$100 1-Day Gonk droid build

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by JediG60racer, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. JediG60racer

    JediG60racer Sr Member

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    My kids love the gonk droid. I'm not sure why they have such a fascination with it, but they do. And for this Halloween, our church is doing a Star Wars themed festival... so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to throw together a Gonk!

    This build is not intended to be screen accurate, but a close enough representation that it's recognizable by Star Wars fans. It's more of a cross between the old Kenner action figure version and the movie version.

    It's also designed to be very easily converted from a static prop to a wearable costume, for my 4 year old.

    The build was done for less than $100 of parts from Home Depot.
    Here's the stuff I used:

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    16 gallon Rubbermaid storage containers were the most expensive parts. Everything else was pretty cheap, just random stuff I found that I thought would look good as greeblies or parts. I did spend $9- on LED Christmas lights that I'm using for a logic board.

    Yes, I know the Gonk doesn't have a logic board. Mine does, okay? I like blinky lights.

    Started by painting the tubs and the electrical boxes black.

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    Then I mocked up where I would glue greeblies together to make detail parts...

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    I cut holes in the tubs to mount various details, as well as clearance for the legs.

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    Speaking of legs, I used ABS pipes mounted to those electrical boxes I painted black, then put aluminum dryer hose around them for the legs and feet.

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    Then I used T-connectors and some more ABS pipe to make mounting brackets for the legs inside the body. Screwed them together using part of the tub that I'd cut out as a spacing bracket to keep them aligned.
    Then I put the cover on that tub and put screws through the cover into the T-connectors and ABS pipe to secure it.

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    Test fitted the top half of the body.

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    Drilled 60 holes in another leftover piece of plastic sheet to be the base for my logic board, and began gluing LED Christmas lights into it. They randomly blink, so it gives a pretty nice appearance.

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    And here's the Gonk, about 99% done. Still working on the logic board, will have that installed tomorrow, and do a little final weathering & painting on it. For $100 and an afternoon, I'm pretty happy with it.

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  2. XxN3BUL4xX

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    Mate that looks great for the price you paid for parts! Well done
     
  3. adamata

    adamata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  4. fotokid

    fotokid Well-Known Member

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    Building an artoo right now with the same budget, great ideas here!
     
  5. familyman

    familyman Sr Member

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    This looks really cool, awesome work.
     
  6. jmaxwell522

    jmaxwell522 Active Member

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    Do you know what the metal piece for the face plate is, with the large hole in it? thanks
     
  7. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    That's too cool! I remember loving that robot (and toy) as a kid even though it's a walking battery that does absolutely nothing on film except walk.
     
  8. badmojo

    badmojo Active Member

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    Drip plate for a gas range.
     
  9. Michael Bergeron

    Michael Bergeron Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  10. stromo

    stromo Well-Known Member

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    Very cool.
     
  11. ecl

    ecl Sr Member

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    wow this is fantastic!! I've always loved the Gonk Droid; such a quirky looking guy!
     
  12. JediG60racer

    JediG60racer Sr Member

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    It's a drip pan for a stove top. $4.99 at Home Depot.

    *edit* someone beat me to it :)

    Thanks for the compliments! I finished it up today with the logic board and a few other blinky LED lights for effect, will post pix & a small vid tomorrow.
     
  13. Nerfenstein

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    That is awesome... the creativity that's gone into that thing is just.. superb. As soon as you put the legs on it looked like it could walk off!

    Love it.
     
  14. JediG60racer

    JediG60racer Sr Member

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  15. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  16. SAMSW

    SAMSW New Member

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    LOVE IT!!!

    Well done!

    (just posted on your youtube vid)

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  17. JediG60racer

    JediG60racer Sr Member

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    Thanks! Now I need to finish making the brackets & shoulder straps for the inside so my 4 year old daughter can wear it. Going to cut out the lids & make brackets so the static legs can be supported without the lid section across the center, then I can easily switch between static display & walking costume.

    Also making some cardboard shoe covers that will fit over my daughter's feet... the dryer duct already fits her.
     
  18. DeltaEffe

    DeltaEffe New Member

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    really an high detailed "how to" guide. i really appreciate who posts a lot of pictures
     
  19. bhodie

    bhodie Active Member

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    Now that is pretty cool!
     
  20. brazel

    brazel New Member

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    Awesome Job! Your kids must love it?
     

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