dremel Tool
    • Sander
  • PUNCH AND PRESS TOOLS
    • Pop Riveter
    • Spring-Loaded Center Punch
  • SCREWDRIVERS
    • Flathead
    • Philip’s Head
    • Precision Screwdriver Set
  • OTHER TOOLS
    • Small Hairdryer

 

SUPPLIES

  • Artist Graphite
  • Assorted Nuts and Bolts
  • Assorted Screws
  • Assorted Springs
  • Dimmer Switch
  • Display Case Lightbulb
  • Dixie Cups
  • Electric Plug Head
  • Flame Shaped Lightbulbs
  • Lamp Wire
  • Lightbulb Socket
  • Lock Washer
  • Masking Tape
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic CC Cups
  • Primary Wire – 18 Gauge
  • Rivets
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Small Wooden Mixing Sticks
  • Spray Bottle
  • Wire Nuts
  • Zip Ties

 


HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

Artist Information

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Jesse Gee

Master Model Maker, Special Makeup Effects Artist & Leader of the Moon Patrol

Jesse Gee was raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he lived primarily on the local green chile.  He studied...

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