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Kevin Roche
12 August 2011 @ 06:55 am
I've been meaning to post these for several weeks.

We took TDK to Westercon 64 in San Jose; I finally embellished his shoulder section to my satisfaction with the addition of mesh under the large slats on his shoulders. He was a special guest at the London in 2014 party, and we shot some photos using their decor.

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He'll be on display in the Exhibits hall at the Reno Worldcon.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Kevin Roche
TDK had two outings on Saturday at Nova Albion to the great amusement of onlookers.

The first time out was mid-afternoon, when the steampunkonsumption (shopping) was in full swing. As Nova Albion had spread out the vendors across two rooms (on two different floors, with their usual inadequate aisles between the tables) and the mezzanine, it made for slow going. It was, however great fun.

The quick-and-dirty voice modifier definitely has to be replaced; TDKs voice was too hard to understand a good part of the time. It's also been suggested I add a second pair of rear-facing speakers to his undercarriage.

The second time out was after dinner, while folks were waiting for the evening concert ("An Airship Home Companion") to begin. A turn through the ballroom (and waiting audience) was well received, and resulted in a couple of very nice photos by johno with Lee Press-On. Then off he trundled to the bar area where, unbeknownst to yours truly, he amazed a group of exhibitors from the Bricks by the Bay Lego convention next door.

After putting TDK safely to bed, bovil and I returned to the concert in more comfortable (Edo Japanese) garb, where I was introduced to said group. They turned out to include the organizers of this weekend's BarBot 2011 robotic bartending competition, and Grant Imihara from Mythbusters! (I wish I'd realized at the time; I'd love to have a photo of Grant with TDK.)

As a result, arrangements have been made for TDK to appear at BarBot on Saturday; bovil and I had already been considering going to it and staying over Saturday after visiting Wondercon, and meeting the organizers (and their enthusiasm for TDK) clinched the deal.

At the suggestion of a FB friend, I've also secured the Twitter username TikiDalek for TDK. I don't expect he's going to be terribly prolific, but this will keep someone else from putting words in his (my) vocalizer on Twitter.

I've also been informed that TDK will be featured in the Gallifrey One article in Issue Two of the new magazine Doctor Who Insider!

Looks like another fifteen minutes of fame; we'll enjoy it while it lasts! :-)
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Kevin Roche
23 March 2011 @ 06:18 am
I've been working on refinements to the Tiki Dalek.

Several are designed to make him pack as more flat pieces (and thus be more shippable).

However, one of the critical lacks at Gallifrey when he was out conga-ing in the hallways was his inability to speak to the folks around him.

That has been fixed!

The voice modulator is not a perfect Dalek voice; I have plans for a better one. This is built using a hobby kit based on the WIN8072 IC, but had the advantage of coming with a pre-etched circuit board and all the necessary components for quick assembly.

TDK will debut with his new voice at Nova Albion this weekend (shhh)
Current Mood: happyhappy
Kevin Roche
06 March 2011 @ 04:41 pm
Now that the show is over, I've unlocked the posts of the build diary for Secret Project TDK.

You can see them from start to finish (well, from finish to start; I don't know of a way to reverse the fact they'll display most recent first) using this link:

Now I have to go back to finishing the article I'm writing for Yipe! about it.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Kevin Roche
20 February 2011 @ 12:42 pm

Project TDK: Tiki Dalek Kraziness won Best In Show in the Gallifrey One Masquerade last night.

Better photos once bovil uploads them. I expect there will be video and other people's photos going up too.

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Current Location: Gallifrey
Current Mood: Ecstatic
Current Music: Limbo Rock
Kevin Roche
10 February 2011 @ 11:10 pm
I took TDK apart into his 3 main sections to finish up assorted details:

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All that's left now is the soundtrack!
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Kevin Roche
08 February 2011 @ 11:12 pm
I trimmed down the upper part of the neck assembly tonight, and did a test assembly with leis as the neck rings. The struts still need to be finished, but I have time for that tomorrow night.
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Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Kevin Roche
Last weekend was REALLY busy. There are LOTS of photos under the link

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Along the way I discovered two design problem; the upper cane webbing cylinder fits too closely into the lower one, and the head can't move up and down. This can be mitigated by taking 1/2 to 1 inch off the diameter of the upper disk (the rollers for the dome run on the inside edge of the disk, so they'll still work) and restapling the cane. This will eliminate the interference.

Secondly, the braided reed I did for the rings looks really crappy next to the webbing. I'm going to get a pile of fabric flower leis and use them for the rings instead. I can actually tack them directly to the cane webbing. As luck would have it, one will cover the area where the upper cylinder enters the lower, and disguise the transition.

Almost there! (and boy are my hands tired after installing all those hooks and knotting all those beads!)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Kevin Roche
Saturday I started work on the patterns for the bamboo slat cladding for the shoulder section. I also decided to build a friend.

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Then Sunday, I set out to finish the shoulders. I got part way done, and did more work on my mutant.

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Finally, today (Monday, Jan 31) I had the opportunity to use the drill press in the shop at work, so I took my Forstner bits with me and cut the mounting bores in the acrylic salt and pepper shakers for the dome.

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So tomorrow: Take the rest of the rolled up bamboo shades to cut with the bandsaw in the hack shop at work (with permission from the shop manager, of course). I'm now just waiting for one final component to build the lift mechanism for the neck section.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Kevin Roche
31 January 2011 @ 11:18 pm
The next big job was building the canvas underlayer for the grass skirt. The result is a combination of petticoat and corset technology:

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Current Mood: artisticartistic