Giu's Robot Repairs - Part 3

by Raffa

Hello again!

if you read this third part of my series, you probably read the first and second part to, if not you can find them here:
Giu's Robot Repairs - Part 1
Giu's Robot Repairs - Part 2

We will instantly jump back into the process!

On the bottom of the project there is a control plate (has 9 buttons, 2 usb connectors and 4 switches in the end connected with 34 cables to the top). The plate is removable and will be connected with the top part using a ribbon cable. Here you can see how I drilled the holes for all the switches using a Proxxon stand, pretty neat thing!

I did some more conversion work on the robot. I added nuts and screws to the chassis to make it look more interesting. The parts were just glued onto the existing paintjob. As I still had a lot to do with the paintjob, it didn't matter so much.

Here you can see the process of creating all the small and big details on the base. I had a very useful plastic sprue with some basics that were detailed and painted individually. Most of the parts were painted one by one, except some simple things like the tools on the table or in the drawers.

Another test fit of all objects, looks pretty good so far in my opinion! I really loved the fact that I could play around with the composition of the single objects. You can see the almost finished paintjob of the robot. If you look carefully you can find some carefully applied waterslides. If you paint them with the same light and shadow as the rest of the paintjob they really blend in pretty nice!

This is the backdrop for the "flickering light window" that I planned. The paintjob was done VERY fast as the inside of the window will be almost invisible in the end. Anyway I just wanted to have some fun and somehow a realistic backdrop looks..... more realistic! In the beginning I planned to print out basic shapes and put them in front of the lamp like a shadow theatre, but this looked very fake and two dimensional.

The window frame was painted and a glass piece was glued to the back and getting some dust and dirt weathering.

Doing some more electronic works at the bottom plate and the base, you can see a early prototype of the mp3 player I used to playback the "radio's" music. It's annoying to switch between different worksteps like soldering, painting and scratchbuilding, but it had to be done :(
On the bottom photo you can also see how the wooden socket looked without the faceplate.

I really wanted to put another dynamic element into the diorama, even it just was a small one: motion.
I build up a air conditioner type of fan in the wall. The motor was taken from the zoom of a digital camera and the other parts were scratch build. I had to pay a lot of attention to the right positioning of the fan and the axis.

The backside of the wall faceplate. I assembled the camera into place, soldered all the connections that I needed to do at this point. Some places will be very hard to reach after the faceplate was glued to the rest of the socket.

After the faceplate was glued and pinned to the wooden socket, the camera lens (which was a real pain to position correctly...), window and fan were masked off. The base was getting a coat of Mr. Hobby liquid putty (still smells like HELL!). This makes the surface much more even and better to sand.
The roof was assembled and all parts were in place.

The gap between to frontplate and the wooden socket were filled with milliput and all the sides were carefully sanded as good as possible. That means a lot of work, but I am kind of obsessed with nice base sides. Now finally the base is ready to be primed!

That's it for this part, only one part is missing now to finish this series!
And for sure, one more preview photo and 7 new photos from Monte!


Hope you enjoyed this article! If you did, post a comment and keep up the spirit!

Best wishes,


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