I've got Gonk fever!

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by greedo, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. greedo

    greedo Active Member

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    Not sure what took me so long, but I've caught the gonk fever.


    After being inspired by celebration, our local builders are putting together a more themed area for our shows. One of my contributions will be a gonk droid.


    Super cheap budget, super easy found parts, super cool droid.


    A quick trip to Home Depot


    **EDIT** Lost this pic, so just imagine a clear tub and drainage pipe in the back of a SUV




    Now for all of you purist canon type personalities, be forewarned.... This gonk is a total custom, one-off, and born from my imagination. Not a screen grab. Don't worry... I still love you guys, and the world needs people like you.... I just wanted to give you an early enough warning to bail out if you need to




    The goal of this droid is two things.


    1.)Background filler for our show area
    2.) controller storage while working our shows.




    Going to make the bins hinged together and have the inside lined like a guitar case.... Only for DX6i's
    [​IMG]From Old Photobucket by chris stephens, on Flickr




    [​IMG]From Old Photobucket by chris stephens, on Flickr




    Feet are made from 1/2" ply and then filled with sand to weigh it down and keep from tipping


    [​IMG]From Old Photobucket by chris stephens, on Flickr


    For my droid, I wanted a TON of wires and connectors. I took apart an old direct tv receiver to get some circuit board looking filler. Also took an old furnace control board for the top.


    [​IMG]GNK by chris stephens, on Flickr


    [​IMG]GNK by chris stephens, on Flickr




    Fast forward to the end ( because I'm horrible at taking progress pictures and don't have any more)


    Here he is:


    [​IMG]GNK by chris stephens, on Flickr
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2018
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  2. QCWolf

    QCWolf Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That's fantastic! I love it. I suddenly need to make one of these...
     
  3. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome Gonk droid! Love the red.

    Also, love the thread title, although it sounds painful and not something one would want to have (unless knowing the context) haha.
     
  4. Cadger

    Cadger Member

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    Very cool!
     
  5. NeoRutty

    NeoRutty Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    YES!

    I love Gonk, and holy crap, never thought of storage THAT way (my gaming controllers?).... Love the red too....

    Subscribed for down the road reference...
     
  6. Blue Leader

    Blue Leader Well-Known Member

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    That's very cool. Awesome job. :)

    I really need to get started on my PLNK. I have a lot of the parts for it, including the fuel hose and nozzle, so I should really get started on it sometime. I've been hoping to find someone who might make the feet (probably four sets of GNK feet that I can cut in half and glue together) but so far I haven't found anyone. Unfortunately I don't have the tools to make the feet myself.
     
  7. Don93

    Don93 Well-Known Member

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    Great work, Thanks for sharing and inspiring us. :thumbsup
     
  8. CJ 617

    CJ 617 Sr Member

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    great work indeed, awesome build!!!
     
  9. Panaflex

    Panaflex Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Love this!
    Any chance you'd provide us template patterns for the feet?
    Many thanks if possible!
     
  10. NeoRutty

    NeoRutty Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    YES! That would be great...
     
  11. Torron

    Torron Active Member

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    Wow. Gonk as controller storage is really cool. I want to build myself soon... and this really inspires me.
     
  12. greedo

    greedo Active Member

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    I dont mind mind doing that, but you guys would need to know that I just eyeballed these to look proportional to my build. They weren't taken from screen shots or screen used measurements. If you give me a few days I will put a foot tutorial together in a different thread
     
  13. Panaflex

    Panaflex Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very kind of you! Thanks.
    As far as screen accuracy, I'm not too concerned as I like the custom nature of what you've accomplished. It's given me a lot of ideas on what could be held inside one of these little guys!
     
  14. Mean Obiwan

    Mean Obiwan Well-Known Member

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    This Gonk build is great. I love the red coloring and all the wires. It gives me an even worse case of Gonk fever which I've already contracted through another Gonl thread!
    I need to stop being lazy and go buy some bins so I can get started.
     
  15. halliwax

    halliwax Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    you sir have totally nailed it!!!
     
  16. Dao2

    Dao2 Well-Known Member

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    that is awesome!
     
  17. CrossRhoda

    CrossRhoda New Member

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    Oh my goodness! I love your gonk droid! That weathered look, the color, and the wires all give it the feeling of a droid in some backwater part of the universe, where spare parts are rare, so the fixes when something breaks are sort of haphazard and using whatever is to hand. AND it's useable storage? Top notch!

    If I could ask, what did you do to age it so nicely? Even the wires look sort of grody and old, and the coloring is great, with the chipped paint and sort of oily splotches. Those touches really are what make it look real, to me
     
  18. Hostamon

    Hostamon Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Can I please get a few pictures of the hinges in the rear, internal and external? I'm interested in how you mounted those. I'm planning something similar. Cheers.
     
  19. greedo

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    So so sorry about the delay....

    heres a pic. I just used cabinet hinges because I have a bunch on hand already. You can see I dust added some wood for the hinge and the plates to attach to.

    IMG_7383.JPG
     
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  20. greedo

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    and to you, i am also sorry about the delayed response. Somehow I missed the comments/questions.


    for the weathering, I just used a watered down black acrylic mix and caked it on like oil. For the chipped paint look, I used liquid latex. You just cover an area and then paint over it. When the paint is dry, you just peel off the latex and it makes that effect
     
  21. ecl

    ecl Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Love this
     
  22. MyBuddyBossk

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    Always love a good gonk. Safe to say yours was an inspiration when it came time to build my own. Very nice.
     
  23. Garynsteph

    Garynsteph New Member

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    This is the best gonk i have seen, I'm going to make one with my son now
     
  24. Deadmeat13

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    I'm about to start on one of these guys, and looking for ideas and *! All the pictures are gone! I remember it being a beauty though!
     
  25. greedo

    greedo Active Member

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    I replaced all all the dead links... Hope that helps.

    - - - Updated - - -

    And a few more pics...

    35769639395_34569181c1_k.jpg GNK by chris stephens, on Flickr


    34928366774_f65e49e777_k.jpg GNK by chris stephens, on Flickr


    35599597782_c5047361dd_k.jpg GNK by chris stephens, on Flickr


    34928370954_02e20a3bf8_k.jpg GNK by chris stephens, on Flickr


    34959404083_8e58fab89a_k.jpg GNK by chris stephens, on Flickr




    And now he just hangs out with his older brothers......


    35802128055_5a1f0c96b5_b.jpg From Old Photobucket by chris stephens, on Flickr
     
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  26. Ridire Firean

    Ridire Firean Sr Member

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    Hey greedo ! Up next... ALL DROIDS NOW CONTROLLED BY DX6i's!!!! ;)

    Having the Jawa in the display is perfect! Congratulations on your droids, they all look amazing!
     
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  27. Deadmeat13

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